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Best of Venice Walking Tour with St. Mark’s Basilica - French Guide

Best of Venice Walking Tour with St. Mark’s Basilica - French Guide
Mobile voucher accepted
from: £ 34.00
Availability: 09.00: Friday; 13.30: Sunday
Duration: 2 hours
Language: French
Mobile voucher accepted


  • Visit the view of Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge, Marco Polo’s house and more
  • Discover the cities secrets and mysteries as you explore the streets


If you are only in Venice for a short time, The Best of Venice tour is the right choice for you. You will get an authentic experience of Venice as you wander the streets and piazzas with you French-speaking guide. There is no better way to uncover the mysteries behind this enchanting city in a relaxed atmosphere and at your own pace.


This tour starts at one of Venice’s best-known landmarks, the Rialto Bridge. Then, you will walk through the winding streets and over the tiny bridges of Venice diving into the heart of the city. You will visit Marco Polo’s house and hear about the Venetian son who went on a voyage and came back with stories of China - a world in the East that few had ever seen. You will experience the lively piazzas of Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo and Campo Santa Maria Formosa, where the Renaissance buildings and modern structures tell the eclectic story of the city’s development.

As your tour continues you will pass by the famous Bridge of Sighs and head to St. Mark’s Square. Here you will get to skip the long lines and go inside St. Mark’s Basilica. See the mosaics of St. Mark’s Basilica from up close and marvel at the diversity of Venetian culture as your guide points out the spots where eastern architecture and western design have blended to create an onion dome. Rarely included on guided tours you will have time to go to the terraces, which offer beautiful views over the piazza and wonderful photo opportunities! Your group will be no larger than 20 people to ensure your visit is comfortable and your guide easy to interact with.

Sites visited:

  • View of Grand Canal
  • Rialto Bridge
  • Marco Polo’s house
  • Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo
  • Campo SM Formosa
  • Bridge of Sighs (from outside)
  • Columns of San Marco and the Lion of Venice
  • St. Mark’s Basilica* (Skip the Line)
  • Terraces of St. Mark’s Basilica*

* St. Mark's Basilica can be subject to closure without notice. When this occurs, you will be offered an extended tour of the basilica and St. Mark’s Square from outside. While tour groups are generally warned ahead of time, it is not always possible as there can be unplanned disruptions to basilica opening hours. In these cases the tour operator will be unable to provide refunds or discounts.

Unfortunately this tour is unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. 

Maximum group size: 20 persons.


  • Expert, French-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of 20 people or less
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide
  • Skip the Line Access to St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Entrance ticket to the terraces of St. Mark’s Basilica


Meeting point: in front of the bronze statue of a man (Carlo Goldoni) in Campo S. Bortolomio (a.k.a. Campo san Bórtolo and Campo San Bartolomeo), near the San Marco side of the Rialto Bridge.

Meeting point: in front of the bronze statue of a man (Carlo Goldoni) in Campo S. Bortolomio (a.k.a. Campo san Bórtolo and Campo San Bartolomeo), near the San Marco side of the Rialto Bridge.

If arriving from the Rialto Bridge:
When stepping down from the bridge on the San Marco side, continue straight ahead for roughly 200 ft. (60 m.) to Campo San Bortolomio. The bronze statue will be on your left towards the center of the campo.

This service ends at St. Mark’s Basilica for the Best of Venice Walking Tour only.


Please do not bring large bags, tripods, non-collapsible umbrellas, or backpacks on this tour. They are not permitted in St. Mark’s Basilica and must be checked into the luggage storage area off-site. You may miss a portion of the tour for this procedure. This tour involves a fair amount of walking, and there are a number of steep steps on the terraces of St. Mark’s Basilica. Comfortable shoes are recommended. Entrance into religious sites requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. Photography is permitted throughout most of the tour; however, photography is prohibited in St. Mark’s Basilica. Some sites visited lack shade and can be hot under direct sunlight. We recommend bringing a hat, sunscreen and a bottle of water in warm weather.


This tour has multiple departure times. The guest must select only one departure time when booking, and times are not interchangeable.

Departures for Fridays:
Meeting time: 08:45 AM
Departure time: 09:00 AM

Departure info for Sundays:
Meeting time: 1:15 PM
Departure time: 1:30 PM

It is the responsibility of all visitors to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated, & missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded.


Children 0 – 3 years old: free (strollers or baby carriages are not allowed on this tour).


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