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Best Venice Tour with Skip-the-Line St Mark’s Basilica & Grand Canal Boat tour

Venezia, Italy
Best Venice Tour with Skip-the-Line St Mark’s Basilica & Grand Canal Boat tour

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See the best of Venice in a day on a tour that combines a guided walk with a cruise along the bustling Grand Canal. Hear the history of St. Mark’s Square and Rialto Bridge from a guide, and visit St. Mark’s Basilica with a skip-the-line ticket to beat the long admission lines. Discover the tucked-away treasures of Venice’s backstreets and charming canals, and then finish on a high note: a water taxi cruise on the Grand Canal.
  • Gain skip-the-line entry to St. Mark's Basilica
  • Learn about historical Venice from your guide
  • Cruise along the Grand Canal on a water taxi ride
  • Break for lunch and shopping with free time between tours

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

At a price that's right, this affordable combo tour shows off Venice's highlights by land and by water.
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Professional English-speaking guide
Best of Venice & St Marks' basilica (2 hours)
Grand Canal boat tour (1 hour)
Radio Headsets when the group has more than 8 participants
Skip-the-line tickets to St. Mark's Basilica
Hotel pickup or drop-off
Food and drink, unless specified
Giardini Reali , San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Entrance to the Royal Gardens , on the waterfront of St Mark's Square - You'll meet Avventure Bellissime tour coordinator outside the gardens , in front of the wrought iron Gate holding a sign with the name of the tour and Avventure Bellissime logo written on it .

This activity will end right where it started.
Start your "Venice in a day" tour with a guided walk to learn about the city’s key monuments. In St. Mark’s Square, hear the history behind legendary sights such as St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace prisons.

Admission lines at top Venice attractions are long and no more so than at St. Mark’s Basilica. Use your skip-the-line ticket to bypass the lines and step straight inside. Then admire the acclaimed mosaics that adorn the basilica’s interior as you explore with your guide.

From St. Mark’s Basilica, continue to Campo Santa Maria Formosa to admire from outside the stunning Renaissance church dedicated to the Holy Virgin and learn from your guide the meaning of "formosa".

Leave the tourist crowds behind, and follow your guide around the winding alleyways that form the backstreets of Hidden Venice and Castello district. Explore narrow passageways that cut between sun-bleached palazzos, and admire the bridges that cross the canals.

Pass through Campo Santa Maria Formosa to see its gothic palaces, and have your camera ready for Marco Polo’s House. Other sights include Calle del Paradiso, San Zulian, an age-old merchants warehouse and a wellhead, which many say is the city’s most beautiful.

Say goodbye to your guide at St Mark's Square, and make the most of some free time before your water taxi cruise along the Grand Canal.

As you glide down the waterway, listen to stories about the eye-catching palaces and churches that line your route, pass by Rialto bridge, and hear fun facts about the famous residents that have lived on the equally famous street. Continue on a tour of the smaller, lesser-seen canals. Hop back on to dry land to finish your experience in central Venice.

Please note: There is a break between the walking tour and Grand Canal boat tour, for you to spend time at leisure. The duration of this break varies depending on the season. Details of the exact meeting location and time for the Grand Canal Boat Tour are given by your meeting point assistant upon check-in for the first tour.
Stop At:  
Piazza San Marco
Enjoy the introduction to Venice history and culture with our local expert English-speaking guide
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Basilica di San Marco
Enter in St. Mark's Basilica for an in-depth tour of the famous Basilica
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Campo Santa Maria Formosa
Pass by the famous Campo to admire the Renaissance church of Santa Maria Formosa
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Calle del Paradiso
Our guide will lead you through a typical Venetian "calle" alley where you can admire examples of Byzantine and Gothic architecture that make Venice so unique
Pass By:  
Ponte di Rialto
During your boat tour pass near the Rialto Bridge where your guide will give you full explanation about the merchant life in the Venetian Golden Age
Stop At:  
Canal Grande
In the afternoon, travel along the Grand Canal for 1 hour with a group of max 8\9 people per boat
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • 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 may be closed to the public (without prior notice) because of festivities, religious functions or high water. The guide will provide explanation from outside.
  • 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 case of high water, St Mark’s Basilica Skip-the-line entrance will remain closed
  • 11-10am Best of Venice walking tour from the entrance to the Royal Gardens
  • 5.00 pm Grand Canal boat tour from the entrance to the Royal Gardens
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • 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.
  • Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance to St Mark's Basilica is compulsory from April to October due to high number of visitors. St Mark’s Basilica does not offer a fast entry service to anyone in other periods considered off peak season. No refund is due when skip-the-line reservation isn't required.
  • Beginning Friday 6 August 2021 and until further notice, access to museums, galleries and all related tourist venues as well as indoor bars and restaurants, will be permitted only to those in possession of a Green COVID-19 Certification (Green Pass or equivalent certificate). Please remember to also bring your ID or passport to confirm your identity. This doesn’t apply to children less than 12 years old.
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Avventure Bellissime
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Best Venice Tour with Skip-the-Line St Mark’s Basilica & Grand Canal Boat tour ?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Best Venice Tour with Skip-the-Line St Mark’s Basilica & Grand Canal Boat tour .
What is the policy on sanitization during Best Venice Tour with Skip-the-Line St Mark’s Basilica & Grand Canal Boat tour ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Best Venice Tour with Skip-the-Line St Mark’s Basilica & Grand Canal Boat tour .
What is the social distancing policy during Best Venice Tour with Skip-the-Line St Mark’s Basilica & Grand Canal Boat tour ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Best Venice Tour with Skip-the-Line St Mark’s Basilica & Grand Canal Boat tour .
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Best Venice Tour with Skip-the-Line St Mark’s Basilica & Grand Canal Boat tour ?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Best Venice Tour with Skip-the-Line St Mark’s Basilica & Grand Canal Boat tour .

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  • "Highly recommend going early in morning before it gets too hot." See review
  • "You also are required to walk single file and if you're too far away from the guide, your walkie talkie gets static in it and you can't hear anything the tour guide is saying." See review

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Venice tour
, May 2022
Grand Canal cruise was in a boat that is used also as a water taxi which is closed in and unable to take photos or move around. Cramped space. Walking tour was good but also too many shops being pointed out during the trip. Use of communication system was excellent.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Client, Thank you for your feedback. In regards to the boat tour, these are the type of water transportation allowed down the grand canal and therefore the only ones that can be used to touring Venice city center Grand Canal and minor canals. Generally it accomodates confortably 8 people , 4 in the front and 4 in the back and that's why we limit our tour to 8 people. As for the walking tour, I really would have liked some more information about the fact that the guide was pointing too many shops. Part of the traditions in Venice include many artifacts made in the city and it's part of an introductory tour also mentioning, when passing by, some of the specialties and artisanal artifacts that are specific of the city visited. Yours sincerely, Monica
Great Vince introduction.
, Nov 2021
Adriana was a knowledgeable local who provided a great introduction to the city. She helped us to add on to our experience based on our interest.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Dear Tim, Thank you so much for your 5 star review of our tour. I have already forwarded your comments to our expert guide Adriana. A guided tour is definitely the best way to explore Venice and all its treasures. Thank you for touring with us! Kind regards, Aleksandra Sales Manager @ Avventure Bellissime
Hope to get money back—guide was a no show
, Aug 2021
Our guide never arrived. We called multiple times and received a voicemail. We messaged and got NO response. Several other tour guides passed us and we asked and they said we were at the right spot. We arrived at 1:40—the time was set for 1:45 for a 2 PM tour; we waited until 230. No one ever came. It was over $400. Sure hope to get this money refunded. We did several tours with another company and they were all excellent.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Dear Rafael, We are sorry for the inconvenience caused. Due to a still relatively low season for tourism and a slow restart of international travel our tours are not scheduled to operate on Sundays and our office was closed on that day. As soon as we saw your message on Monday morning we immediately sent you the following reply (see below) - did you receive it?: Due to a technical error the system allowed you to book however the tour was not scheduled to operate on 1st Aug. A full refund has already been processed to you. We apologize for the inconvenience. Rest assured the full refund has been processed to you on Monday morning and you will have certainly received it by now. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience, it was an unfortunate technical bug which we have now corrected. We remain at disposal for any assistance. Kind regards, Aleksandra Sales Manager
Great introduction to Venice for first time visitors.
, Oct 2020
The tour gave us a great introduction to the city on our first day in Venice and it helped us choose what to visit in the following days. As the St Mark's Basilica cannot be entered due to Corona regulations, our guide Cristina took us to some other very nice spots instead. For us it was just the right amount of explanations, walking, and breaks. I'd recommend the tour to anyone who visits Venice the first time.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Perfect Tour
, Feb 2020
Our tour guides had wonderful Knowledge about the city; they were personable, humorous and had excellent English! We booked the tour on our first day and it really provided us with a secure grasp of the culture, heritage and layout of the city. The canal boat tour was glorious!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Informative and well paced tour.
, Feb 2020
Good tour, nice guides and provided a great overview of city history. I would have lived to visit a couple of more sites in the city given the price.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Venice boat tour and Bascilica tour
, Feb 2020
Francesco was our tour guide. Being a Venetian native, he was able to share information that he knew first hand. The Bascilica was amazing and the boat tour a blast. I highly recommend both and ask for Francesco... you won’t be disappointed!
venice highlights at a glance
, Dec 2019
our guide Christina, knew everything about her city and was really enthusiastic giving us all the information Also the boat tour was great However the price was rather high
Excellent skip the queue tour Venice
, Dec 2019
Very enjoyable tour, Knowledgeable tour guide (Christina). Would recommend to anyone visiting Venice. Have used Viator before in other locations and have never had any issues. Good value.
Good Tour
, Nov 2019
Both guides had a wealth of knowledge and were very pleasant and accommodating. I suggest seeing Venice via foot and boat as you get two very different perspectives.
Great experience!
, Nov 2019
Great experience! I had a good time! Staff was very nice and friendly! I will book again! I really like Venice!
Venice tour
, Nov 2019
Very boring tour. Guide was not informative and stood outside St. Mark's for a long time in the heat with boring explanations. Boat tour was ok but not great.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear Client , Thank you for your feedback. I'm sorry to hear you found our guide boring and I can not object a personal point of view . I can only say that we've been operating our Venice tours for about 20 years and that overall iur tours and guides have met the appreciation of many travellers . Our main goal is to deliver quality experiences to our guests . Kindest Regards Monica
Venice tour
, Oct 2019
Utterly spectacular, informative, all-day walking and boat trip to parts of Venice we've never even seen before. Totally worth the money.
Excellent Grand Canal Boat First part was average!
Carlos D
, Oct 2019
1.- First part "Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica" was average. 2.- "Grand Canal Boat tour" was excellent, lady acting as a tour guide was very enthusiast, she knows Venice very well, explained us every detail clearly. My wife and I were there on September 27th 2019 in the afternoon tour. I wrote the name of the woman, but lost the paper, the only thing I remember is that she live around and looks like an actress some kind of Jennifer Aniston. 3.- You need a Sign that let your client to locate you easy. It was very stressful to find you, I was in the place 1 hour before.
Fabulous Day
, Oct 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.
Great experience
, Oct 2019
Very good tours. Great information during walking tour. Walking tour and boat tour separated by 3 hours with walking tour ending about 15 minutes from boat tour location. It would have been helpful to know that in advance. Guide on boat tour was a bit hard to understand. Heavy Italian accent and not a great sound system.
Best of Venice tour
, Oct 2019
Guides were very good but tour was short for the cost. It could be because walking through the busy streets takes a lot of time some days.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Dear Client , Thnak you for your feedback and I'm glad you've enjoyed the tour with our guides . I can not understand your comment about being short , as the morning tour lasts 2 hrs and the boat tour 1 hr . I'd be interested in understanding better what you mean by "being short ". Kindest Regards Monica
Fun time
, 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.
Venice tour, Mark's Basilica
, Oct 2019
The tour was very good and informative. Boat tour could have been right after tour so that it could have been a restful time instead of waiting time in between
Excellent overview
, Oct 2019
Tour guide was comprehensive and knowledgeable of the history and informative facts of the church and area.

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