Essential Venice

All included tour of Venice
Venice Highlights St.Mark's

Essential Venice- Guided Walking Tour In Venice, 4hrs

Ultimate tour in Venice if you only have a single day or on a shore excursion. Spend 4 hours in Venice to see the major highlights of the city led by a scholarly and local guide.

Your local guide will do a carefully planned tour of Essential Venice so that you don’t miss any of the sights because of crowds.  You’ll either be in a very small group of max 8 or a private tour anyway so the experience is quite intimate.

Venice is one of the must-see destinations of any visit to Italy. This “Floating City” with its bustling waterways, decorative bridges, opulent architecture and jaw-dropping Renaissance artworks has been captivating tourists for centuries. It remains the highlight of any European Grand Tour. The ultimate way to explore this historic city is on a small group walking tour with one of our local Venice guides.  

This water-based city has an elevation of just 1m (3 feet), so there are no hills to worry about as you stroll along the labyrinth of streets, plazas, bridges and passageways on our Essential Venice Walking Tour.

We’ll make sure you encounter an eye-popping plethora of marble palazzos, golden mosaics, grand basilicas, Venetian frescoes and priceless paintings that will stay in your memory forever. This ultimate guided tour of Venice also includes the chance to rest your feet on a 30-minute narrated gondola tour – the pinnacle of any visit to Venice.

Located in northeast Italy, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is more like a stage-set than a city and it must be personally experienced to be truly appreciated. It is the only city in the world to be entirely built on water and is like a Renaissance theme park, showcasing some of Europe’s best art, history and palatial gems.

Your local guide will drip-feed snippets of history and interesting stories about this romantic “City of Bridges”. You’ll learn about the different sestieri (districts), meet some of Venice’s influential rulers, see evidence of its maritime past and discover the prestigious role of the all-important procurators of San Marco.

As part of the Essential Venice tour our professional guides will introduce you to some of the best known sights in Venice including the Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s Square, famously nicknamed “the finest drawing room in Europe” by Napoleon. You’ll hear about some of the magnificent artworks that grace the Accademia, learn about the origins of Venetian masks that are still worn at Carnevale, understand how the Bridge of Sighs got its name, and stand spellbound before some of the world’s most outstanding ecclesiastical artworks.

As well as seeing inside the splendid St Mark’s Basilica, you’ll also hear the story behind the Roman bronze statues of the Horses of Saint Mark. Then, escape the thronging crowds that fill St Mark’s Plaza and dive down lesser-known alleyways to emerge in peaceful plazas lined with faded grandeur. Stroll along little-known backstreets of “real” Venice observing local life and soak up the atmosphere in secret tree-lined squares bordered by charming pavement cafés.

If you only have one day to spend in Venice, you won’t want to miss any of the major sights, or waste time standing in long lines. That’s where our Essential Venice Tours excel.

Allow us to take you on a meticulously planned walking tour of Venice’s top sights in the company of a knowledgeable local guide. Our exclusive tour includes skip-the-lines tickets so that every single minute delivers the very best of Venice, from admission to St Marks’ Basilica to viewing the opulent interior of the Doge’s Palace, and so much more!

This tour runs everyday except Mondays and Sundays. Tours start at 125 Euros

HIGHLIGHTS - Essential Venice
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  • St.Mark’s Square
  • Bridge of Sighs, the Marciana Library, the Bell Tower, the Clock Tower
  • Horses of St.Mark’s Square
  • New Prisons
  • Doge’s Palace ( interior included)
  • St.Mark’s Basilica ( interior included)
  • Private ride on a gondola, 30 min.
  • Walk back streets of Venice between venues to enjoy hidden secrets and squares.
  • Rialto Bridge

INCLUDED - Essential Venice

  • Pre-reserved access tickets
  • Private gondola ride
  • Scholarly and local Walks In Europe Tour Guides
  • Small groups of 8 or private tours


  • Lunch
  • Transport back to hotel

Meeting Point

  • Private Parties: We meet you personally at your hotel.
  • Shared Parties: We meet at a mutual and easy spot for the commencement of the tour. You’ll receive an email with proper directions once you book.


This tour runs everyday, except Mondays and Sundays

  • Morning session 09:00 – 13:00
  • Afternoon session 14:00 – 18:00

Prices for Private or Shared Groups

  • Shared groups, max. 8 people: 125Euro per person.
  • Private groups: base price of 350Euro for two people. Please add 50Euro for every additional person.
  • Children are free until the age of 12, accompanied by an adult.

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