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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Very organized trip despite the pouring rain! Francescas very patient and knowledgable. My family enjoyed the tour immensely! Thank you Francesca!
Verified · Ester · Mar 30, 2024 · USA · Female · 65 to 74 years
Great tour guide Really loved the gondola ride at the end Bucket list item and not having to worry about arranging myself
Verified · Renée · Dec 11, 2023 · Australia · Female · 35 to 44 years
Great Value as Gondola rides are same price and this tour includes it. Guide was knowledgeable funny and interesting- a true local.
Verified · Nadine · Oct 13, 2023 · USA · Female · 65 to 74 years
Our tour guide Sarah was very passionate and was a true Venetian. She was very informative and knowledgeable. The sites covered and gondola ride were superb.
Verified · Doreen · Oct 10, 2023 · USA · Female · 65 to 74 years
Great valueincluded walking your, entrance to St. Mark Badilica and a gondola ride. Guide very nice and helpfulLaura
Verified · Elizabeth · Oct 07, 2023 · USA · 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.


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.
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.
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 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.
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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