Best of Venice Semi-Private Tour with Grand Canal Water Taxi

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Sunset over the Grand Canal
Sunset over the Grand Canal
Rialto Bridge
Rialto Bridge
Rialto Bridge over the Grand Canal
St. Mark's Basilica frescoes
St. Mark's Basilica frescoes
St. Mark's Basilica exterior
St. Mark's Basilica exterior
St. Mark's Square
St. Mark's Square
Group tour on a bridge
Group tour on a bridge

What To Expect

Visit the most famous sites of the Venice, including St. Mark's Basilica and the Rialto Bridge, as well as some more quiet spots where you can get a feel for what it is to live in this floating city.


  • Learn about the history and culture of Venice on this walking tour designed to take you top the heart of the city, from picturesque piazzas to its most famous sights

  • See the mosaics of St. Mark’s Basilica from up close and personal

  • Enjoy Skip the Line Access to the famous terraces of St. Mark’s Basilica

  • Explore the Grand Canal from the water, Venice’s most beautiful vantage point, in the comforts of a luxury water taxi

  • Guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 10 guests to maintain quality and an intimate feel


Tours in Venice
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Meeting Point:
next to Ponte della Paglia
3 hours
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 2:30 PM
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The tour starts on the Grand Canal, the city's main waterway which snakes its way past no less than 50 palaces, six churches, four bridges and two open-air markets. Go out to the waters for a tour of all these wonderful sights, which your guide will point out and explain as you pass. Although many visitors opt to travel the Grand Canal by gondola, this wide and hectic waterway is much better suited to the water taxis, which allow us to move quickly and easily along the canal without losing the intimacy of a smaller vessel. A visit to the Rialto Bridge is a highlight of this journey and, although we visit the bridge on our walking tour too, it is from the water that it really stands out.

Back on dry land we'll head straight for the main attraction, to be sure that you have plenty of time to take it all in. St. Mark's Basilica took 800 years to build with relics and monuments inside bought (or stolen) from all over Europe and Asia. Even St. Mark's remains eventually ended up here when Crusaders stole them from Egypt. Your guide will take you inside this cavernous space for an extended tour, pointing out mosaics that date all the way back to the 11th century and beautiful artworks. Then it's up to the second floor for some stolen time inside this busy basilica. The terraces of St. Mark's Basilica are worth a visit in their own right, not to mention the incredible views they offer over bustling Piazza San Marco below.

After our tour of St. Mark's Basilica and Piazza San Marco, we'll set out on a walking tour past some of the best-known sights of Venice, along with some unlikely favorites. Spend a lot of hours traversing the city, trying to get the right balance of major landmarks and picturesque corners and discovered that much of the joy of visiting Venice is in the journey, walking from one spot to another through quiet residential streets and along canals. Visit Marco Polo's house to hear about the Venetian son who went to sea one day and came back with stories of China; Campo SS Giovanni Paolo with its mix of architecture from so many ages; and the famous Bridge of Sighs. As you move from one spot to another, your guide will entertain you with stories of Venice, from informative tales about how the city has stayed afloat so long, to the whispers of scandal that make Venice such a captivating city. They'll also point out features and buildings that you may never have noticed on your own.

The tour will end at the famous Rialto Bridge, an incredible marble structure that cost Venice a small fortune to build but was certainly worth every penny. In only a few hours you have seen the very best of Venice from three entirely different perspectives; water, land and even air - from the terraces of St. Mark's Basilica. And all without having to wait in line or jostling to see within a big tour group!


  • Grand Canal

  • Rialto Bridge

  • Jewish Ghetto (from water taxi)

  • Doge's Palace (from outside)

  • Marco Polo's house (from outside)

  • Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo

  • Campo SM Formosa

  • Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs)

  • St. Mark's Basilica

  • Terraces of St. Mark's Basilica


  • Skip the Line Access to St. Mark's Basilica

  • Entrance Ticket to the terraces of St. Mark's Basilica

  • 1 hour guided tour of the Grand Canal on a water-taxi

  • Expert English speaking guide

  • Headsets


  • Meals and drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Please Note

  • Children under the age of 6 years old are free of charge and do not require a reservation.

  • This tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 10 guests.

  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking, comfortable shoes are recommended. We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or mobility impairments on our group tours. We regret that we are unable to accommodate pushchairs, buggies, strollers or baby carriages on our group tour.

  • Please note that there are a number of steep steps on the terraces of St. Mark's Basilica.

  • Entrance into religious sites require a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women.

  • Photography is permitted throughout the tour except in St. Mark's Basilica.

  • Some of the venues or parts of the venue may be subject to last-minute, unpredictable closures. When this occurs, we are happy to offer customers an extended tour in keeping with the advertised total length of the tour.

  • Booking modifications made within 72 hours of tour date will be charged an amendment fee.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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