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Venice: St. Mark's, Walking Tour and Gondola Combo

Product ID: 53152
Admire Venice and experience 3 of its must-see highlights on a single trip. Take a guided walk around St Mark’s Square, then drift along the small canals off the Grand Canal by gondola, then skip the lines to the Byzantine church of St. Mark's Basilica.
About this activity
Duration: 4.5 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish, French, German, Italian
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Discover the hidden sights between St. Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge
  • Skip the long lines to the gilded interior of St. Mark's Basilica
  • Take an enchanting gondola ride down the small canals off the Grand Canal
  • See the rarely seen Pala d’Oro
  • Go to the former home of the explorer Marco Polo
  • Learn all the secrets of St. Mark's Square and its surroundings
  • Enjoy a short break to stroll along the Riva degli Schiavoni
Full description
Discover Venice from land and water on a combined half-day tour of 3 distinct itineraries; a walking tour from St. Mark’s Square to the Rialto Bridge and market, a 30-minute gondola ride on some of the smaller canals and a guided visit to St. Mark’s Basilica.

First, meet your guide near St. Mark’s Square for a walking tour from St. Mark’s to the Rialto Bridge. Your guide will reveal the magic and history of Venice outside some its most famous buildings. Admire the Byzantine façade of St. Mark’s Basilica and the imposing Doge’s Palace before you depart.

Head towards Campo Santa Maria Formosa to learn the story of one of the most beautiful churches in Venice. See the former home of the explorer Marco Polo, and pass the Malibran Theatre, known for having the most extravagant stage in the city. Finally, walk to the Mercerie to discover a fascinating array of narrow streets where the valuable goods brought to the city from distant markets were sold.

The second part of the tour includes a gondola ride to discover some new and not very well-known areas of one of the most beautiful cities in the world! The gondola tour will let you discover the Basilica della Salute, one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture, which offers a different perspective view according to the point from which it is observed.

Re-group outside St. Mark's Basilica to skip-the-line to see its gilded interior around 30 minutes after the conclusion of the gondola ride. Learn the history of one of the world’s most iconic cathedrals, getting up-close to its gilded mosaics and the rarely seen Pala d’Oro (Golden Pall), one of the most accomplished works of Byzantine art.
Get advantage of this combined tour, which covers three fascinating itineraries at a lower price than purchasing the individual ones!
  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket and guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Ticket to see the Palo d'Oro (Golden Pall)
  • Gondola ride
  • Guide

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet your guide at ‘Yex’ Change Office, under the Clock Tower in St. Mark's Square.

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Important information
Know before you go
• This is a combo tour including 3 single tours
• During the winter period (1 November -31 March) the Basilica guided tour is bilingual
• Please note that from 1 April to 31 October 31 2016, English, Spanish, French and German tours run from Monday to Saturday, and Italian tours run on Saturdays. From 1 November 2016 to 31 March 2017, English tours are on Monday to Saturday, Spanish tours are on Wednesdays and Saturdays, French tours are on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and German tours are on Mondays, and Fridays
• No refunds will be given in the case of a no-show
• This is a collective tour, which means there might be other participants going on the tour with you
• The gondola ride might be suspended in case of bad weather. In such cases please go to the tour departure point
• In cases of religious ceremonies or exceptionally high tides, access to St Mark's Basilica may not be permitted
• Wheelchair users may not be able to access the whole tour
• Short breaks between tours
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 33 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.2 / 5
  • Organization
    3.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.5 / 5
  • Safety
    4.6 / 5
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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


Très pratiques, la visite guidée de la basilique avec coupe-file! La visite à pied était très agréable et intéressante et la balade en gondole vraiment sympa (nettement plus abordable du fait d’être en groupe !). Vraiment un bon choix pour les trips de 2-3 jours. Le système des micros et oreillettes est cool! Nous avons été relax, idéal pour profiter de Venise à notre aise. Nous avons complété par la visite des passages secrets du palais des doges, le lendemain, également top!!!

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August 29, 2019



A must-do when you're in Venice. Very informative and hassle-free. We started early morning walking around Venice and finding places not normally mentioned in brochures. The gondola ride and entrance to St. Mark's Cathedral was hassle free. I would highly recommend booking this activity for people visiting this enchanting place.

September 4, 2018

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Product ID: 53152