Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Grand Canal Boat tour

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Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Grand Canal Boat tour
from USD $73.89
If it’s your first time in Venice, see all the highlights of this magical city on a combination walking tour of Venice’s narrow streets and a boat tour on the Grand Canal. From Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square) to the Rialto Bridge, your informative guide will offer historical perspectives on this fascinating medieval city. Plus, you'll skip the long lines at St Mark's Basilica – there’s no need to waste time waiting in lines when you're on vacation!
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In Brief

Venezia, Italy
3 hours
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Canal Grande, 30100 Venice Italy

In the afternoon, travel along the Grand Canal for 1 hour with a group of max 8 people per boat

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice Italy

Enjoy the introduction to Venice history and culture with our local expert English-speaking guide

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Basilica di San Marco, Piazza San Marco 328, 30124 Venice Italy

Enter in St. Mark's Basilica for an in-depth tour of the famous Basilica

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Ponte di Rialto, Ruga degli Orefici (Rialto) San Polo, 30125 Venice Italy

End your tour at the Rialto Bridge where your guide will give you full explanation about the merchant life in the Venetian Golden Age

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: Casa di Marco Polo, Calle Scaleta, 30121 Venice Italy

Our guide will show you where the famous merchant visited in Venice

Pass By: Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Castello, Venice Italy

Pass by the famous Campo in Santa Maria Formosa


  • Professional guide
  • Walking tour (2 hours)
  • Grand Canal boat tour by motor-launch (1-hour)
  • Radio Headsets
  • Entry/Admission - Canal Grande
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica di San Marco


  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup or drop-off
  • Food and drink, unless specified

Departure Point

Royal Gardens, Piazza, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tour is not suitable for people in wheelchairs or with walking difficulties as passengers are required to step down onto the boat when boarding. The variation of the level of tides can make the vessel unstable
  • Occasionally the basilica will be closed to the public (without notice) because of festivities or high water
  • It is possible to take the walking tour and boat tour separately (over a couple of days). Please specify the date for each tour at time of booking
  • 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. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • 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 – From 1st November to 31st March due to less affluence to St Mark’s Basilica , this service is not provided by the church to all operators and individual travellers
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Great experience! I had a good time! Staff was very nice and friendly! I will book again! I really like Venice!
• Submitted 14 Nov 2019
Our Tour Guide was excellent. She moved at a steady pace - we weren't rushed nor bored. It was good to have a few hours between the walking tour and the boat ride. Would highly recommend.
• Submitted 21 Oct 2019
This tour was very interesting. We had a different guide for the walking tour than the grand canal tour, but both guides were good.
• Submitted 21 Oct 2019
Tour guide was comprehensive and knowledgeable of the history and informative facts of the church and area.
• Submitted 14 Oct 2019
We had a great guide for our walking tour, and afterwards went on the boat trip......AMAZING! Would definitely recommend
• Submitted 14 Oct 2019
This was a very good tour for a first, one day overview of Venice. The tour guide was very enjoyable and informed. Would have enjoyed touring more of the cathedral. The walking tour portion of the tour was great for exploring some of the smaller streets and alleys of the city. The 1 hour boat tour of the Grand Canal was wonderful with only 8 people on the boat!
• Submitted 11 Oct 2019
The tour covered the sights we wanted to see and learn about and The boat ride was more than we expected. Our tour guide Cristina Sbardellini was a wealth of information. We enjoyed her h the tour very much.
• Submitted 07 Oct 2019
Loved the tour. Perfect..Great guide. Very informative and fun at the same time..the best way to see Venice.
• Submitted 02 Oct 2019
I can't remember our tour guides names, but the 2 ladies did an awesome job. The tour of St. Mark's along with the walking tour through Venice was great. The boat tour on the Grand Canal really allowed me to appreciate Venice and see its beauty. Would definitely recommend this tour!
• Submitted 30 Sep 2019
Nice way to see the city! Tour guide was lovely and the tour was informative and fun :) thank you!!!!
• Submitted 27 Sep 2019
We found the tour to be informative and well worth the money, it was very crowded so the skip the line was well worth it. Can’t recall our guides name but she was very professional and knowledgeable, will definitely recommend to others.
• Submitted 23 Sep 2019
Guide was awesome Group was good size with hearing device. Very informative. Well worth the price. Would do it again. Highly recommend.
• Submitted 20 Sep 2019
This was an excellent tour. In the first part, we visited St. Mark's Basilica (wish it could have been a longer visit) and then walked around the area. Our guide was interesting and very knowledgeable. I wasn't sure about the break, but we had a snack and beverage at a nice cafe in St. Mark's Square. Then the boat ride took us through the other major parts of Venice, again with an interesting and knowledgeable guide. We had only one full day in Venice, so this was a great way to get an overview of the city.
• Submitted 20 Sep 2019
I enjoyed this tour very much because the tour guide was very informative and it is a great way to see Venice.
• Submitted 17 Sep 2019
Ariana was terrific. Very knowledgeable and pleasant. We saw beautiful things that were explained in a way that was easy to understand. If you want to know Venice book this tour and request Ariana
• Submitted 16 Sep 2019
Georgia, our guide, was fabulous!! Very passionate and informative. She packed in a lot. The boat ride was awesome! I would have like the opportunity to pick my own time for the boat ride though. Overall this was well worth the time any money. I’d recommend it to anyone !
• Submitted 16 Sep 2019
Great tour. Both guides were knowledgeable, interesting, and flowing. Good combination of walking and boat tours. Highly recommend
• Submitted 16 Sep 2019
Excellent tour guide,very knowledgeable and provided lots of insight. Would be better if we moved around while she talked. Too much standing in one place especially outside of St Marks Basilica. Boat tour was great.
• Submitted 11 Sep 2019
Thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The walking tour was very informative and interesting. Our guide Christina was very knowledgeable and funny. She made efforts to keep us in the shade where possible which was great. We learned a lot of history and other interesting fun facts. We had an hour between the walking tour and our boat trip which was nice to have a break. The 5pm boat tour was fabulous and we did some off the beaten track routes plus the tourist attractions. Had a great time grazie!
• Submitted 05 Sep 2019
This was a good way to see Venice if you have limited time. Finding your guide somewhat difficult if you are early. Their flag isn’t very big. Also Meeting point is Royal Gardens entrance and royal gardens are going under renovation and all gates are closed and covered. Boat driver was somewhat rude. Our guide was a bit hard to understand over noise of boat
• Submitted 02 Sep 2019
This was our first time in Venice. This tour was a good overview of the city. The guide was friendly and knowledgeable, sharing personal perspectives, anecdotes, and feelings.
• Submitted 20 Aug 2019
This tour was a great way to see the traditional highlights of Venice in a single day. Very knowledgeable tour guide and a good combination of walking tour and boat tour.
• Submitted 05 Aug 2019
Had a great tour with a true local. Very informative and learned a lot about the real history of Venice. Boat tour was a fun ending to a great day.
• Submitted 05 Aug 2019
Great tour which helped orient us to the main attractions and gave us some historical information about the city. Do the boat tour as well, another great way to explore Venice!
• Submitted 29 Jul 2019

In Brief

Venezia, Italy
3 hours