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Venice Walking Tour – with Skip the Line Entrance to St Mark’s Basilica

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  • This walking tour provides a perfect introduction to Venice
  • Skip the line entrance to St Marks Basilica
  • Go off the beaten track and see some of the backstreets of Venice on your walking tour

This tour provides the perfect introduction to Venice. You will explore the two sides of Venice; start in St Marks Square, the large piazza which is the heart of Venice and continue to explore the intricate, narrow and winding back streets of Venice.

The first stop for many visitors to Venice is Piazza San Marco. This large square is at the very heart of the city and is home to the famous Basilica di San Marco and the distinctive pink and white Doges Palace.

You will also explore the back streets of Venice, the narrow alleyways are home to beautiful canals, churches and piazzas that enthrall visitors. One of those you will visit was the home of Marco Polo, while there you will learn more about the famous explorer.

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I had a marvelous walking tour around Venice. The guide took us to a lot of places, so that we could get a full picture of Venice. She gave loads of interesting information in a...

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Informative, pleasant and helpful guide. Took us to many interesting places. The individual speakers was a great idea....

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The tour starts from the entrance to the Royal Gardens on the water front of St. Mark’s square. Accompanied by a guide you will set out on your walking tour which introduces many of the most exciting sights of Venice.

Visit Marco Polos House and a Merchants warehouse. In St Marks Square see the Doges Palace and the adjoining prisons and listen as your guide will tell you the fascinating stories behind these buildings.

Then enjoy a guided tour of the interior of St. Marks Basilica. This grand building dominates St Marks Square and is one of the most iconic structures in Venice.

Also take a walk through the Labyrinth of backstreets which make up the hidden side of Venice, you will find a labyrinth of narrow passageways and alleys, which many tourists never see.

The tour ends at the Rialto Bridge.

Please note
Please call the local activity operator anytime between 9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday to Saturday, atleast a day prior to the start of the tour to confirm the departure details.

Your tour guide will be holding a sign with the name of the tour written on it

In condition of high water, St Mark’s Basilica Skip the line entrance will remain closed

Skip the line tickets to St Mark’s Basilica are valid from 1st April until 31st October. During the winter months, due to less affluence to St Mark’s Basilica, this service is not provided by the church to all operators and individual travelers
  • Guided walking tour of Venice
  • English speaking local expert guide
  • Reservation to enter St. Marks Basilica without standing-in-line
  • Hotel pick up & drop off
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
When does it run?
Tour starting at 1110h (11:10am):
10 Mar 14 - 16 Nov 14: Daily except Sunday
17 Nov 14 - 31 Dec 14: Tuesday, Friday & Saturday
01 Feb 15 - 08 Mar 15: Tuesday, Friday & Saturday
09 Mar 15 - 31 Mar 15: Daily except Sunday
Tour starting at 1400h (2:00pm):
10 Mar 14 - 16 Nov 14: Sunday
09 Mar 15 - 31 Mar 15: Sunday
2 hours
Start time
1110h (11:10am) & 1400h (2:00pm)
Meeting point
Tour departs from the entrance to the Royal Gardens, located along the waterfront on St Marks Square. Follow the line of trees for around 100 metres to come to the Gardens entrance.
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
Ending point
The tour ends at the Rialto Bridge
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Additional information
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
This tour can easily be taken by those arriving in Venice as part of a cruise. Most cruise companies offer water taxi transfers into St Marks Square (approx 10 minutes). Alternatively if you have more time and would like to explore the enchanting back streets of Venice you can walk in around 1 hour.
Dos & Don'ts
Do wear comfortable footwear as a moderate amount of walking is involved on this tour.
Do cover knees and shoulders to enter places of worship.

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