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Venice: Basilica and Doge's Palace Tour with Gondola Ride

4.6 / 5

11 reviews

Venice: Basilica and Doge's Palace Tour with Gondola Ride

From $137.22 per person

Enjoy a classic gondola ride in Venice, followed by a walking tour with skip-the-line access to St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. Marvel at the golden mosaics of the Basilica and walk across the Bridge of Sighs.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Italian
Audio guide included
English, Italian

Experience

Highlights
  • Take a classic gondola ride along the Grand Canal and smaller canals
  • Discover the St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace with a local guide
  • Enjoy a 2-hour walking tour with a professional English-speaking guide
Full description
Meet your professional guide in front of the Clock tower (not the bell tower) in Saint Marks square. Start your combination tour by discovering the buildings in the square. Enter the Doge's Palace "Palazzo Ducale", a magnificent combination of Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance architecture, the center of the Venetian Empire and the seat of the Venetian Government. Listen to your guide as you pass through its lavish chambers, which display masterpieces by Tintoretto, Titian, and Veronese. Hear about the different roles played by the Doge and his counselors, learn about the history of the Venetian legends as you walk through the passageways towards the prison cells whilst learning about the prisoners and Casanova, Venice's most intriguing escapee. Then continue into Saint Marks Basilica, which majestically symbolizes the lagoon and enshrines the city’s history and Saints relics. With its awe-inspiring gold mosaics, your talented guide will walk you through the church. At 1:00 PM, end the first part of the tour and you will enjoy 2 hours of free time to stroll around Saint Mark's square. You can have lunch (not included) or visit the Correr museum on your own (already included with the Doge's Palace ticket). Start the second part of your combined tour with a classic gondola ride at 3:00 PM or 5:15 PM. The appointment will be 15 minutes before the departure time behind the Correr museum in Saint Marks square (in front of the post office). On this unique exploration of the Venetian romantic canals, unwind and relax into the gentle rhythms and movements of the Grand Canal, appreciating the skill involved in steering the gondola through the intricate waterways of the city. As you sit back and take in the views, you will inevitably become involved in the friendly banter of the gondoliers, who are as much a part of Venetian culture as the gondola itself. ITINERARY Doge's Palace & Basilica departure at 10:45 AM From 1-3 PM 2 hours free time Gondola ride departure at 3:00 PM or 5.15 PM
Includes
  • All admission fees
  • 30-minute shared classic gondola ride
  • 2-hour walking tour with a professional guide
  • Skip-the-line ticket for St. Mark's Basilica & the Doge's Palace
  • Pala d'oro
  • Hidden itineraries in the Doge's Palace
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Guided gondola tour
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 22 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts, or a negative rapid test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts

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Date

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Meeting point

Meet 15 minutes before in front of the clock tower (the blue one with the bell on top) next to the Yex change office in St. Mark's Square. Look for the assistant with the white 'TURIVE TOUR' sign.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card for children

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Shorts
  • Baby strollers
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Backpacks

Know before you go

  • Doge's Palace and Basilica tour departs at 10:45 AM
  • Gondola ride departs at 3:00 PM or 5:15 PM
  • This activity operates rain or shine
  • The shared gondola has maximum capacity of 6 people
  • Shoulders and knees must be covered in the Basilica
  • Backpacks are not allowed inside the Basilica and Doge's Palace
  • Keep your Doge's Palace ticket to visit: Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana in Saint Mark's Square
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 11 reviews

Review summary

  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5
  • Service
    4.6/5
  • Organization
    4.3/5

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A history lesson

We loved this tour, we arrived late to the gondola ride and through WhatsApp, we contacted them and they offered us to make the gondola trip in the afternoon. The guide in Spanish that took us to Sam Marcos, gave us some wonderful explanations, about the history of the Basilica, was a very enjoyable tour, which I totally recommend. regards

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September 28, 2019

Sites were beautiful, but the tour guide seemed to ramble quite a bit (Goge Palace and St. Marks basilica) and was extremely slow paced, as well as made fun of other countries. This tour could have easily been shorter and was much longer than indicated when booking.

June 18, 2018

Think for the money only 4 should be on the Gondola. Guide didn’t talk about Venice

June 4, 2018

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