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Venice in a Nutshell: Walking tour, Canal Cruise, St. Marks Basilica- Skip the Line!

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Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    1 April - 31 Oct: Daily except Sundays
    01 Nov - 19 Dec: Tue, Fri, Sat at 
    20 Dec - 05 Jan: Daily except Sundays 
    07 Jan - 13 Mar: Tue, Fri, Sat at 
    14 Mar - 31 Mar: Daily except Sundays 

  • Duration

    Approx. 3 hours

  • Start time

    01 Apr - 31 Oct: 11:10am, 1:45pm 
    01 Nov - 31 Mar: 10am

  • Meeting Point
    Tour departs near St. Mark's Square Go to the entrance to the Royal Gardens near San Marco Square. The gardens are on the water side of St. Marks Square.

    Please read the below instructions carefully to help you find the meeting point.

    Directions from St Mark’s square: Facing St Mark’s basilica, turn right and walk to the waterfront and after passing the two giant columns, turn right again – Walk along the waterfront full of street souvenirs vendors, after 200 meters on your right find the Royal Gardens. Avventure Bellissime tour coordinator will have a sign with the name of the tour written on it.

    Arriving by Water-Bus (Vaporetto): Get off at St Marco Vallaresso stop , turn right , cross over a small bridge and after a few meters you’ll find the Royal Gardens on your left.

    If you get off at St Zaccaria waterbus stop: Turn left and walk along the waterfront until you will find the gardens on your right (approx 10 minutes walk from this stop to meeting point)

    Please report at the meeting point 10 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

  • Ending Point

    The tour ends at St Marks Square

Key Highlights

  • This tour features Doges Palace, St Marks Basilica and Church of San Giovanni e Paolo
  • Go off the beaten track and see some of the backstreets of Venice on your walking tour
  • Enjoy a glass or two of wine on your Canal Cruise
  • Our destination in a Nutshell products show you the very best of a city in just one day!
  • Tour is led by an English speaking guide
  • Both printed and smartphone vouchers accepted!


This tour provides the perfect introduction to Venice. You will explore the two sides of Venice; start in St Mark's 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 Doge's 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.

To complete your Venice sightseeing board your motor launch for a cruise along Venice’s canals. You will cruise down the bustling Grand Canal as well as some of the smaller canals.

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.

In St. Mark's Square see the Doge's 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. Mark's Basilica. Skip the line entrance to the Basilica and make the most of your time. This grand building dominates St. Mark's Square and is one of the most iconic structures in Venice.

Walk through the Labyrinth of backstreets, alleys and narrow passages forming the hidden side of Venice, which many tourists never see.

Move on to explore the dynamic Campo Santa Maria Formosa with its splendid Gothic Palaces. Learn about the renowned trade schools of Venice which laid the foundations of the great mercantile empire at the Scuola di San Marco. The sights with enriching historical narrations enlighten you on how illustrious Venetians, the likes of Marco Polo, and more common citizens made this stone city a lively and magical place. Visit Marco Polo's House and enjoy tales of this legendary globe-trotting Venetian.

Praise the Church of San Giovanni e Paolo "the Pantheon of Venice", enter an old merchant's warehouse and see the most beautiful well-head in Venice before finishing the tour near the Rialto bridge. Discover how Venice is at present and how it feels to live in the world’s most unique city, though not the most practical.

Board a private motor launch for the next part of your tour. Enjoy a soothing and rewarding Grand Canal cruise. Discover the history and stories about the magnificent churches and palaces lining its banks, as well as a few anecdotes on Venice's most significant street where the famous people resided.

Your tour ends at St. Mark's Square.To ensure safety and well-being of our guests, the itinerary of the tour has been amended to follow the Covid-19 guidelines.

Visits to St Mark's Basilica may be subject to restrictions. Depending on the situation on the day of the tour the itinerary may be amended to offer you the best experience possible


  • Walking tour of Venice (approx 2 hours)
  • Grand Canal Boat Tour (approx 1 hour)
  • English-speaking driver-cum-guide
  • Reservation to enter St. Marks Basilica without standing-in-line
  • Transport by luxury motor boat


  • Hotel pick up & drop off

Please note

Voucher Information: No need to print! You can show your voucher on your smartphone or other devices. (But if you’d rather print a copy – that’s fine too!)

Please call the local activity operator anytime between 9am – 5pm, 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.

Knees and shoulders must be covered for entrance to churches.

Large bags are not allowed into the basilica.

The Grand Canal cruise may not follow immediately after the walking tour, the time you should meet for the Grand Canal will be confirmed on the day of the tour.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Infant seats are available on special request if advised at the time of booking.

Unfortunately, this tour is not suitable for people with mobility problems. However, please mention while booking so that alternative routes could be arranged.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, St Mark's Basilica will remain temporarily closed for visitors until further notice.

Additional info

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.A headset for better commentary will be provided on the tour departing at 11:00am till 20 October.

Customer Reviews

  • Giancarlo Defelice

    Perfect great experience, original and interesting

  • Abhijeet Jha


    United States 07/17/2017
    Great tour guide!


    United States 07/11/2017

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