Explore backstreets and lesser-known Venice neighbourhoods while staying away from the crowds.
Duration: 3 hours
This tour runs everyday, except Mondays and Sundays
- Morning session 09:00 – 12:00
- Afternoon session 14:00 – 17:00
- 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.
Introduction to Venice Walking Tour
A quick introduction to Venice with two must-see sites. Spend three hours in Venice to see the major highlights of the city led by a scholarly and local guide.
Your first glimpse of Venice is unforgettable! Whether you are just visiting for a day, or plan to spend longer in the “Queen of the Adriatic,” we want to make that first impression awesome! Our Venice Highlights Tour introduces visitors to all the must-see highlights and includes skip-the-lines tickets so you won’t waste a moment of this exceptional three-hour adventure.
Venice Highlights Tour is staged at a gentle pace, and an experienced guide leads our small group tour in Venice. We choose our guides for their local knowledge and ability to make every moment fun and informative.
Passionate about Venice, they introduce you to St Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco) and give you a brief overview of its history, significance, and breathtaking architecture.
As you gaze around at the UNESCO-listed architecture lining the plaza, your guide points out details that most visitors miss in their haste to get inside! Learn about the Clock Tower and the Marble Lions that are all part of St Mark’s history.
Follow your tour guide into the magnificent 11th century St Mark’s Basilica with its impressive Italian-Byzantine architecture.
Nicknamed the Chiesa d’Oro (Church of Gold) due to its golden floor mosaics, this is Venice’s most famous cathedral. Admire the fine interior and listen to the story of the life-size Horses of St Mark’s Basilica, said to be some of Europe’s finest creations. Why are these third-century statues here? What are they made of and what is their connection with Istanbul? Find out the answers to all these questions and more as you accompany your guide on this well-planned Venice walking tour.
The Doge’s Palace in Venice is another unmissable attraction, and once again you skip the lines and head straight into this opulent palazzo with your knowledgeable guide. This masterpiece of Gothic architecture is now a museum, but once represented the supreme authority and wealth of the ruling Venetian Doges. Learn about the talented 14th-century sculptors that worked on the palace and enjoy stunning views across the Lagoon as you explore this world-famous landmark.
During the sightseeing tour of Venice, you hear about the Old Prison that was part of the Doge’s Palace, learn why the New Prisons were built, and understand the significance of the Bridge of Sighs, another highlight of Venice.
The walking tour includes the remarkable Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana (National Library of St Mark’s) with its Renaissance architecture by Jacopo Sansovino. This 16th-century arcaded building has beautiful frescoes and stands next to the equally gorgeous Zecca, the Venetian Mint. It houses a significant manuscript collection documenting the history of Venice and far beyond.
With such a wealth of architectural beauty and Venetian history crammed into just a small area of Venice, our fascinating Venice Highlights Walking Tour cuts through the crowds and commercialism to reveal the hidden gems of this “Floating City.” It delivers a fact-packed, fun-filled experience of Venice that you will remember forever.
- Doge’s Palace ( interior included)
- St.Mark’s Basilica ( interior included)
- St.Mark’s Square
- Bridge of Sighs, the Marciana Library, the Bell Tower, the Clock Tower
- Horses of St.Mark’s Square
- New Prisons
- Pre-reserved access tickets
- Scholarly and local Walks In Europe Tour Guides
- Small groups of 8 or private tours
- Transport back to hotel