The Best Venice in a Day Tour
See all of the best attractions that the legendary Floating City of Venice has to offer. With our Venice in a Day tour, you’ll experience all of Venice’s major attractions, plus local gems. Experience St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace, Rialto Bridge and a relaxing gondola ride on this incredible Venice tour.
This full day tour is the best way for those only staying a few days to see all of Venice’s highlights. Cover all of the Floating City’s main attractions and spend the rest of your time in Venice enjoying aperitivo and cicchetti.
Start Your Venice Tour in St. Mark’s Square
Your Venice in a Day Tour begins in St. Mark’s Square, Venice’s central public plaza. Your guide will teach you the history of this iconic piazza, home to St. Mark’s Basilica. Known as “The Church of Gold”, St. Mark’s Basilica’s elaborate design features gold mosaics and marble slabs. Skip the line during the busy summer months and learn about the basilica’s storied history.
*St. Mark’s Basilica does not offer skip the line entry to tour groups during the off-peak season (November thru March).
Please note: As St. Mark’s Basilica is a place of worship, men and women must have their knees and shoulders covered once inside. Failure to do so may result in refusal of entry to a portion of the tour. We understand that summers in Venice are hot and recommend bringing a shawl or sweater for covering.
Crossing the Rialto Bridge
After your visit to St. Mark’s Basilica, you’ll follow your local guide through Venice’s back alleyways to the iconic Rialto Bridge. Learn history and lore surrounding this gorgeous bridge as you cross into Venice’s popular Rialto neighborhood. Don’t forget to ask your guide for information on the neighborhood’s best eateries and wine bars so you can return later.
Local Attractions in Venice
Experiencing some of the many things to do in Venice doesn’t always involve going where all the crowds are. Our guides will take you down the back streets of Venice, where you’ll find places that are less obvious to the average tourist. You’ll see Venice in a day as the locals know it.
Go on a Relaxing Gondola Ride
When experiencing Venice, you absolutely must ride a gondola. We’ve included this experience in our Venice in a Day tour. As the first part of the tour concludes, your tour guide will bring you to a trusted Venice gondolier who will take you on a scenic cruise down Venice’s beautiful canals. After experiencing this bucket list moment, you’ll break for lunch.
Lunch in Venice
At the end of your gondola ride, grab some authentic Venetian cicchetti, a slice of pizza or a panino (cost of lunch is not included in the price of the tour) to pair with a glass of vino close to St. Mark’s Square. Your guide will then meet you near the original meeting spot as you prepare to visit Venice’s iconic Doge’s Palace.
The Secret Tour of Doge’s Palace
The secret tour does not run during the months of July, August, November, December, January and February. During those months, we will run a regular tour of the palace that includes a ton of fascinating history.
This isn’t just any tour of the Doge’s Palace, our secret tour features special access to the palace’s restricted areas. You’ll skip the line and go beyond the general public, seeing prison cells, torture chambers and government offices. The secret itineraries are closed to tour operators during the months of July, August and November thru February. We will still run the tour and cover the Doge’s Palace’s many other fascinating areas.
Once your Venice in a day tour ends, don’t let the magic of The Floating City fade away. We offer a hidden Venice food tour that features cicchetti, bacari (local wine bars) and the opportunity to revisit Rialto Market. For those who want an even more exclusive experience, we offer a private tour to some of Venice’s surrounding islands. Experience the islands of Murano and Burano, only accessible by boat. Experience breathtaking, scenic views as you venture by boat to these nearby islands. You’ll learn more about the traditions and histories behind Venice and its surrounding area.