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Tour of Doge's Palace and Gondola Ride

4.4 / 5

24 reviews

Tour of Doge's Palace and Gondola Ride

From $100.95 per person

Walk the corridors of the magnificent Doge's Palace with its rooms full of historical artistic masterpieces, and afterward get on a gondola to discover the romantic waterways and the ancient palaces of the Grand Canal by water.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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Duration 1.5 - 2 hours
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Spanish, German, French, English


  • Discover the Doge's Palace and its marvelous rooms
  • Admire the magnificent palaces on Grand Canal from the water
  • Visit the Royal Palace using the ticket from this tour
Full description
This is an unforgettable experience through the most important palace of the Venetian Republic, where you will learn how Venice was ruled down through the centuries. Find yourself surrounded by hundreds of artistic masterpieces in its marvelous rooms, paintings and sculpture from the best of Venetian artists. Walk in the steps of tormented and anguished prisoners by crossing the world-famous Bridge of Sighs to the old Venetian prisons, where among others Giacomo Casanova was jailed. After the Doge Palace tour, you will get on gondola for a romantic and unforgettable ride through the charming and picturesque waterways to the impressive Grand Canal with its historical palaces which belonged to the rich Venetian families of the past. Along the journey, see Mozart’s and Desdemona's House, La Fenice Theatre, Rio de le Ostreghe and on the Grand Canal, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection Palace, La Salute Church, Punta della Dogana and a breathtaking overview of Saint Mark’s basin. With this special ticket you will be able to visit the marvelous palaces by yourself in St. Mark’s Square: Royal Palace now Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale (National Areological Museum) and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana. Find out how the Venetians lived in the past and many paintings, sculptures, old coinages and artworks of the famous Venetian artists. Don’t forget to visit the Napoleon wings which house the rooms of Sissi, the Empress of Austria.
  • Skip-the-line at the Doge’s Palace with a shared guided tour including commentary from a qualified and experienced guide
  • Entrance ticket valid to visit by yourself the palaces around St. Mark’s Square (Royal Palace now Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana)
  • Audio-receiver devices are included in case of groups over 10 people for the Doge’s Palace
  • 30 minutes shared gondola ride
  • Multilingual assistance for embarkation
  • Map with description of the palaces you will see during the tour
  • Hotel pick-up
  • Guided tour of Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana
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 must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • For security reasons suitcases, backpacks or large bags are not allowed inside the Doge's Palace, the storage service is free of charge
  • Each gondola can host maximum 6 people; the seat aboard cannot be chosen but will be assigned by the gondolier depending on guest's weight
  • It's recommended that you wear comfortable shoes for this tour
  • Unfortunately this tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities
  • The tour does not operate in case of exceptionally bad weather. The tour will be postponed until the weather improves, or a refund will be provided
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 24 reviews

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Our guide, whose name I unfortunately didn't catch was incredible. She says she has been giving these tours for 30 years and she new everything. The gondola ride on the other hand was disappointing. Almost entirely along the back canals and uncomfortable as I was given one of the cramped side seats!

August 16, 2021

Great, informative tour and nice gondola ride

Contrary to many reviews regarding some tours, I can only say positive things about our tour! It was incredibly informative and very nice and relaxed. At this point a very big thank you again, my mother and I would book it again at any time! Unfortunately, the 30-minute gondola tour passed far too quickly, it was really nice! They are shared with the other people on the gondolas, which was not a problem for us. I would book it again anytime!

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April 2, 2019

Booked both activities together. At registration on 1st tour all printed paperwork was taken off me after explaining I had also booked a gondala tour afterwards. I was told it would be ok and wouldn't need the confirmation. The guy at the gondola tour asked me for the paperwork!! Fortunately I had taken a screen shot of the original paperwork which he accepted.

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September 20, 2018

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