Best of Venice including Grand Canal Water Taxi

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You’ll be whisked around Venice in a luxury water taxi for one hour, exploring the Grand Canal from Venice’s most beautiful vantage point - the water!

Small groups of 10 people or less mean you’ll move around Venice’s narrow alleyways easily and quickly with your tour guide and during the water taxi portion of your trip, you won’t have to crane your neck to see the sights of Venice as you pass them.

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Best of Venice including Grand Canal Water Taxi


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  • Duration: Approximately 3 hours (incl. 1 hour water taxi)
  • This tour is available every afternoon except Tuesdays and Sundays, from March 21st until October 31st
  • Departure at 2:30 PM from a central location in Venice (details and map will be listed on your voucher)
  • Languages: English
  • Ticket delivery: Vouchers to be printed issued online (no tickets needed)
  • Children rate available (4 to 14), free if under 4
  • Free unlimited access to our Language Lesson Center to learn some Italian

Limited to 10 people, with skip the line entrance to St. Mark‘s Basilica plus special access to its terraces with their mosaics and beautiful views, this unique experience includes a walking and water taxi tour – in just 3 hours!


See all the top sights of Venice with this exclusive, semi-private tour, limited to only 10 people or less per group. With commentary tailored by an expert, English-speaking guide to suit your group, you’ll learn more about Venice in just a few hours than many visitors do on an entire trip. And with such small group sizes, your guide will have more time to answer questions and tailor the pace of the tour to suit you.

Our tour starts on the Grand Canal, the city’s main waterway which snakes its way past no less than 50 palaces, six churches, four bridges and two open-air markets. We’ll take to the water for a tour of all these wonderful sights, which your guide will point out and explain as you pass. Although many visitors opt to travel the Grand Canal by gondola, this wide and hectic waterway is much better suited to the water taxis we use, which allow us to move quickly and easily along the canal without losing the intimacy of a smaller vessel. A visit to the Rialto Bridge is a highlight of this journey and, although we visit the bridge on our walking tour too, it is from the water that it really shines.

Back on dry land we’ll head straight for the main attraction, to be sure that you have plenty of time to take it all in. St. Mark’s Basilica took 800 years to build with relics and monuments inside bought (or stolen) from all over Europe and Asia. Even St. Mark’s remains eventually ended up here (albeit through dubious means) when Crusaders stole them from Egypt. The queues here can be long but no worries, we have Skip the Line Access! Your guide will take you inside this cavernous space for an extended tour, pointing out mosaics that date all the way back to the 11th century and beautiful artworks. Then it’s up to the second floor for some stolen time inside this busy basilica. The terraces of St. Mark’s Basilica are worth a visit in their own right, not to mention the incredible views they offer over bustling Piazza San Marco below.

After our tour of St. Mark’s Basilica and Piazza San Marco, we’ll set out on a walking tour past some of the best-known sights of Venice, along with some unlikely favorites. We spent a lot of hours traversing the city, trying to get the right balance of major landmarks and picturesque corners and discovered that much of the joy of visiting Venice is in the journey, walking from one spot to another through quiet residential streets and along canals. Our Venice walking tour will take you on such a journey - visiting Marco Polo’s house to hear about the Venetian son who went to sea one day and came back with stories of China; Campo SS Giovanni Paolo with its mix of architecture from so many ages; and the famous Bridge of Sighs. As you move from one spot to another, your guide will entertain you with stories of Venice, from informative tales about how the city has stayed afloat so long, to the whispers of scandal that make Venice such a captivating city. They’ll also point out features and buildings that you may never have noticed on your own.

Your tour will end at the famous Rialto Bridge, an incredible marble structure that cost Venice a small fortune to build but was certainly worth every penny. And there you have it – in only a few hours you have seen the very best of Venice from three entirely different perspectives – water, land and even air from the terraces of St. Mark’s Basilica. And all without having to wait in line or jostling to see within a big tour group!

Sites Visited

  • Skip the Line access at Basilica San Marco
  • Entrance to the Terrace (2nd level)
  • Ponte dei Sospiri
  • Grand Canal - tour from water taxi
  • Jewish Ghetto – view from water taxi
  • Doge’s Palace - view from outside
  • Columns of San Marco and the Lion of Venice
  • Campo SM Formosa
  • Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo
  • Marco Polo’s house
  • Rialto Bridge

What is included?

  • Expert English-speaking guide
  • Groups of only 10 people or fewer
  • One hour guided tour of the Grand Canal in a water-taxi (groups limited to 10 people)
  • Skip the Line Access to St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Entrance Ticket to the terraces of St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide

What is not included?

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Food/Beverage

Important Notes

  • Please do not bring large bags, tripods, non-collapsible umbrellas, or backpacks on this tour. They are not permitted in St. Mark’s Basilica and must be checked into the luggage storage area off-site. You may miss a portion of the tour for this procedure.
  • This service ends at the Rialto Bridge. (If Doge’s Palace Secret Itineraries option is also selected, this first service ends at the Doge’s Palace. In this option, there is a break, from 11:00 AM until 2:15 PM. It is the responsibility of the client to make his/her way back to the meeting point at 2:15 PM for the start of the Best of Venice Semi-Private Tour.)
  • Gratuities to guides providing excellent service are appreciated
  • It is the responsibility of all visitors to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated, & missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded.
  • Our coordinators will be wearing blue polo shirts or jackets at the meeting point for easy recognition.
  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking, and there are a number of steep steps on the terraces of St. Mark’s Basilica. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours.
  • Entrance into religious sites requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. cannot be held responsible for refused entry due to improper dress.
  • We recommend that customers who are not familiar with Venice give themselves ample time to find meeting points.
  • Photography is permitted throughout most of the tour; however, photography is prohibited in St. Mark’s Basilica.
  • Some sites visited lack shade and can be hot under direct sunlight. We recommend bringing a hat, sunscreen and a bottle of water in warm weather.
  • Please note that many sections of the Doge’s Palace are not air-conditioned (as A/C is not standard practice in Italy).
  • reserves the right to refuse participation on its tours to any guest under the influence of drugs or alcohol or to any guest whose behavior is disorderly, or poses a threat to other guests or staff.

Meeting time and point

  • Meeting Time: 2:15 PM 
  • Departure Time: 2:30 PM 
  • Meeting point: All details and map will be provided on your voucher

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from Ottawa

Kindness and knowledge

Reviewed in October 2016 from Certified Customer (Best of Venice including Grand Canal Water Taxi)

The tour was rich and gave different experiences of Venice. Nicoletta was a great guide: Knowledgeble, clear, with sense of humor. I liked a lot her explanation in St Mark and her kindness.

from Sidney

Great knowledge

Reviewed in October 2016 from Certified Customer (Best of Venice including Grand Canal Water Taxi)

Very good English. Great knowledge. Wonderful job who kept our interest. So nice skipping the lines. Well worth the money paid.

from New Jersey
United States

A privilege!

Reviewed in September 2016 from Certified Customer (Best of Venice including Grand Canal Water Taxi)

Cannot say enough about her. She was excellent. Anyone would be privileged to have her conduct their tour.

from Tampa
United States

Personal and interesting

Reviewed in August 2016 from Certified Customer (Best of Venice including Grand Canal Water Taxi)

Franca was great! Her accent was thick but it did not bother either of us. She had a lot of information and stories, which made the tour personal and interesting.

from Buffalo
United States

Knowledgable and entertaining

Reviewed in July 2016 from Certified Customer (Best of Venice including Grand Canal Water Taxi)

Superb, very informatve, knowledgable and entertaining. The whole tour was excellent

from Pittsburgh
United States

Really enjoyed the tour

Reviewed in April 2016 from Certified Customer (Best of Venice including Grand Canal Water Taxi)

She was excellent!!! She is very knowledgeable about everything, passionate about the culture and the history of Italy and she made sure we never had a dull moment in the whole tour. I would highly recommend her. We really enjoyed the tour!

from Denver
United States

Great time.

Reviewed in April 2016 from Certified Customer (Best of Venice including Grand Canal Water Taxi)

Susan was a great guide. She was incredibly knowledgeable about St. Mark's Basilica and surrounding sights, as well as history of Venice. We had a great time touring both the streets and waterways of Venice with Susan.

from Hartford
United States

Enjoyed the tour very much

Reviewed in June 2015 from Certified Customer (Best of Venice including Grand Canal Water Taxi)

Knowledgeable, friendly, and enthusiastic. When it started to rain, she rolled with it and made sure all participants were comfortable
and continued the tour without missing a beat. We enjoyed the tour very much & highly recommend it. Thank you!

from New Brunswick
United States

Highly recommend

Reviewed in May 2015 from Certified Customer (Best of Venice including Grand Canal Water Taxi)

Our tour guide was highly knowledgeable about the history of Venice and also current affairs. The tour was amazing and highly recommend to anyone who wants to see St. Marks and get a good understanding of how Venice developed and the layout of the city


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