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Small Group Essence of Venice Walk

Small group tour featuring St Mark's Square, St Mark's Basilica including the visit of the Pala D'Oro inside the church, Bridge of Sighs, Doge's Palace (exterior), Bell Tower and Clock tower, Castello District of Venice and secret Venice

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Highlights and what's included

  • Licensed Expert English speaking guide
  • Skip the line tickets to St Mark's basilica
  • In-depth tour of St.Marks Basilica is only possible on this small group tour
  • Tickets to visit the Pala d'Oro
  • Headphones when the group has more than 6 participants
  • St. Marks Basilica, Doges Palace, Bridge of Sighs & time spent exploring the Hidden Venice
  • Min 4 - Max 14 participants


Featuring an In-depth tour of St. Marks Basilica which is only possible on our small group Essence of Venice walking tours. Limited to a maximum of 14-partcipants, you'll see and do more touring Venice on these small group city sightseeing tours.

Equipped with complimentary head-phones so that you can follow every word of your expert English-speaking Venice Tour Guide as you stroll around St. Marks Square discussing all the major monuments that will include the Doge's Palace, Bridge of Sighs, Bell Tower & Clock Tower prior to entering St. Mark's Basilica with skip the line tickets to enjoy an in-depth tour of St. Mark's Basilica discussing the fabulous mosaics and visiting the Pala D'Oro.

In the second part of the tour we'll leave the hordes of tourists behind in St. Marks Square to explore a very different Venice. A Venice that's more fascinating and intimate, what we call the Hidden Venice.

As our expert Venice tour guides continue to narrate the story of Venice, you'll enjoy exploring another world of narrow alleyways and meandering canals, punctuated by delicate bridges, hidden architectural gems and fascinating stories about the Venetians who created this incredible city from absolutely nothing!


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Meeting Point

At the Entrance to the Royal Gardens on the water front of St. Marks Square. From St. Marks facing the Basilica turn right and walk towards the open water. At the two giant columns facing the water turn right, and following the line of trees after a 100 metres you will come to the entrance of the Royal Gardens where we will be waiting holding a sign with Essence of Venice Walk written on it.
IMPORTANT: Shoulders and knees must be covered to enter San Marks Basilica. Large bags are not allowed into the Basilica

Other Information

  • At times St Mark’s basilica is closed due to high water or religious ceremonies. During high water the tour will take place, but it might happen we have to partly adapt the tour to the weather conditions. On those occasions when St Mark’s Basilica is open with high water, skip the line tickets will not be accepted as all visitors have only 1 door open to get in the church.
  • Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance to St Mark's Basilica are available only from April to October (St Mark’s Basilica does not offer a fast entry service to anyone in other periods, considered off peak season).
  • Shoulders and knees must be covered to enter St Marks basilica. Large bags are not allowed inside the basilica.
  • This tour is of a historical area and is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities. However, please contact us directly and we will be able to take you on alternative routes suitable for you.
  • Please wear comfortable footwear as this tour involves a lot of walking.
  • The cost of the tour does not include gratuities or hotel pick up and drop off.
  • Tour operates with min 4 participants.

Key Information

  • Prices from: 39.00
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Availability: View Calendar
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Nov 04 2018
Very nice tour. Please note that the meeting point instructions they send you have inaccurate info. Instructions read: “MEETING POINT: Entrance to the Royal gardens, waterfront of St Mark’s square. Our assistant will be holding a sign with Small Group Essence of Venice written on it.”
Instead, the sign said Bellisima”
Oct 19 2018
We did this tour on September 17 at 14:00. The agents who greet d us were very friendly and efficient. We met out tour guide and proceeded to St. Mark’s. Our guide started making comment to other tourists as we walked as to respect and their behavior. Once inside the church it was even worse. She literally yelled at anyone with a camera and kept preaching “respect”. At one point while in the church she got into a very intense argument with one man insulting him and his country. We were scared it would turns physical at oneness point. All the way through the church she’s spent more time yelling at others than guiding ours tour. Her nasty remarks and comments continued as we left and proceeded on our walking tour. She completely ruined the experience for us. I understand that there are rules but it’s the guards job to enforce them not the person we are paying to help us enjoy our trip and sights. You have a great company and I don’t feel this guide is positive example of the quality you strive for.
Oct 11 2018
In previous comments. See above
Oct 25 2017
A wonderful day, perfect weather, perfect scenery. Well worth the effort to get out of Venice and travel up north.
Sep 12 2017
We enjoyed the tour. We had done a free walking tour prior to this one and also enjoyed it, but that one had lacked the detailed info on the sites in St. Mark's Square that we were wanting. This tour provided that. The reason for 4 stars is that we didn't find our tour guide particularly enthusiastic. He was very well informed, which was more important to us. But a little more enthusiasm on his part would have made the experience a 5 star experience. It was a bit pricy versus competition, but we're still glad we took the tour.
Jul 25 2017
The tour was entertaining and gave a good flavor of life in Venice. It could have been a bit more substantial on history.
Jul 08 2017
Stephanie was a very good guide for our group in Venice.
She really cared and was passionate about her city.
Jun 20 2017
Perfect group size to experience the city. Got to ask questions of my guide which she answered well. It lasted the perfect amount of time to be shown a lot of areas.
Jun 09 2017
The tour guide Marina was great!
May 30 2017
Good tour, well-informed tour guide. Some more details/humor could have helped.
May 26 2017
We had a very enjoyable walking tour with the guide who was very pleasant an very knowledgable. a great experience.
May 25 2017
Wonderful touR! Recommended
May 07 2017
We had a very good overall experience. Skipping the general public line was great. Even though the Basilica was crowded our guide keep us together and moving feeding us tidbits of knowledge along the way.

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