Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica

Skip the line at St Mark’s Basilica and explore St Mark’s Square and lesser-known Venice on this 2-hour walking tour. Stroll around St Mark’s Square as your guide explains its buildings and Venice’s history as a major maritime power during medieval times. Bypass the queues at St Mark’s Basilica to ogle its incredible interior, and delve into the quieter, less-visited side of Venice. Walk along small canals past palaces, squares and bridges; see where explorer Marco Polo once lived, and learn about daily life in the city past and present.
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  • Min price: $30.05
  • Recommended duration of visit: 2 hours
  • Departure Point: Tour departs near St Mark's Square

Departure Times:

  • Tour departs at 10am
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  • Tour departs at 1:45pm
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  • Tour departs at 2pm on Sunday
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  • Good for:
    • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
    • Led by a local guide
    • Skip the line
  • Operates: Varies
  • Inclusions:
    • Walking tour (maximum 25 people)
    • Professional guide
    • Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance to St Mark's Basilica
    • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Exclusions:
    • Gratuities (optional)
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Additional info:
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    • 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
    • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
    • 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
  • Return Details: Concludes at Rialto Bridge
  • Cancellation Policy: If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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  • 5
    - 09 December 2017 -

    We skipped the line on a day where it was rainy and there was light flooding on St Mark's Square. It was very crowded inside the Basilica. Towards the end f the tour, we separated from the group and went around the Basilica on our own to observe the details of the mosaic in the ceiling and to explore other areas of the church not covered during the tour. I suggest that if one is interested in architecture and exploring the entire church that you do this. The Basilica has a museum and it is also nice to go out on the rooftop to observe the city and take photos.

  • 5
    - 16 November 2017 -

    Great way to see St Mark's Basilica and learn something at the same time.

  • 2
    - 12 November 2017 -

    Misleading! We did not skip any line, we just joined the normal queue for the Basilica.There is no entry fee so you are just paying for the walking tour. The walk was good and informative but you can get free walking tours so this tour was rather expensive.

  • 4
    - 27 October 2017 -

    Good tour.

  • 5
    - 21 October 2017 -

    A 2 hour tour packed with highlights. We had a very good guide, Serafina, who really knew her stuff and took us off the beaten track. Highly recommend it. St Marks is not on the same scale as the Rome cathedrals and was ridiculously crowded.

  • 5
    - 08 October 2017 -

    We have found that learning about a city and its attractions through the eyes of a professional guide is worth every penny. Our guide, Christina, reinforced that yet again! The skip the line access to St. Marks is very important, and Christinas commentary taught us much more than we could ever have discerned for ourselves on the limited amount of time youre allowed inside. The tour included history of Venice fascinating, the Bridge of Sighs, the innovations to sustain the population from providing fresh water to why there are no trees in central Venice, a visit to the site of Marco Polos long-gone home, and several streets and alleyways off the tourist paths. Delightful!

  • 4
    - 01 October 2017 -

    our guide was ver good

  • 5
    - 30 September 2017 -

    Very informative, easy to understand, and high energy tour guide! Loved all the history and the beautiful city.

  • 1
    - 27 September 2017 -

    DO NOT BOOK Worst walking tour I have ever done.

  • 4
    - 24 September 2017 -

    Fantastic way to see all the highlights of Venice

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Things to Do in this tour

Canal Grande

Canal Grande is the main canal in Venice. It forms one of the major water-traffic corridors in the city. Public transport is provided by water buses and private water taxis on this canal. One end of the canal leads to the Santa Lucia railway station and the other end leads to San Marco.

Ponte di Rialto

Ponte di Rialto is one of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal in Venice. It is the oldest bridge across the canal. The present stone bridge was completed in 1591. The bridge has become one of the architectural icons of Venice.

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