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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.

Highlights

  • 3-hour combination walking and boat tour of Venice
  • Enjoy a 2-hour walking tour including the famous monuments of St Mark’s square
  • 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

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

Marian M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Great experience even my 13 year old loved it. Both guides were fantastic.

Marian

Martin S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

It was fantastic, the sun came out right as we began and our guide was awesome!

Teresa M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Tour guide was excellent, very informative.

victoria b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Wonderful tour guide! Funny and knowledgeable, great anecdotes. Great to do on your 1st day as I did, gives you some bearings for the remainder of your time in venice. Was nice to walk around the bastillica with a guide. Boat trip was a great way to see the grand canal. Break at rialto inbetween.

Claire H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed the walking tour so interesting, our tour guide was fantastic so passionate and informative. The boat tour later on in the day was lovely, only 5 of us on our allocated time slot. We were able to sit outside and take in the beautiful scenery of the canals. Great tour guide again!!

Anna C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Really engaging tour of Venice by foot and by boat! Tour guides were nice and prepared. The walking tour lasts 2 hours, we did it in the morning. The tour by boat was amazing, it lasted an hour. It's worth going!!

Cindy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Fred was our guide for the walking part of the day and she was amazing. She inspired us to lose ourselves in Venice. After the tour we never took the water bus again. We walked everywhere and loved it! Christina was our guide for the boat ride. The boat ride gave us a different perspective of Venice. Forget the gondola ride, this was amazing.

shannoncrerar

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

We had a lovely day, despite the weather. It was overcast and cold no surprise for us and it was still a beautiful day. Our guide, through the city, was very knowledgeable and I loved the head sets, so even when we were in a crowd and with our 3 kids, I could still hear what our guide was sharing. We then went on a boat tour not gondola on the Grand Canal. Again, lovely guide who was great with our 3 yo and boat was perfect, part open, part covered so it it had rained or you got too cold you could tuck under. I would recommend this tour again.

Celso S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Walking tour was worth it and found a great restaurant! Boat tour is a must. Have to see Venice on the water. Extra fun when anothe boat rammed us!!!

Donald W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This tour was amazing!

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