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Venice Full-Day Tour: St. Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace & Gondola Ride

by Walks of Italy Duration 7h 30m Nonrefundable No booking or credit card fees
per adult Price is $146

Get a sense of the history, art, and culture of Venice on this full-day tour combining all the best experiences into one day. Enjoy a guided tour of St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace, take to the water on a gondola ride, and explore famous piazzas and hidden backstreets on a walking tour.

Your tour starts at ground level with a guided walking tour of the city's most famous and most interesting sights. See the Rialto Bridge and learn about Venice's food culture at the Rialto Fish Market.

Along the way hear tales of famous Venetians like Marco Polo as well as how Venice came to be—and how it survived against the odds. As your walking tour ends, take a gondola ride and cruise along the Grand Canal and into the quieter back canals of the city with a maximum of 6 people per vessel.

After a break for lunch, reconvene at St. Mark's Square and enter St. Mark's Basilica to explore its stunning history, architecture, and art with your guide. Get up close to the beautiful gold mosaics with special first-floor access and enjoy the best views over the square from the first-floor balcony.

Then it's on to Venice's other top sight—the Doge's Palace. Skip the line with pre-reserved tickets and enjoy the benefit of having an expert local guide as you navigate council rooms, audience halls, and masterpieces by Veronese and Tintoretto.

Get a sense of the history, art, and culture of Venice on this full-day tour combining all the best experiences into one day. Enjoy a guided tour of St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace, take to the water on a gondola ride, and explore famous piazzas and hidden backstreets on a walking tour.

Your tour starts at ground level with a guided walking tour of the city's most famous and most interesting sights. See the Rialto Bridge and learn about Venice's food culture at the Rialto Fish Market.

Along the way hear tales of famous Venetians like Marco Polo as well as how Venice came to be—and how it survived against the odds. As your walking tour ends, take a gondola ride and cruise along the Grand Canal and into the quieter back canals of the city with a maximum of 6 people per vessel.

After a break for lunch, reconvene at St. Mark's Square and enter St. Mark's Basilica to explore its stunning history, architecture, and art with your guide. Get up close to the beautiful gold mosaics with special first-floor access and enjoy the best views over the square from the first-floor balcony.

Then it's on to Venice's other top sight—the Doge's Palace. Skip the line with pre-reserved tickets and enjoy the benefit of having an expert local guide as you navigate council rooms, audience halls, and masterpieces by Veronese and Tintoretto.

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8:30 AM, Tour in English

Duration 7h 30m No booking or credit card fees

Live Commentary in English.

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$145.24

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Venice Full-Day Tour: St. Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace & Gondola Ride

Activity Location

Venice

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • At the central fountain of Campo San Giacomo di Rialto (Campo San Giacometto).

    Campo San Giacomo di Rialto

    Venezia 30125


Highlights

  • Guided walking tour exploring history & top sights of Venice

  • Skip-the-Line access at Doge's Palace

  • Iconic gondola ride along the Grand Canal with 6 people

  • Hearing informative commentary from your local expert guide

  • Small group of 18 people or fewer & expert local guide


Inclusions

  • Guided tour of Venice including St. Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace, and Rialto Bridge

  • Skip-the-Line entrance to Doge's Palace

  • All admission fees

  • Gondola ride

  • Live tour commentary provided in English

  • Headset for tour commentary


Exclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

  • Lunch


Know Before You Book

  • Children 3 and younger are complimentary.

  • Maximum group size is 18 people.

  • If you have limited mobility, you should not take part.

  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

  • This activity is unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriers.

  • Gondolas can hold up to 6 passengers. Shared gondolas comprise a mixed group of tour participants.

  • The gondola ride does not operate during heavy rain or other adverse weather conditions; when this occurs, an alternate date is offered.

  • The Doge's Palace is subject to unforeseen closures due to high tides or festivities; when this occurs, an alternate date is offered.

  • Occasionally St. Mark's Basilica is closed to the public, without previous notice, due to high tides or particular festivities. If St. Mark's Basilica is closed, an extended tour of the outside of the basilica and of St. Mark's Square will be given instead.

  • Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.


Venice Full-Day Tour: St. Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace & Gondola Ride ratings based on 68 Verified Reviews

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4.7 out of 5

5/5 Jul 11, 2019

Matteia (Matt) was wonderful and funny. He explained a lot of details about the city and its architecture. The personal time for lunch was great, as it gave plenty of time to wander around St. Mark's square. The gondala ride was interesting since it gave a different perspective on viewing the ciry. I would highly recommend this tour, it was very pleasant.

4/5 Jun 30, 2019

too long a day in the heat. does not include lunch but we broke for lunch. Beautiful area - very informative guide.

Sandra R

United States