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Venice Overview Shore Excursion
Shore Excursion providing an overview of Venice



If you are a first-time visitor to Venice, the best way to get aquainted with the city is through an introductory tour with one of our expert local English-speaking guides. Your excursion begins with a selection of the “must-sees,” including Saint Mark's Square, the former political centre of the Venetian Republic. The square contains many famous buildings: the Doges’ Palace, the Bridge of Sighs, the Marciana Library, the Bell Tower, the Clock Tower, and more. 


After your visit to St. Mark’s, staying away from the crowds, you will walk through the backstreets and the squares to explore the city’s layout: you will be cocooned by the silence and intimacy that only a car-free city built to human scale can provide. You will learn to get oriented in this maze-like city, how it feels to live in a place like this, and how today's administrators deal with the maintenance of their huge and fragile heritage.


Your tour will end in the bustling neighborhood of Rialto, once the trade centre of Venice. You will cross the famous Bridge, the oldest over the Grand Canal, and explore the bustling surroundings of the best fresh produce market in the city.


This 3-hour tour includes: 


  • St. Mark’s Square with description of all main sites and historical intro 
  • Backstreets walk including Santa Maria Formosa – San Giovanni e Paolo areas (in the Castello district) 
  • Rialto Bridge and surroundings



Pick-up/Drop-off: You will meet our guide at a set start point in Saint Mark's Square; transportation from Venice Cruise Terminal to Saint Mark's Square is not included, but many cruise lines offer a complimentary shuttle from the Cruise Terminal, with drop-off in Saint Mark's (check with your individual cruise line). If required, we can provide private, direct water taxi transfer to Saint Mark's Square, at an additional cost: Water Taxi Transfer from Venice Cruise Terminal to Saint Mark's Square


The tour will generally conclude in the vicinity of the Rialto Bridge; clients can ask the guide for nearby sightseeing or dining suggestions.


Includes: Private expert English-speaking guide for up to 3-hours.


Excludes: Guide Gratuity, Extra Hours, Water Taxi transfers to/from Saint Mark's Square.




  • Modest attire is required – knees and shoulders must be covered.
  • Recommended visiting time is in the morning; however, the Basilica is closed Sunday mornings for services.


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