Private Best of Venice Tour with St. Mark's Basilica

Private Best of Venice Tour with St. Mark's Basilica

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Tour Highlights

  • Uncover the history and culture of Venice on our walking tour, specially designed to give you an insight into the city, from picturesque Piazzas to its most famous sights
  • See St. Mark’s Basilica, Rialto Bridge, Marco Polo’s house, Bridge of Sighs & more on this de facto tour of Venice for the first-time visitor
  • Witness the mosaics of St. Mark’s Basilica from up close – this tour includes your entrance ticket to the famous terraces of St. Mark’s Basilica and Skip the Line Access
  • Your own dedicated, English-speaking expert guide at your disposal, your visit will be one-of-a-kind experience

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If you have limited vacation time (and who doesn’t?), this is the perfect way to see the best sights in Venice in just a few short hours. Your expert, local, English-speaking guide will take you to famous landmarks including St. Mark’s Basilica, Rialto Bridge, Marco Polo’s house, Camp SS Giovanni e Paolo and Campo Santa Maria Formosa piazzas, Bridge of Sighs and more, including quiet off-the-beaten path places many tourists may miss.
St. Mark's Basilica Tower View

HIGHLIGHTS OF VENICE IN JUST TWO HOURS

See Venice’s most-famous landmarks and monuments in just a few hours with the flexibility and attention only a private tour can offer.

Guide speaking to Tourists

PRIVATE ENGLISH-SPEAKING EXPERT GUIDE

Private English-speaking expert local guide and entertaining commentary tailored especially for your intimate group.

St. Mark's Basilica View by Day

EXPERIENCE STUNNING VIEWS

See St. Mark’s Basilica, Rialto Bridge, Marco Polo’s house, Bridge of Sighs & more on this de facto tour of Venice for the first-time visitor.

Tour Description

We begin your tour at one of Venice’s most photographed locations, the Rialto Bridge. Then we’ll wind through the Floating City’s serpentine streets and over the tiny bridges that dot its seascape on our way to Marco Polo’s house. Learn about this intrepid Venetian son whose sense of adventure and exploration took him beyond the horizon to the Far East, where few had ever been before. Along the way you’ll stroll through the lively piazzas of Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo and Campo Santa Maria Formosa, and marvel at how the beautiful Byzantine architecture and Renaissance buildings meld seamlessly with today’s modern and somewhat eclectic edifices.

On the way to our final and most awe-inspiring stop, St. Mark’s Basilica, you have a chance to see the romantic Bridge of Sighs. Then saunter through St. Mark’s Square, which Napoleon named the “finest drawing room in all of Europe.” Next, enjoy Skip-the-Line Access to the city’s most bustling spot for tourists. You’ll breeze past the long lines and straight into the basilica.

Your tour guide will not only educate but also entertain you with the rich history of St. Mark’s Basilica. Learn about the city’s diverse culture with intriguing facts only a local would know. An impressive architectural marvel, see how Eastern architecture blends beautifully with Western design to create an unbelievable onion-domed structure so individually Venetian. With less time waiting in line, you’ll enjoy more time standing in awe of ornate frescoes before ascending to the famous St. Mark’s terraces. Not often included on guided tours, this site offers a spectacular aerial view of the prized piazza – and makes the perfect photo opp.

On this private tour, your small group will receive individualized attention. Audio headsets are provided, if you like, so you can always hear your guide. Ask all the questions you like and learn as much about Venice and the world-renowned sites as you please. Don’t worry, there won’t be a pop quiz – just more of Venice in less time. You’ll love it.

If you want to go a bit more in-depth in the city known for its waterways, ask for our one and a half hour tour of Doge’s Palace. It is the perfect add-on. Cross the Bridge of Sighs, see Tintoretto’s frescoed ceilings of ‘Justice presenting herself to the Doge,’ marvel at Veronese’s ‘Juno Bestowing her Gifts on Venice,' and so much more.

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What's Included

  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Private guided tour
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide
  • Skip the Line Access to St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Entrance ticket to the terraces of St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Skip-the-Line Access and entrance ticket to the Doge’s Palace (1 hour and an half tour – only if option is selected)

Sites Visited

  • View of Grand Canal
  • Rialto Bridge
  • Marco Polo’s house (from outside)
  • Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo
  • Campo SM Formosa
  • Bridge of Sighs (from outside)
  • Columns of St. Mark and the Venetian Lion

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FAQs

  • When can I cancel a booking?

    On tours cancelled more than 72 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are happy to offer our customers a full refund. For tours cancelled less than 72 hours before scheduled departure time, we are unable to offer refunds. Instead we suggest that customers reschedule their tour for another time more convenient for them.

  • When can I make a amendment to a booking?

    Changes made to bookings within the 72 hour window will be subject to rebooking fees to cover the cost of tickets purchased, transport, guide rescheduling, headsets and administration.

  • Is an advanced booking necessary or can I just show up at the meeting point?

    We strongly advise against arriving at the meeting point without a booking as we cannot guarantee that there will be space left on the tour. Our guides are unable to accept payment for tours so any bookings made on the spot will still need to be processed over the phone with payment by credit card.

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