Venice in a Day with St. Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace, & Gondola Ride

681 reviews

7.5 hours

Max 18

Why take this tour?

Highlights

  • Acquaint yourself with the history of the city

  • Explore the backstreets of Venice and marvel at the landmarks nestled within

  • Enjoy a 30-minute gondola ride through the city's canals

  • Tour St. Mark's Basilica and familiarize yourself with the story behind it

  • Explore the Doge's Palace

  • Sites Visited
  • St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco)
  • St. Mark's Basilica
  • Gondola ride
  • Doge’s Palace
  • New Prisons
  • Bridge of Sighs
  • Rialto Bridge
  • Rialto Fish Market
  • House of Marco Polo (exterior)
  • Santa Maria dei Miracoli (exterior)
  • Tour 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
  • Headset

Take a day to explore Venice; by land & water!

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Verified Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.9 /5
based on 681 reviews
Rating summary by category
Guide
4.9/5
Value for money
4.7/5
Latest reviews
Excellent
Mattea was an engaging tour guide! You could tell he was passionate about his town! Having said that, it is a long tour that I wish could have been condensed into just a half day. After lunch we were done and tired (not a reflection of Mattea, it's just a long day starting at 8:30am and ending at 3:30pm).
Amber · Sep 23, 2022 · United States
Great
Roberta was an excellent tour guide. Was a great tour also
Nicholas · Sep 20, 2022 · United States · Male · 55 to 64 years
Excellent
Our tour guide was amazing. I would have loved to have had him as my history teacher, back in the days!! Maybe I would have enjoyed it more!
Linda · Sep 18, 2022 · United States · Female · 55 to 64 years
Excellent
Our tour guide Iole from Venice was very good. She is passionate with her work, very patient & considerate. ???
Joe · Sep 16, 2022 · United States · Female · 55 to 64 years
Excellent
Virginia was our guide and she was awesome. Took her time to answer out questions and she explained everything well
Robert · Sep 03, 2022 · Canada · Male · 55 to 64 years

Meeting Point

Meeting Point Map ⟶

Meeting Point

The First part of this tour meets outside of the entrance to the Church of "S. Giacometto", located in Campo San Giacomo di Rialto (also known as Campo San Giacometto) The second part of the tour meets underneath the Portico, just outside the entrance of the Correr Museum in Piazza San Marco, 30124. The Correr Museum is directly opposite the entrance of St. Mark's Basilica.

Please meet 15 minutes prior to the tour start time.

FAQs

Is lunch included on this tour?
No. But your guide is always happy to offer you plenty of recommendations for great places to eat in the vicinity that will suit any price point.
What can I bring into the Doge's Palace?
You are permitted to enter the Doge's Palace with handbags and small backpacks. But any large backpacks or luggage are not permitted inside. You have to check them in the cloakroom.
Does St. Mark's Basilica have a dress code?
Yes. Because it is a holy place, St. Mark's Basilica insists that both men and women wear clothing that covers their shoulders and knees. They can and will refuse entry to anyone who does not meet this standard and we can't do anything about it, so come prepared.
Does the Doge's Palace accommodate wheelchair users?
The Doge’s Palace is not wheelchair-friendly. Some parts are accessible, but the Secret Rooms, Prisons, and Armory and not. Our route, in particular, is not wheelchair-friendly so we do not recommend that wheelchair users take this tour.
What if the weather is bad (rain, snow, hail, etc.) on the day of my tour?
Our tours run rain or shine so please dress for the elements. We also ask you to please remember hats and sunscreen if you are taking this tour in the summer as it might be very hot.
Can I take a bag with me into St. Mark's Basilica?
You can only take small bags into St. Mark's. Anything bigger than a purse - backpacks or luggage - is prohibited. There is no coat check either, so do not bring any large bags with you.
Does my guide accompany me on the gondola ride?
No. During your gondola ride you will be alone with maximum 5 other people and your Venetian gondoliere. This experience is much better as quiet time. Just sit back, relax and soak up the beauty of the city's canals.
Can I take a gondola ride if I use a wheelchair?
No. Unfortunately, gondolas are not wheelchair accessbile.
Is this tour wheelchair accessible?
No. Unfortunately, due to site restrictions we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on this tour. If you use a wheelchair and book this tour by accident, we are happy to offer you credit for a future tour that is wheelchair accessible anywhere in the world, or a full refund.

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