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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

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!

Randy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The Venice in One Day Tour was well worth the experience. The guides were very knowledgeable and passionate. The ability to Skip the line made the value of the tour. Venice being visited by so many and being able to move the day along to get everything in made our visit when our stay is limited.
The meeting place was easy to find and the process was very organized. To try and get it all in on your own including all the knowledge and information is almost impossible. We left Venice feeling as though we got it all in.
Highly recommend this tour.

Brian F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This Viator 'Skip the Line: Venice in One Day Including Boat Tour' was fantastic value, helped enormously by the quality of the guides who spoke very clearly and knowledgeably. I must also comment on the very good sound quality of the 'radios' for the walking tour. We had Rosanna as our group guide for the walking tour who was full of information on Venice, it's canals and buildings. To enter St Marks we had to step on raised duck boards due to there being slight flooding caused by a high tide, quite a common experience apparently. The walking tour finished at the Rialto Bridge allowing us to make our own way back.
For the evening boat tour there had been a slight mistake, where some of us had been given the wrong meeting time. This however was to our advantage, as an extra 'water taxi' was used and instead of about 10-12 in a boat we only had 6 plus the 'driver' and Christina the guide. The boat tour, under a clear blue sky and warm evening breeze, was probably the highlight of our stay and Christina did a marvelous job explaining the history of the town, its buildings and surrounding waterways. To stand up in the boat as it cruised up through the Grand Canal will be a memory to savour.

Lucas O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great tour, the company know the best time to take you to St. Marks Basilica as the church is only lit from 11:30-12:30 otherwise its very hard to see inside the church. Tour guide was great gave some lunch tips and gelato tips on the tour. The boat tour was very cool, sit in the back so you can peak your head out and take pictures as you float down the canals.

Howard V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed our tours and our guides Marina and Christina were very personable and professional. Informative and entertaining.... 10 out of 10!!

Lisa T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our tour guide was amazing. She gave great information and was very pleasant. It was a great overview of the city.

Sheryl M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Tour was very informative, both St. Marks and the boat. St.Marks was crazy busy with tourists, boat cruises. Next time we will check the cruise schedule and plan a day without so many people. The boat tour was 2 hours after the tour ended, but that gave us a chance to rest and eat. Both tour guides were very knowledge and answered questions. I would highly recommend this adventure.

Cynthia W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great tour guide and fun boat ride would recommend it to others

Mary B B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Absolutely wonderful and informative.
Our guide was born and raised in Venice so she was very helpful with local cuisine.

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