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Venice: St. Mark’s Basilica and Gondola Combo Tour

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Venice: St. Mark’s Basilica and Gondola Combo Tour

From US$ 73.29 per person

Discover Venice from 2 perspectives on a combined gondola ride and tour of St. Mark’s Basilica. Experience Venice from the water, gliding past sights such as La Fenice. Then, explore its majestic Byzantine cathedral on St. Mark’s Square.

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Duration 2 hours
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English, Spanish, French, German, Italian


  • Glide by gondola along the picturesque side canals off the Grand Canal
  • Skip the long lines to look inside St. Mark's Basilica
  • Discover the fine craftmanship of the Pala d’Oro
  • Look at the reflections of romantic bridges and old palaces in the Venetian canals
Full description
Experience Venice from the land and water on a combined tour of 2 of its best attractions, and see the reflections of sunlight on the canals before discovering the golden interior of St. Mark’s Basilica. First, take a gondola ride along the enchanting canals. Depart near the Royal Gardens of St. Mark’s, just steps from Piazza San Marco. Sit back as the gondolier takes you to hidden sites, punting the picturesque canals around La Fenice theater and the Grand Canal. Look at the reflections of old palaces and romantic bridges. Admire some of the city’s most important buildings en route to St. Mark’s Square. Then, skip the long lines to look inside St. Mark’s Basilica, and learn the history of the Byzantine cathedral and its precious interior. Discover why it is known as the “Basilica of Gold” as you admire golden mosaics and masterpieces from the Venetian Republic. Marvel at the normally hidden Pala d’Oro (Golden Pall), one of the most refined and accomplished works of Byzantine craftsmanship.
  • Gondola ride
  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket, and guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Ticket to see the Palo d'Oro (Golden Pall)
    Covid-19 precautions
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • All participants who are over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 15 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts
    • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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    • During winter (November 01-March 31) the Basilica guided tour is bilingual
    • 1 April - 31 October 31: English, Spanish, French and German tours run from Monday to Saturday, and Italian tours run on Saturdays
    • 1 November 2016 - 31 March: English tours are Monday-Saturday, Spanish tours are on Wednesdays and Saturdays, French tours are on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and German tours are on Mondays and Fridays
    • In cases of religious ceremonies, exceptionally high tides or other special occasions, access to St Mark's Basilica may not be permitted
    • To visit St Mark's Basilica it is necessary to dress appropriately (no shorts or vest or tops) and backpacks are not allowed
    • Wheelchair users may not be able to access the whole tour
    • A gondola can host up to 5 people. If your reservation includes more than 5 people, your group will be divided into smaller groups
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.1 /5

    based on 56 reviews

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    Very good but ...

    The visit was very good and this was due to our very interesting, friendly and funny guide. However disappointed to learn that you had to pay € 5 more if you wanted to access the upper and outer part of the basilica. The price of this visit is therefore very high for so little.

    May 27, 2019

    Actually, the offer is quite good, but there was a lack of organization. Different groups were mixed together, which had the success that you are told after the gondola ride. The meeting point is then at St. Mark's Square and the other says The meeting point is again the old location. As a result, the group got lost. But Ms. Elisabeth's guidance in German was very good.

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    July 13, 2018

    Hard to Understand

    The gondola ride was okay although the gondola guy didn't share much other than piinting out Mozart's house. The Basilica tour was hard to understand and the guide wasn't engaging. He was very focused on telling people"no foto" and not really in making the information appealing. My kids were bores and frankly, so was I.

    February 17, 2019

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