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  2. Veneto
  3. Venice
  4. Saint Mark's Basilica

Venice: Gondola Ride and St Mark's Basilica

Product ID: 181913
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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
Duration: 90 minutes
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
Audio guide/headphones
English, French, German, Spanish, Irish, Italian
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • 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
What’s Not Included
  • Commentary of any sort during the gondola ride
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point
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
Value for money

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Gray Line Venice - Park Viaggi

Product ID: 181913