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Small-Group Tour: Best of Venice Walking Tour and Grand Canal Water Taxi Ride

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  • Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration: Varies (approx.)
  • Tour code: 3731VENICESMALL
See Venice sights by land and water on this small-group Venice sightseeing tour. After a water taxi ride down the Grand Canal, enjoy a Venice walking tour, combining famous attractions with places that many tourist maps leave out! See Rialto Bridge and St Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco), and then skip the line to visit St Mark's Basilica. Numbers are limited to 10 people, ensuring you'll receive personalized attention from your friendly guide.

Keen to see more? Upgrade to include a two-hour tour of Doge's Palace, where you'll see the palace's magnificent public rooms, as well as the Piombi attic prison, which offers rare and limited access to the public.

Highlights

  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Small-group tour
Your small-group Venice tour starts at the Grand Canal, the city's main waterway, which meanders past palaces, churches, bridges and open-air markets. The best way to see these attractions is by water taxi, and you’ll do just that on your one-hour guided Grand Canal tour. Your boat holds a maximum of 10 people, so you'll have no problem seeing the sights!

Next, disembark your water taxi for your small-group walking tour of top Venice attractions and hidden gems. See the external Bovolo staircase, in all its spiral glory, and pass the former home of Marco Polo, Venice's famous patron. Hear tales of his seafaring adventures in far-flung lands, and stroll through the lively Campo San Luca and Campo SS Giovanni Paolo squares.

Then it’s on to the beautiful Goldoni Theatre, Venice's lesser-known but much-loved opera house, before you reach Rialto Bridge. This must-see landmark is adored by all who visit it, and you'll be awe-struck by its sleek marble lines that produce dazzling reflections in the water beneath.

You'll skip the line outside the Basilica di San Marco, and head straight in for a tour of the basilica and its second level terrace.

Upgrade to include a tour of Doge's Palace:
If the tales of Doge's Palace aren't enough to satisfy your curiosity, then upgrade! You can include a unique two-hour Doge's Palace tour in the morning, allowing you to see both the magnificent public rooms and the rarely seen Piombi attic prison. Learn about the dark deeds of the Venetian doges, and see the attic prison where Giancomo Casanova was once held captive.

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Schedule details

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Ponte della Paglia bridge, near Piazza San Marco, Venice
Departure Time:
Tour including Doge's Palace: 9am
Tour only: 2pm

Pricing information

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Code: ENTO

Small-group Best of Venice walking tour and Grand Canal water taxi ride with an English-speaking guide

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$118.43
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Tour including Doge's Palace
Code: ENTDO

Small-group Best of Venice walking tour and Grand Canal water taxi ride, plus 2-hour Doge's Palace tour with an English-speaking guide

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$182.80
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Small-Group Tour: Best of Venice Walking Tour and Grand Canal Water Taxi Ride

Small-Group Best of Venice Walking Tour and Grand Canal Water Taxi Ride

Inclusions:
  • Skip-the-line entrance fees to St Mark's Basilica
  • Entrance fees to Doge's Palace (if upgrade option selected)
  • Professional guide
  • Water taxi ride
Exclusions:
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, 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
  • Children under the age of 6 years are not permitted on this tour
  • 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: gaylelreeves, August 2014

This tour was great. We upgraded to Doges Palace and that is a must. We got to see places where most tourist don't go. I can't remember the guides name we had for the water taxi and walking tour but she was excellent. You could tell she really loved Venice. A must do if you have never been to Venice before.

Reviewed by: Wayne M, August 2014

Well worth the money and time taken to do this guided tour. The tour guide was just fantastic and the information brilliant. Skip the line at Marks Basilica, well worth it.

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