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Best of Venice Walking Tour with Skip-the-line Entrance to St Mark’s Basilica

This action-packed tour takes in St Mark's Square, St Mark's Basilica, Bridge of Sighs, Doge's Palace (exterior), Bell and Clock tower, Castello district and more! With no more than 20 people on the walk and a top-notch guide, there's no better way of exploring Venice.

Tracing the history of Venice from its origins to modern times, this popular tour features the city's famous landmarks combined with skip the line tickets for St. Marks Basilica and a delightful stroll through the enchanting Hidden Venice.

Limited to a maximum of 20 participants and equipped with complimentary head-phones so that you can follow every word of your expert English-speaking guide, the itinerary begins with a stroll around St. Mark's Square taking in major monuments such as Doge's Palace, Bridge of Sighs and the Bell and Clock Towers.

Next, the group will bypass the queues at St. Mark's Basilica courtesy of skip the line tickets and enjoy an in-depth tour of St. Mark's Basilica.

In the second part of the tour, leave the hordes of tourists behind in St. Mark's Square to explore a very different Venice often known as 'Hidden Venice'.

With your expert guide narrating as you go, enjoy exploring another world of narrow alleyways and meandering canals, punctuated by delicate bridges, hidden architectural gems and fascinating tales about the Venetians who created this incredible city from absolutely nothing!

Experience Includes

  • Fascinating 2-hour Venice walking tour
  • See St. Mark's Basilica, St. Mark's Square, Doge's Palace (exterior), Bridge of Sighs (exterior) & explore the Hidden Venice & Castello district
  • Small Group Walking Tour of 20 people or fewer
  • Expert English speaking guide
  • Skip the line tickets to St Mark's basilica
  • Headphones when the group has more than 8 participants

    Experience Excludes

    • Hotel transfers
    • Optional gratuities
    • Refreshments



    Departure location

    The tour starts near St. Marks Square at the entrance to the Royal Gardens.

    Start times

    See calendar for days of operation


    Around 2 hours.

    Terms & Conditions

    • 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.
    • St. Mark's Basilica can sometimes close without notice due to high water levels or festivities.
    • Please note - guaranteed skip-the-line entrance tickets for St Mark's Basilica are compulsory in order to visit between April to October due to the high number of visitors. However, other times of the year are considered off-peak and the skip-the-line element may not actually be required.
    • During high water levels, the tour will take place but it might be partly adapt according to the weather conditions.
    • When St Mark’s Basilica is open during high water levels, skip the line tickets will not be accepted as all visitors must use only one door to access the church.
    • Shoulders and knees must be covered to enter St Marks Basilica. Large bags are not allowed inside the Basilica.
    • This tour is of a historical area and is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities.
    • Itinerary subject to change.
    • A minimum of 6 people is required for the tour to operate. If the minimum numbers are not reached on your chosen date you will be offered an alternative date or a full refund.
    • Maximum of 20 people per guide.
    • Cancellations: More than 8 days before tour departure: no charge; From 7 to 4 days: 50% charge; Less than 3 days and no show: 100% non refundable.