15 Best Venice Tours

Venice is made up of 118 small islands, all separated by beautiful canals and interconnected by more than 400 bridges. Venice is located in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy, known for its architecture and art.

Venice has been the center of many Italian tourists for a long time. From its rich history to its labyrinth of canals, Venice has everything to fascinate. When in Venice, forget the roads, step off a bridge or ride a gondola and discover the rich culture and history of this floating city.

Here are 15 of the best Venice tours to make sure you see the best of this amazing city.

1. Cruise to Murano, Torcello and Burano

Murano

Cruise through three of Canal City’s most famous islands and explore parts of the Venetian Lagoon.

This 4.5-hour boat tour will allow you to explore the rich history, culture and scenery of the three islands, with 45-minute stops in each. Witness Murano’s skilled glassblowers, Burano’s unique chocolate-box painted houses and the picturesque landscape of Torcello.

An onboard multilingual guide will ensure you know all about the three famous islands, while you are free to explore all three at your own pace.

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2. Governor’s Palace Priority Admission Ticket

Governor's Palace

Visit the palace that was once the official residence of the Doge of Venice without waiting in long lines for hours. Go straight into the ruins that were once the capital of Venice and discover its typical architecture and art.

Spend time in the palace discovering the magnificent artwork on display here, exploring the iconic golden staircase and the Bridge of Sighs leading to the prison.

The palace itself is an excellent representation of the city’s rich history and culture, and a tour of it will take you back in time.

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3. Grand Canal Cable Car

Venice gondola

This gondola ride takes you down the 3,800-meter-long Grand Canal, Venice’s most important waterway.

A 30-minute gondola ride takes you across secluded waters and small bridges. During the ride, you can witness the essence of Canal City firsthand.

As you ride the gondola down the Grand Canal, grab the map describing where you’ll pass and listen to the audio commentary on the mobile app.

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4. Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica Tour

Piazza San Marco, Venice

Discover two of Venice’s important landmarks on a walking tour, passing through everything you need to see in Piazza San Marco.

Not only will the 2-hour walking tour show you the highlights of Piazza San Marco, it will also give you skip-the-line access to St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. Witness the epitome of Italian Byzantine architecture at St. Mark’s Basilica, and learn more about the history of Venice at the Doge’s Palace.

Your guide will make sure you get the gist of all the important historical, cultural and architectural facts about the sites you visit.

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5. Jewel of the Venetian Lagoon

San Giorgio Maggiore

This boat excursion will take you from the seafront of San Marco to the islands of San Giorgio Maggiore and Lido to discover the true gems of the Venetian Lagoon.

This tour is a 4-hour boat ride through the waters of the Venetian Lagoon, horseback riding past the islands of San Giorgio Maggiore and Lido, and also takes you to see the vibrantly colored houses of Burano and the classic glass blowing of Murano industry.

Enjoy the beauty of the island and surrounding waters, with a live multilingual guide sharing knowledge of all the sights you pass by.

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6. Murano and Burano Islands Tour

Burano, Italy

This tour will take you by boat to the islands of Murano and Burano, where you can stop to admire the brightly coloured houses and the peaceful and fresh atmosphere, and learn more about glass blowing from the masters of the glass factory knowledge.

Take a 4-hour boat tour of both islands that will prove to be a fun and educational experience. A multilingual guide will accompany you throughout the journey to make the most of your trip.

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7. Mysterious Venice Walking Tour

Mysterious Venice

This tour will take you on foot to the mysterious side of Venice. Discover the heart of Venice with an experienced guide who will tell you the unusual secrets of the City of Masks.

Take a 75-minute walk through lesser-known parts of Venice, where the true essence of the city lies. Explore secret and secluded areas of the city, rich in history and unique markets. Visit the oldest church in the city, the Church of San Giacometto, located in the Rialto region, which was once a trading center.

Walk the maze of streets and squares and witness another side of Venice with its iconic architectural wonders and rich history.

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8. Grand Canal Gondola Serenade

gondola serenade

A grand experience on the Grand Canal and the joy of serenades of famous Italian songs while riding a gondola.

The 30-minute shared gondola ride is a wonderful experience with professional singers singing authentic Italian songs and the surrounding scenery is breathtaking.

Connect to the mobile app for audio commentary as you traverse sparsely populated waterways in tranquil surroundings.

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9. Skip-the-Line Tickets for Leonardo da Vinci Museum

Venice Leonardo da Vinci Museum

Peek into the mind of a genius at the Leonardo Da Vinci Museum with exclusive admission and no waiting in line.

Spend time exploring Leonardo da Vinci’s work and learn more about his life in a museum based on the four elements of earth, water, fire and air.

This is a family-friendly tour with unique exhibits that will appeal to adults and children alike.

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10. Venice Carnival Gala Dinner and Show

Venice Carnival 4-Hour Gala Dinner and Show

Celebrate the Carnival of Venice with a gala dinner and experience a historic tradition characterized by sophisticated costumes and a party atmosphere.

Spend 4 hours at an exclusive grand ball, accompanied by music and dance, as well as performances by magicians and contortionists. Enjoy drinks and a delicious dinner while the pianist serenades and entertains with a variety of performances.

Spend the perfect night at a lavish dance party with gourmet food, free parking and cloakroom service for the best memories of the city.

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11. Carnival Mask Workshop

Carnival Mask Workshop

Enjoy this unique class in the City of Masks, where you can learn the traditional techniques of mask making and create your own.

This is an hour-long workshop that will improve your skills and teach you the traditional techniques of making masks from pulp.

Provided with all the supplies you need to let your imagination run wild and provide additional knowledge and skills throughout the mask making process.

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12. Venice Walking Tour and Cable Car Ride

Venice tourist

Walk through the streets of Venice, take a gondola ride through the canals, and learn more about the city of water and bridges.

This 2-hour tour allows you to explore the city’s main hotspots on foot, learn about its history, and then ride the cable car for a completely different but beautiful view of the city.

Let an experienced guide introduce you to all the main highlights of the city and uncover its beauty and culture.

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13. Rialto Market Lunchtime Tour

Venice Rialto Market

Indulge in Venice’s unique markets on a walking and tasting tour that gives you a deeper understanding of the city’s food and culture.

The 4-hour tour takes you not only to the main sights of the city, but also to some secluded areas that are as charming as the rest of the city. On this tour, you will meet local artisans and producers who will tell you more about life in the city.

Enjoy stops at 7 different restaurants, all of which offer traditional and high-quality Italian cuisine, as well as the 18th century osteria famous for tapas unique to Venice.

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14. The Legends and Ghosts of the Cannaregio Tour

The legends and ghosts of the Cannaregio tour

Explore the secluded and dark corners of the city on this one-of-a-kind tour that will give the city a different experience.

As night falls, spend 4 hours exploring the dark streets and secluded areas of Cannaregio, while listening to your guide tell tales of Venetian ghosts and legends.

Professional guides can also be heard on headphones, in German, English and French for the best tour experience.

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15. Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Cruise

Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Cruise

Enjoy a sightseeing experience in the beautiful city of Venice with all its bridges and canal network, and on a hop-on hop-off tour you can get off at any stop you want.

The full tour is 2 hours long, but you can choose which stop to get off at to explore the city and discover its outstanding architecture, history, culture and all that is beautiful. Visit all the major sights of the city you wish to see and enjoy the tour at your own pace.

Choose from two different itineraries that take you to almost all of the city’s main attractions and enjoy free Wi-Fi on board.

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