Venice Guided Tour w/ Grand Canal Water Taxi and St. Mark's Basilica
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Product Code: 237-85549
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Skip-the-Line access to St. Mark's Basilica
  • • Guided tour of the basilica and terraces
  • • Walking tour of Venice
  • • See Marco Polo's house
  • • See Campo SS Giovani and Bridge of Sighs
  • • One-hour water taxi on Grand Canal
  • • Rialto Bridge
Tour Code
237-85549
Duration
3 hours
Departure City
Venice
End City
Venice
Tour Type:
Sightseeing Tours
Language:
English
Itinerary

Venice

See all the top sights of Venice with this exclusive, semi-private tour, limited to only 10 people or less per group. With commentary tailored by an expert, English-speaking guide to suit your group, you’ll learn more about Venice in just a few hours than many visitors do on an entire trip. And with such small group sizes, your guide will have more time to answer questions and tailor the pace of the tour to suit you.

First, we'll head straight for the main attraction, to be sure that you have plenty of time to take it all in. St. Mark’s Basilica took 800 years to build with relics and monuments inside bought (or stolen) from all over Europe and Asia. Even St. Mark's remains eventually ended up here (albeit through dubious means) when Crusaders stole them from Egypt. The queues here can be long but no worries, we have Skip the Line Access! Your guide will take you inside this cavernous space for an extended tour, pointing out mosaics that date all the way back to the 11th century and beautiful artworks. Then it's up to the second floor for some stolen time inside this busy basilica. The terraces of St. Mark's Basilica are worth a visit in their own right, not to mention the incredible views they offer over bustling Piazza San Marco below.

After our tour of St. Mark's Basilica and Piazza San Marco, we'll set out on a walking tour past some of the best-known sights of Venice, along with some unlikely favorites. We spent a lot of hours traversing the city, trying to get the right balance of major landmarks and picturesque corners and discovered that much of the joy of visiting Venice is in the journey, walking from one spot to another through quiet residential streets and along canals.

Our Venice walking tour will take you on such a journey - visiting Marco Polo's house to hear about the Venetian son who went to sea one day and came back with stories of China; Campo SS Giovanni Paolo with its mix of architecture from so many ages; and the famous Bridge of Sighs. As you move from one spot to another, your guide will entertain you with stories of Venice, from informative tales about how the city has stayed afloat so long, to the whispers of scandal that make Venice such a captivating city. They'll also point out features and buildings that you may never have noticed on your own.

A visit to the Rialto Bridge, an incredible marble structure that cost Venice a small fortune to build but was certainly worth every penny, is a highlight of this journey, and here our walking part ends. Now it is time to take a seat on the water taxi, and enjoy the beauty of the city. Our tour continues on the Grand Canal, the city's main waterway which snakes its way past no less than 50 palaces, six churches, four bridges and two open-air markets. We'll take to the water for a tour of all these wonderful sights, which your guide will point out and explain as you pass. Although many visitors opt to travel the Grand Canal by gondola, this wide and hectic waterway is much better suited to the water taxis we use, which allow us to move quickly and easily along the canal without losing the intimacy of a smaller vessel.

Your tour will end at the famous Rialto Bridge. And there you have it - in only a few hours you have seen the very best of Venice from three entirely different perspectives - water, land and even air from the terraces of St. Mark's Basilica. And all without having to wait in line or jostling to see within a big tour group!

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2:30PM Venice In front of Doge's Palace (Next to Ponte della Paglia) 1 San Marco Square, 30124 Venice
WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Expert English-speaking guide
  • One hour guided tour of the Grand Canal in a water taxi (groups of ten people or fewer)
  • Skip-the-line access to St. Mark's Basilica
  • Admission to the terraces of St. Mark's Basilica
  • Headsets when appropriate so that you can always hear your guide

Package Excludes

  • Hotel pick-up, drop-off
  • Personal expenses
  • Food and drink
  • Tips to guides
Special Notes
  • St. Mark's Basilica is subject to closure without notice. When this occurs, we are happy to offer customers an extended tour of the exterior of the Basilica 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. You may miss a portion of the tour for this procedure.
  • It is the responsibility of all visitors to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated, and missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded.
  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking, and there are a number of steep steps on the terraces of St. Mark’s Basilica. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours.
  • Entrance into religious sites requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. We cannot be held responsible for refused entry due to improper dress.
  • Photography is permitted throughout most of the tour; however, photography is prohibited inside St. Mark's Basilica.
  • Some sites visited lack shade and can be hot under direct sunlight. We recommend bringing a hat, sunscreen and a bottle of water in warm weather.
  • 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 of age
* Participation is free for children under the age of 4.
* Tour prices are based on Euros (EUR) and converted into US dollars (USD). Constant fluctuations in the exchange rate cause prices to change on a regular basis. You will be charged the price based on the applicable exchange rate at the time of payment. All transactions are final. We do not offer discounts or compensation to those citing lower prices at a later date. Bookings will be subject to penalties when modified or cancelled.

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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  • Emily Q.

    Emily Q.

    06/23/2016

    Knowledgeable, friendly, and enthusiastic. When it started to rain, she rolled with it and made sure all participants were comfortable and continued the tour without missing a beat. We enjoyed the tour very much & highly recommend it. Thank... you! Read full review

  • Anna M.

    Anna M.

    05/31/2016

    Our tour guide was highly knowledgeable about the history of Venice and also current affairs. The tour was amazing and highly recommend to anyone who wants to see St. Marks and get a good understanding of how Venice developed and the layout... of the city today Read full review

  • Zyleen K.

    Zyleen K.

    04/09/2016

    She was excellent!!! She is very knowledgeable about everything, passionate about the culture and the history of Italy and she made sure we never had a dull moment in the whole tour. I would highly recommend her. We really enjoyed the tour!

  • Andrew S.

    Andrew S.

    04/01/2016

    Susan was a great guide. She was incredibly knowledgeable about St. Mark's Basilica and surrounding sights, as well as history of Venice. We had a great time touring both the streets and waterways of Venice with Susan.

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