PRICE

$152.79

(428)

Key Details

City: Venice


Duration:7.5 hrs (incl. break)


Start Time: 8.30 am

Highlights

  • Just have a short time in the Floating City? Then this is the Venice tour for you, with skip the line access to top attractions, an intimate Venice city stroll and a gondola ride!

  • Enjoy skip the line access tours of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace; explore quieter neighborhoods and markets on our intimate walking tour; and experience that iconic Venice moment – a gondola ride on the Grand Canal and quiet side canals!

  • Throughout our Venice tours you’ll travel in groups of only 12 people or fewer, with expert local tour guides on hand to tell you the stories behind top attractions and hidden palaces. Meanwhile, pre-reserved skip the line tickets potentially save you hours of waiting in line.

Tour Description

Explore the hidden beauty and fascinating history of Venice on our small group walking tour

Your day starts as all great days in Venice do; with a stroll through the quiet back streets and bustling markets of the city. You’ll meet one of our expert local tour guides and max 12 other people for an intimate walking tour of the city.

Starting early, we get to the Rialto Bridge before the crowds descend, to admire its incredible marble architecture before moving on to the bustling Rialto market. The chefs and Mamas of the city are shopping for dinner around this time, so what better time for a stroll through the stalls, with your guide explaining what each strange fish or vegetable is and how (and why) Venetian cuisine differs from the rest of Italy’s. Throughout your Venice...

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Explore the hidden beauty and fascinating history of Venice on our small group walking tour

Your day starts as all great days in Venice do; with a stroll through the quiet back streets and bustling markets of the city. You’ll meet one of our expert local tour guides and max 12 other people for an intimate walking tour of the city.

Starting early, we get to the Rialto Bridge before the crowds descend, to admire its incredible marble architecture before moving on to the bustling Rialto market. The chefs and Mamas of the city are shopping for dinner around this time, so what better time for a stroll through the stalls, with your guide explaining what each strange fish or vegetable is and how (and why) Venetian cuisine differs from the rest of Italy’s. Throughout your Venice tour they’ll give you tips on what to eat and where while you’re in town.

Our walking tour continues into the atmospheric neighborhoods of the city, across countless bridges and quiet piazzas. Along the way you’ll see the childhood home of Marco Polo, the Venetian merchant who first told of China; duck inside San Giovanni Gristosomo to see paintings by Venetian masters Bellini and Sebastiano del Piombo; and discover how the “Church of Miracles” got its name – plus so much more!

Our walking tour consciously veers away from the beaten track, taking you to our favorite local spots; so you get a taste of the real Venice, as well as the big name attractions.

Enjoy a Gondola ride along the Grand Canal and quieter back canals of Venice

We couldn’t say we were covering the best of Venice in a day if we didn’t include a gondola ride. After your walking tour you’ll meet a local Venetian gondolier and your group will be split into different gondolas (max 6 people per gondola) for a ride along the Grand Canal and into the quieter back canals of the city. Duck under little bridges, admire ornate palaces and watch the world go by as you sit back and enjoy that quintessential Venetian moment.

With independent Venice gondola rides costing around €80/hour, this half-hour ride, included in the price of your tour, is a bargain.

Discover the top two sights of Venice - St. Mark's Basilica & the Doge's Palace - on our skip the line tours

We’ll give you a break for lunch after your gondola ride and meet back at St. Mark’s Square for the next part of our adventure. With pre-reserved tickets to St. Mark’s Basilica, we’ll save time wasted in long ticket lines. Inside, your guide will point out the features of this incredible church, explaining how its east-meets-west architecture came about; the shady means by which the relics of St. Mark came to rest here; and the details in the beautiful gold mosaics on the roof.

Our day doesn’t end there though. With pre-reserved skip the line tickets to the Doge’s Palace, we’ll walk straight inside. It’s here that you’ll feel the most benefit for having a local tour guide. Home to some of the city’s most impressive artworks and architecture, Palazzo Ducale is so much more than something pretty to look at. Although it certainly is that, it’s also the historic heart of Venice; a repository for the best stories, from Casanova’s prison break to the Duke whose face was blacked out of every portrait and painting.

With our expert guides on hand to tell you the juicy details, plus small groups so you can ask all the questions you want, your Doge’s Palace tour is guaranteed to be an unexpected highlight of your Venice visit.

  • Sites Visited
  • Rialto Bridge
  • Rialto Fish Market (closed on Mondays)
  • Fondaco dei Tedeschi (from outside)
  • House of Marco Polo (from outside)
  • Church of Miracles (from outside)
  • Campo San Giovanni e Paolo
  • Scuola Grande di San Marco - Venice's main hospital (from the outside)
  • Bronze Equestrian monument of Bartolomeo Colleoni by Verocchio
  • Campo Santa Maria Formosa
  • Arch of Paradise
  • Church of San Zulian (from outside)
  • Gondola ride (30 minutes)
  • St. Mark's Basilica
  • St. Mark's Square
  • Doge's Palace
  • Bridge of Sighs
  • New Prisons
  • Included
  • Venice walking tour including local Venetian guide
  • Skip the line access tickets at St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Skip the line access tickets at the Doge’s Palace
  • Venice gondola ride with no more than 6 people
  • Small groups of 12 people or fewer for walking section
  • Headsets when necessary

Reviews

5-stars from over 428 Customer Reviews

Sabrina was our guide and she was wonderful. My daughter and I were both impressed with her knowledge and the sights we visited. We fell in love with Venice! She told us all about the history of the city and each place we visited. The Basilica is beautiful! I really wasn't all that interested in he Doge's Palace, it was more my daughter's thing, but I learned so much - it was a very interesting place. This tour changed my mind! The gondola ride was fun. I was a bit of a wimp with how tipsy it seemed to me, but our gondolier was a very nice man and we had a great ride around the canals with him at the helm. I hope to be able to go again. Grazie, Sabrina!

Rebecca

Jan 10, 2019

This was an exceptional tour. Our guide Maria had the six of us riveted with her enthusiasm, her deep knowledge of her beautiful city and her wonderful stories. She was happy to answer any and all questions The gondola ride was fun, there was time for a leisurely lunch but I for one, would have walked and listened to her for as long as she wanted to talk about Venice and its past present and future.

Grant

Jan 11, 2019

Our guide was excellent. She was extremely knowledgeable and also very upbeat and brought a very positive energy to the day. Any time someone had a question she had a very informative response. She brought her own experience and perspective to the tour as well as giving very clear historical information to what we were seeing.

Thomas

Jan 11, 2019

Sabrina was our guide and she was wonderful. My daughter and I were both impressed with her knowledge and the sights we visited. We fell in love with Venice! She told us all about the history of the city and each place we visited. The Basilica is beautiful! I really wasn't all that interested in he Doge's Palace, it was more my daughter's thing, but I learned so much - it was a very interesting place. This tour changed my mind! The gondola ride was fun. I was a bit of a wimp with how tipsy it seemed to me, but our gondolier was a very nice man and we had a great ride around the canals with him at the helm. I hope to be able to go again. Grazie, Sabrina!

Rebecca

Jan 10, 2019

This was an exceptional tour. Our guide Maria had the six of us riveted with her enthusiasm, her deep knowledge of her beautiful city and her wonderful stories. She was happy to answer any and all questions The gondola ride was fun, there was time for a leisurely lunch but I for one, would have walked and listened to her for as long as she wanted to talk about Venice and its past present and future.

Grant

Jan 11, 2019

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2011-2014

Important Information

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements.