What To Expect
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!
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
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
Meals and drinks
Tips and gratuities
Optional activity costs
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.
All our card payments are protected by thawte to give you peace of mind.
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