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Venice in a Nutshell: St Mark's Square, Canal Cruise and more!

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Key Highlights

  • Our destination in a Nutshell products show you the very best of a city in just one day!
  • 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
  • Skip the line entrance to St Marks Basilica
  • Tour is led by an English speaking guide
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    09 May 16 - 16 Jul 16: Daily except Sunday at 11:10am & 1:45pm and Sunday at 2:00pm
    17 Jul 16 - 04 Sep 16 Daily except Sunday at 11:10am and Sunday at 2:00pm
    05 Sep 16 - 15 Oct 16: Daily except Sunday at 11:10am & 1:45pm and Sunday at 2:00pm
    16 Oct 16 - 31 Oct 16: Daily except Sunday at 11:10am and Sunday at 2:00pm
    01 Nov 16 - 12 Nov 16: Daily except Sunday at 11:10am
    13 Nov 16 - 21 Dec 16 Tuesday, Friday & Saturday at 10:00am
    22 Dec 16 - 05 Jan 17 Daily except Sunday at 10:00am
    06 Jan 17 - 31 Jan 17: Tuesday & Saturday at 10:00am
    01 Feb 17 - 22 Feb 17: Tuesday, Friday & Saturday at 10:00am
    23 Feb 17 - 28 Feb 17 Daily except Sunday at 10:00am
    01 Mar 17 - 11 Mar 17: Tuesday, Friday & Saturday at 10:00am
    12 Mar 17 - 31 Mar 17: Daily except Sunday at 11:10am & Sunday at 2:00pm


    Approx. 3 hours

    Start time

    09 May 16 - 16 Jul 16: 11:10am, 1:45pm & 2:00pm
    17 Jul 16 - 04 Sep 16 11:10am & 2:00pm
    05 Sep 16 - 15 Oct 16: 11:10am, 1:45pm & 2:00pm
    16 Oct 16 - 31 Oct 16: 11:10am & 2:00pm
    01 Nov 16 - 12 Nov 16: 11:10am
    13 Nov 16 - 11 Mar 17: 10:00am
    12 Mar 17 - 31 Mar 17: 11:10am & 2:00pm

    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

  • Overview & Itinerary


    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.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • 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 & Additional info

    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

    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

    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

    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.On the 1110h departure from 01 Mar - 20 Oct you will be provided with a headset to allow you to better hear the commentary.
  • Reviews
    • Really Good Tour

      Marina was fabulous... such a depth of knowledge and very easy going. The headsets made such a difference. The canal tour was great....

    • Great way to discover Venice!

      Our guide was very knowledgable, friendly, helpful and provided so much 'behind the scenes' info on Venice. We would not have been able to learn this on our own and we very much...

      Kerrie Blencowe
    • Just right for a quick visit to Venice

      Very clear guide who was also very knowledgeable. The walking tour and the boat tour covered a lot of history and many different areas....

      Mrs Sally E Seager
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