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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.

Highlights

  • 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

wfschwind

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our guide, Susan, was an art history professor as well as a guide. She was fantastic! She provided a rich history narrative of Venice and the Doge's Palace. As a Brit her English was excellent and she did her best to accommodate all members of our tour group. It was well worth the price and we came away with a much better understanding of Venice and its people both current and historical. Well done Susan!

Ben W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very knowlegable and entertaining guide

Angela R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

My family really enjoyed our walking tour with Monica. She spoke very good English and was very easy to understand. The headsets worked great. Mind you, if you got too far away, they were intermittent or stopped but that's to be expected.
We saw many of the big sights to see, Rialto bridge, Grand Canal, San Marco Square, Doges Palace, St. Marks Basilica, but also many hidden gems.
Enjoyable for the whole family including a 10yo. Highly recommended!

Jorge

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Venice in itself is a site to see. That being said, it is that much better when you have some context and history to help understand the greatness behind it. Our tour guide, Moses, was perfect for this as he not only gave us the history but also helped decipher what possibly was fact from fiction. Very well versed on the history as well as the current events in Venice. Go on this tour and enjoy the day! Not that long of a tour which was perfect as only about 2 hours. We did not opt for the Doge's palace which was fine for us.

MJ

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Had a fantastic tour. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable.

Agata S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Moses / Mose .. What a star .. He gave us an excellent tour of the city full of interesting facts and infomation. A very knowledgeable guide and a pleasure to go with.

Fred P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour was excellent and our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and informative.

Stephen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very knowledgeable guide

Kevin W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

It was a very comprehensive 4 hour tour. The knowledge of both the guides was impressive. If you only have a short time in Venice this tour will give you a great overview.

William B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Gotta do the tours! We met another couple in Florence after our Venice trip, they had not done a tour, big mistake! They didn't even know that the statues rang the bell in San Marco. We got to see it happen for the first time at the top of the Basilica! Knew exactly what to do to see it happen again at the top of the Campanile. Super enthusiastic guide that made me feel like we were getting more than we paid for.

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