Skip the Line: Best of Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica

2 hours (Approx.)
Free cancellation
1 - 15
Mobile ticket


Skip the line at St Mark’s Basilica and explore St Mark’s Square and lesser-known Venice on this 2-hour walking tour. Stroll around St Mark’s Square as your guide explains its buildings and Venice’s history as a major maritime power during medieval times. Bypass the queues at St Mark’s Basilica to ogle its incredible interior and delve into the quieter, less-visited side of Hidden Venice. Walk along small canals past palaces, squares and bridges and learn about daily life in the city past and present.


  • Walking tour (maximum 20 people)
  • Local English-speaking Professional guide
  • Skip-the-line tickets to St. Mark's Basilica
  • Radio Headsets when the group has more than 8 participants
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica di San Marco

What to expect

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice Italy

Enjoy the introduction to the history and culture of Venice with our local expert English-speaking guide

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Basilica di San Marco, Piazza San Marco 328, 30124 Venice Italy

Enjoy the visit of St Mark's Basilica with Skip the line tickets.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Castello, Venice Italy

Stop by the famous Santa Maria Formosa church dedicated to Holy Virgin and learn about its Renaissance architecture and the history of its name.

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Calle del Paradiso, Venice Italy

Explore Hidden Venice with its typical alleys called "calle" and Byzantine and Gothic palazzos.

Meeting point

Giardini Reali, San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Tour operates rain or shine
  • At certain times it may not be possible to enter to St Mark's Basilica due to religious functions taking place. These closures are beyond our control so no refunds or discounts will be issued
  • Large bags are not allowed into St Mark's Basilica
  • In case of high water, St Mark’s Basilica Skip the line entrance will remain closed
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Near public transportation
  • To ensure safety and well-being of our guests the itinerary of the tour has been amended to follow the Covid-19 guidelines. Visits to St Mark's Basilica may be subject to restrictions. Depending on the situation on the day of the tour the itinerary may be amended to offer you the best experience possible.
  • Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance to St Mark's Basilica is compulsory from April to October due to high number of visitors. St Mark’s Basilica does not offer a fast entry service to anyone in other periods considered off peak season. No refund is due when skip-the-line reservation isn't required.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Beginning Friday 6 August 2021 and until further notice, access to museums, galleries and all related tourist venues as well as indoor bars and restaurants, will be permitted only to those in possession of a Green COVID-19 Certification (Green Pass or equivalent certificate). Please remember to also bring your ID or passport to confirm your identity. This doesn’t apply to children less than 12 years old.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands


  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
May 2022

Excellent host. Pleasant, interesting & informative, easy to understand. Would definitely recommend.

April 2022

Liked to learn about the history of Venice, how it was built, different parts of the St Mark's square, the Doug's palace and generally walking around.

November 2021

We had an amazing private tour with Adrianna! We learned some great history of Venice and toured St Marks Basilica. Beautiful! Even though it was cool and rainy we enjoyed the tour and would highly recommend!

September 2021

Georgia was a great guide - enthusiastic, very knowledgeable and considerate. She worked with our group to individualize each person’s experience.

July 2021

Friendly, knowledgeable guide who tailored the tour to our needs and amended the route when our daughter started feeling unwell. Arranged for a rooftop viewing of Venice when a visit to St. Mark's turned out to be impractical due to COVID

August 2020

Excellent tour with a very engaging, vibrant and stylish Venetian woman! Good details on the history and background of major sights and we covered many of the Cory highlights. Highly recommended!

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from $42.60 / per person