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Venice: St. Mark's Basilica, Doge Palace, and Gondola Ride

Activity provider: Walks of Italy

Venice: St. Mark's Basilica, Doge Palace, and Gondola Ride

Activity provider: Walks of Italy

From US$ 145.84 per person

Follow your guide and explore the Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica with skip-the-line access. Enjoy a gondola ride and get a real sense of Venice on a relaxing city stroll.

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Duration 7.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Acquaint yourself with the history of the city
  • Tour St. Mark's Basilica and familiarize yourself with the story behind it
  • Enjoy a 30-minute gondola ride through the city's canals
  • Explore the backstreets of Venice and marvel at the landmarks nestled within
  • Explore the Doge's Palace
Full description
Venice is a city packed with unique history and culture, but if you only have a short amount of time to experience it, then the best way is through our Venice in a Day Tour. Your day starts early, near the Rialto Bridge, where you'll learn how the city literally grew from the mud of the lagoon. You'll learn to identify the ways that its sea-borne origins have influenced history and culture. Nowhere is this demonstrated better than at the bustling Rialto Fish Market, where you'll see professional chefs mixing with home cooks, competing for some of the freshest fish you'll ever see. From there you'll stroll through the backstreets of Venice, passing quiet piazzas and picturesque bridges, occasionally stopping at landmarks like the childhood home of Marco Polo, or popping into churches, like San Giovanni Gristosomo, to see paintings by Venetian masters Bellini and Sebastiano del Piombo. Along the way, your guide will regale you with local history and lore to give you a feel for how Venice has evolved, and how this centuries-old society has survived for so long. If you really want to see how the locals live, you have to hop on a boat. That's why this tour includes a 30-minute gondola ride that takes you through both busy thoroughfares and quieter, residential canals. In this way, you can see Venice the way it was meant to be seen - from the water. After a break for lunch, during which your guide will give you recommendations on where to eat, you'll meet again in St. Mark's Square and stroll into St. Mark's Basilica with pre-reserved, skip-the-line tickets. This enormous church is one of the most unique and awe-inspiring in Italy. As you explore it, your guide will explain how a Byzantine-style building came to be Venice's greatest landmark, while pointing out some of the more unique stories featured in the golden mosaics that cover the ceilings. Finally, you'll hop across St. Mark's Square to the Doge's Palace, which was once the political nerve center for an empire that stretched across the Mediterranean and into Asia. It was in this building that the Doge, or Duke of Venice lived and where he lorded over an empire of immense wealth, but almost no actual land. This wealth is on display all through the palace in ornate decorations, and beautiful paintings by Venetian masters like Veronese and Bellini. You'll also get to see parts of the palace that weren't as nice, like the prisons, and the inside of the Bridge of Sighs. With a small group of 18 people or fewer, and a passionate local guide to give you the background on what you're seeing and answer all your questions, this is a terrific way to pack a lot of sightseeing into a small amount of time, and see a side of Venice that most visitors miss.
Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Expertly guided walking tour
  • Skip the line ticket for St. Mark's Basilica
  • Pre-reserved ticket to the Doge's Palace
  • Gondola Ride
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at Campo San Giacomo di Rialto. Please meet outside the entrance of the Church of San Giacometto.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
  • Backpacks

Know before you go

  • - Our group tour utilizes multiple areas that are not wheelchair accessible. Those with wheelchairs should contact us so we can arrange your visit.
  • - Sites visited on this tour occasionally close due to holy days, high tides, and/or flooding. If time permits, we will notify you prior to your tour. For last-minute closures, modifications may be communicated at the tour start time. If a site closes, you will tour the exterior of the site.
  • - During times of high tides, flooding, or heavy rain, the gondola ride may be substituted for another experience.
  • - Walks comply with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to Italy government guidelines for the most up-to-date information
  • - This tour allows time to eat lunch on your own with recommendations from your guide. Before lunch, your guide will share a meeting time and location and you will need to arrive at this location on your own.
Customer reviews

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She is very nice and we enjoyed the tour very much.

October 8, 2022

October 2, 2022

Awesome tour ! Guide was great

September 6, 2022

Product ID: 426730