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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

Dave L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent, very informative, nice pace given the size of the group, we never felt like we were being hurried along. Both the walk and boat tour were amazing, well worth it

Juli B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great experience and would recommend your company to our friends.

Nicholas T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

excellent, tour was very good lots of info about Venice, skip the line saved hours of queuing. Boat tours was also excellent, well worth the money


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

What a great tour!!!
Marina was extremely knowledgeable and very funny.
Highly recommended!

Paul H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was a really interesting tour, made even better by a knowledgeable and welcoming guide.

Michael E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great walking tour guide that provided good information. It poured rain during part of our walking tour but that provided a fond memory we'll always have. The tour guide just plodded forward and gave us a great overview.

Jeanette A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Definitely recommend this tour. Small walking groups and only 8 on each boat trip. The guides were really friendly and knowledgeable. Well worth the money!

Jackie B W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very good tour guide. Did gain a lot of knowledge of the area and the boat ride was the best way to see Venice as long as you were in the back or front of the boat. Otherwise it's impossible to really get to see everything if cooped up in the small inside area... Fortunately, was in the back of the boat and stood up to see everythingl

Paul R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The group was a manageable size 22 and the tour guide very informative. The tour through Venice was good covering the main attractions around the square and others up smaller alleys. However, while the skip the line tour of St Mark's allowed us to avoid the long line of people waiting to go in, it just had us waiting in a different line for guided tours. It took a long time to get in and we then just followed the set line through St Mark's with everyone else and out again in about 5 minutes. The boat tour was great with the participants split into smaller groups 8-9 and ferried around the Grand and many minor canals in a water taxi, again with an excellent tour guide. Highly recommended.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our guide Federica was great. We saw Venice in the pouring rain but we were able to experience the high tide in St. Mark's Square so felt like a local. St. Mark's basilica was beautiful. We opted out of the boat tour only because it was still raining in the afternoon and we didn't want to get wet again but I'm sure it would have been fun!

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