Venice escorted walking tour, the most complete Venice experience: a long escorted walking tour around the key places in town, combined with visits to the two most-visited sights in Venice.
Jump the queue with skip-the-line tickets! Tours in English, German, French, Spanish and Italian.
If you are looking for the most comprehensive and best Venice escorted tour, then look no further!
The Venice Walking Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace Skip the Line is one of our best sellers and it gives you the opportunity to see the most of this incredible city in just a morning.
Meet your group and the local expert guide at the meeting point in St.Mark’s Square (be there 15 minutes before the tour departure time!), then adventure through the city with this Venice escorted walking tour in the narrow streets and canals of this incredible city.
Your guide will choose the perfect itinerary and lead you from key landmark to key landmark, providing many interesting facts and info.
And, to start, with a good introduction of the famous sights near your departure point: St.Mark’s Square, St.Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace, the Bell Tower, the Clocktower and the Procuratie (the three massive building linked to one another that form the perimeter of St.Mark’s Square).
You will be back here at the end of the walking tour for the second part of your activity, with a comprehensive visit to the two main attractions: St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace.
The escorted walking tour continues with a stop at Santa Maria Formosa, one of Venice’s most popular campo (square) and often buoyant with locals and tourists distributed orderly across its bars and shops.
It is just a few steps away from the main attractions, but it still preserves its authentic Venetian feel. Carry on walking and reach Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo.
This is for Venice what the Pantheon is for Rome and for Venetians, this is the most symbolic place after St.Mark’s square and no surprise that they nicknamed it the ‘Campo delle meraviglie’ [square of marvels].
Its imposing Basilica dominates the whole square and it is the resting site for 25 of the city’s famous Doges.
The guide will then take you to visit the house where Marco Polo, Venice’s most popular son and master of mercantile trade, lived.Despite seemingly modest from the outside, it is still the place where one of the men that most had an impact on history resided.
Next, a stop to the Teatro Malibran: the 350 years old theatre is an icon for Opera history enthusiasts. This is really a piece of Venice heritage and your guide will provide interesting facts about this beautiful corner of the city.
Then, head back to St. Mark, but not before having visited the Mercerie. This is the connecting artery between Rialto and St.Mark and the go-to place for today’s shopping, as it was for yesterday’s trades.
You will be easily distracted by the modern shops with their most fashionable and expensive products, but stop for a moment and imagine what this long street could have been a few centuries ago, when merchants returning from Asia were offloading their precious shipments of mostly gems, gold and silk.
The rest of the Venice escorted walking tour is dedicated to the two Venice’s top attractions: the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. For both, you will be able to avoid the long queues outside the main entrances thanks to the skip-the-line admission tickets.
As a symbol of dominance and opulence, the Doge’s Palace became a sumptuous display of architecture and arts and there is no better way to understand and relive Venice’s glory days than by visiting the courtyards, the vast rooms, the golden staircases and secret corridors of this masterpiece.
You will visit the opulent apartments where the Doges lived and the decorated rooms filled with great works by artists like Tintoretto, Veronese and Tiziano. Admire the largest oil painting in the World (22 by 9 meters), courtesy of Tintoretto.
Move over to the Giants’ Staircase and the Golden Staircase, before visiting the Opera Museum and its treasures.
Then cross the famous Bridge of Sighs, the baroque bridge that connects the Palace’s jails to the institutional rooms where criminals were judged.
In case you wonder, the name comes from the sound the prisoners made as they walked through the bridge and caught the last glimpse of the free world.
The Venice escorted walking tour includes a visit to the Doge’s Palace jail. Do you know that the notorious womanizer Giacomo Casanova, was locked here?
He spent inside one year of a five-year sentence before he audaciously escaped from the roof of the jail and landed on a gondola in the canal, before ultimately managing to disappear and go as far as Paris, where he wrote the book that made him famous.
The second part of the escorted walking tour is dedicated to one of Venice’s top wonders: the St Mark’s Basilica.
This majestic cathedral encapsulates all three main artistic influences, Byzantine – Gothic – Roman, making it a display of greatness and probably the most recognizable landmark of Venice.
Take time to admire the amazing golden mosaics that depict the life of Saint Mark; the view is simply breathtaking and no wonder it is nicknamed ‘the church of gold’, as the entire ceiling (8,000 square meters!) is covered with mosaics, gold, precious stones and glittering Murano glass.
And if you still not had enough during the venice escorted walking tour , move over to the stunning Pala d’Oro (Golden Pall), an altar screen of characteristic Byzantine style covered by hundreds and hundreds of pearls, garnets, emeralds, sapphires, rubies, topazes and many more precious gems.
FREE for children aged below 6 (proof of age required)
This tour runs every day (except on Sunday).
From 1 April to 31 October: English, Spanish, French, German (every day) – Italian (on Saturday).
From 1 November to 31 March: English (every day), French (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday), Spanish (Wednesday, Saturday), German (Monday, Friday).
Headsets provided when more than 10 participants.
Venice's Campos (squares)
Santa Maria Formosa
Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo
The Doges' apartments
Bridge of Sighs
Doge’s Palace jail
St Mark's Basilica
Escorted walking tour of top Venice’s landmarks
See the stunning St.Mark’s square, the Santa Maria Formosa and Campo St.Giovanni and St.Paolo
Check out where Marco Polo lived and the old Malibran Theatre, legendary Opera house
Walk through the Mercerie, Venice’s epicenter for shopping for centuries
Jump the long queues outside Venice’s most visited attractions with skip the line tickets
Visit the opulent apartments where the Doges lived
Admire great works by artists like Tintoretto, Veronese and Tiziano
See the Giants’ and Golden Staircases
Cross the famous Bridge of Sighs
Discover the jails where womanizer Giacomo Casanova was locked
Enter the majestic St Mark’s Basilica
Admire its amazing golden mosaics
Marvel at the stunning Pala d’Oro and its countless gems and precious stones
ENTRANCE TO CHURCHES CAN BE DENIED IF KNEES AND SHOULDERS ARE NOT COVERED
Be prepared for a good amount of walking: we advise to wear comfortable shoes and clothes
For security reasons it is forbidden to enter the St. Mark’s Basilica with backpacks, large bags and luggage/trolley. Small bags are allowed.
The skip the line ticket will allow you to jump the long queue to buy the entry ticket. Still, be aware that security checks are compulsory and they require time.
Due to religious functions or in case of exceptionnally high tides, the visit to the St.Mark’s Basilica might be rescheduled.