Venice: Gondola Ride and St Mark's Basilica

3.9 / 5

9 Reviews

Venice: Gondola Ride and St Mark's Basilica

From € 63 per person

Enjoy a gondola ride through the green, historic channels of Venice. Marvel at this beautiful city from the unique vantage point of the water before stopping for a guided tour of St Mark's Basilica, one of the world's most famous cathedrals.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
COVID-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 1.5 hours
Starting time 11:00 AM
Skip the ticket line
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
Audio guide/headphones
English, French, German, Spanish, Irish, Italian


  • Discover the beauty of St Mark's Basilica
  • Skip the long lines
  • Learn about the symbols and the history of the Basilica’s interiors
  • Admire the famous Pala D’Oro
  • Have the opportunity for beautiful holiday snaps
Full description
Explore Venice, one of Italy's most unique and stunning cities by taking a peaceful gondola ride through the labyrinth of canals. Find out why the Venetian gondola ride is such a popular tourist attraction for people who visit this city. Discover the elegance of the city whilst sliding peacefully through the green channels. You will take part in a mode of transportation that locals have been doing hundreds of years.  During your trip, you will have the chance to admire some of Venice's most famous and beautiful sites seen from the water, a sight only available on a gondola. Prepare yourself especially for the last part of the ride, one that sees the gondola flowing into the Grand Canal, revealing breathtaking views over the most famous canal of Venice and over the Salute Church. After your Gondola ride, enjoy a guided tour through one of the most renowned and amazing cathedrals in the world - St Mark's Basilica. Here you will learn more about the everlasting history of Venice, about St Mark and how his ruins came to rest in this place. Surrounded by the Basilica’s beautiful golden mosaics and marble inlays, your professional guide will take you along the history and the special features of this unique masterpiece of Byzantine art. Among the priceless treasures shielded in the Basilica, you will have the chance to admire the Pala d’Oro, a fine example of Byzantine art with its thousands of gems and precious stones, and of course, the golden mosaics, maybe the most famous feature of the cathedral.
  • Experienced tour guide
  • Skip the line entrance to the Basilica
  • Personal audio System to hear the guide
  • Boarding assistance to the gondola
  • Commentary of any sort during the gondola ride
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  •  This is a shared gondola (up to 6-passengers per gondola)
  • Infants up to 1-year of age can ride for free only if seated on a parent's lap
  • No refund is available for no-shows or late arrivals. The tour also operates in the rain, although in the case of exceptionally high tides or heavy rains the tour might be canceled, with a full refund provided
  • Please note that it is possible that someone would be not seated in the desired place next to their partner, due to organizational and weight distribution
  • Please note that the ride could last less than 30-minutes depending on how busy the canals are. The length of the gondola ride is up to the discretion of the Gondolier
  • For security reasons backpacks/bags are not allowed inside the Basilica and have to be left at the free deposit available in Calle San Basso. Please take as few bags as possible in order to avoid long lines at the deposit
  • Please wear appropriate clothes to enter the Basilica
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 9 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    2.8 / 5
  • Organization
    2.3 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.4 / 5
  • Safety
    2.8 / 5
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Finding the Get the Guide meeting point was not easy. Travelers who are under time pressure are difficult.

August 28, 2019

Good tour, poor meeting instructions

Good tour. Instructions and arrangements for meeting after gondola poor

March 17, 2019

January 28, 2020

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