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  2. Veneto
  3. Venice
  4. Grand Canal

Venice: Walking Tour, St. Mark Basilica & Gondola Ride

Product ID: 21298
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See Venice on a half-day walking tour and enjoy priority entrance to St. Mark’s Basilica. Experience the grandeur of the Grand Canal from a gondola, see the Rialto Bridge, and the palazzos. Marvel at the glory of Venetian culture in St. Mark’s Basilica.
About this activity
Duration 2.25 - 3.5 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Skip the line at St. Mark's Basilica
  • Walk beside the canals of Venice and see the city’s major attractions
  • See Renaissance art and admire beautiful Baroque buildings
  • Extend your tour with a visit to the magnificent Doge's Palace
  • Rest you feet with a 30-minute shared gondola ride with a local gondoliere
Full description
Stroll alongside the canals of Venice and see the city’s major attractions on a 2.25-hour walking tour. This is the perfect tour if you have limited time or want to see the highlights first and explore Venice’s off-the-beaten track spots later.

Start out with a visit to the Rialto Bridge, the vast marble beauty that cost far more than was budgeted! Continue to Marco Polo’s house and hear about the son of Venice who went to sea and came back with amazing tales of China and the Far East.

Visit lively Campo San Luca and Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo, where locals carry out their daily lives in the shadow of spectacular Baroque architecture.

Next, you’ll visit Piazza San Marco and stand in front of the impressive Doge’s Palace where Venice’s famous lover and writer, Casanova, was held in an attic prison before he escaped.

Skip the line at stunning St Mark’s Basilica. Marvel at the diversity of Venetian architecture as your guide points out places where eastern architecture and western design blend in a uniquely Venetian fashion.

In a rare extended tour of the Basilica you’ll learn how the remains of St. Mark arrived illegally, and you’ll see all manner of treasures. From the second level of the Basilica you’ll have views of the piazza below where string quartets play and waiters bustle around the many cafés.

Next, begin a 30-minute gondola tour of the waterways with a local gondoliere. Start on the much-traveled Grand Canal, and see such sights as Santa Maria della Salute Church, a 17th-century Baroque building.

Upgrade to include the Doge's Palace (not including gondola ride)

If you’re looking for a more in-depth tour you can add a 1-hour visit to the Doge’s Palace. On the tour of the palace you’ll visit all the areas open to the public. Marvel over ceiling frescoes by Tintoretto and the numerous flattering works produced on demand by the masters of the time.

In the Chamber of the Council of 10 your guide will point out a dark corner where friends and foes condemned each other in the form of accusations that were investigated and acted on with frightening brutality.

The highlight of the tour at the Doge’s Palace is a visit to the spectacular Bridge of Sighs. The name is derived from the sound the prisoners made as they took in their last look at Venice on the way to their cells.

Please note, this upgrade does not include the gondola ride. 
Includes
  • Skip-the-line access to St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Entrance ticket to the terraces of St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Local expert guide
  • Headsets where necessary
  • 30-minute shared gondola ride, mixed group of up to 6 people (If option selected)
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Gratuities
  • Gondola ride commentary
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information
Know before you go
Please note the following:

• Tour groups are no larger than 24 people
• Clients must arrive at the designated meeting point and present their tour voucher to the tour coordinator/guide. Late arrivals will not be able to catch up with the group and no refunds will be given for those who arrive after the departure time
• St. Mark's Basilica is subject to closure without notice. When this occurs, the supplier will offer customers an extended tour of the Basilica from the outside and of St. Mark's Square. While they undertake to tell tour groups ahead of time if there are any planned disruptions to Basilica opening hours, this is not always possible and in these cases they may be unable to provide refunds or discounts
• Please do not bring large bags, tripods, non-collapsible umbrellas, or backpacks on this tour. They are not permitted in St. Mark’s Basilica and must be checked into the luggage storage area off-site, meaning that you may miss a portion of the tour
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.8 / 5
based on 23 reviews
Review summary
Service
4.8/5
Organization
4.5/5
Value for money
4.6/5
Safety
4.7/5

Organized by

City Wonders Ltd.

Product ID: 21298