Welcome to Venice: Walking Tour, St. Mark's Basilica & Gondola Ride

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3 hours

Max 18

Why take this tour?


  • Explore the neighborhood of Cannaregio, and familiarize yourself with its history

  • Immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of St. Mark's Basilica

  • Enjoy a 30-minute gondola ride through the city's canals

  • Sites Visited
  • St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco)
  • St. Mark's Basilica
  • Gondola ride
  • Rialto Bridge
  • Rialto Fish Market
  • House of Marco Polo (exterior)
  • Santa Maria dei Miracoli (exterior)
  • Tour Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Expertly guided walking tour
  • Skip the line ticket for St. Mark's Basilica
  • Gondola Ride
  • Headset

Take some time to explore Venice from a local's point of view

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The guide was great, she had a great deal of knowledge on Venice and was willing to share it all with us. If you had any questions, she would answer them or tell you she did not know. We even asked about things not on the tour and she had no problem helping us out. The length of the tour was just right, any longer and I think people would have started to loose interest.
Thomas · May 15, 2023 · United States · Male · 55 to 64 years
I was able to confirm the tour was still taking place despite the rain. I liked the ear piece to help me hear the tour guide. The content was interesting and I saw more of Venice than I would have. Well organized. Loved the gondola ride!
Careen · May 15, 2023 · United States · Female · 45 to 54 years
Wow! This tour was awesome it had a little bit of everything I wanted to see and do in Venice. Our tour guide Virginia was so knowledgeable and kind. She made sure no one got left behind and you could tell she really had a love for what she was talking about. I will recommend this tour to any of my friends who visits Venice! 5 stars ??
Mia · May 13, 2023 · United States · Female · 25 to 34 years
Our intro to Venice tour was fabulous! Our tour guide Nico was excellent and it was a wonderful way to become familiar with such a vibrant city. We saw sights off the beaten path as well as some of the most popular attractions. Could have spent all day listening to Nico tell us about his city.
Julie · May 10, 2023 · United States · Female · 45 to 54 years
We loved our walking tour and gondola ride. Would highly recommend this tour. Our guide was engaging and extremely knowledgeable!
Jane · Oct 16, 2022 · United States · Female · 55 to 64 years

Meeting Point

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Meeting Point

This tour meets outside of the entrance to the Church of "S. Giacometto", located in Campo San Giacomo di Rialto (also known as Campo San Giacometto). Campo San Giacomo di Rialto is located just to the west of the Rialto Bridge, towards the Rialto Market. Your guide will be holding a green Walks sign. The closest vaporetto stop is the "Rialto Mercato" stop. 

Please meet 15 minutes prior to the tour start time.


Is this tour wheelchair accessible?
Some of the Gaudí residences are not completely wheelchair accessible. Because of this, we regret that we cannot offer this tour to people who use wheelchair or have mobility limitations.
Does St. Mark's Basilica have a dress code?
Yes. Because it is a holy place, St. Mark's Basilica insists that both men and women wear clothing that covers their shoulders and knees. They can and will refuse entry to anyone who does not meet this standard and we can't do anything about it, so come prepared.
What if the weather is bad (rain, snow, hail, etc.) on the day of my tour?
Our tours run rain or shine so please dress for the elements. We also ask you to please remember hats and sunscreen if you are taking this tour in the summer as it might be very hot.
Does this tour always visit the Rialto Market?
The Rialto Market is closed on Mondays. If you take the tour on a Monday we will still visit Rialto but you won't see as much activity around the market.
Can I take a bag with me into St. Mark's Basilica?
You can only take small bags into St. Mark's. Anything bigger than a purse - backpacks or luggage - is prohibited. There is no coat check either, so do not bring any large bags with you.
Does my guide accompany me on the gondola ride?
No. During your gondola ride you will be alone with maximum 5 other people and your Venetian gondoliere. This experience is much better as quiet time. Just sit back, relax and soak up the beauty of the city's canals.
Can I take a gondola ride if I use a wheelchair?
No. Unfortunately, gondolas are not wheelchair accessbile.

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