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  1. Italy
  2. Veneto
  3. Venice
  4. Piazza San Marco

Venice: Doge's Palace, St. Mark's and Gondola Ride Tour

Product ID: 314987
Save time on a walking tour of Venice with fast-track entrance to Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica, topped off with a gondola ride through the city.
About this activity
Duration: 330 minutes
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  • See the sights of Venice from an iconic gondola
  • Skip the lines at Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica
  • Admire the city from a rooftop terrace
Full description
Join this small-group walking tour of Venice's city center. Learn more about the city's most popular attractions and how to navigate through the maze of canals. Starting from the Rialto Bridge, head to a rooftop terrace where you can admire panoramic views of the picturesque Grand Canal.

Stroll through the city's streets and squares to reach Piazza San Marco where you will learn more about the magnificent St Mark's Basilica during a guided tour. Then, hop on a gondola for a 1.5-hour ride through the city's canals.

Stop at Doge's Palace where you will skip the long lines of tourists for a fast-track guided tour. Head up to the palace's terrace where you can admire Piazza San Marco from above. Inside the palace, learn more about Venice's most famous painters before heading to the prisons to learn more about the Serenissima Republic of Venice.
  • Licensed guide
  • Gondola ride
  • St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace fast-track entrance
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Meeting point

The guide will wait for you in Campo San Giacomo di Rialto with a sign with "Venice Walking tour" written on it

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Important information
Know before you go
• This tour runs with a minimum of 2 participants
• The tour takes place rain or shine
• Minors must be accompanied by an adult
• St. Mark's Basilica may be subject to closure for liturgical celebrations, in which case the explanation will take place outside
• Modest clothing must be worn inside the basilica or entrance may be refused
• St. Mark's Basilica and the Palace may be closed to the public during high tides, in which case an alternative will be arranged
• In case of heavy rain and high tides, gondola rides are not available and an alternative will be provided
• From November 3rd to March 31st, skip-the-line access to St. Mark's Basilica is not available, but lines are short
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Our tour guide was Isabella and she was amazing! She had soooo much knowledge of Venice and was able to share so many things I never knew. The price is also very worth it. We started at the 10am and finished at 4:30pm. I think it might have lasted a little longer if we didn’t have a tour already scheduled for 5pm. What I loved most was you’re not getting just a tour of the famous Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s. You get a tour of Venice streets and areas in which not a lot of tourists naturally explore. I highly recommend this activity and can promise you won’t be disappointed if you have Isabella.

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November 3, 2019

It was a 6-hours' tour, the guide was really friendly, spent an extra 30 min with us, and we skipped the lines to the Dodges' palace and San-Marco's basilica. But the walking tour could have been more extensive and informative. Yes, we've seen several spots which we wouldn't find or know of without the guide. But I had an impression that we've seen only a small historical part of the city, and could have seen more in 2,5 hours. And the guide did tell some facts. But since her English was not that fluent, I don't have a complete story in my mind about Venice and the history of the city. The timing was impeccable, though, everything was on time, and we had 45 minutes for a quick lunch. In terms of logistics it's probably more convenient than booking separate tours to those landmarks. And I'd recommend some homework reading before going to this tour.

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February 28, 2020

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