Venice Discovery Tour 4h


Stretching across 117 islands, built literally on the water, composed of more than  1200 bridges, more than 400 canals, the city of St. Mark, the glory of an incredible Maritime Republic, the city of the Carnival, of Tintoretto, of the bridge of the sighs, this is Venice, a unique place on the earth which proudly carries the title of the most Romantic city in the world.

We offer you a private customized visit of the most spectacular monuments and sights of Venice, including the Doge’s Palace, the Jails, the Bridge of the Sighs, Saint Mark square and Basilica.

Our licensed guide will pick you up at the port of Venice and you will board on a private water taxi to reach the district of St. Mark, the heart of the city. You will enjoy a walking tour of the area discovering the Doge’s Palace (exterior only), once the Residence of  the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the “Serenissima” Republic. Started in 1309, the Palace housed political institutions of the Republic of Venice until the Napoleonic occupation of the city in 1797 and it is today the main museum of the city.

As you tour the Palace (duration: about 2 h) admire its richly decorated rooms, with paintings and frescoes by the most important Venetian painters, walk across the Bridge of Sighs, so-called by Lord Byron, that connects the Doge’s Palace to its notorious prisons. The tour will also include a walk through part of the small and damp prisons, as the Doge’s Palace was also where justice was administered and where the city’s terrible prisons were to be found. Inside the Doge’s Palace see “the mouth for secret accusations“, where even for a single anonymous accusations a person could be arrested and judged by the most feared tribunal of the city: The Council of Ten!

We’ll continue our visit with the main church of the city, the Basilica of St. Mark Cathedral, church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice, one of the best examples of Byzantine architecture with its beautiful gilded mosaics. Constructed in 828, when Venetian merchants stole the supposed relics of Mark the Evangelist from Alexandria of Egypt, the church also houses a museum located on the rooftop with the original Horses of St. Mark bronze statues of four horses which were exposed in the hippodrome of Constantinople and which the Venetians brought to their city after the 4th crusade.

Surrounded by an open air museum, following a monumental route, your expert English-speaking guide will lead you on a fascinating journey telling  the history of the areas you visit and their important buildings as well as stories & anecdotes about the Venetians themselves who made this city such a vibrant place to live.

You’ll hear tales of illustrious Venetian characters, the likes of Marco Polo and Casanova to enjoy a thorough introduction to the city on foot.

Enjoy a delightful stroll along narrow passageways, over delicate bridges and meandering canals following an itinerary littered with important monuments that illustrate that Venice is one giant open-air museum waiting to be discovered by the intrepid traveller

The itinerary can be modified according to your requirements to include the Jewish Ghetto, Marco Polo’s House or other locations in Venice as part of this 4-hour tour.


Duration: 4 hr

Meeting point: at the port

Entrance: St Mark’s Basilica (skip the line from april to October only) and Dogi Palace

Highlights: St Mark Basilica, Dogi Palace, Clock Tower and more

Skip the line: you will have a reserved  ticket in order to skip the lines and enjoy the visit of St Mark and Dogi Palace

Payment: swift payment or paypal in advance (+4%)


This tour can be combined with …..

35’ Gondola ride

35’ Gondola serenade tour

Islands Tour or Grand Canal boat tour

..and more customized options.


Need more?Ask us!


  • 4 hours licensed guide
  • Private water taxi round trip from the port to st.Mark



  • Admissions to museums and churches

PRICES (per group)

1 to 3 persons
4 to 6 persons
7 to 8 persons