Venice Highlights Tour with Gondola Ride
Visit the main Venice attractions including St. Mark's Basilica and Rialto Bridge
If you’d rather spend your time in Venice eating cicchetti and drinking wine, this short Venice tour is for you. Experience the best of Venice in a day with skip the line tickets and an English-speaking guide.
What you will see on this tour
- Meet in St. Mark's Square
- St. Mark's Basilica
- Hidden Gems in Venice
- Rialto Bridge & Grand Canal
- Rialto Neighborhood
- Venetian "Campos"
- Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo
- Gondola Ride
If you’d rather spend most of your time in Venice eating cicchetti and drinking wine, book this short Venice walking tour. Most people visit Venice for a day or two, which means squeezing in all the main sightseeing spots is a challenge. Don’t get lost – let us handle the navigation, skip the line tickets and your English-speaking guide. This 2.5-hour tour includes:
- - St. Mark's Square and St. Mark's Basilica
- - Rialto Bridge
- - An English-speaking professional guide
- - A gondola ride
St. Mark's Square in Venice
Home to the magnificent St. Mark’s Basilica, Bell Tower and Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Square is the biggest piazza (public square in Venice). This is also the first stop on your Venice walking tour. Meet your English-speaking guide, before heading to St. Mark’s Basilica. We provide the skip the line tickets, so walk right past the long queue and go right on inside. During November through March, St. Mark’s Basilica does not offer skip the line entry because lines are generally non-existent.
During November through March, St. Mark’s Basilica does not offer skip the line entry because lines are generally non-existent. St. Mark's is a sacred place, so both men and women must cover their knees and shoulders. Otherwise, you may be refused entry to a portion of your tour. We understand the summers in Venice are hot - a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way, you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary.
Rialto Bridge and Neighborhood
As much a symbol of Venice as St. Mark’s, the Rialto Bridge is an iconic landmark. The oldest of the four bridges that span the Grand Canal, the Rialto Bridge features a 24-foot tall arch. From the center of the bridge, watch the boats travel down the cerulean canal. The primary financial and commercial heart of Venice, the Rialto neighborhood was the impetus for the construction of the now-famous bridge. Providing access to the district, the Rialto Bridge enabled Venetians to carry their business in the area.
A Gondola Ride in Venice
After your Venice Highlights Tour concludes, it’s time to partake in that quintessential Venice activity. That’s right, step right up to your gondola boat! Left in the care of a trusted gondolier, enjoy the beauty of Venice from the water. Fun fact: in the Venetian dialect, “gondolier” translates into “rowing master”.
Venice only awards a limited number of licenses per year – this ensures that gondoliers are not just rowers. In addition, gondoliers are storytellers and experts in Venice history. Your gondola ride ends a few minutes walk from St. Mark’s Square, where your tour began. From here, catch a water taxi back to your hotel or the train station.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where to meet?
Between the two big columns in St. Mark’s Square located on the side that faces the canal. A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.
What to bring?
Walking shoes and something to cover your knees and shoulders for St Mark's Basilica. Sunscreen in the summer.
Q: Does the tour always skip the line?
A: Skip the line access to St. Mark's is offered during busier months. During November through March, St. Mark's Basilica does not offer skip the line entry to tour groups. This is because the lines are generally non-existent.
Q: What should I bring?
A: A sense of curiosity, comfortable shoes, your phone or camera and a water bottle.
Q: What should I wear?
A: Since St. Mark's is a sacred place, both men and women must cover their knees and shoulders. Otherwise, you may be refused entry to a portion of your tour. We understand the summers in Venice are hot - a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way, you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary. Remember to wear comfortable shoes, you'll be walking plenty on this tour of Venice.
Q: I have doubts about my mobility. Is this the right tour for me?
A: If you have reduced mobility, we suggest taking a private Venice tour. The itinerary is much more flexible and easily modified.
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Great venice tour
My family loved this tour! We didn't have long in Venice and it was a great way to see all the best sights. Our guide was amazing and so great with our kids. Highly recommend the Roman Guy!
Venice half day excellent
We did the Venice half day, skip the line to Saint Mark's tour. It included entrance to the Cathedral, a gondola ride, and walking tour. Our guide (Paula) was excellent and knew a lot about the history of Venice, its buildings and architecture as well as the iconography inside the Cathedral. Highly recommended.
Great tour, great guide
This tour was the best part of my time in Venice! My husband absolutely loved the gondola, so relaxing. Can't wait to see more of Italy, I'll definitely be using the Tour Guy in the future!