Private Venice Highlights Tour with Gondola Ride
2.5 Hours of Sightseeing in Venice, Italy
Our private Venice Highlights Tour features all of Venice’s best sights in 2.5 hours. With a private Venice tour guide, explore St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Basilica, Rialto Bridge, and the Grand Canal on a relaxing gondola ride.
What you will see on this tour
- Meet in St. Mark's Square
- St. Mark's Basilica
- Hidden Gems in Venice
- Rialto Bridge & Grand Canal
- Rialto Neighborhood
- Venetian "Campos"
- Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo
- Gondola Ride
Are you taking a day trip to Venice? This private Venice Highlights Tour visits all of Venice’s best landmarks in 2.5 hours, leaving you plenty of time for unstructured leisure time in the Floating City. Check off St. Mark's Basilica, a gondola ride and the Rialto Bridge from your bucket list. Then, move on to an afternoon of shopping, eating cicchetti and wandering through one of the most beautiful cities in the world. This 2.5-hour tour includes:
- - St. Mark's Square and St. Mark's Basilica
- - Rialto Bridge
- - Private English-speaking tour guide
- - A short Venice Gondola ride
St. Mark's Square in Venice
Your private tour of Venice begins in St. Mark’s Square. Home to landmarks that include St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Square is also Venice’s largest Piazza (public square). In addition, this historic gathering spot is a central location for festivities associated with Venice Carnivale, the legendary weeks-long celebration.
St. Mark's Basilica - The Church of Gold
Next, head to St. Mark’s Basilica with your private tour guide. Enter the church with your skip the line tickets, perfect for avoiding the long queues that form in summer months. Once inside, you’ll immediately understand why it is known as the "Church of Gold”. The basilica’s interior is lined by 4,240 square meters of gilded mosaics that took over eight centuries to complete. Treasures shipped to Venice after the fall of Constantinople in 1204 make up some of the most important works of art in St. Peter's. These include the four bronze horses and The Pala d’Oro ( the basilica’s high altar).
From November through March, St. Mark’s Basilica does not offer skip the line entry as lines are generally non-existent. Since St. Mark's Basilica is a sacred place, men and women must have their knees and shoulders covered once inside. You may be refused entry to a portion of your private tour otherwise. As summers in Venice are hot - a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you for covering your knees and shoulders when necessary.
Rialto Bridge and Neighborhood
A short walk away from St. Mark’s Square is the Rialto Bridge, one of Venice’s most iconic landmarks. One of the oldest of the four bridges that cross the Grand Canal, this bridge features a 24-foot-tall arch. Across the bridge is Venice’s Rialto Market, located in the Rialto neighborhood. This place is synonymous with Venice’s food culture.
Gondola Ride in Venice
At the conclusion of your private walking tour of Venice, embark on a short gondola ride - an essential activity for visitors to the Floating City. The city of Venice only issues roughly 400 gondolier licenses per year, making the profession an esteemed one. In addition to operating gondolas, Gondoliers are also Venice’s unofficial storytellers and historians.
At the conclusion of your gondola ride, you'll be brought back to St. Mark’s Square. Don’t forget to ask your private tour guide where the best places to eat and drink in Venice are. We’ll gladly point you in the direction of Venice’s best cuisine. We also offer a Venice food tour of the Rialto Market and the city’s best spots for cicchetti.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where to meet?
Between the two big columns in St. Mark’s Square (columns of San Marco e San Teodoro) located on the south side of the square, near the canal. A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.
What to bring?
Walking shoes and something to cover your knees and shoulders for St. Mark's Basilica. Sunscreen and a water bottle in the summer are also recommended.
Q: Does the tour always skip the line?
A: Skip the line access to St. Mark's is offered during busier months. During November through March, St. Mark's Basilica does not offer skip the line entry to tour groups. This is because the lines are generally non-existent.
Q: What should I bring?
A: A sense of curiosity, comfortable shoes, your phone or camera and a water bottle.
Q: What should I wear?
A: Since St. Mark's is a sacred place, both men and women must cover their knees and shoulders. Otherwise, you may be refused entry to a portion of your tour. We understand the summers in Venice are hot - a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way, you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary. Remember to wear comfortable shoes, you'll be walking plenty on this tour of Venice.
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Venice highlights walking tour and gondala ride
We enjoyed an excellent walking tour with Natalia showing us the Venice highlights. Natalia was not only extremely knowledgeable but presented the tour in a very entertaining way. We particularly enjoyed seeing St Marks Basilica, what an amazing cathedral. After wandering through many little laneways and crossing many bridges we finished with our Gondala ride - a perfect end .
An intimate experience with an extremely educated guide. Highly recommend.
Private all the way!
Being able to make sure its just my family on the tour was great for our trip!