• Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 341.66 View price calendar

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See Venice’s most enchanting sights through the eyes of a local with this private, 2-hour tour of St. Mark’s Square and its magnificent monuments. Get priority access to the glittering, Italo-Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica, and stroll through the charming alleys and backstreets that surround it with an art historian guide. Add an optional boat ride through the city’s famous canals for a quintessential Venetian experience.


  • Private tour of St. Mark's Square in Venice
  • Explore Venice's most famous monuments with an art historian guide
  • Skip the long lines with priority access to St. Mark's Basilica
  • Glide through romantic Venetian canals on an optional boat ride
  • Enjoy the personalized attention of a private guide
  • Great option for families and small groups

What You Can Expect

Skip-the-Line Venice Private Tour of St Mark Square and its Basilica with Optional Boat Tour

Top of san Marco Basilica

Choose from a morning or afternoon tour, and meet your private art historian guide outside of your hotel. Together, stroll through the city’s labyrinth of alleyways and charming squares while your guide shares insight into Venetian history and culture. Feel free to ask all the questions you like to make the most of your guide’s local expertise.

Make your way to St. Mark’s Square, the grand piazza that forms the heart of the city. Learn about the square’s famous monuments, such as the elegant Doge’s Palace, where the iron-fisted rulers of the powerful Venetian Republic once lived and governed. Step inside the glorious St. Mark’s Basilica with priority access to admire the glittering mosaics and golden altars of this Italo-Byzantine cathedral.

If you like, expand your tour with an optional boat ride through the historic Venetian canals. Travel like a local and absorb scenes of daily life as you glide through busy waterways and quieter, romantic canals. It’s the best way to see Venice and a not-to-be-missed experience when visiting ‘the floating city.’

Price is per group, up to eight people.

Customer Reviews

Stephen C

4 star rating: Recommended July 2017

Very good tour. Veronika was informative. She did a good job of showing us around within the time available. Her English was good. Her knowledge of the area was strong. The boat tour was a good way to get familiar with the basic layout of Venice; a good first day tour.

Jose G

3 star rating: Worth doing November 2017

This is very misleading, Skip the line? Our guide met us at the Square and we walked around where she explained and gave us an overview of the different buildings. But when I asked about going into the Basilica the line was long and she said there was no time for that. What was suppose to be four hours was cut to 2.5. Although I have to say, we really enjoyed the boat tour. That was the highlight of our stay in Venice. While on the tour she explained the different sites, the buildings, etc. You see so much more in a motor boat tour than a gondola ride.

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