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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 October 2016

Excellent intro to Venice. Gives land and water perspective for branching out on your own. Great to bypass the long line getting into St. Marks

Greg B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Really a good value. I recommend this on your first day in Venice. By the end of the tour you will be familiar with most of the city. Cruise down the Grand Canal was a very nice way to end the day.

Mario S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We had an amazing guide that shared so much information and I believe her name was Marina. The boat tour was also amazing and liked the fact that the number of people was limited.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

A very informative and interesting tour- our guide Christina was fantastic and very knowledgable - the only downside was that we were there during high tide and had to use the duck boards in St Marks square along with all the other tourists and it was chaotic. The boat tour in the afternoon was also great - only 9 passengers which meant we all got good views along the canals. Would recommend this tour but not over a weekend when it was just so dreadfully crowded.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great tour

Tori L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour made us appreciate Venice even more than we already did. We learned so much about the city and its culture. And our tour guide was amazing!! Would absolutely recommend this tour!

steve f

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Poss the best in Venice ....cannot fault...


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

I have to say that I have not had a better tour guide. She knew exactly how to get us into the Basilica and around Venice without facing long lines caused by the crowds. If you have ever been in Venice when it is raining, you know how difficult that can be. Boat ride also excellent. Very happy with the tour.

Frances C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was a fantastic tour. The guides were extremely informative. We walked right into the Basilica with no line up. The boat tour was beyond all expectations. It was basically a private boat tour on a small boat for 6 people plus the guide. One of the best tours we have been on.

Lisa O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our guide for the walking tour Marco and our guide on the water Christina were both fabulous. Very informative, warm and was great to have a break between the two parts, to eat and wander. We would highly recommend this tour for first time visitors to Venice. Thank you

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