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Venice in a Day: City Sightseeing Tour by Land & Water

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Venice in a Day: City Sightseeing Tour by Land & Water

From US$ 172.74 per person

Combine the best sights and activities in Venice. Go on a walking tour from St Mark's Square to Castello and St. Mark’s Basilica. Enjoy the Doge’s Palace with skip-the-line entry and then take an afternoon gondola ride.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 4 hours
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  • See the iconic sights of Venice from the land and the water
  • Enjoy a 30-minute classical gondola ride
  • Skip the lines for tours of St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge’s Palace
  • Take a Grand Canal Boat Tour and learn about the history of the city
Full description
Starting in St. Mark's Square, this guided walking tour will take you from the more crowded streets of Venice into the hidden alleys and canals of the Castello area. Discover Campo Santa Maria Formosa and Campo San Giovanni & Paolo with its Basilica, where the doges of Venice were buried. See the former residence of Marco Polo and the Malibran Theatre. Return to St. Mark's Square for your guided tour of the Doge's Palace. Skip the lines and jump straight into exploring this amazing mix of Byzantine, Gothic, and Rennaissance architecture. Visit St. Mark's Basilica, with its awe-inspiring gold mosaics and relics of the saints. Enjoy a break after your tour to stroll around at your leisure before meeting up for your gondola ride through the Grand Canal and the smaller canals.
  • 90-min walking tour of outdoor historical sights
  • Audio headset for tour commentary (more than 10 people in the group)
  • 2-hour walking tour of Saint Mark's Square, inside the Saint Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace
  • 30-min gondola ride along the Grand Canal and smaller canals
  • Admission fees and skip-the-line
  • Live commentary
  • Secret Itineraries Tour at the Doge's Palace
  • Pala d'Oro
  • The classic gondola ride is not guided
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Lunch
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

Santa Maria del Giglio gondola park, Campiello Traghetto 2467, next to Hotel Gritti Palace. Look for the tour assistant holding an orange umbrella and a sign with the name of the tour on it. By vaporetto: Take the no. 1 boat and get off at Santa Maria Del Giglio. Walk down the street named Calle Gritti, and at the end you’ll arrive at a small square with a church in front of you and a well on your left. Turn left passing by the well and the restaurant and walk back down the street to the Grand Canal, and the gondola park. By foot: From St. Mark’s Square go under the arches and head towards the Correr Museum, taking the last arch on the left side of the square, making your way onto the street named Calle Larga XXII Marzo. Continue along, passing the church on your left, and cross the bridge near the gondola park in front of Hotel Bauer. Continue to the end of the street which bears left and then right, cross over the small bridge and into the small square (continue as above).

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card for children

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Baby strollers
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Backpacks

Know before you go

  • This activity operates rain or shine
  • On very few occasions Saint Mark's Basilica may be closed due to religious ceremonies, public holidays, private events, or high water, and we are not always informed in advance.
  • Shoulders and knees must be covered when entering St. Mark’s Basilica
  • No rucksacks or backpacks are allowed inside the Basilica
  • This tour is not recommended for people with walking difficulties
  • For all late arrivals or no-shows, no refunds will be given
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 12 reviews

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Well organized tour with the main sights.

July 17, 2019


Had a fantastic experience with our guide who was so knowledgeable and ensured that we were looked after and kept her group moving at a comfortable pace. Very informative and you certainly would not get this experience doing it on your own.

July 1, 2019

The gondola ride and afternoon boat ride were good. But the tours of the basilica and palace left a great deal to be desired. The guide who conducted those parts seemed utterly unconcerned with needs of the people taking the tour, ignoring that someone needed to use the restroom and telling a family in the group that they could not skip the basilica portion, that there would be nowhere to rejoin the group for the dogs palace portion. (This was absolutely not the case: they could easily have met us outside the doge palace.) As for the restroom issue, my husband had been told by the initial guide that he would have a cance to go to the restroom in the palace, which tour was supposed to happen before the basilica tour. Then the order of these two parts was switched, and he had to wait through the basilica tour. Upon getting to the palace tour, he told the guide he would need to use the restroom inside, and that guide said he could not! There is more, but I am out of space to continue here

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June 22, 2019

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