What To Expect
As you wander the streets and piazzas of central Venice, hear stories about how Venice was built and how it became one of the world's oldest republics. Listen as your guide weaves tales about Venice's most famous residents, the parties that earned the city its name and the culture that has made it one of the world's most popular destinations.
Start off at the Rialto Bridge. Then go through the winding streets and over the tiny bridges of Venice as we delve into the heart of the city. Visit Marco Polo's house and hear about the Venetian son who went to sea one day and came back with stories of China and a world in the East that few had ever seen. Encounter the lively piazzas of Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo and Campo Santa Maria Formosa, where Byzantine influences, Renaissance buildings and modern structures tell the eclectic story of the city's development.
See the Bridge of Sighs on our way to our final and most impressive stop. After marveling over St. Mark's Square, skip the long lines into St. Mark's Basilica. Marvel at the diversity of Venetian culture as your guide points out the spots where eastern architecture and western design have blended to create a structure with an onion dome that could only have been created in Venice. With less time waiting outside, have more time to admire the beautiful frescoes inside the basilica, before stealing some extra time with a climb up to the famous terraces of St. Mark's. Rarely included on guided tours, the terraces offer beautiful views over the piazza, photo opportunities and some down-time to soak up everything you have learned on your guided tour.
View of the Grand Canal
Marco Polo's house (from outside)
Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo
Campo SM Formosa
Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs)
Columns of San Marco and the Lion of Venice
St. Mark's Basilica*
Skip the Line Access to St. Mark's Basilica
Entrance Ticket to the terraces of St. Mark's Basilica
Expert English or German speaking guide (depending on option selected)
Meals and drinks
Tips and gratuities
Children under the age of 4 years old are free of charge and do not require a reservation.
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.
Entrance into religious sites require a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women.
Large bags are NOT permitted in the Basilica. Please do not bring any large bags/backpacks with you.
Photography is permitted throughout the tour except in St. Mark's Basilica.
Please note that there are a number of steep steps on the terraces of St. Mark's Basilica.
-*St. Mark's Basilica is subject to closure without notice. When this occurs, we are happy to offer customers an extended tour of the Basilica from outside and of St. Mark's Square. While we undertake to tell tour groups ahead of time if there are any planned disruptions to Basilica opening hours, this is not always possible and in these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts.
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