Guided tour

Venice: Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Basilica Ticket

4.6 / 5

21 reviews

Activity provider: Avventure Bellissime
Guided tour

Venice: Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Basilica Ticket

Activity provider: Avventure Bellissime

From US$ 48.80 per person

Spend a day exploring Venice on this small-group tour with your guide. Pass many landmarks including Doge’s Palace, Santa Maria Formosa, and more. Enter St. Mark’s Basilica with skip-the-line tickets.

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Duration 2 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Audio guide included


  • Explore Venice with a guide and hear the fascinating history of the area
  • Skip the line into St Mark's Basilica for an in-depth tour of the church
  • See many famous landmarks including Doge's Palace, Bridge of Sighs, and more
  • Follow your guide to see the hidden side of Venice, known only to locals
  • Take advantage of a small-group tour for an intimate and engaging experience
  • Listen with headsets when the group has more than 8 participants
Full description

Take part in this small-group tour of Venice to see the best tourist spots and hidden gems. See the Bell Tower and Clock Tower, St. Mark's Square, and get an in-depth tour of St. Mark’s Basilica.


Start your tour by strolling through St. Mark’s Square, equipped with complimentary headphones so that you can follow every word of your local guide. Listen as your guide discusses the major monuments including Doge's Palace, Bridge of Sighs, the Bell Tower, and the Clock Tower.


Head into St. Marks Basilica for a special tour. Walk through the famous church as your guide describes the history of the church and shows you the intricate mosaics and Byzantine architecture.


Afterward, leave St. Mark's Square behind to admire a very different Venice. Visit Santa Maria Formosa, Calle Paradiso, Castello district, and areas known only to the locals.


Explore a world of narrow alleyways and meandering canals, punctuated by delicate bridges, and hidden architectural gems.  Hear stories about the Venetians who created this city from nothing.

  • English-speaking guide
  • Skip-the-line entry to St. Mark's Basilica
  • Radio headsets (for groups of 8+ participants)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry to other landmarks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the entrance to the Royal Gardens on the waterfront of St. Marks Square. Your guide will be holding a sign with 'Best of Venice Walk' written on it. Directions from St. Mark's Square, facing the Basilica turn right and walk towards the open water. At the two giant columns facing the water turn right, and follow the line of trees after 100 meters you will come to the entrance of the Royal Gardens.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Oversize luggage
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • This tour will operate rain or shine
  • Access to museums, galleries, and other tourist venues is permitted only to those in possession of a Green COVID-19 Certification (Green Pass or equivalent certificate). Bring your ID or passport to confirm your identity. This doesn’t apply to children less than 12 years old
  • There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet the requirements, in the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • At certain times it may not be possible to enter St Mark's Basilica due to religious functions taking place, no refunds or discounts will be issued if this happens
  • This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities. However, please contact us directly and we will be able to plan alternative routes suitable for you
  • On the day of the tour, the itinerary may be adjusted to offer you the best experience
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 21 reviews

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The guide was very knowledgeable and was very open to being asked questions. I learnt so much from her. My only criticism would be it would of been nice to end the tour inside the Duomo so we could then be free to walk around ourself. I think we were only in there for 20mins.

March 30, 2023

Our guide really knew her stuff and conveyed the information in an engaging way. She also gave us tips to help make the most of the rest of our trip. I'd recommend this tour as being good value and a great way to start exoring Venice (we did it on our first morning).

March 30, 2023

Our tour guide was organised and very knowledgable about the history of Venice and the walking tour was a wonderful way to learn so much in a short time about this beautiful place. It made our 2 days in Venice extra special. The tour included some ‘off the tourist’ routes along quiet alleyways and showed us that there are hidden gems just paces away from the hustle and bustle of St Mark’s Square. Entry into the Basilica was just as it said, we skipped a very long line of people queuing outside in the hot sun! Again we were given a very compressive overview of the cathedral’s history. I can highly recommend this tour, Brava!

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March 30, 2023

Product ID: 409778