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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)

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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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

What a lovely way to see some highlights of this lovely gem!! Our guide was very informative and helped us navigate the crowds and attraction lines. The boat ride offered a chance to view sights from a different vantage while our guide shared various tidbits of information about life in Venice. Highly recommend this tour.

Stephan B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Excellent tour, covering the essence of Venice - both on foot and then in private taxi from the water. Great guide. Small group.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Venice was our first stop while on a two week trip to Italy and we absolutely LOVED it there! We did this tour the first day which I recommend to give us an overview of Venice so that we could explore later on our own. The Basilica was simply gorgeous and so wonderful to go inside with the guide who knew so much history since she was a local who also spoke good English. Having headsets on is the way to go since you can wander and look on your own while getting the knowledge without having to be right next to the guide to hear the information. The walking guide was great because we went on some side streets and campos and got interesting information that we would have never seen or known on our own. Venice is brimming with so many interesting streets around every corner that it is so fun to just get lost and go with it! Then we had the Grand Canal Ride that took us through the canal while having narration the whole time. It is simply gorgeous and what a wonderful introduction to beautiful Venice. It was wonderful and we are so happy we did it. In fact we took six Viator tours during our two week stay in Venice, Florence and Rome and all of them were fantastic and I highly recommend! It is truly the best way to get a feel for the history and people so that you can go explore on your own later.

Jennifer T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Tour guide was excellent and made the experience so much more than had I been alone. Without a guide, you'd miss too many subtle pieces of history and information, detracting from the visit. As usual, Viator/City Wonder Tours exceeded my expectations!

Lisa Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Chiara was amazing. She is a wealth of knowledge and so very approachable. She made us all feel so welcome and learned by the end of our tour. We came to love Venice that much more thanks to her. Our kids were enthralled with everything she had to say. Don't miss this tour, you will shortchange your self if you do.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

If you only have one day in Venice like we did this is the perfect tour- it gave us a great over view of the history of Venice all the while seeing all the key points of Venice. I just wish we had done it in the morning so we had time to shop afterwards.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This is a great tour and probably one of the best ways to see all parts of Venice. Beware that the tour says it runs for 2 hours with a 1 hour water taxi ride which we understood to be a two hour tour all up one hour walking, one hour in the water taxi however it is actually a 3 hour tour. Because of the misunderstanding the tour would have overlapped our next Viator booked tour however our guide Susan did all she could to negotiate with the water taxi driver to drop us near the start point of the next tour so we didn't miss out. Gladly we were able to do both tours in the limited time we had before reboarding our ship.

Margarita M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We had an awesome time, it was a great tour and the tour guide was very knowledgable and shared her enthusiasm with us. Definitely worth it, the best ways to see venice if you do not have a lot of time. It is a very comprehensive tour.

Kinsey D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Wonderful tour!

Dorothy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Amazing! Susan was an incredible tour guide- so knowledgeable. I would highly taking the tour with her. Thank you Susan. We had a wonderful time!
Dorothy and Emily

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