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Best of Venice Walking Tour w/ St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace
Product Code: 237-6363


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4 hours
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Our Best of Venice tour is perfect for visitors with only a limited time in Venice or for those who want to get the main sights done and dusted early to leave time for exploring more off-the-beaten-track locations. This tour takes in all the highlights of Venice by foot with a few less expected gems thrown into the mix. With Skip the Line access we cut out waiting time so you can spend more time exploring and less time queuing and allowing your dedicated guide to whisk you easily from one Venice highlight to the next.

It's at one of these highlights that we'll make our first stop. The Rialto Bridge is a favorite of many- a vast marble beauty that ran far beyond its budget, yet when the sunlight dances on it's smooth stone and its reflection shines in the water below, it's worth every penny.

Our walking tour is a head-spinning journey past some of the best known sights of Venice along with some unassuming gems. We'll stop by Marco Polo's house and hear about the Venetian son who went to sea one day and came back with stories of China and a world in the East that few had ever seen. We'll see lively Campo San Luca and Campo SS Giovanni Paolo where locals carry out their daily lives in the shadow of spectacular architecture.

Just as we started with a pop we'll end our tour with a bang, visiting Piazza San Marco - the number one sight in Venice. We'll 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 managed to escape.

Then it's on to the main event, the stunning Basilica San Marco. Marvel at the diversity of Venetian culture as your guide points out the spots where eastern architecture and western design have blended to create a structure with an onion dome that could only have been created in Venice. In a rare extended tour of the basilica you'll hear about how St. Mark's remains arrived here illegally and see all sorts of treasures, molded in this very city or plundered during the crusades. We'll visit the second level of the basilica for views over the piazza below where string quartets play and waiters bustle around piazza-side cafes.

Finally, we'll have a full guided tour of the Doge's Palace. Our tour of the palace visits all the best sights open to the public. Marvel over ceilings frescoed by Tintoretto to show Justice presenting herself to the Doge while you think of all the feet that have shuffled on the tiles you stand on; ambassadors waited nervously in this very spot for an audience with the Doge in the Hall of Four Doors. Then there's the numerous flattering works produced on demand by the masters of the time; "Virtues of the Republic" in the Council Room was Veronese's rosy outlook on the state of his nation while "The Triumph of Venice" in the Senate Hall was where Tintoretto paid his dues on a high ceiling.

In the Chamber of the Council of Ten, as you marvel over Veronese's Juno Bestowing her Gifts on Venice, your guide will point you in the direction of a dark corner, dwarfed by the vibrant masterpiece. This unassuming slot was where friends and foes condemned each other in the form of accusations that were then investigated and acted on with frightening brutality.

The tour ends at the Rialto Bridge.

The tour service ends at the Doge's Palace.
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9:00AM (TUE, WED, FRI, SAT) Venice bronze statue at Campo San Bartolomeo Rialto Bridge, Venice, Italy
1:30PM (SUN) Venice bronze statue at Campo San Bartolomeo Rialto Bridge, Venice, Italy

Package Includes

  • Skip the Line Access to St. Mark's Basilica
  • Admission to the terraces of St. Mark's Basilica
  • Skip the line access to the Doge's Palace
  • Expert English speaking guide
  • Headsets where necessary
  • Groups no larger than 20 people

Package Excludes

  • Hotel pick-up, drop-off
  • Tips
Special Notes
  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking and steep staircases. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • We cannot accommodate wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.
  • It is the individual responsibility of all visitors to arrive at the tour departure points.
  • Entrance into churches requires appropriate dress. Shoulders and knees must be covered. Entry may be refused due to improper dress.
  • Photography is permitted throughout the tour; however, photography is prohibited in the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica.
  • We recommend that customers who are not familiar with Venice give themselves ample time to find meeting points.
  • Please note that there are a number of steep steps on the terraces of St. Mark's Basilica.
  • We advise our clients that 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 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.
  • Clients must arrive at the designated meeting point 15 minutes prior to the scheduled tour time 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 departure time.
  • Extra measures may be implemented at some venues due to heightened global security. As a result, we may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues. Extra measures may also restrict the size of bags that can be brought inside. To avoid disruptions or possible denied entry, we strongly suggest that you avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour. St. Mark’s Basilica specifically prohibits large bags, umbrellas, and tripods. These items must be checked into the luggage storage area off-site, so you may miss a portion of the tour to do so.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* Adult: 15 and older
* Child: 4-14 years.
* Infants up to 3 years old travel for free and do not require a reservation.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.

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Departure Date:jul-01, 2017
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