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Explore the most famous sites in Venice with an insider guide on this 2-hour 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.
Two 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.


  • 2-hour walking tour of Venice's top attractions
  • Discover St Mark's Square, Rialto Bridge and the former house of Marco Polo
  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Best of Venice Walking Tour including Basilica di San Marco

See Rialto Bridge on a walking tour of Venice!

For an excellent introduction to Venice, spend 2 hours exploring 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.
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:
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

Wendi P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This tour was amazing!

Gregory H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Excellent tour guide and got to skip the line meaning we did not have to wait in the long queues to get in. The history our guide gave us really makes the trip. One can only see so many cathedrals and palaces one needs the background information to make it different enough to stick out in your memory and really make it a visit you will remember.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Loved venice !!! was easy to find the tour where it started , knowledgeable tour guide , precise and just the right mount of time - time definitely well spent if you are in venice for only a couple of days

Margaret B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The tour guide was great!

Scott D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was everything we hoped for. The guide was L locally raised and extremely knowledgeable. We ask for a recommendation for a restaurant and she went out of her way to walk us there after the tour. She was awesome.

maria M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The small group was good
The audio set was vital in the crowded areas
Very informative asto local life as well as the sites
1st class well worth the cost
Skipping the line was brill

Arlene B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Julia was an excellent tour guide. She was very informative and made sure we had the best tour of Venice. Our tour was scheduled for 3 1/2 hours and it ended up being 4 hours long. Even though it was a Sunday Julia did not rush the group.

Philip T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

very knowledgeable guide and small enough group to hear everything that was pointed out.

Rudra S United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very nice tour. Seeing all the hidden squares and learning about the architectural styles from a very knowledgeable guide was definitely enjoyable. Venice is picturesque and Doge and #39;s palace held our interest. St Mark and #39;s basilica is also well worth the visit.

kathryn g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was one of the best tours we have taken. Our guide Julia was amazing. We started off on a walking tour and she took us to places in Venice we would have overlooked. We then went to San Marco and the Doges Palace. Her knowledge of Venice is incredible. She didn't stop the whole tour telling us dates, facts and making everything come to life. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Venice thanks to her.

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