St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-the-Line Tour with Gondola Ride and City Walking Tour

4.3 / 5

39 reviews

St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-the-Line Tour with Gondola Ride and City Walking Tour

From US$ 80.15 per person

Skip the long lines at St. Mark’s Basilica and explore the most important places in Venice on a guided tour that includes a picturesque gondola ride under the city canals.

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Duration options: 3 - 5 hours
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Private or small groups available
  • Enjoy a guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica with skip-the-line entry
  • Admire the basilica’s beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays
  • See the most iconic monuments and buildings around St. Mark's Square
  • Discover hidden gems and walk through picturesque squares and alleys
  • Go on a charming gondola ride and glide through Venice’s iconic canals
Full description
Discover the best of Venice on a walking tour with skip-the-line access to St. Mark’s Basilica. See impressive monuments, marvel at magnificent interiors, and explore the canals of the floating city on an unforgettable gondola ride. Meet your expert guide and step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Take in the beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder. Admire the city's main monuments such as the Clock-Tower, Procuratie Vecchie, and the Bell Tower around St. Mark’s Square. Stroll through the famous Mercerie, one of the city’s main shopping districts. Walk past the famous Santa Maria Formosa square, the house of Marco Polo, The Church of San Giovanni and Paolo, and the Rialto Bridge with its traditional market. Wander through small alleys and discover picturesque squares where Venetians gather to socialize. Find hidden gems and learn interesting facts about the places you visit. Finish your experience with a charming gondola ride. Let the gondolier transport you along the canals and be fascinated by the hidden corners of Venice as seen from the water.
  • Access to Doge's Palace
  • Access to Chamber of the Great Council
  • Access to Bridge of Sighs
  • Access to Saint Mark's Basilica
  • Live tour guide
  • Transport for activity duration: Gondola
  • Access to Piombi Prisons
  • Access to Pozzi Prisons
  • Access to The Doge’s Apartments
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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    Meeting point

    The meeting point is between the two big columns at St Mark’s Square, located on the side of St Mark's Square facing the canal. Your guide will be there holding a sign reading, The Roman Guy. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check-in.

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Sunglasses

    Not allowed

    • Shorts
    • Baby strollers
    • Luggage or large bags
    • Short skirts
    • Backpacks
    • Umbrellas

    Know before you go

    • In cases of religious ceremonies access to St Mark's Basilica may not be permitted
    • In case of adverse weather or a change in tidal conditions, the length or route of the tour is subject to change
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.3 /5

    based on 39 reviews

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    The walking tour was postponed because of the flooding. But the gondola ride and Basilica tours were great. Wasn’t always clear where to meet for which part.

    November 10, 2019

    Not worth the money

    The tour says it’s 4.5 hours, we were done in 2. The walking part was informative. The Gondola ride was 10 min with strangers. Not private. Overall it was just ok.

    July 4, 2019

    Tour Guides Good, Organization Poor!

    This was an interesting tour as we showed up to the Square to sign in and the operator did not shown up until 9AM exactly. What is not mentioned is that this tour is actually 3 parts separate of one another, after completing the walking tour we had to go back to the square, re sign in and join another group for the gondola ride, then after that go back to the square for the St Marks tour and re sign in once again. The operator was quite disorganized in this regard and would be more efficient if they grouped everyone together with their respective tours. On the plus side, when the tour did get going all of the guides were very good and provided a large amount of knowledge about the areas that they were explaining.

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    June 3, 2019

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    Product ID: 191943

    VA ID: 397214