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

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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!

$140.14
Free Cancellation
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Pamela was an excellent guide! She helped us learn so much about Venice and see so many locations (we especially enjoyed Doge's Palace). Pamela was very friendly, and her knowledge was extensive. We enjoyed her snack and food recommendations. We loved the gondola ride!

Our guide was warm and very informative. The tour was very ambitious especially in the afternoon when everyone was tired. We started 15 minutes late because of stragglers in the group so I would start on time.

The guide was excellent—very detailed, prompt, and able to answer questions. Unfortunately, it was very cold on the day of the tour. Nothing that could be done on your end about that, but I was expecting more walking and that would have helped a bit. I think the initial tour (the morning tour) should have covered more ground. We had a coffee break before the gondola ride, but I would have liked to have had that in the middle of the walking portion. I really enjoyed the afternoon portion of the tour (that one is 5 stars!). Again, Francesca did an awesome job explaining everything and I really enjoyed it.

Our guide was excellent. He provided great insight to the history and life of Venice with an extra touch of humor. He was very accommodating for pictures and allowed for time to soak in the tour.

We were a little late starting our tour - Nicoletta did not introduce herself immediately so we were a little confused. However, once we got going, she was a wealth of information. Gondola ride was great.

Meeting Point

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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Can I take a gondola ride if I use a wheelchair?
No. Unfortunately, gondolas are not wheelchair accessbile.
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.
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.
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.