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Venice Walking Tour with St. Mark's Basilica and Terraces & Water Taxi Ride

Venice Walking Tour with St. Mark's Basilica and Terraces & Water Taxi Ride

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Overview

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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Skip the Line Access to St. Mark’s Basilica
1 hour Grand Canal cruise by private boat
Local expert guide
Entrance ticket to the terrace of St. Mark’s Basilica
Groups of 10 people or less
Headsets when appropriate
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
Food
Ponte della Paglia , 30124 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

Both tours start by the Ponte della Paglia, the bridge with the view of the Ponte de Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs), just opposite Doge's Palace, facing the lagoon. Meeting point is next to the bridge, not on the bridge.

2:30 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Piazza San Marco
Part of the walking tour
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Scala Contarini del Bovolo
Part of the walking tour
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ponte dei Sospiri
Part of the walking tour
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Casa di Marco Polo
Par of the walking tour
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo)
Par of the walking tour
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ponte di Rialto
Par of the walking tour
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Campanile di San Marco
Par of the walking tour
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Basilica di San Marco
Skip the Line to the beautiful St. Mark's Basilica with your guide
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Canal Grande
Enjoy a 1hr - Water Taxi Ride around the Grand Canal which allow us to move quickly and easily along the canal without losing the intimacy of a smaller vessel
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women to enter to the Basilica
  • Children under the age of 6 years are not permitted on this tour
  • Only small bags are alllowed on the tour
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders Ltd
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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We had a great tour guide named...
Gregory B
, Apr 2018
We had a great tour guide named Elizabetta and our group was small which made it even better 8 people. She was very knowledgeable and shared many great facts and history of the city with us. I would highly recommend this tour to gain some insight into the history of Venice and to point out some of the important sights while there. We started in Piazza San Marco and went inside the church as well as upstairs to the museum. We then walked the back streets of Venice with highlights of life in Venice and some history. The tour ended at the Rialto Bridge where our guide finished her duties and we were then given a water taxi ride through the Grand Canal and out into the main water and around the entire city. The water taxi ride lasted approximately 30 minutes and was comprehensive in regards to seeing a lot of the city. The only thing tat would have made this taxi ride better would have been if the taxi driver shared some insights and thoughts on our surroundings.
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Tour guide was great and the channel...
Christopher w
, Nov 2017
Tour guide was great and the channel cruise was really enjoyable. Highly recommend
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The tour was terrific. In the...
John P
, Oct 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.
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Great tour. The guide was very...
Barbara F
, Oct 2017
Great tour. The guide was very knowledgeable. The small group was a great way to see the sites of Venice.
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Moses was our excellent tour guide...
Mike
, Sep 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.
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I am very disappointed as we told...
Debra S
, Aug 2017
I am very disappointed as we told our tour guide that I had reinjured my knee during the wonderful morning tour of the Doge's Palace. We asked to meet for the boat tour and she gave us incorrect information as to the meeting place. The boat left without us, and we never had our tour. Don't use!
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This was an excellent tour. Our...
Keith B
, Jun 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.
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WE did this tour on a cold rainy day...
Gestny E
, 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.
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This was a great tour. Small tours...
Hilary W
, Apr 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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What a lovely way to see some...
Julie
, Jan 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.
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