St. Mark's Basilica

Skip the Line: Best of Venice Half-Day Walking Tour

Product ID: 21298

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2 hours - 3.5 hours
Skip the Line
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What You'll Do
  • Skip the line at St. Mark's Basilica
  • Walk beside the canals of Venice and see the city’s major attractions
  • See Renaissance art and admire beautiful Baroque buildings
  • Extend your tour with a visit to the magnificent Doge's Palace
See the sights of Venice on a half-day walking tour and enjoy priority entrance to St. Mark’s Basilica. Experience the grandeur of the Grand Canal, the Rialto Bridge, and the many palazzos. Marvel at the glory of Venetian culture in St. Mark’s Basilica.
What to Expect
Stroll alongside the canals of Venice and see the city’s major attractions on a 3.5-hour walking tour. This is the perfect tour if you have limited time or want to see the highlights first and explore Venice’s off-the-beaten track spots later.

Start out with a visit to the Rialto Bridge, the vast marble beauty that cost far more than was budgeted! Continue to Marco Polo’s house and hear about the son of Venice who went to sea and came back with amazing tales of China and the Far East.

Visit lively Campo San Luca and Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo, where locals carry out their daily lives in the shadow of spectacular Baroque architecture.

Next, you’ll visit Piazza San Marco and stand in front of the impressive Doge’s Palace where Venice’s famous lover and writer, Casanova, was held in an attic prison before he escaped.

Skip the line at stunning St Mark’s Basilica. Marvel at the diversity of Venetian architecture as your guide points out places where eastern architecture and western design blend in a uniquely Venetian fashion.

In a rare extended tour of the Basilica you’ll learn how the remains of St. Mark arrived illegally, and you’ll see all manner of treasures. From the second level of the Basilica you’ll have views of the piazza below where string quartets play and waiters bustle around the many cafés.

Upgrade to include the Doge's Palace

If you’re looking for a more in-depth tour you can add a 1-hour visit to the Doge’s Palace. On the tour of the palace you’ll visit all the areas open to the public. Marvel over ceiling frescoes by Tintoretto and the numerous flattering works produced on demand by the masters of the time.

In the Chamber of the Council of 10 your guide will point out a dark corner where friends and foes condemned each other in the form of accusations that were investigated and acted on with frightening brutality.

The highlight of the tour at the Doge’s Palace is a visit to the spectacular Bridge of Sighs. The name is derived from the sound the prisoners made as they took in their last look at Venice on the way to their cells.

*Please be aware that due to “Jubilee Holy Year of Mercy” this year, St. Mark’s Basilica closes without notice. You will spend more time in others areas to ensure you have the best possible experience.
What's Included
  • Skip-the-line access to St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Entrance ticket to the terraces of St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Local expert guide
  • Headsets where necessary
What's Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Gratuities
Cancellation Policy
Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a full refund
Meeting Point
Know Before You Go
Please note the following:

• Tour groups are no larger than 20 people.
• Clients must arrive at the designated meeting point and present their tour voucher to the tour coordinator/guide. Late arrivals will not be able to catch up with the group and no refunds will be given for those who arrive after the departure time.
• St. Mark's Basilica is subject to closure without notice. When this occurs, we are happy to offer customers an extended tour of the Basilica from the outside and of St. Mark's Square. While we undertake to tell tour groups ahead of time if there are any planned disruptions to Basilica opening hours, this is not always possible and in these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts.
• Please do not bring large bags, tripods, non-collapsible umbrellas, or backpacks on this tour. They are not permitted in St. Mark’s Basilica and must be checked into the luggage storage area off-site, meaning that you may miss a portion of the tour.

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Product ID: 21298