Venice in 1 Day

See Venice in 1 Day? It’s True!

You’re traveling around Italy and didn’t plan on visiting Venice. Now you realize what a mistake that is. Not a problem with our Venice in 1 Day tour. Combining the Original Venice Walking Tour and the Grand Canal Boat Tour, you can do this trip in one day or spread out over two.

The two-hour walking tour highlights the history, landmarks and heritage of Venice including Campo Santa Maria Formosa, the Cannaregio district, the church of San Giovanni e Paolo and Marco Polo’s house. You’ll also gain entrance into St. Mark’s Basilica (ladies, don’t forget to cover shoulders and knees, and leave the large tote bag back at your hotel.) The 1-hour guided boat tour navigates the waters of the Grand Canal before heading to smaller, more intimate canals.

Venice in 1 day? Absolutely. It will be a day you’ll never want to forget.

Here’s what’s included:

    • Combines the Original Venice Walking Tour and the Grand Canal Boat Tour.
    • Tour can be completed in 1 or 2 days.
    • Original Venice Walking Tour:
      • 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.
    • Grand Canal Boat Tour:
      • Guided one hour boat tour.
      • Travel on the Grand Canal and some of the minor canals.
    • 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 February 1 - December 31.
    • Original Venice Walking Tour operates:
      • February 1 - March 9 on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 
      • March 6 - November 16 Daily
      • November 17 -December 31 on Tuesday, Friday & Saturday.
      • This tour begins at 11:10am Monday - Saturday.
      • When available tour begins at 2:00pm on Sunday.
      • Tours do not operate on September 1, October 27, November 3, 10 and December 25.
    • Grand Canal Boat Tour operates:
      • February 1 -March 5 on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 2:30pm
      • March 6 -31 daily at 4:30pm
      • April 1 - October 26 daily at 5:30pm
      • October 28 - November 16 daily at 2:30pm.
      • November 13 -December 31 on Tuesday, Friday & Saturday at 2:30pm.
    • Tours do not operate on September 7, October 26, November 2, 9 and 16 and December 25-26.
    • 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 "Grand Canal Boat Tour/Original Venice Walk" written on it.