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Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica

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  • Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 2635WV
Skip the line at St Mark’s Basilica and explore St Mark’s Square and lesser-known Venice on this 2-hour walking tour. Stroll around St Mark’s Square as your guide explains its buildings and Venice’s history as a major maritime power during medieval times. Bypass the queues at St Mark’s Basilica to ogle its incredible interior, and delve into the quieter, less-visited side of Venice. Walk along small canals past palaces, squares and bridges; see where explorer Marco Polo once lived, and learn about daily life in the city past and present.

Highlights

  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Led by a local guide
  • Skip the line
Choose from various departure times when you book. Then, when the time comes, start your skip-the-line walking tour near St Mark’s Square where your knowledgeable guide will introduce you to the history of Venice and its famous square — the city’s social, religious and political hub for centuries.

As you walk around, learn why the first Venetians settled on what were unpropitious marshy islands, and how, through its mercantile wealth, ‘La Serenissima’ as it was known grew to become one of the world’s mightiest maritime powers. Ogle the ornate architecture as your guide explains the buildings before you, and then admire the marbled exterior of St Mark’s Basilica.

Skip the lines at the entrance, and marvel at the opulent interior. Behold the gleaming mosaics and statues and learn why the Basilica is considered a masterpiece of Italian-Byzantine architecture.

Next, set off into the quieter, lesser-known Venice of small canal walkways and campi (squares), unseen by many visitors. See the Querini and Stampalia art museum (exterior only) and discover hidden squares, bridges and loggia-fronted Gothic and Renaissance palaces. Learn how the floors of the palaces had specific uses and hear stories about daily life in the city during the days of the Venetian Republic.

Visit the squares of Santa Maria Formosa and Santa Marina, and look round the Il Milione courtyards named after Marco Polo’s ‘Il Milione’, the Venetian explorer’s personal accounts of his far eastern travels. Wander onto the Marco Polo Bridge and see the stone plaque that marks what was once his family house.

After around two hours, walk back to the Grand Canal where your tour ends near the Rialto Bridge.

Please note: On rare occasions, St Mark’s Basilica is closed without notice due to religious festivities or high water in Venice.

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Schedule details

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Tour departs near St Mark's Square
Departure Time:
March 10 - November 16, 2014
Daily (except Sunday) at 11:10am
Sunday at 2pm
November 17, 2014 - March 08, 2015
Tuesday, Friday, Saturday at 10am
March 09, 2015 to March 31, 2015
Daily (except Sunday) at 11:10am
Sunday at 2pm
Return Details:
Concludes at Rialto Bridge

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10am Departure
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Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica

Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica

Inclusions:
  • Walking tour (maximum 25 people)
  • Professional guide
  • Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance to St Mark's Basilica
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
Exclusions:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case, confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • 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
  • Tour operates rain or shine
  • At certain times it may not be possible to enter to St Mark's Basilica due to religious functions taking place. These closures are beyond our control so no refunds or discounts will be issued
  • Large bags are not allowed into St Mark's Basilica
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Tina T, December 2014

Very good - liked the headsets

Reviewed by: robrob, December 2014

For my wife and I, the best part of this tour was the history of the city that our guide, Marina, shared with us and the tour of the residential streets and piazzas she took us on after our tour through St. Mark's. It gave us a taste and flavour of the city that we may have not discovered on our own and has provided inspiration for us to return at a future date and explore further.

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