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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

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

Imelda H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Sarah H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Fantastic!! We loved the small group 7 size, and our tour guide Marie was great! Great information about Venice, with humor throughout to keep things interesting. It felt like a long tour in a good way. Going out on the boat felt crucial to the Venice experience as well. Over all, HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

Caleb L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Susan was our tour guide and she has been perfect, taking care of each details and making sure everyone is comfortable throughout the tour.

Very informative and pleasant tour, slow walks across the town and into the amazing St Mark's Basilica. The tour was ended with the water taxi ride. It was a very relaxing tour, Susan was very helpful and informative! Great way to start my venice stay

Derek A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed this tour! - Susan our guide was very good, knowledgeable and took the tour at a relaxed pace making sure we had the time to take in the sights and history of Venice. The boat ride was perfect to see the sights you would otherwise miss from just walking around yourself. Very worthwhile taking this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Tour guide was great. The water taxi ride was better than the gondola ride.

Helen R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Tour guide was wonderful, tour maybe a tad too long but overall excellent

David I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Really did enjoy this one!!!! One of the best tours we did in Venice. Enjoyable and interesting!
Best part was the hour on the water taxi. Definitely recommended!

Eric B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our tour guide, Susan, was outstanding!! What knowledge of Venice and its history. The boat tour was the BEST way to see this lovely city. In the morning, we had also a wonderful tour of the Doge's Palace, conducted by a lovely and entertaining Italian guide. We basically saw the prisons and their history, and then finished up on our own. The artwork and beauty of the Palace is simply mind-boggling. We only had two days in Venice, so this tour was a great way to get to know the city. Bring your walking shoes, however!!!

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