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Venice Day Tour: Doge's Palace, Basilica, and Gondola Ride

Activity provider: VENICE TOURS S.R.L.

Venice Day Tour: Doge's Palace, Basilica, and Gondola Ride

Activity provider: VENICE TOURS S.R.L.
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From US$ 188.91 US$ 151.13 per person

Discover the wonders of Venice with an expert tour guide. Visit Doge’s Palace and Saint Mark’s Basilica, enjoy a romantic gondola ride along the Grand Canal and its minor waterways.

About this activity

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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
German, Italian, English, French, Spanish

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the magnificent halls of power at the Doge's Palace
  • Ride a gondola down the romantic waterways and on the Grand Canal
  • Admire the golden mosaics of Saint Mark's Basilica and its stunning treasury
  • Receive a bonus app including a digital map and audio guide
Full description

Make the most of your time in Venice with this combination tour that offers a guided tour of Doge's Palace, Saint Mark's Basilica and terrace, St. Mark’s Museum with skip-the-line entry tickets, as well as a 30-minute gondola ride along the charming waterways of the city.

Enjoy a guided tour of Doge’s Palace to discover its splendid rooms and countless masterpieces. Explore the halls of power where the Doge ruled the ancient Republic of Venice. Next head to Saint Mark’s Basilica, also known as the Golden Basilica because of its magnificent mosaics adorned with pure gold. Learn the history and meaning of the many artworks decorating the church. Admire the treasury, a magnificent centuries-old collection of relics and precious items. Visit the Basilica's terrace with a copy of the famous horses, the quadriga of St. Mark. From this spectacular location admire the most beautiful view of the heart of Venice: St Mark’s Square. Discover St. Mark’s Museum and admire objects of various kinds and origins belonging to the Basilica. Later in the afternoon, take a romantic gondola ride along the charming waterways of Venice. Paddle along to the impressive Grand Canal. See the houses of Mozart and Desdemona, La Fenice Theatre, Rio de le Ostreghe, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection Palace, a breathtaking overview of Saint Mark’s basin, and more. Your tour also includes a bonus app, featuring a digital map and audio guide. Use the app to explore the city at your own pace, and listen to fascinating narration as you admire 200 of the city's attractions including La Fenice Theater, Rialto Bridge, and more.

Includes
  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket (valid also to visit the Museums in Saint Mark's Square: Museo Correr, Museo Nazionale Archologico, and Biblioteca Marciana)
  • Guided tour of the Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica
  • Visit to the Basilica terrace and St. Mark's Museum
  • Shared 30-minute gondola ride with live commentary
  • Download code for mobile commentary on the gondola
  • App with an audio guide and digital map to use in your own time
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Guided tour of Museo Correr, Museo Nazionale Archologico, and Biblioteca Marciana
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Participants

Date

Meeting point

10:30 AM: For Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica, meet your guide at the brown wooden newsstand with the yellow sign with "Meeting Point" written on it, Calle Larga de l'Ascension, St. Mark’s Square, in front of the Post Office. The activity provider's representative will be holding a sign with "tour" written on it. 3:45 PM: For the gondola ride, meet back at the Assistance Point in St. Mark's Square. This is the big grey newsstand with a sign that says "Venice Tours - Assistance Point."

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  •  Unfortunately, this tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities.
  • In the case of exceptionally poor weather and high or low tides, the gondola ride will be canceled. The gondola fee will be refunded.
  • During the gondola ride participants will listen to the guide with help of the audio guide.
  • Live commentary on the gondola will be in Italian and English. Other languages are available on the app.
  • In the case of unplanned church services, or during days of exceptionally high tide, access to Saint Mark's Basilica may not be possible. In this case, you may be offered an alternate tour, or choose to take the tour another day.
  • You will receive an email after booking with the codes to download the gondola commentary.
  • There is a time gap between the Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica guided tour, and the gondola ride, which begins at 4:00 PM.
  • Due to security reasons, luggage and big bags are not allowed inside the Basilica.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 132 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.4/5
  • Transportation
    3.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Safety
    4.7/5

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Gina was one of the best tour guides I ever had an opportunity to meet. Not only was she knowledgeable and personable, her style of delivery was outstanding and I didn’t even realize how time passed. A five star review does not do enough justice. If she is your tour guide this tour will be worth every penny you paid for it. Skip the gondola ride. It was meh.

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December 30, 2022

The leader of the tour was very competent and was happy to answer the children's questions. She guided us very skilfully through the three hours. The group was a comfortable size. It wasn't too much information. The information that we received on this tour, also on the context of history, allowed us to look at the city from a different perspective in the days that followed our visit. Thanks very much!

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October 24, 2021

Our guide Monica was fantastic. This package with the basilica was the only guides tour we did in italy and it was so nice to have the context while seeing the spaces. Also getting to skip the line was awesome. All this wrapped up in a few hours. Worth every penny

October 6, 2021

Product ID: 201361