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Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica and Pala D'Oro

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Venezia, Italy

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iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

Discover the awe-inspiring St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice without the headache of long lines. Head to the front of the queue with your expert guide and step inside to admire the cathedral’s glittering gold mosaics and embellished domes. Explore other architectural highlights of St. Mark’s Square and learn about Venice’s history as a seafaring superpower and Italian cultural capital. You also escape to quieter backstreets to visit lesser-known attractions and gain insight into daily Venetian life.
  • Walking tour of St. Mark’s Square and lesser-known Venice, with skip-the-line entrance to St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Enjoy fast-track entry to St. Mark's Basilica to see its glittering mosaics and interior
  • Walk around St. Mark’s Square and admire its stunning buildings and monuments
  • Explore the ‘hidden’ Venice of small canals, palaces, and bridges often missed by visitors
  • See the Il Milione courtyards, named after Venetian explorer, Marco Polo, and the plaque marking the Polo family house
  • Learn about Venice’s rich history and its role as a major maritime power in the Middle Ages
Walking tour (maximum 20 people)
Local English-speaking Professional guide
Skip-the-line tickets to St. Mark's Basilica
Headsets to hear the guide clearly
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Royal Gardens, Piazza, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Return Details

St. Mark's Square, Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
Get an insider’s perspective on the architectural wonders and historical legends of Venice. Meet your local guide near St. Mark’s Square for an introduction to the cultural and political forces that made Venice a medieval maritime force. Walk around the square as you learn the layout and history of highlights including the Doge’s Palace and the iconic bell tower.

Stop in front of St. Mark’s Basilica to appreciate its ornate, Italo-Byzantine exterior. Skip the long line and head straight inside and marvel at the cathedral’s soaring domed ceiling and ornate altars. Nearly every surface glitters with the work of generations of Venetian goldsmiths, and even the marble floors are works of art, with intricate inlaid mosaics.

Next, wander along Venice’s narrow canals and through picturesque squares to admire hidden gems like the Querini and Stampalia art museum (exterior only). Ogle the Gothic and Renaissance architecture of some of the city’s lesser-known palaces and learn about the daily lives of Venetian nobility. Visit the former home of Marco Polo and see other landmarks with ties to the famed 13th-century explorer.

Your tour concludes at the bustling Rialto Bridge near the Grand Canal—an ideal spot to admire the wares of local artisans, grab an authentic bite at a local café, or continue exploring the city on your own.

Please note: St. Mark’s Basilica is occasionally closed to the public due to flooding or special events.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Piazza San Marco
Enjoy the introduction to the history and culture of Venice with our local expert English-speaking guide
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Basilica di San Marco
Enjoy the visit of St Mark's Basilica with Skip the line tickets
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Casa di Marco Polo
Pass by the house where the famous Merchant used to live in the Venetian Golden age
Pass By:  
Campo Santa Maria Formosa
Walk along the back streets of Venice city center
Stop At:  
Ponte di Rialto
End your tour at the famous Rialto Bridge with a full explanation about the life of merchants in Venice
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • Tour operates rain or shine
  • At certain times it may not be possible to enter to St Mark's Basilica due to religious functions taking place. These closures are beyond our control so no refunds or discounts will be issued
  • Large bags are not allowed into St Mark's Basilica
  • In condition of high water, St Mark’s Basilica Skip the line entrance will remain closed
  • Skip the line tickets to St Mark’s basilica are valid from 1st April until 31st October – From 1st November to 31st March due to less affluence to St Mark’s Basilica, this service is not provided by the church to all operators and individual travellers
  • Near public transportation
  • Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and restoration works, St Mark's Basilica and Pala D'Oro will remain temporarily closed for visitors until further notice. The guide will provide explanation from outside. We will notify you as soon as there are updates from the local authorities regarding admittance to the Basilica.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Avventure Bellissime

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica and Pala D'Oro?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica and Pala D'Oro.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica and Pala D'Oro?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica and Pala D'Oro.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica and Pala D'Oro?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica and Pala D'Oro.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica and Pala D'Oro?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica and Pala D'Oro.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica and Pala D'Oro?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica and Pala D'Oro.

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Traveler Tips


  • "It's only a two-hour tour, but you feel like you did so much more!" See review
  • "The Basilica has a museum and it is also nice to go out on the rooftop to observe the city and take photos." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Venice walking tour
Alexandra_F
, Aug 2020
Excellent tour with a very engaging, vibrant and stylish Venetian woman! Good details on the history and background of major sights and we covered many of the Cory highlights. Highly recommended!
star-5
Great tour guide
david_m
, Feb 2020
Very good tour lots of information about the places we visited well worth the effort to see and do blaa blaa blaa
star-5
Off the beaten track of Venice a must
Guy
, Feb 2020
Our guide took us off the beaten track in Venice. We saw way more than expected. He was so helpful in pointing out so many details in Venice. The basilica was stunning!
star-5
Very nice & informative walking tour
Rapheephand
, Feb 2020
Our group got "Stefano" as our tour guide. He's superb, very knowledgeable - knowing the city and history very well plus he's friendly & caring. I enjoyed the city much more because of him.
star-5
Excellent tour in Venice
mildarudzianskiene
, Feb 2020
I and my husband we had only one day to spend in Venice, so we wanted to soak in some major attractions without spending several hours at a time. It's only a two-hour tour, but you feel like you did so much more! Stephano was excellent guide, extremely knowledgable and informative, he gave us information about history of Venice and daily life in nowadays. Thank you for wonderful tour.
star-5
Great tour & tour guide
Global77859
, Nov 2019
It was difficult because we were late due to high tide & vaparetto problems. We joined another tour. the tour guide was very gracious about our lateness. She was very knowledgeable and passed on so many interesting facts about Venice, about St. Mark's Square and about St. Mark's Basilica. We would recommend it!
star-1
Mrs Beverly King
Beverly K
, Nov 2019
we were very disappointed. we couldn't find the meeting place for the tour and missed it entirely. we had taken many viator tours, at least 4, and this was the first time we were blown away from meeting place, the location was under construction and crowds unmanageable and getting to location with high tides almost impossible.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear Client , I'm sorry you did not manage to find/ reach the meeting point . I do not know if yu tried to call our office , certainly they would have helped you in locating the meeting point , or if the tour had already started they would hav egiven you a place where to locate the guide in St Mark's square . The meeting point is centrally located , we've been having the same meeting point for many years . I do not understand though which responsibility we have to deserve 1 star review if there were big crowds and high tide . As for the location being under construction , our meeting point is in front of the gate to the royal gardens which is accessible . Kind Regards Monica
star-5
An Amazing day!
plucia1118
, Oct 2019
Our guide was the cutest. Franchisa spoke excellent English with the sweetest Italian accent. Her knowledge was endless. Loved every minute of the tour.
star-4
Exceptional
MarkHooper
, Oct 2019
My wife and I very much enjoyed our walking tour and learnt a great deal while in the good hands of a knowledgeable, friendly and entertaining guide Adrianna. There are some expensive tours you can take whilst in this beautiful city but this one was reasonably priced and very good value.
star-5
Great tour!
Melody M
, Oct 2019
Great short walking tour of some of the Venice highlights. Guide was knowledgeable and keep everyone interested!

Product code: 2635WV

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