Classic Venice: Gondola, Basilica, and Doge's Palace

4.6 / 5

11 reviews

Classic Venice: Gondola, Basilica, and Doge's Palace

From $133.40 per person

Enjoy a classic gondola ride in Venice, followed by a walking tour with skip-the-line access to St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. Marvel at the Golden Altar in St. Mark’s and walk across the Bridge of Sighs on your visit to the Doge’s Palace.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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COVID-19 precautions
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Mobile ticketing
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Duration 2.5 hours
Starting time 10:45 AM
Skip the line through a separate entrance
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Live tour guide
English, Italian
Optional audio guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Take a classic gondola ride along the Grand Canal and smaller canals
  • Skip the lines with your special pass for St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace
  • Enjoy a 2-hour walking tour with a professional English-speaking guide
Full description
Start your combination tour with a classical gondola ride. On this unique exploration of the romantic Venetian canals, unwind and relax into the gentle rhythms and movements of the Grand Canal, appreciating the skill involved in steering the gondola through the intricate waterways of the city. As you sit back and take in the views, you will inevitably become involved in the friendly banter of the gondoliers - as much a part of Venetian culture as the gondola itself. This charming tour will take you one step closer to the romantic facades of Venice and will enable you to understand what it was like to be truly Venetian. Your next tour will start in front of the Correr Museum in St. Mark's square, where you will meet your professional English-speaking guide. Start the tour discovering the buildings in the square and then enter inside The Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale), a magnificent combination of Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance architecture - the center of the Venetian Empire and the seat of the Venetian government. It was once the residence of the Doge, the elected ruler of the city. Listen to your informative guide as you pass through its lavish chambers, which display masterpieces by Tintoretto, Titian and Veronese. Hear about the different roles played by the Doge and his counsellors, be entertained by your informative guide and learn about the history of the Venetian legends as you walk through the eerie, narrow passageways towards the prison cells whilst learning about the prisoners and of course, Casanova, perhaps Venice's most famous and intriguing escapee.  The tour will then continue into St. Marks Basilica, which majestically symbolizes the lagoon and enshrines the city’s history and relics of the saints. With its awe–inspiring gold mosaics, your talented guide will walk you through the church. At the end of the tour, you may remain in the church on your own to visit the Golden altar.
Includes
  • All admission fees
  • 20-minute shared classic gondola ride
  • 2-hour walking tour with English-speaking guide
  • Skip-the-line ticket for St. Mark's Basilica & the Doge's Palace
  • Admission to the upper floor of St. Mark's Basilica
  • Optional gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
COVID-19 precautions

Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Meeting point

Santa Maria del Giglio gondola park, next to the Gritti Palace Hotel

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card for children

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Shorts
  • Baby strollers
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Backpacks

Know before you go

  • Doge's Palace and Basilica tour departs at 10:45 AM
  •  Gondola ride departs at 3:00 PM (from July) 5:15 PM until then
  • Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • This activity operates rain or shine
  • The gondola tour is not guided
  •  Shared gondola has max 6 people
  • Shoulders and knees must be covered in the Basilica
  • Backpacks are not allowed inside the Basilica and Doge's Palace
  • Keep your Doge's Palace ticket to visit: Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana in Saint Mark's Square
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 11 reviews

Review summary

  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5
  • Service
    4.6/5
  • Organization
    4.3/5
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A history lesson

We loved this tour, we arrived late to the gondola ride and through WhatsApp, we contacted them and they offered us to make the gondola trip in the afternoon. The guide in Spanish that took us to Sam Marcos, gave us some wonderful explanations, about the history of the Basilica, was a very enjoyable tour, which I totally recommend. regards

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September 28, 2019

Sites were beautiful, but the tour guide seemed to ramble quite a bit (Goge Palace and St. Marks basilica) and was extremely slow paced, as well as made fun of other countries. This tour could have easily been shorter and was much longer than indicated when booking.

June 18, 2018

Think for the money only 4 should be on the Gondola. Guide didn’t talk about Venice

June 4, 2018

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