Venice Private Shore Excursion

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Shore Excursion, First Time Visitor, City


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 6



English (fluent), Italian (fluent), Spanish (advanced)

The best way To discover Venice

Venice in the past Centuries was a great, independent Country.
Come to visit the heart of the City: starting with a private boat ride to see the Grand Canal and the majestic palaces along it, we will go to Saint Mark's Square, where we will admire the Doge's Palace, that was the seat of the Venetian government until 1797, and the Basilica of St Mark, one of the most important Byzantine architecture in the world, impressive with its gilded mosaics and wonderful marbles.
Following some of the less beaten paths of the City (to see Santa Maria Formosa, Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Marco Polo's House), we will then reach the Rialto food market, to see one of the most lively places in Venice.
With this tour, you will learn how Venice was able to become one of the richest countries of Europe, thanks to the spices, gold, precious wares that the Venetian merchants imported from the Eastern Countries; you will see its Beauty; you will understand where to find the best shops and local restaurants in the City.


Starting from the cruise terminal, we will take a private boat to take a tour along the Grand Canal and some of the inner canals of the City.
Our boat will bring us to the Piazza San Marco, where I will explain you the Square and all the monuments around it.
We will enter the Saint Mark's Basilica, where you will admire the wonderful Byzantine mosaics and the beautiful marbles in it.
Then, following some of the less beaten paths, we will walk to the Rialto bridge, and we will cross it to see the open air market on the other side of the Gran Canal.

St. Mark's church is open from Monday to Saturday, 9h45>17h00
On Sunday, 14h00>16h00

Please, be sure to bring something to cover your legs and your shoulders.

The backpacks have to be checked before entering the church.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: We can meet at the cruise terminal or, if you prefer, at the main bus&car terminal, the railway station, St. Mark's square and your hotel if it is in Venice.
Let me know where you are going to stay, so I will agree with you the best meeting point.

End location: Usually this tour ends close to Rialto.
I will show you how to go back to your hotel or how to go to any other place you need to go.

Duration: 3 hours 30 min.


Walking and private boat

What’s Included

Other: My service as a private licensed guide and Art Historian for 3,5 hours.

50 minutes on a private boat

Estimated Local Cash Needed

100 EUR - - 3,00 € per person to avoid long lines to enter St. Mark's church (from April 1 to october 31)
- Scarf to cover your shoulders and/or legs 2€ each
- Transportation if required
- Any other private expenses (snacks, drinks, souvenirs, ...)

What’s Extra

Other: 3,00 € per person to avoid long lines to enter St. Mark's church
(from April 1 to october 31).
Scarf to cover your shoulders and/or legs (if needed) 2€ each.

Any other tickets if required

Any other expenses like snacks, drinks, souvenirs, ...


As a Licensed Tourist Guide of Venice, I have no restrictions at all.

I am not a driver.

Private tour guide Nicoletta

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