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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

Linda C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Found our contact point easily. Great tour guide for the two hour walking tour of the City. Fun boat ride around different canals with a good historical outlook. Something we didn't realize was the three hour gap between the walking tour and the boat tour. It worked out fine for us to get lunch and do some shopping but don't try and squeeze another tour in on the same day.

David

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was a very good visit and worth the cost.

mike

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very good

TheKatzMeow

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

A wonderful walking tour. The guide was so informative. We learned so much more than we ever could have on our own. We went over the expected in San Marco, but it was the little alleyways, the backstreets, those little tidbits that were so interesting. That we would never have known.
The boat tour down the grand canal was perfect. After walking in the morning, no seeing Venice from the other side. Take this tour - It is worth it!

Glynn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We are so pleased we did this tour. It was really informative and the guide, Marco, was excellent and so funny! It wasn't as strenuous as I feared, especially as it was 31 degrees. He always found some shade when giving the historical info, and looked after us in the crowded places.

Miriam G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Pleasant day around and in the boat.

Anita S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The tours were wonderful! I was very happy with both experiences. The guides were excellent! I will certainly use your service again!

Thomas D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The tour was exceptional. We had a great guide who spoke fluent English for the morning tour and the boat tour was also well done and we had a great guide for it as well. Would highly recommend it to all.

Manon C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Venice is everything it is said about

Rajen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We had just one full day to spend in Venice and this proved to be the right option - highly recommended !
Boat tour was great, as well as the guide who gave a very interesting perspective of life in Venice ...

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