Duration: 3 hours
Type of Service: Semi-Private Best of Venice Boat Tour on the Grand Canal Water Taxi and Visit to St. Mark's Basilica
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 (albeit through dubious means) when Crusaders stole them from Egypt. The queues here can be long but no worries, we have Skip the Line Access! 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. We spent 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 the journey, walking from one spot to another through quiet residential streets and along canals. Our Venice walking tour will take you on such a journey - you'll see 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.
A visit to the Rialto Bridge, an incredible marble structure that cost Venice a small fortune to build but was certainly worth every penny, is a highlight of this journey, and here our walking part ends. Now it is time to take a seat on the water taxi and enjoy the beauty of the city. Our tour continues 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. We’ll take to the water 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 we use, which allow us to move quickly and easily along the canal without losing the intimacy of a smaller vessel.
Your tour will end at the famous Rialto Bridge. And there you have it – 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!
Things to know:
- Expert English- speaking guide with 1 hour guided tour of the Grand Canel in a water boat taxi
- Groups of 10 or fewer on this semi-private tour
- Cruise through the city's famous romantic canals in a boat
- Learn about Venice's history, architecture and famous legends
- See some of the famous landmarks along the way
- The best way to appreciate Venice - a city built on water is by boat
- Skip the line access to St. Mark's Basilica and entrance tickets to the terrace of St. Mark's Basilica
- A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women.
- Headsets available if needed
- Tour is offered March - November
- Tour is offered on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
- Tour begins at 2:30 pm (14:30) and check is at 2:15 pm (1415)
- This tour involves a fair amount of walking, and there are a number of steep steps on the terraces of St. Mark’s Basilica. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
- Meeting point location - Next to Ponte della Paglia, the bridge with the view of the Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs), in front of the Doge's Palace, facing the lagoon.