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Byzantine Venice Walking Tour & Skip the Line at St. Mark's Basilica

4.6 / 5 total 5 reviews
Duration: 150 minutes
Product code: 2492
Overview

A tour combination to let you discover Venice's eastern influences through one among the most amazing cathedrals in the world: St Mark's Basilica.

This tour is composed of two parts: first, a walking tour that will make us discover Venice's most famous sites as well as its hidden gems.

An unforgettable way to discover Venice through its narrow alleys called “calli”, countless bridges and wide traditional and picturesque squares, still the heart of Venetian people's social life. Let our professional guide take you on an unforgettable journey among Venice's beauties and history.

The first highlight of the walking tour is St. Mark’s Square, with the description of the majestic St. Mark’s Basilica, the elegant Doge’s Palace, the Clock Tower and the Procuratie.

From St. Mark’s Square, we will move forward to Campo Santa Maria Formosa, where we will admire the SS. Giovanni e Paolo church with the famous Pantheon.

Follow the Scuola Grande di San Marco also knowns as “Great School of Charity” (the Captains of Fortune). Last but not least, head back to St. Mark’s and admire the Malibran

Theatre, step through the famous Mercerie, once the pulsing heart of commercial life back in time, nowadays Venice’s main shopping district between Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s Square.

PLEASE NOTE that this first part of the tour will end at around 10.45, the second part (Basilica) will start at 12.00 and participants are kindly requested to get back to the meeting point by 11.45.

PLEASE NOTE that this tour does not include entrance to main sites such as the Doge's Palace. It is a walking tour, which will completely take place outside (only external comments of the various sites will be provided).

During the second part, we will admire one of the most beautiful and celebrated cathedrals in the world: St Mark's Basilica.

A tour which will make us marvel in front of the majesty and true beauty of the St Mark Basilica, the place where Eastern and Western architecture run into each other. Here, we will learn more about the everlasting history of Venice, about St Mark and how his remains came to rest and shielded here.

A tour not only to see Venice but also to experience this city through its history and glorious past, still shining in its historical sites and legendary characters. Surrounded by the Basilica’s beautiful golden mosaics and marble inlays, our professional guide will take us along the history and the special features of this unique masterpiece of Byzantine art.

Among the priceless treasures shielded in the Basilica, we will have the chance to admire the Pala d’ Oro, a fine example of Byzantine art with its thousands of gems and precious stones, and the Treasury, a splendour of the religious art. In addition, of course, the golden mosaics, maybe the most famous feature of the cathedral.

Highlights
  • Take an unforgettable walking tour among Venice's beauties and history with descriptions of the majestic St. Mark’s Basilica, the elegant Doge’s Palace, the Clock Tower and the Procuratie.
  • See St Mark's Square, Santa Maria Formosa, Campo and Church SS. Giovanni e Paolo and Mercerie
  • Learn about the everlasting history of Venice, about St Mark and how his remains came to rest and be shielded here.
  • Our professional guide will take us along the history and the special features of the unique masterpiece of byzantine art which surrounds the Basilica.
  • Admire the Pala d’ Oro, a fine example of Byzantine art with its thousands of gems and precious stones
  • See the Golden Mosaic which is possibly the most famous feature of the cathedral
Good to Know
  • Scheduling Scheduling: Shared Tour
  • Languages offered on the Activity / TourLanguages offered on the Activity / Tour: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Duration Duration: 150 minutes
  • Skip the Line Skip the Line
  • Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start timeCheck-in is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time
  • This tour is available Monday to Saturday at 09.00 from 1st April to 31st October 2018This tour is available Monday to Saturday at 09.00 from 1st April to 31st October 2018
  • Live Guide Live Guide
    English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Easy Cancellation Easy Cancellation
    Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a full refund
  • Instant Confirmation Instant Confirmation
  • Cut-off TimeCut-off Time
    Available to be booked until 3 hours before the tour starts. We reserve the option to confirm the tour or not due to availability.
Inclusions
  • Skip the line ticket
  • Personal headphones to hear the guide better
  • Qualified guide
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotels pickup/drop off
Meeting Point
Under the Clock Tower (the one with the blue clock) in St Mark's Square at 09:00. Please be sure to get there at least 15 minutes prior to tour starting time

Know Before You Go
  • This first part of the tour will end at around 10.30, the second part (Basilica) will start at 12.00 and participants are kindly requested to get back to the meeting point by 11.45
  • Please wear appropriate clothes to enter the Basilica (no bare knees or shoulders)
  • For security reasons backpacks are not allowed into the Basilica (free deposit available in Calle San Basso)
  • No refund will be accepted for no shows or late arrivals.
  • The tour will take place also with rain, in the event of exceptional high tide in Venice or bad weather it might be cancelled and refund will be provided
  • Languages: Everyday in English, German, French and Spanish / Italian: Saturday
  • The tour will NOT operate during the following dates: April 21st, 22nd and 25th, August 15th
  • This tour does not include entrance to the Doge's Palace, only external explanations of the sites will be provided (with the exception of the Basilica which will be visited)
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Reviewed by Hazel GB   April 06, 2018
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The tour was great and I can highly recommend it! The guide was excellent, knowledgeable and kept a comfortable pace. The use of headphones makes it easy to follow the narrative.
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Reviewed by Estefanía ES   April 04, 2018
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My wife and I enjoyed the walking tour. Our Guide was very knowledgeable and the small group lent itself to a more intimate experience. Thank you.
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Reviewed by Jo Z ZA   April 01, 2018
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THIS IS A MUST DO. OUR GUIDE WAS FANTASTIC AND SO INFORMATIVE. WE DID IT ON OUR FIRST DAY WHICH REALLY GAVE US A GOOD SENSE OF THE AREA AND HELPED US GET AROUND THE CITY. SKIPPING THOSE LONG LINES IS A HUGE BONUS.
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Reviewed by Debbie Toner GB   April 01, 2018
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As well as the historical building you visit, the tour also provides you with a great understanding of Venetian history. Two amazing buildings with so much history that it was hard to take it all in. The basilica especially is just mind blowing. The history and mosaics inside have to be seen tone believed.
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Reviewed by Carly P US   April 01, 2018
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This tour was everything I hoped for and more. Venice is confusing to walk around with all its little streets and our guide was excellent at ensuring we all had a good time. It was great that this tour is split into two as you can stop and get an early lunch. . I would highly recommend this tour to anyone, but if you are doing it in July and August, it would be very hot and water is a must.
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