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See the best of Venice in a day on a combo tour that caps a guided walk with a cruise along the bustling Grand Canal. Hear the history of St Mark’s Square and Rialto Bridge from a local 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.

Highlights

  • Three-hour combination walking and boat tour of Venice
  • Enjoy a two-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
  • Relax while cruising along the Grand Canal as well as minor canals aboard a water taxi for one hour

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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 pretty bridges that cross the canals as you learn about Venice’s tucked-away treasures.

Pass through Campo Santa Maria Formosa to admire 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: On rare occasions, St Mark’s Basilica may be closed due to flash floods.

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Customer Reviews

oscar m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

very good saw new places

markschimel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A great way to get an overview of Venice from both land and sea. The walking tour pointed out many highlights and gave us a great perspective on Venice life. Super interesting from a Venice native. The boat tour came later in the day and also allowed us to see things we could not get to on the walking tour. A wonderful way to see the city, highly recommended.

Christopher R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Meet at the Gardens and check in with the Guides. Several groups were leaving since it is the busy time of year. The guide was very informative and made sure everyone stayed together. The walk is not difficult but wear good walking shoes. We walked several times before going on vacation to prepare our bodies for the trip. Wear pants and cover your shoulders to enter St. Marks Church. My wife forgot to wear a shirt that covered her shoulders but she had a scarf to cover up. They are very strict on this rule. The guide told us that the church is only lit up inside only in the afternoon for an hour. Our guide at 11:10am was able to see the ceilings lit up while the early morning group did not. The walking tour ends up near the Rialto Bridge. This gives you time to eat and shop before going to the Gardens to meet the Boat tour. The boat leaves right outside the Gardens and ends in the same place. It is a small boat that fits about 10 people. You can get great pictures from the boat and you get some good information and history from the guide. During nice weather like we had, everyone gets to be outside to get good pictures. Great way to see the sightseeing areas.

Tara M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Really enjoyed this tour-especially the boat tour- it's a must do in Venice.

James R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Venice is fantastic. Our tour guide showed us quite a lot in a short time but managed a pace that my 7 year old could keep up with. Highly recommended.

Barbara D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Well informed tour leaders. Very enjoyable.

good boy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour and the guide was awesome special insight as he was a local salzburg

Sarel J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We enjoyed the tour. Our tour guide, Ariana was well spoken and very knowledgeable. Skipping the lines was a privilege. I can recommend this to everyone.

cheryl k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was wonderful! I highly recommend it to anyone visiting Venice.

Evan F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent 2 part tour! Seeing the city via walking then by boat was awesome to get the different perspectives, stories, and history from two tour guides in one day. Great tour!

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