Our Private Venice in 1-Day Tours are perfect for families, small groups, and individual travelers seeking a more comprehensive and intimate introduction to the enchanting city of Venice. Immerse yourself in the rich history, stunning architecture, and vibrant culture as a local guide as you experience the best of Venice within a concise 4-hour time frame. Cover all the must-see sights, hidden gems, and local secrets that make this city truly unique. Our walking tours are unrivaled in Venice!
St. Mark's Walking Tour & Basilica Exploration
Begin your unforgettable journey with a captivating one-hour guided walk of St. Mark's Square, the heart of Venice. As you stroll through this iconic space otherwise known as piazza San Marco, your expert guide will share stories and insights into the fascinating history of the surrounding buildings, the palaces, monuments, and sculptures.
Next, venture inside the breathtaking St. Mark's Basilica for two private tours and an in-depth exploration of its magnificent interior. Delve into the history of this architectural marvel, marvel at the intricate mosaics, ornate decorations, and gilded ceilings, and learn about the sacred relics housed within its walls. Your guide will also point out the basilica's most notable features, including the world famous Pala d'Oro altar screen and the priceless bronze Horses of St. Mark.
Luxurious Private Boat Tour
Following the guided walk, board a luxurious motor-launch for a private one-hour boat tour along the Grand Canal, Venice's main waterway, and the picturesque minor canals that crisscross the city.
You may think that a private gondola ride is the way to go, but let me assure you that on our private tours in Venice – a typical Venetian motorboat is far more apt for getting around and escaping the crowds!
Experience the splendor of Venice's waterways as you glide past elegant palazzos, historic bridges, churches, and bustling markets. Your knowledgeable guide will provide fascinating insights into the history and significance of the landmarks you encounter along the way.
Hidden Venice Walking Tour
After the private boat tour, set off on a two-hour stroll through the Hidden Venice, exploring lesser-known areas that showcase the city's authentic charm. Wander through a labyrinth of back alleys, quiet squares, and meandering canals, with a great guide to help you discover the real Venice that tourists rarely experience. Your guide will share stories of local traditions, customs, and legends, as well as give walking tours, pointing out hidden architectural gems and notable sites along the way.
While the suggested itinerary above is ideal for first-time visitors, our knowledgeable guides are happy to modify the tour to include other locations or experiences, such as the Jewish Ghetto, Marco Polo's House, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, or other areas in Venice, according to your preferences and interests. Let us know your desires, and our friendly local guide guides will craft a unique and memorable tour tailored to your needs.
For the best experience, we recommend taking this private Venice tour in the afternoon when the Grand Canal is less congested with commercial traffic and the monuments are less crowded. Pick-up at your centrally located hotel is included at no additional fee.
However, an additional €35 fee will apply if the hotel is located outside the San Mark's district, or you may choose to meet your guide directly in San Mark's Square at no extra charge. Comfortable walking shoes and weather-appropriate attire are recommended, as this tour involves a significant amount of walking and some outdoor exploration.