Delve into the 1000-year history of Venice on a 2.5-hour combined walking tour through the lesser known streets between St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge, then skip the line to admire the gilded interiors of St. Mark’s Basilica, one of the world’s most iconic cathedrals, including the rarely seen Golden Pall.
Duration 2h : 30m
20 participants maximum
The first part of the tour will leave near St. Mark’s Basilica, where you will meet your guide for a walking tour of some of the most Eastern-influenced areas of Venice, from St. Mark’s Square to the Rialto Bridge. Your guide will focus on the unique history of Venice outside some its most famous sites. You will admire the Byzantine façade of St. Mark’s Basilica and the magnificent architecture of the Doge’s Palace. Then you will head towards Campo Santa Maria Formosa to learn the story of one of Venice most beautiful churches, you will see the former home of world-known explorer Marco Polo and finally pass the Malibran Theatre, known for having the most extravagant stage in Venice. You will be led back to St. Mark’s Square for an approximately 1.5-hour break before your skip-the-line tour of St. Mark’s Cathedral. Enjoy your free time strolling along the Riva degli Schiavoni or as you prefer and then meet your guide and group for the second part of the tour outside St. Mark’s. Learn the history of one of the world’s most iconic cathedrals and, once inside, admire its gilded mosaics and the rarely seen Pala d’Oro (Golden Pall), one of the most accomplished works of Byzantine art.
Departure Days & Time All year From Monday to Saturday 9.00 am
Languages available • From November 1st 2015 to March 31st 2016 BILINGUAL TOUR (explanations will be provided in two languages if the audience provenience is mixed) English: from Monday to Saturday Spanish: Wednesday, Saturday French: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday German: Monday, Friday • From April 1st to October 31st 2016: English: from Monday to Saturday Spanish: from Monday to Saturday French: from Monday to Saturday German: from Monday to Saturday Italian: Saturday
Additional information • Please note this is a combo tour including 2 single tours. Between the first and the second tour there is free time for approximately 1.5 hours. • Please arrive at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before the tour departure time. • At the tour departure point you will meet a representative who will check your vouchers and give you information to do the tour. • During the winter period (from November 1st to March 31st) the tour is BILINGUAL, because explanations will be provided in two languages if the audience provenience is mixed. • No credit or refunds will be given in the case of a no show (if you don’t show up at the meeting point at the time indicated on your voucher) • This is a collective tour, which means there might be other participants going on the tour with you. • In cases of religious ceremonies or exceptionally high tides, access to St Mark s Basilica may not be permitted. • To visit St Mark s Basilica it is necessary to dress appropriately (no shorts or vest or tops) and backpacks are not allowed for safety reasons. • Please note that, due to the particular morphological structure of Venice and the logistic problems resulting from it, we cannot guarantee that the whole tour is accessible to people with limited mobility. This means that people with walking difficulties and wheelchair users could not be able to access some parts of the itinerary.
The tour includes:
Skip the Line access and guided visit to St Mark’s Basilica