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Private Tour for up to 2 (Not a per person rate) $520 USD
Private Tour for up to 4 (Not a per person rate) $597 USD
Private Tour for up to 6 (Not a per person rate) $671 USD
Private Tour for up to 8 (Not a per person rate) $738 USD
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As "first timers," your wish to grasp the landmarks of the city can be met, and then some. Spend three delightful hours with a fabulous guide.

After connecting with your guide, this fascinating tour will begin with an exploration of the elegant Piazza San Marco, surrounded by the governmental buildings of the ancient Republic--the political, religious, and cultural center of it all. Here, we'll enter the shining gold San Marco church, the most famous of the city's churches and one of the best known examples of Byzantine architecture. Be prepared to be in awe of the incredible Pala d’Oro (Golden Altarpiece).

Now, we'll take a pleasant walk through the Castello District, the largest of Venice's six sestieri (subdivisions). The large campo Santa Maria Formosa will give you the chance to observe a wide array of architectural styles all within a single glance.

The San Giovanni e Paolo Square awaits you next. Here, the huge Dominican church towers over the shimmering marble façade of the former School of Saint Mark. Explore the church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, a sort of jewelled casket made of precious marbles. Before reaching Rialto, we'll pass by the Marco Polo house.

Catch the traghetto, a traditional gondola, without seats, that is used to traverse the canal, at Santa Sofia in order to get to the Rialto market. Make everyone think you are a real Venetian by standing the whole time--but be careful, it can get tipsy! You are now heading into the commercial district of Venice. This was the financial and commercial center of Venice for much of its history, one of the most advanced in Europe. The market surrounds the district and, in the morning, this is the liveliest corner of Venice. It's full of locals buying fresh food from vegetable and fish stands. This is always the best place to sip a glass of wine or try some delicious local food.

At the end of this tour, your guide will either escort you back to San Marco Square or show you the way. Either way, it will be easy for you to find your way back!

  • This tour includes:
  • 3-hour guided walking tour
  • Traghetto ride (additional cost)
  • Lots of amazing photo opportunities!
  • Visit to/see:
  • Piazza San Marco
  • San Marco Church
  • Castello District
  • San Giovanni e Paolo Square
  • Marco Polo house
  • Rialto market
  • Additional Languages Available
  • Unknown
  • *Possible upcharge at checkout for languages denoted with ($) symbol.

Days of Operation

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Departures (local time)

  • 9:30 AM (3 hrs)

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

Taxi and Transfers Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• Hotel guests are met at their hotel. Cruise ship passengers will check in for the tour in San Marco Square. Allow at least 30 minutes to get to San Marco Square from your ship. You can either take a water taxi or your ship's water shuttle.
• The order of this tour may vary, as determined by your guide.
• The price of this tour does NOT include per person entrance fees: 2€ for priority admission in San Marco church, 2€ for the Pala d'Oro (Golden Altarpiece), 3€ for Santa Maria dei Miracoli Church, 2€ for the Traghetto.
• San Marco Church is open during the following times:
November 1-March 31: Monday-Saturday, 9:45 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays and religious holidays, 2-4 p.m. April 1-October 31: Monday-Saturday, 9:45 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Sundays and religious holidays, 2-5 p.m.
• Please note: A few days a year, the church may close without notice in case of special religious events and not even local guides will be informed beforehand.


• San Marco church dress code: Shorts, miniskirts, sleeveless tops, and bare shoulders are NOT allowed. Bermuda pants, Polo shirts, T-shirts, mid-length skirts, a scarf to cover bare arms, and shoulders are OK.
• Backpacks or bulky bags are not permitted, although they can be dropped on deposit for free.