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Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with Gondola Ride

1. Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with Gondola Ride

Discover two of Venice’s most iconic buildings on a guided tour with skip-the-line access to the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. See impressive artworks, marvel at magnificent interiors, and explore the waters of the floating city on an unforgettable gondola ride. Meet your expert guide and enjoy priority access to Doge’s Palace, the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Immerse yourself in the European Middle Ages and see masterpieces of art adorning the walls of the palace. Relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the Bridge of Sighs at the palace and experience the inside of the prison cell that once hosted Giacomo Casanova. Step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Take in the beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder. Finish your experience with a charming gondola ride. Let the gondolier transport you along the canals and be fascinated by the hidden corners of Venice as seen from the water.

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St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-the-Line Tour with Gondola Ride

2. St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-the-Line Tour with Gondola Ride

Benefit from skip-the-line access to St. Mark’s Basilica and explore one of Venice’s most iconic buildings on a guided tour. View magnificant artwokrs, admire magnificent golden interiors, and afterward explore the canals of the floating city on an unforgettable gondola ride. Meet your expert guide and step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Take in the beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder. Finish your experience with a charming gondola ride. Let the gondolier transport you along the canals and be fascinated by the hidden corners of Venice as seen from the water.

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Venice: City Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

3. Venice: City Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

Explore the best of Venice on a walking city tour with an expert guide. See impressive monuments, marvel at iconic buildings, and travel through the canals of the floating city on an unforgettable gondola ride. Discover the city's main monuments such as the Clock-Tower, Procuratie Vecchie, and the Bell Tower around St. Mark’s Square. Stroll through the famous Mercerie, one of the city’s main shopping districts. Walk past the famous Santa Maria Formosa square, the house of Marco Polo, The Church of San Giovanni and Paolo, and the Rialto Bridge with its traditional market. Wander through small alleys and discover picturesque squares where Venetians gather to socialize. Find hidden gems and learn interesting facts about the places you visit.

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St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-the-Line Tour with Gondola Ride and City Walking Tour

4. St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-the-Line Tour with Gondola Ride and City Walking Tour

Discover the best of Venice on a walking tour with skip-the-line access to St. Mark’s Basilica. See impressive monuments, marvel at magnificent interiors, and explore the canals of the floating city on an unforgettable gondola ride. Meet your expert guide and step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Take in the beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder. Admire the city's main monuments such as the Clock-Tower, Procuratie Vecchie, and the Bell Tower around St. Mark’s Square. Stroll through the famous Mercerie, one of the city’s main shopping districts. Walk past the famous Santa Maria Formosa square, the house of Marco Polo, The Church of San Giovanni and Paolo, and the Rialto Bridge with its traditional market. Wander through small alleys and discover picturesque squares where Venetians gather to socialize. Find hidden gems and learn interesting facts about the places you visit. Finish your experience with a charming gondola ride. Let the gondolier transport you along the canals and be fascinated by the hidden corners of Venice as seen from the water.

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Venice Inferno Private Tour

5. Venice Inferno Private Tour

The start of this tour is at the church of San Geremia with the preserved relics of Saint Lucia. From there, you'll head off on a motor boat to cross the northern part of the Venice Lagoon and see the famous Cemetery Island of San Michele. Then it's time to see the place that Dante Alighieri mentions in the Inferno... the Venetian Arsenal! Here he was inspired by the idea of ​​boiling pitch, which tortures the damned. Here you will find the famous inscriptions of Dante's Divine Comedy. While sailing on the Lagoon of Venice, you'll of course also see San Marco and see the Sospiri Bridge, and the famous Venetian prisons – lots of adventures await you! The tour even includes a visit to the crypt of the nearby church of San Zaccaria. You will discover in more detail the Basilica of San Marco, the golden church, and visit the famous four horses. This is famous place, where Enrico Dandolo called the Venetians for the Fourth Crusad. Through a short walk you will reach the Rialto area, where you can touch the palace of Doge Dandolo, who died and was buried in Constantinople in 1205.

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Venice: City Tour and Murano Glass Experience

6. Venice: City Tour and Murano Glass Experience

After being collected from your Venice accommodation, you will begin your tour visiting the political and religious center of the Serenissima Republic of Venice, St. Mark's Square and its monuments. You'll begin with the Doge's Palace, the seat of government of the Republic and the Doge's private residence. Your palace visit includes the halls of government and justice, the private apartments of the Doge, the prisons, and the extremely famous Bridge of Sighs. You will then continue with the Basilica, where the body of St. Mark the Evangelist lies. You can admire the wonderful golden mosaics which depict stories from the Old and New Testaments, and the famous gold altarpiece decorated with enamels and precious stones. At the end of the walking tour you will be invited to visit Murano island to get a better insight into Venetian culture. The island is known around the world for its glass production, and you will see the mastery of blowing and shaping the glass whilst at the factory. Finally, you will encounter the highlight of your tour. On a complimentary boat offered by the glass factory, you will travel through some smal and secret channels to reach San Marco’s Square.

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Private Experience Venice: Walking City & Boat Tour

7. Private Experience Venice: Walking City & Boat Tour

Walking around this open-air museum, an informative guide will take you to the external sights of Saint Mark's Square, the Doge's Palace, the Sansovino library, the Belltower, the incredible legends of the Clock tower and the Bridge of Sighs and its adjoining prisons. You will discover the extraordinary architectural masterpieces and why they were built that way. You'll be escorted by your private guide during a relaxing 2-hour guided walk away from the main tourist sites and crowds. We make our way through the labyrinth of alleyways towards the famous Opera house La Fenice which burned down and has now been rebuilt to its original glory, then a quiet walk towards Palazzo Fortuny once known as Palace of the Orpheans, we will see the ornate Bovolo spiral staircase (known as ‘of the snail’) tucked away in a tiny courtyard, then onto a view of Rialto Bridge and Grand Canal. Discover the hunch-back of Rialto, Marco Polo’s house, and much more. Take advantage of our expert guides, and learn about the Venetian dialect. Hear the history of this enchanting city from our local guides. Discover the extraordinary architectural masterpieces and why they were built that way, learn how Venice lost out on the trade routes when the New World was discovered, leaving Venice medieval forever. Strolling along the narrow streets, “Calle”, to encounter hidden away treasures. Tour along the Grand Canal of Venice and imagine what the Grand Canal was like when there were still gardens, 'squeri' (where the gondolas were built), warehouses, and stone masons. It is the most spectacular 'high street' in the world. The beautiful palaces were constructed over hundreds of years and slowly the Grand Canal became what it is today. This 60-minute tour includes a cruise along the city's more secluded waterways to enjoy the picturesque small bridges and 'off the beaten track'' sights, to introduce you to a quieter Venice. 

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2-Hour Boat Tour with Grand Canal & Tower Climb

8. 2-Hour Boat Tour with Grand Canal & Tower Climb

Cruise past all of Venice’s most spectacular basilicas and palaces and under its historic bridges on this 2-hour tour package. Take in sights such as St. Mark’s Square, the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs, the Cemetery of San Michele, the Rialto Bridge, the Rialto Fish Market, the Accademia Bridge, the Cà d’Oro and Cà Pesaro palaces, the Madonna dell’Orto Church, and the Salute Church. As you pass by these iconic sites your guide will provide commentary about the unique maritime history of this amazing city. Next you’ll head off the traditional route and stop at one of Venice’s rarely-visited gems, the island and Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore, where you’ll have postcard-picture views of St. Mark’s Square. After visiting the interior of the stunning Basilica you’ll have the option of climbing the Bell Tower (or taking the elevator). From the top of the Tower you can admire the dome of St. Mark’s Basilica and soak up an incredible vista of the city that stretches away from you. This tour is all about seeing Venice the from water level, and in stylish luxury. With a small group of no more than 9 people and headsets to hear your guide no matter where you are on the boat, discovering the wonders of the world’s most unique city has never been easier or more relaxing.

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Venice: Gondola Ride & Guided Tour of St. Mark's Basilica

9. Venice: Gondola Ride & Guided Tour of St. Mark's Basilica

Enjoy a gondola ride along Venice's amazing Grand Canal. During your gondola ride, you'll see Desdemona's House, Mozart's House, the worldwide-famous La Fenice Theatre, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the Gritti Palace, the Salute Church, and several stunning Venitian palaces. Enjoy commentary on your gondola tour by downloading the tour operator's mobile app on your phone. The enjoy a guided tour through the Saint Mark's Basilica. The basilica is famous for its incredible solid gold mosaics. Skip the long line and enter the majestic church accompanied by an expert guide. Your guide will narrate the history of the Byzantine artwork and share its meaning. You'll also discover the Saint Mark Treasury, a magnificent collection of relics and precious items collected over the centuries. Later, enjoy the audio guide with a digital map to discover the 5 districts of Venice with their best attractions and squares, day or night, on a self-guided tour. Listen to a narration of the city’s highlights, with more than 200 points of interest including the glorious La Fenice theater, Rialto Bridge, Jewish Ghetto, the Arsenale the majestic Accademia Bridge, and much more. Thanks to this app, discover the most secret and picturesque places of Venice known only by true Venetians.

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Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Basilica and Gondola Ride Combo

10. Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Basilica and Gondola Ride Combo

Experience Venice from multiple perspectives with a 4 activities combo! Take a guided tour of the magnificent Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica, cruise down the Grand Canal by gondola, and explore the city at your own pace using a mobile app. Discover masterpieces of art and architecture at historic sites such as the Accademia and beautiful San Marco and Rialto areas. Use the map on the app to guide you through the city and decide what to see. Listen to the automatic audio narration as you take in 31 attractions, including La Fenice theater, the Rialto Bridge and its local markets and more. You can take the tour during the day or at night, according to your preference. Admire the breathtaking view of St. Mark's square, the heart of Venice, from the terrace of the Basilica. Benefit from a bonus glass-blowing session and assist a master glassblower at a glass-blowing demonstration using traditional techniques to create your own unique glass item. Receive a small glass gift as a souvenir of an unforgettable visit.

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What people are saying about Saint Mark's Basilica

The meeting point for the gondola tour was given as "Museums Correr" at St. Mark's Square. You have to pass the Museeums entrance to get to the meeting point in an alley. The meeting point was in front of the post office. Although the group consisted of over 10 people , to my surprise, the gondola ride took place only with 5 people, that was pleasant. The tour through St. Mark's Basilica was in German and very interesting. Meeting point: Left side of St. Mark's Basilica under the blue clock.

Just brilliant. There is no better way to organize it. A wonderful guide that left no question unanswered. Individual, charming, very accommodating…. Just great !!!

I found the guides very prepared and nice, the tour was very interesting and well organized

nice reception, great tour with background information

Individual support, great guide, taxi boat included