Key Details

City: Venice

Duration: 7 hrs 30 mins (incl. break)

Start Time: 8.30 am


  • Only 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 18 people or less, 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

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Please note that it is not possible to bring large backpacks on the tour.

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 18 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 spoke 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. six 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 and 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 often 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 all 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 six people
  • Small groups of 18 people or less for walking section
  • Headsets when necessary
From $160


5-stars from over 735 Customer Reviews


Jan 26, 2023

Great way to visit venice in one day anf to find out its secrets and hidden gems. Early start is fantastic to avoid the crowds. Our guide was just perfect: very good English, super welcoming, funny, knowledgeable and ready to share her "being local" with us. Venezia is such a unique place...u definitely need a guide to understand it better... Very well organized and nice welcome staff... Gondola ride just perfect...u really feel like a nobel? Thank u so much Martina??

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