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Skip the Line: Best of Venice Walking Tour Including St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace (3.5 hours):Meet your guide near the Rialto Bridge, Venice’s oldest bridge, and set off on your 3.5-hour walking tour to discover the city’s highlights.
Hear about Venice’s history as you navigate winding streets and tiny bridges, and pause at Marco Polo’s house. Listen to tales of the explorer’s sea journeys, and then stroll through the squares of Campo SS Giovanni Paolo and Campo San Luca on route to the Bridge of Sighs.
Continue into St Mark’s Square, the magnificent piazza that Napoleon dubbed ‘the finest drawing room in all Europe,’ and skip the long lines outside St Mark’s Basilica.
Gaze in awe at the mosaics-laden interior with your guide and visit the first-floor terraces — an area off limits to most tours — to behold the bird’s eye views over the piazza.
Next, stroll to the Doge’s Palace, once the home of Venice’s Doge and courts. Enjoy skip-the-line access and a guided tour of the palace highlights, including its glorious frescos by Tintoretto and Veronese.
Afterward, enjoy 1.5 hours at leisure before your Murano and Burano tour. Perhaps use the time to shop for souvenirs, enjoy lunch (own expense) or just people-watch from a café.
Murano and Burano Tour (5 hours):When the time comes, take a scenic water taxi ride to the nearby island of Murano, famous for its vibrantly colored glass.
Visit a glassblowing workshop to see the skilled craftspeople in action. Watch entranced as the glass is blown, colored and shaped into a dazzling array of products, and visit a glass showroom to admire and perhaps buy some finished pieces (own expense) at discounted prices.
Next, cruise on to the neighboring island of Burano. Take snaps of the rainbow-painted houses along the canals, and hear about the island’s lacemaking heritage at a lace workshop.
Watch the lacemakers at work, and hear how this delicate craft is a dying art. Browse some lace samples, and perhaps buy some keepsakes (own expense) at discounted prices before your tour ends with a return boat ride.
Small group of 25 people or less
Skip-the-line entrance to St Mark’s Basilica
Entrance to terraces of St Mark’s Basilica
Skip-the-line entrance to Doge’s Palace
Glassmaking demonstration on Murano with commentary in English
Lacemaking demonstration on Burano with commentary in English
Discount at glassblowing and lacemaking shop (10%+ depending on the item)
Round-trip boat transfers
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Extra measures may be implemented at some venues due to heightened global security. As a result, we may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues. Extra measures may also restrict the size of bags that can be brought inside. To avoid disruptions or possible denied entry, we strongly suggest that you avoid bringing large purses, bags or backpacks on your tour. St Mark’s Basilica specifically prohibits large bags, umbrellas, and tripods. These items must be checked into the luggage storage area off-site, so you may miss a portion of the tour to do so
There is a break, from 1pm until 2:15pm. It is the responsibility of the client to make his/her way back to the meeting point at 2:15pm for the start of the Murano and Burano tour
It is the responsibility of all visitors to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated, and missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded
This tour involves a fair amount of walking, and there are a number of steep steps on the terraces of St Mark’s Basilica. Comfortable shoes are recommended
We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours
9am (meet strictly 8:45am) -- Best of Venice and Doge's Palace 2:30pm (meet strictly at 2:15pm) -- Murano and Burano