• Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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See the best of Venice by land and by sea while with this combo small-group tour. Cruise past the opulent palaces and churches that line the Grand Canal on a water taxi ride, and then disembark to explore some of the city’s lesser-known attractions by foot. For a grand finale, head to St Mark’s Square and enjoy skip-the-line access to the magnificent St Mark’s Basilica. Numbers are limited to 10 people to guarantee a personalized experience.
With an optional upgrade, tour the luxuriant public chambers and eerie Piombi attic prison of the Doge’s Palace on a 2-hour insider’s tour.


  • Small-group Venice sightseeing tour by land and water
  • See top Venice sights along the Grand Canal on a 1-hour water taxi ride
  • Take a 2-hour walking tour, which includes Piazza San Marco and the Goldoni Theatre
  • Enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the Basilica di San Marco
  • Upgrade to include a 2-hour Doge's Palace tour, and see the Piombi attic prison (usually closed to the public)

What You Can Expect

Small-Group Tour: Best of Venice Walking Tour and Grand Canal Water Taxi Ride

Piazza San Marco, Venice

Explore the highlights and hidden gems of Venice while enjoying the personalized attention of a small-group tour. Meet your local guide at a bridge near St Mark’s Square, and then hop aboard a comfortable water taxi for a 1-hour cruise of the Grand Canal. Admire the ornate palaces and churches that line this iconic waterway while learning about Venice’s history as a mighty maritime republic.
Step back on solid ground for a 1-hour walking tour of the city’s famous attractions and tucked-away treasures. Explore the charming squares of Campo San Luca and Campo SS Giovanni Paolo, and visit the former home of 13th-century explorer Marco Polo. Admire the stunning spiral Bovolo staircase, and stop in front of the Goldoni Theater, where well-heeled Venetians have been coming to enjoy opera for centuries.
Your guide will lead you to St Mark’s Square, where you can head to the front of the long queue at St Mark’s Basilica. Step inside this Italo-Byzantine masterpiece to marvel at the soaring golden domes, murals and intricate mosaics. Visit the Basilica’s second-level terrace for a sweeping perspective of St Mark’s Square below.
Upgrade to include a tour of the Doge's Palace:
Take a 2-hour tour of the magnificent Doge’s Palace and learn how the powerful doges ruled the Venetian Republic with an iron fist for centuries. Wander through opulent public rooms and ascend into the Piombi attic prison. This squalid cellblock beneath the palace roof once claimed the legendary Casanova as a captive and is seldom open to visitors.

Customer Reviews

Christopher w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Tour guide was great and the channel cruise was really enjoyable. Highly recommend

John P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

The tour was terrific. In the morning we had a guided tour of the Doges Palace with a Wonderfull guide. A break for a couple of hours and then we meet a different guide that gave a great walking tour of a part of Venice we would have never seen on our own. The water taxi tour was one of the highlights of our trip to Venice, it included the complete length of the Grand Canal as well as some small Canals in a beautiful residential area.

Barbara F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Great tour. The guide was very knowledgeable. The small group was a great way to see the sites of Venice.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Moses was our excellent tour guide. He provided a great amount of information of Venice in a way that was fun and humorous. The tour was the right length and ended with an hour long water taxi around the Grand Canal and some of the smaller canals. Moses was not with us for the water taxi.

Diana A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Because It was raining hard during our boat trip, we didnt really see much ..BUT Mose, our facilitator, is an outstanding tour guide .He is very knowledgeable and shared a lot of insights. He has exhibit intelligence on questions thrown at him. and because of him, I plan to come back and bring my sisters and their family who resides in America.

Keith B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

This was an excellent tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us some great inside information. We were fortunate that it ended up being a small group. I highly recommend this combination walking and water taxi format.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Our tour guide was fantastic. She made the tour.

Ray A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017


Gestny E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

WE did this tour on a cold rainy day near the end of April. It turned out there were only three of us on the tour. Our guide was excellent! She was very knowledgeable, funny, interesting, and entertaining. We learned a lot about the city of Venice both history and present day challenges and successes. I think what was the best part of our tour, was the guide seemed to really love her job. What a treat. Regardless of the dreadful weather, we spent a fabulous few hours together.

Hilary W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

This was a great tour. Small tours are excellent There were only six - we were given earphones so that we could hear our excellent guide even if we were away taking photos. It was a good combination tour - visit to St Marks and the Square, then walking around the neighbouring canals and alleyways and a motorboat tour of the canals. Only problem my battery gave out on the motor boat. Would recommend to anybody coming to Venice for the first time

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