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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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
Marie-Therese was our tour guide and she was excellent. She was super knowledgeable about the history of Venice and had witty anecdotes about the various areas of interest. Very enjoyable tour at a relaxed pace and would highly recommend signing up for this tour with her as your guide.
Stephanie · Oct 03, 2022 · United States · Female · 45 to 54 years
Fantastic tour. Elena our guide was amazing. If you get Elena, you will learn a lot from a true local. Book the early morning tour to avoid the crouds.
Chris · Sep 27, 2022 · United States · Male · 65 to 74 years
This was an excellent tour with a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. A real Venetian, she shared her experience of living in this amazing city.
Tracey · Sep 24, 2022 · Canada · Female · 45 to 54 years
Andrea was fabulous and made the tour for (myself, partner and niece (35) so varied ages. His knowledge of Venice was vast and had interesting answers to all questions not just the specific sites we visited. We only had one day in Venice so wanted a tour that gave us a feel of the city. It covered renowned historic spots and local points of interest. We may not have done the gondola ride until we learned it was a way to see Venice how it was supposed to be viewed. Highly recommend this tour. be viewed.
Greta · Sep 22, 2022 · United States · Female · 65 to 74 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?
No. Unfortunately, due to site restrictions we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on this tour. If you use a wheelchair and book this tour by accident, we are happy to offer you credit for a future tour that is wheelchair accessible anywhere in the world, or a full refund.
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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