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




  • 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.

Note: Tours may be delayed or run late. Please plan accordingly.

German Activities Terms & Conditions

The 20% Off German Activities offer is valid with bookings of any German Rail Pass with coupon code OKTOBERFEST20. The maximum coupon code discount is $35 per booking. Offer is valid for the first 280 coupon codes redeemed or until the promo’s end date of 5:00 pm ET on September 29, 2015, whichever comes first. Offer is subject to change or extension without notice. No adjustments can be made on prior purchases. One coupon code per booking may be applied.

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Customer Reviews

Jenny H

August 2015

Great walk through the alleys and streets of Venice especially the radio to each person on the tour so we could hear the guide through the headphones. Well presented tour and the boat trip topped the day off. So much information on the history of Venice it was well worth the tour.

Zydre T

August 2015

The tour was very interesting, the tour guide is local who lives in Venice and know lots of details and information about it. Strongly recommend.

John F

August 2015

The walking tour was informative but the water tour is a must to see all the hidden areas you would never see by land. length of tour and information was perfect!

Michelle O

August 2015

Found it very worthwhile..!

John G

August 2015

The walking tour of Venice was very good learnt so much from our guide Gina who gave us a wonderful insight about the history and life in Venice. It was a very hot day and tough walking she tried to keep us cool by stopping in the shade as much as possible. Unfortunately were unable to do the boat tour but overall I would recommend this tour as a great way to learn more about this amazing city.

Fidelis X

August 2015

The guide is so informative and interesting. St. Mark's Basilica is so crowded and good to have this tour.

Phil H

August 2015

Absolutely fantastic in every way. Highly recommended.


August 2015

This was a great tour! Our guide Adriana? was very friendly and knowledgeable and provided us with just the right amount of information. She provided a great overview of Venice as well as specific information regarding the tour highlights. Venice was everything we hoped it would be and more!

Andy H

August 2015

excellent tour, even though it took place on the hottest days in 148 year, according to our lovely tour guide, Gina. We enjoyed it and would recommend it to all our friends


August 2015

Loved this tour!

Leon Lisa

August 2015

Very informative tour. Our guide was very knowledgeble. The boat tour was fantastic!

mohammed a

August 2015

Cool and relax


August 2015

These tours were very good. Marco for the walking tour was very informative and humorous. The boat tour was quite interesting as we navigated through the canals

David S

August 2015

Great walk through the lanes, bridges and squares, and great boat tour. Long gap between, but it was good to relax and have a long lunch. St Mark's was very crowded and that part of the tour could have been better. Overall extremely well organised.

Elizabeth G

August 2015

It was an amazing experience specially when you have a nice, knowledgeable, sweet and professional guide Cristina Pigozzo to lead you. I recommend this tour to everyone!

Ashley A

August 2015

Excellent informative trip well organised in a beautiful city.

James L

August 2015

Very good. The tour guide told us a lot of history of Venice and what were the highlights to hit while there. The boat tour was great and the best way to really see Venice. Much cheaper than the gondola's but just as fun and a longer tour. I fell in love with Venice! It is a magical city indeed!


August 2015

This was a very informative and enjoyable walking tour. We saw so much of the city and was given a lot of historical information.The boat tour was great!Our large group was divided into smaller groups and taken in separate boats for our ride down the Grand Canal. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting Venice.

Katherine S

August 2015

Great introduction to Venice, very knowledgeable guides! The walking tour and boat tour offered a well rounded Venice experience. Enjoyed every minute of both tours.
The tours start at the Gardens entrance, information that was not given in the confirmation email from Viator.

joseph f

August 2015

Wonderful tour, covered many important sights, very informative guide, love the skip the line to st. marks.
We also enjoyed the boat tour, all was perfect !

Mrs M I Grant G

August 2015

Very professional and enthusiastic guides, great tour.

Eric N

July 2015

For a first day in Venice this tour was great--We had a fantastic visit of St Marks Cathedral almost by ourselves followed by a fascinating wander throughout much of the canals and back ways of Venice. After a brief break our boat tour capped the day with about 90 minutes in the canals and waterways led by a super guide full of information and the back stories. Both guides were very helpful in suggesting options for our following days in Venice--options we selected and which turned out great, like visits to Murano and Burano. The group in the walking tour was small and ensured that each of us got a lot of individual attention and the boat ride had 4-5 guests and a guide per boat. This tour was top of the line!!


July 2015

This was a great way to experience Venice for the first time. Our guide was very knowledgeable and fluent in English. The boat tour was on a small boat and very good at showing Venice from its famous canals. The time difference between the walking and boat tours was good. It allowed us to explore more of the main part of Venice and have a nice lunch.

Erich B

July 2015

Excellent tour, good tour guide, very knowlegable about her place.