Original Venice Walking Tour

Take the Ultimate Stroll - Original Venice Walking Tour

Two hours. Timeless landmarks. Magical memories. On this Venice guided tour, you’ll be escorted through the city’s most famous landmarks: St. Mark’s Square, Marco Polo’s House, the Cannareggio District and much more. Skip the line at St. Mark’s Basilica and uncover hidden Venice with your local, English-speaking tour guide. You’ll walk through history – from the city’s beginnings as a maritime power to the modern day sightseeing mecca Venice has become. The Original Venice Walking Tour is the perfect starting point before exploring Venice, Italy on your own.

Here’s what’s included:

    • Fully escorted 2 hour walking tour of Venice, Italy.
    • Access to San Mark's Basilica.
    • Visit Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Cannaregio district, the church of San Giovanni e Paolo, and Marco Polo’s house.
    • English commentary.



    • Reservation must be made at least 72 hours before tour begins. Details on making reservations are included with your voucher.
    • Travelers should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to their tour departure and present their Rail Europe Voucher upon arrival.
    • Tour Operates from January 2 - December 31.
    • Tour operates:
      • January 6 - January 31: departs on Tuesdays and Saturday at 10am.
      • February 1 - February 13: departs on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 10am.
      • February 14 - February 17: departs daily at 10am.
      • February 18 - March 8: departs on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 10am.
      • March 9 - March 31 and April 1 - November 15: departs on Monday to Saturday at 11:10am.
      • November 17 - December 23: departs on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 10am.
      • December 24 - January 5: departs daily at 10am.
    • This tour begins at 1:45pm Monday through Saturday from May 12 - July 17 and September 6 - October 15.
    • When available, tour begins at 2:00pm on Sunday.
    • Tours do not operate on September 7, October 26, November 2. 9 and 16 and December 25, 26, 31 and January 1. 
    • Please note: once the tour has been reserved, the tour is partially refundable (if canceled prior to tour departure). Contact the number provided on your voucher for cancellation. Then contact Rail Europe to apply for any applicable refund:
      • You will receive an 85% refund if you cancel the tour at least 8 days prior to the tour departure. 
      • You will receive a 50% refund if you cancel the tour within 4-7 days of the tour depature.
      • You will receive no refund for tours canceled within 3 days of the tour departure date.
    Please note: To enter St Mark's Basilica you must cover your shoulders and knees. Large bags are not allowed inside the basilica.
Where does the tour start?

The tour departs from the entrance of the Royal Gardens by the waterfront of St Mark's Square. When facing St. Marks Basilica turn right and walk towards the open water. At the two large columns facing the water turn right again, and follow the line of trees. After about a quarter of a mile,  you will come to the entrance of the Royal Gardens where your tour guide will be waiting for you holding a sign with "Original Venice Walk" written on it.