Guided tour with skip the line entrance at Saint Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace with gondola ride
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Guided tour with skip the line entrance at Saint Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace with gondola ride

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Free cancellation
Language: English , Italian , French , Spanish , German
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 4 hours 30 minutes
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Skip the long line at the entrance to Saint Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace
  • Admire masterpieces by Tintoretto, Titian and Veronese
  • Enjoy a nice gondola ride and explore Venice from its charming canals
What to expect

Meet your professional guide in front of the Clock tower in Saint Marks square and start your combination tour discovering the chamring buildings in the square. Then you will access the Doge's Palace, a magnificent combination of Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance architecture, the center of the Venetian Empire and the seat of the Venetian Government. It was once the residence of the Doge, the elected ruler of the city. Your guide will tell you everything about it, 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, be entertained by our informative guide and learn about the history of the Venetian legends as you walk through the eerie, narrow passageways towards the prison cells whilst learning about the prisoners and of course, Casanova, perhaps Venice's most famous and intriguing escapee.

Sfter that, you will visit Saint Mark's Basilica, which majestically symbolizes the lagoon and enshrines the city’s history and Saints relics.

At 1:00 pm you will end the first part of the tour and you will have approx 2 hours free time to stroll around Saint Mark's square, to have lunch (not included) or to visit the Correr museum on your own already included with the Doge's Palace ticket.

The second part of your combined tour will be the classic gondola ride at 3:00 pm or 5:15 pm, the appointment will be 15 min 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.

PROGRAM:

  • Walking tour: 9.00 am (1h 30 min)
  • Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica: 10.45 am (2 hours)
  • Gondola Ride: 3.00 pm (30 min)
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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • Temperature screening is compulsory for all visitors
  • What's included
    • 1 h 30 min external walking tour of many of the most important and historical sites of Venice
    • 2 hours skip the line 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
    • Live tour commentary in english, italian, german, french and spanish
    • Audio headset for tour commentary while more than 10 pax on group
    What's not included
    • The classic gondola ride is not guided
    • Secret itineraries of Doge's Palace – we do not enter into these rooms
    • Optional gratuities
    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    • Food and Drink
    Reduced price
    • Youth (6-14)
    • Child (2-5)
    • Infant (0-1)
    Where

    Campiello Del Traghetto, 2467 - Santa Maria Del Giglio Gondola park, Venice

    Meeting point:

    Next to the Hotel Gritti Palace, look for the assistant with the orange umbrella holding a sign with the name of the tour on it. Please be at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior departure time.

    What to remember
    • This activity is not wheelchair accessible, and it operates rain or shine
    • The gondola tour is not guided, and it could be shared with max. 6 people per gondola
    • Shoulders and knees must be covered in the Basilica, and backpacks are not allowed inside the Basilica and Doge's Palace
    • 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.
    • At the end of the tour, 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
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    When
    • Monday to Saturday at 9.00 am
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    Provider
    VeniceEvents
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the activity begins.
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