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.

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  • Professional guide
  • Skip-the-lines entry to St Mark's Basilica
  • Walking tour (2 hours)
  • Grand Canal boat tour (1-hour)


  • 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/Exchange Point

Tour commences from the entrance to the Royal Gardens (Giardini ex Reali) near San Marco Square


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.

10:00 AMTour
Tour departs at 10am From
$ 78.90
11:10 AMTour
Tour departs at 11:10am. From
$ 78.90
1:45 PMTour
Tour departs at 1:45pm From
$ 82.72
2:00 PMTour
Tour departs at 2pm on Sunday From
$ 78.90

Customer Reviews

Anatoly G

November 2015

Very educational. Highly recommend this tour.

robert m

November 2015

Our guide was excellent. Very knowledgeable and provided insights from her childhood growing up in venice.

Sandra S

November 2015

For the walking tour portion we had a fantastic guide, Marco, he was easy to understand and answered all questions with out any hesitation, he also had a fabulous personality. Our guide for the boat trip was good, I didn't understand his name however, we explained everything clearly and seemed to enjoy his job. I would definitely recommend this tour.

Jennifer G

November 2015

Great overview of this beautiful city. Did this tour our first day and later went back to some of the highlights. Tour group is very organized, punctual, and has knowledgeable tour guides, would definitely do again.

Djihad B

November 2015

Amazing Tour, great tour guide, wonderful time


November 2015

Outstanding, best tour we took on our trip. Very knowledgable guide, friendly and made tour very interesting and fun. We saw parts of Venice that you would never find and was a great way to get a sense of the place and we went back to lots of the places later too. The grand canal cruise was definitely a highlight and must do. Small groups on boats made it perfect.


November 2015

Very knowledgeable and very comic tour guide is excellent, and the headsets provided in a small group tour was a plus. The water taxi tour was awesome and exhilarating, showcasing the parts of Venice that a tourist seldom sees. This is highly recommended.


November 2015

Guide was very energetic, professional and very informative about Venice. She made Venice come alive for those of us not from there.

James P

November 2015

Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave a great tour


November 2015

Great introduction to Venice by foot and by water taxi on our first trip there. The two sections of the tour are handled by two different but very knowledgeable guides. Break in between two tours allowed time for leisurely lunch and wandering about the city. Guides provided interesting background both were passionate about Venice.

Michelle P

November 2015

Great tour! Best part was the guided boat tour along the grand canal.

Sarah S

November 2015

We all enjoyed both tours - but especially the boat tour - Barbara was very knowledgeable, funny and the tour was very interesting and informative, many thanks.

Andrew P

October 2015

Really good experience!
Tour guide was very knowledgeable - learnt lots about the city - well worth doing!

Marc W

October 2015

Excellent morning walking tour, including St Marks Basilica- first we have been on and highly recommended, led by knowledgeable, local guide, Venetian, Marina. She made the subject come alive highly recommend her.
The afternoon boat tour however as not so good. The guide appeared to be tired and rambled in a mix of English and Italian it was supposed to be an English speaking tour.

Anne M

October 2015

Our walking tour was excellent. The tour guide, Ariane, was so friendly and informative, and the tour was interesting from an historical point of view, but also informative about the area as it is now, and the best places to visit, restaurants, etc.
The boat trip, was also excellent - there were only 8 of us, with guide, Georgia, in a lovely wooden water taxi. Again, lots to learn, and a different view from the water.
We had never used Viator before, but would definitely use them on any other trips now.


October 2015

Wonderful guides - great combination of tours with a little time in between.

Judith M

October 2015

Both of the tours and guides were wonderful! It was very hot, so being able to skip the line at the Basilica was great. Our guide for the walking tour gave us so much great information. It was nice being able to walk through the narrow streets of Venice and not get lost, as well as learn so much about the city. The tour of the Grand Canal was also excellent. Seeing Venice from the water side was also a treat, and again, we learned so much. Be aware that the boat tour is later in the afternoon, not immediately after the walking tour.


October 2015

I can't rave enough of this tour. It was AMAZING! My ultimate favorite was the boat tour in the afternoon. It was in a speed boat small groups and it is a good way to see Venice. The boat goes through the narrow canals and you get to see so much more. Definitely much more worth it than taking the gondolas.


November 2015

Very good introduction for first trip, especially as had not been before. Entertaining local guide.

Robert K

October 2015

Our land guide, Andriana, was awesome ! We learned so much as well as getting a close up view of the area. The tour was 2 hrs. and we could have walked much longer. Our boat guide, Georgia, was amazing as well. I would rate this a 5 star tour!


October 2015

We really enjoyed both tours, the walking and the Grand Canal. Both tour guides were very informative. You really get to take in a lot of the city with this tour. FYI-if you are also doing the Grand Canal tour, it starts a few hours after the walking tour ends.

Roberto M

October 2015

Great way to see the city in one day!

allen R

October 2015

We found your tour by asking google for the best Venice tour. We were very pleased and wished we would have done this on more sites.

Byron L

October 2015

Great tour and guide. A good way to see parts of Venice when you are limited with time. Enjoyed the boat ride with the same guide very informative and 6 people in the boat. The walking tour had more people than we expected 30.