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Skip the Line: Best of Venice Walking Tour including Basilica di San Marco

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  • Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration: Varies (approx.)
  • Tour code: 3731VENICEHALF
See the top Venice attractions in a short space of time on this comprehensive Best of Venice walking tour! With an expert guide, see sights like Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco), and then enjoy a tour of St Mark's Basilica, to which you’ll have skip-the-line access.

If you want to see more, upgrade to include a Doge's Palace tour! Explore its opulent public rooms, see the Bridge of Sighs and learn about the doges, who ruled Venice in bygone times.

Highlights

  • Fully narrated tour
  • Skip the line
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
Your 2-hour Venice walking tour starts at an iconic Venice attraction -- the elegant Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto) -- a favorite sight for many and the oldest bridge in Venice. From this beautiful marble landmark you'll head off with your guide, listening to fascinating anecdotes and stories about the city as you walk.

Pass Marco Polo's house, and hear tales of this popular Venetian explorer and his seafaring adventures. You'll walk through lively Venice squares, including Campo San Luca and Campo SS Giovanni Paolo, and see locals going about their daily business shadowed by the city’s historic structures of varying architectural styles.

Next visit St Mark's Square, a highlight of any trip to Venice. As you stroll around this must-see square, you'll see Doge's Palace with its distinctive, white-limestone facade. Giancomo Casanova, Venice's legendary lover, was once held captive in the palace’s prison.

Continue to St Mark's Basilica, a place of worship that's often considered the finest example of Byzantine architecture in the world. Skip the long lines outside the basilica for a rare tour of its second level and terraces. Be sure to bring your camera to capture views of the bustling piazza below!

Upgrade to a small-group tour (3-hour duration and 2pm start):
Keen to see all these Venice sights in a small-group of no more than 10 people, and enjoy a Grand Canal water taxi ride? Then upgrade and hop aboard a luxury water taxi and see the delights of Venice's Grand Canal on a 1-hour sightseeing tour. Follow this with a small-group walking tour, seeing all the sights listed in the standard tour plus Bovolo Staircase and Goldoni Theatre.

Upgrade to include a tour of Doge's Palace:
More time to spend? Upgrade to include a 1.5-tour of Doge's Palace. Enjoy skip-the-line access and a guided tour of the palace's ornately decorated public rooms. See incredible Renaissance art, including ceiling frescos by Tintoretto and the Veronese masterpiece Virtues of the Republic. As you walk through the Trial Chambers of the Council of Ten, see the corner of the room where accusations of treachery were passed to the secret service. Your Doge's Palace tour ends at the palace's Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri), named to signify prisoners’ weary sighs as they caught their last sight of beautiful Venice.

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Schedule details

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Central Venice
Departure Time:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9am
Sunday: 1:30pm

Small-group tour upgrade only: 2pm
Return Details:
Concludes at Doge's Palace, Piazza San Marco

Pricing information

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Standard Tour
Code: ENTO

Skip the Line: Best of Venice Walking Tour including St Mark's Basilica

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$53.17
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Standard Tour + Doge's Palace
Code: ENDOGES

Skip the Line: Best of Venice Walking Tour including St Mark's Basilica. Also includes 1.5-hour Doge's Palace tour

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$102.25
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Small-Group Tour
Code: ENSG

Skip the Line: Small-Group Best of Venice Walking Tour including St Mark's Basilica. Also includes 1-hour Grand Canal water taxi ride. Departs at 2pm

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$125.43
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Skip the Line: Best of Venice Walking Tour including Basilica di San Marco

Skip the Line: Best of Venice Walking Tour including Basilica di San Marco

Inclusions:
  • Skip-the-line entrance fees to St Mark's Basilica
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance fees to Doge's Palace (if tour option is selected)
  • Small-group walking tour and Grand Canal water taxi ride (if tour option is selected)
Exclusions:
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Backpacks must be left inside a cloakroom on entering St Mark’s Basilica. To reduce any disruption for your group, we recommend that backpacks are not taken on this tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: robsue43, July 2014

Loved everything about Venice

Reviewed by: MariaG, July 2014

This tour was amazing!

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