• Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
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Explore the most famous sites in Venice with an insider guide on this walking tour. Learn the history of iconic attractions around St Mark’s Square, and explore the commercial heart of this ancient city as you walk across the Rialto Bridge. Head to the front of the long line at St Mark’s Basilica to admire the cathedral’s glittering gold splendor without the wait. 
Rest your feet, but not your eyes and emotions for a quintessential 30-minute shared gondola ride with a local gondoliere from the Grand Canal (if Gondola ride tour selected). 

Optional upgrades include a small-group tour with a water taxi ride along the Grand Canal and a guided tour of the Doge’s Palace at St Mark’s Square.


  • Walking tour of Venice's top attractions
  • Discover St Mark's Square, Rialto Bridge and the former house of Marco Polo
  • Enjoy 30-minutes shared gondola ride with a local gondoliere (if option selected)
  • Skip the long lines at St Mark's Basilica with fast-track entrance
  • Tour St Mark's Basilica and its terraces, where you'll see views of St Mark's Square below
  • Upgrade to include a Doge's Palace tour with your expert guide
  • Small Group of 24 people or less

What You Can Expect

No Wait: Best of Venice Tour with St. Mark's Basilica and Optional Gondola Ride

See Rialto Bridge on a walking tour of Venice!

For an excellent introduction to Venice, explore its most iconic attractions with an expert guide. Your walking tour begins at the famous Rialto Bridge, which spans the Grand Canal. The oldest bridge in Venice, the Rialto marks the historic and current commercial hub of the city and is bustling with shops and markets.
Wander away from the crowds to explore hidden gems and unique architecture. Stroll around the squares of Campo San Luca and Campo SS Giovanni Paolo, and stop at the former home of the medieval merchant explorer Marco Polo.
Make your way to St Mark’s Square for a guided overview of its world-famous attractions. At the glorious, Italo-Byzantine St Mark’s Basilica, skip the long line and head straight inside. Admire the cathedral’s soaring, gilded domes, and enjoy a unique view of St Mark’s Square from the basilica’s upper terraces.

Tour with Gondola ride (2.75-hour duration):
You will enjoy a 30-minute gondola tour of the waterways with a real local gondoliere. We’ll start on Venice’s main thoroughfare, the much-traveled Grand Canal, where we’ll see such sights as Santa Maria della Salute Church, a 17th-century Baroque building constructed by lucky plague survivors to thank God for sparing their lives. Next, we’ll veer off down the quieter minor canals where we’ll float lazily by more iconic city sights and under its famous bridges. You will catch views of the dazzling Fenice Opera House and Theatre, the former home of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Venice, the magnificent Church of San Moisè and the gothic style Bauer Palace.'

Upgrade to a small-group tour (3-hour duration, 2 pm start):
Enjoy a more personalized experience with a group of no more than 10 people. Start your tour with a 1-hour water taxi ride along Venice’s Grand Canal, and visit the famous Goldoni Theater and Bovolo staircase in addition to all the sights on the standard tour.

Upgrade to include a tour of Doge's Palace (3.5-hour duration):
For inside look at the remarkable Doge’s Palace, upgrade to include a 1.5-hour guided tour. Skip the line and explore the palace’s lavish public rooms decorated with masterpieces of Renaissance painting, including famous frescos by Veronese and Tintoretto. Hear stories of the trials, treachery and espionage that took place within the palace walls, and walk across the tragically named Bridge of Sighs, where captives entered the palace’s notorious prison network.

Customer Reviews

Judith D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Superb overview of the islands of Venice.

Lindsey G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This was our first tour in Italy. Lots of knowledge and skipping the line! I suggest it!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

First of all, thank you Viator for your representative's help with this tour. I greatly appreciated her patience and hard work to help me get back on this tour. We basically went to the wrong meeting point. The confirmation sheet contained 2 different instructions and I read the wrong one. On top of this.....Venice is a tangle of streets, bridges and canals. It is not the easiest city to walk through. Our senior travelers grew weary of the windy streets and narrow corridors and we had to find another route to get to the Basilica....we ended up taking the water bus which gets there via the water. Once I got there, I realized that our tour guide was not going to be there - she was going to be at a statue located 20 min. from that point. From her meeting point, she was going to walk through a bit of the City and finally arrive at the Basilica for the 2nd half. It was too late to reverse to find her and I called Viator to see if we could just stay at the Basilica and wait for her to arrive to finish the second half. After a long wait over the phone and several calls, Viator managed to find the guide and we were told to stand by the Skip the Line entrance to the Basilica and wait for her. Viator gave clear instructions about who / how / where and we connected. Without that rep's help - the 6 of us would have had to forfeit the full cost of this tour. As it turned out - we all got a chance to see the Basilica and have a pleasant gondola ride in the end. Thanks Viator for your help - job well done! Thank you.....this alone is a good reason to book with Viator.

Jenny G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This is a wonderful way to get to know the city. The guide was wonderful. I highly recommend.

Jacqueline M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Excellent walking tour of the most beautiful city of Venice. The length of the tour was perfect, and the gondola ride was a nice, restful, ending.

Anne G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Fascinating that areas so near to St Mark's were so quiet and peaceful yet packed with interesting history. Brilliant

Robert H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Could not be happier! The tour was extremely well organized. The tour left on time and was not delayed by the latecomers who eventually arrived and caught up to us, with the help of another staff member. We saw all the sights and our guide did her best to avoid the crowds. Communication was very good throughout. The Gondola ride was also very good and a relaxing end to a busy schedule. This tour was great value for money and we highly recommend it.

Orlando M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Amazing experience. WOW! Thank you.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Great tour! Just what we wanted! Not too long, not too short! Our tour guide was great and so knowledgeable! We walked through many of the main sights in Venice and then finally into St Mark's Basilica! We were able to go to the top and see the panoramic views of all of St Mark's Square. Our tour ended with a wonderful Gondola ride! I would highly recommend this tour!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

This tour was amazing! Our tour guide Monica was very friendly and gave us a wonderful tour. The highlight was seeing the three Maji emerge from the doorway at the clock tower. They were practising for the next day!

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