Skip the Line: Venice in One Day Including Boat Tour

If it’s your first time in Venice, see all the highlights of this magical city on a combination walking tour of Venice’s narrow streets and a boat tour on the Grand Canal. From Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square) to the Rialto Bridge, your informative guide will offer historical perspectives on this fascinating medieval city. Plus, you'll skip the long lines at St Mark's Basilica – there’s no need to waste time waiting in lines when you're on vacation!

What You Can Expect

Visit St. Mark's Basilica
Visit St. Mark's Basilica

Your comprehensive introduction to Venice begins near St Mark’s Square with a two-hour guided walking tour highlighting the city’s important monuments. Follow your guide to the famous piazza and learn the history behind its landmarks, including the Byzantine architectural heritage of St Mark's Basilica and the adjoining prisons of Doge's Palace.

Visit the famed basilica of St Mark's with skip-the-line admission, without having to stand in long queues! At the Scuola di San Marco, learn about the medieval trade schools of Venice that provided the foundations for the great mercantile empire of Venice.

Leaving the crowds behind, enter a labyrinth of narrow passageways, alleys and meandering canals punctuated by delicate bridges as you further explore the enchanting city with your guide. Explore the lively Campo Santa Maria Formosa with its outstanding Gothic palaces, and view Marco Polo's house as well as an old merchant's warehouse and the city’s most beautiful wellhead.

Complete your walking tour near the Rialto Bridge, and enjoy free time before your boat tour of the Grand Canal begins. (Depending on the season, your boat tour will start between 4:30pm and 5:30pm. Your guide will provide details of the exact meeting location and time after the walking tour.)

Next, enjoy a relaxing one-hour cruise along the Grand Canal of Venice via water taxi. Along the way you will learn the history of the stunning palaces and churches that line the famous canal, as well as hear anecdotes about the famous people who have resided on Venice's most important ‘street.’ During the second half of your boat tour, discover the minor canals of Venice and soak up the romantic atmosphere.

Please note: St Mark's Basilica is free of charge to enter and we guarantee that you'll skip any long lines as part of this tour. Venice is subject to flash floods and occasionally the Basilica is closed to the public (without notice) because of high water or festivities.

Days of Service


Meeting Time

April 1 to November 16, 2014 & March 9 to March 31, 2015 11:10am daily except Sunday 2:00pm Sunday November 17, 2014 to March 8, 2015 10:00am



  • Professional guide
  • Skip-the-lines entry to St Mark's Basilica
  • Walking tour (2 hours)
  • Grand Canal boat tour (60-70 minutes)


  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup or drop-off
  • Food and drink, unless specified

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Tour is not suitable for people in wheelchairs or with walking difficulties as passengers are required to step down onto the boat when boarding. The variation of the level of tides can make the vessel unstable
  • Occasionally the basilica will be closed to the public (without notice) because of festivities or high water
  • It is possible to take the walking tour and boat tour separately (over a couple of days). Please specify the date for each tour at time of booking
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
Voucher Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Schedule and Pricing

Departure Point

Veneto and Venice


3 hours

Return Details

Concludes near the Rialto Bridge


Refunds, when possible, must be requested at least 4 business days prior to the travel date. Refunds are subject to a 7% administration fee. The Rail Protection Plan™ does not apply.

11:10 AMTour
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$ 99.26
1:45 PMTour
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2:00 PMTour
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$ 99.26

Customer Reviews

Celia C

July 2015

Excellent! The tour guide was a local Venitian with the right knowledge and attitude

Steven N

July 2015

A very worthwhile tour of Venice. We would recommend this trip.


June 2015

Just a great way to see Venice in a short period of time.

Alastair B

June 2015

excellent trip

Maurice C

June 2015

The organisation of all the tours we went on in Venice were excellent. When you book online in the UK you wonder what will happen when you get to your destination. No problems here, the tours were great value and the instructions I received were accurate. I have already recommended your company.

Aleksandar B

July 2015

Both the walking and canal tours were perfect, the guide members were excellent, they both knew a lot about Venice , and they were born there. I highly recommend this tour.


June 2015

This was a very informative and enjoyable tour a good way to start our visit to Venice. Once again our guide made us very welcome it was a pleasure to listen to her.

George R. T

June 2015

The walking tour was excellent , a very knowledgeable and delightful guide, very enthusiastic - well worth while.
The boat trip was also worthwhile and also well worth doing.
We have found in the past that all Viator excursions have proven to be worthwhile, and normall good value for money.

Katharine K

June 2015

Loved the young lady on the canal tour.

Donna H

June 2015

Well worth the money. Everything was perfect. We will definitely do this again.

Ian A

June 2015

Excellent tour. Saw a lot of Venice,and the Guide spoke very good english.

Carol E

June 2015

Excellent...Thank you!

Robert C

June 2015

The land tour was great. We saw all that was on the land portion. And no waiting! Our guide, Maria, was very knowledgeable and very pleasant. The pace was just right.
Be sure you have the whole day. The boat ride portion is late afternoon. Several of our group were on a cruise and couldn't make it!

fred h

June 2015

Love it and med space and the guide was very informative and funny


June 2015

Fantastic. ! real value for money. Totally enjoyable and exactly as described.

Lynette/Mel S

June 2015

Lovely walk through Venice and our guide Barbara was delightful. For the boat ride they split us up into groups of eight or so and we went on small wooden boat which was brilliant. A must do on Venice!

Theresa L

June 2015

This tour was amazing!

Koby M

June 2015

We booked this walking and boat tour for our first full day in Venice. We thought it would give us a good lay of the land...we where correct. Both our tour guides where fantastic, and we learned a lot more then we expected. After the tour day we felt like we knew how to get around for the next 8 days. This tour is very informative, and a great way to start your trip.

Justin T

June 2015

Excellent tour. The 2 hour walking tour was very informative in discussing the history and origins of Venice and our tour guide was wonderful. Each group of 20 for one tour guide had their own individual headsets to listen to their guide speak. The one hour boat tour which occurred about 3.5 hours later good for rest in between was also excellent. It was very intimate with only 8 people per small water boat. We were taken through some small canals and then the grand canal. It felt very personal with again a great guide explaining everything. Well worth the money!

Brian E

June 2015

Tour was great, very informational and funny tour guide. It was great to have a break between the tour and then boat tour. And the boat tour only has a few people per boat so that was really awesome and the boats looked super cool. Being on the water and listening more to the history of Venice!

Frances M

June 2015

We started with Stephie walking us around the historical sites of Venice. She was very informative. Then the boat tour with Caroline, our guide gave another view from the water.

Robert Diamond

June 2015

Good tour to take for a quick, comprehensive overview of Venice.

Michael L

June 2015

Tour was great.. guide really knew her stuff.. fascinating walk around and boat trip was excellent.. stunning buildings.. amazing history..

Rashmi S

June 2015

Enjoyed the tour very much! The guide was very nice!