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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

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.

William Michael C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The tour guide was very informative while being very willing to accept questions from the group.

Elizabeth S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We almost didn and #39;t book a tour in Venice, but are so glad we did and got to see some amazing sites with so much history. Our guide was very informed and you could tell she was passionate about art and architecture, so it was extra interesting to learn from her.

Karen D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Fantastic tour. Our tour guid Sarah made the difference! She was really knowledgable and very personable. I would highly recommend for those wanting to learn more about St. Mark's and Doges palace.

Judy A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

chiara was awesome, taking us through the back streets. New her material well. Read her group. Treated as adults. Loved her. Informative and well worth the money

Harold A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent Great Tour Guide Adrianna

TourTaker123 Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our guide was amazing! She is very proud of her city and full of information, travel tips, history of the area and answered all of the questions the group had. We were awe struck with St. Mark's Basilica and the Dodges Palace this was an add-on and very much worth it. Both are beautiful and left us awestruck with the architectural details and art work.

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

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