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Venice: Highlights Tour including St Mark's and Gondola Ride

Product ID: 191943
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See all the main sights of Venice including entrance to fabulous St Mark's Basilica and a Grand Canal gondola ride. Experience all the best things to do in Venice with time to spare for wandering down romantic canal side streets.
About this activity
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Duration: 2.5 hours
Starting time 9:30 AM
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  • Get skip-the-line access to St Mark's Basilica
  • See the highlights of Venice including the Rialto Bridge
  • Take a gondola ride to see Venice the best way
  • Enjoy a small group size to guarantee a great experience
Full description
Home to the magnificent St Mark’s Basilica, Bell Tower and Doge’s Palace, St. Mark's is the biggest square in Venice. After meeting your guide, skip the line and enter the awe-inspiring St Mark's Basilica. The church dominates the square with its incredible facade and domed roof. However, the interior is even more stunning. The basilica is one of the most visited sites in Venice and has an wild history, which you will learn about on your tour.

Just a few minutes away from St. Mark’s Square is the Rialto Bridge, as much a symbol of Venice as St Mark's Basilica. The Rialto Market, on one side of the bridge, is a popular food market that has been in operation for seven centuries. If you want the best view of the Grand Canal, walk to the center of the the bridge. The view from here is so dreamy, with boats traveling down the blue canals, you might have to pinch yourself. This Venice neighborhood is most famous for its fish market, cicchetti bars and mask shops. After the tour, if you're interested, this is one of the best areas of Venice to explore, eat and hang out.

After your Venice walking tour, your guide will leave you with a trusted gondolier. For the next half an hour, sit back, relax and see Venice from a whole new vantage point. If you're planning a trip to Venice without a a gondola ride, you're doing it wrong! After cruising through the gorgeous blue canals, end your tour a few minutes walk from St. Mark's Square. This is where you began your adventure.
  • Admission to St Mark's Basilica
  • Grand canal gondola ride
  • Professional English-speaking Local guide
  • Professional art historian guide
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Tips (recommended)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

The meeting point is between the two big columns at St Mark’s Square, located on the side of St Mark's Square facing the canal. Your guide will be there holding a sign reading, The Roman Guy. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check-in.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts
Know before you go
• Skip the line access to St Mark's is offered during busier months; from November through March, St. Mark's Basilica does not offer skip the line entry to tour groups, since the lines are generally non-existent.
• We recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes.
• St. Mark's is a sacred place so both men and women must cover their knees and shoulders. Otherwise, you may be refused entry to a portion of your tour. We understand the summers in Venice are hot! A great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you.
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Product ID: 191943