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See the best of Venice in a day on a tour that combines a guided walk with a cruise along the bustling Grand Canal. Hear the history of St Mark’s Square and Rialto Bridge from a guide, and visit St Mark’s Basilica with a skip-the-line ticket to beat the long admission lines. Discover the tucked-away treasures of Venice’s backstreets and charming canals, and then finish on a high note: a water taxi cruise on the Grand Canal.


  • 3-hour combination walking and boat tour of Venice
  • Enjoy a 2-hour walking tour including the famous monuments of St Mark’s square, such as Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace)
  • Gain skip-the-line entry to St Mark's Basilica
  • See Campo Santa Maria Formosa, the home of Marco Polo and the Rialto Bridge
  • Explore small back streets, narrow passageways and piazzas as you learn about historical Venice from your guide
  • Cruise along the Grand Canal on a 1-hour water taxi ride
  • Break for lunch and shopping with free time between tours

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Venice in One Day Including Boat Tour

Visit St. Mark's Basilica

Start your Venice in one day tour with a 2-hour guided walk to learn about the city’s key monuments. In St Mark’s Square, hear the history behind legendary sights such as St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace prisons.

Admission lines at top Venice attractions are long and no more so than at St Mark’s Basilica. Use your skip-the-line ticket to bypass the lines and step straight inside. Then admire the acclaimed mosaics that adorn the basilica’s interior as you explore with your guide.

From St Mark’s Basilica, continue to Scuola Grande di San Marco (aka Ospedale Civile). Today the historic building is used as a museum and hospital, but, in its medieval heyday it functioned as a school that helped to lay the foundations for Venice’s trade empire.

Leave the tourist crowds behind, and follow your guide around the winding alleyways that form the backstreets of Venice. Explore narrow passageways that cut between sun-bleached palazzos, and admire the bridges that cross the canals.

Pass through Campo Santa Maria Formosa to see its gothic palaces, and have your camera ready for Marco Polo’s House. Other sights include an age-old merchants warehouse and a wellhead, which many say is the city’s most beautiful.

Say goodbye to your guide at Rialto Bridge, and make the most of some free time before your 1-hour water taxi cruise along the Grand Canal.

As you glide down the waterway, listen to stories about the eye-catching palaces and churches that line your route, and hear fun facts about the famous residents that have lived on the equally famous street. Continue with a tour of the smaller, lesser-seen canals. Hop back on to dry land to finish your experience in central Venice.

Please note: There will be a break between the Venice Walking Tour and Grand Canal Boat Tour, for you to spend time at leisure. The duration of this break will vary depending on the season. Details of the exact meeting location and time for the Grand Canal Boat Tour will be given by your guide after the walking tour.

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Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This tour is quick but perfect for Venice! You are told a lot and shown the highlights that if you would like to see more of, you can easily return! After the boat ride tour, there was no need to overpay for a gondola ride. We very much enjoyed our time in Venice and the tour helped!

Leanne C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The boat tour was amazing. With only 6 passengers in the water taxi, I was able to stand at the back and not be jostled by other tourists. Francesa is a very knowledgeable guide, and the walking tour took me to parts of Venice that I hadn't visited previously.

Lisa L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great way to see the parts of Venice you miss on foot

Dawn E G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

tour guide was good. I misunderstood the description when I first purchased this and believed it to be skip the line St. Marks and Doges' Palace but Doges' palace was not visited. St. Mark's was closed the day we went and I completely understand that that is out of their control. The boat ride was great different but equally informed guide. we were gone for 4 hours and it was worth it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was terrific. So great that after visiting St Marks Cathedral and the Square, we were able to get out of the busy tourist areas and explore some of Venice's hidden secrets. The boat cruse also was lots of fun. Venice was our favourite stop in our European trip

Hollis R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The meeting location was easy to find. The tour guide and the use of the headsets was an excellent combination. We completed a walking tour that began at San Marco Piazza and ended at the Rialto Bridge, combining historic and cultural information nicely. Tour guide was personable and knowledgeable. Gave us 1 1/2 hours to get lunch and explore before embarking on a one hour boat ride on a taxi boat that put the sites and their locations into proximity. This was our second tour in Venice having already had a layout of the water taxi services and the drop off sites

Thomas F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Both the walking and boat tour were excellent. The two guides were very knowledgeable. When you only have a short time to spend in Venice, this tour is the way to go. It provides you with an excellent overview of the city.

Nancy F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It was Amazing!!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our tour on Sunday the 9th of October was great. Sabrina was the guide for the 2 hour walking tour and she was really good. She told us many things about Venice that we had never heard before. Skipping the line to get into St. Marks was very nice as there was a very long line and the mosaics were fantastic! After the 2 hours we went on a 1 hour boat tour of the various canals and our guide Barbara really knew a lot about the architecture of the the beautiful buildings lining the canals and the history of the families that lived in them. There were only 8 of us on the speed boat and we had a very good time. The driver was skilled and very careful. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone traveling to Venice. It helped us to love this city more than ever!!!

Lauren Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Good tour on a rainy day! The guide really spoke to the Venetians as she was born and raised there which made it that much more interesting!

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