Experience Venice: Basilica, Doges Palace & Boat Tour

Experience Venice: Basilica, Doges Palace & Boat Tour

From $140.12 per person

During this combined 3-hour tour in Venice, you will have a guided walking tour inside Saint Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace and a guided small boat tour along the Grand Canal of Venice. Discover Venice by land and by water.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
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Live tour guide
English
Optional audio guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Skip the line to discover Saint Mark's Basilica and the Doges Palace
  • Relish a luxurious motor launch along Venice's Grand Canal
  • Admire views of beautiful palaces along the Grand Canal and smaller secluded canals
Full description
Walking around this open-air museum, an informative guide will take you to the external sights of Saint Mark's Square, the Doge's Palace, the Sansovino library, the Bell tower, the incredible legends of the Clock tower and the Bridge of Sighs and it's adjoining prisons. You will discover the extraordinary architectural master pieces and why they were built that way. Take advantage of your expert guide, hear anecdotes about this remarkable city and it's historical characters, Casanova, Marco Polo to name two. This walk is an absolute must for the first time visitor, leaving you knowing so much more about this not so practical but precious city. Than you will be accompained by an expert guide during an hour-long walking tour inside the Doge's Palace, "Palazzo Ducale" in Italy. The Palace is a magnificent combination of Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance architecture, the center of the Venetian Empire and the seat of the Venetian Government. Hear about the different roles played by the Doge and his counsellors, be entertained by your 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. At the end of the visit you will have free time for lunch. You will then meet our guide at 4.30 pm for the Venice Grand Canal Small Boat Tour. Tour along the Grand Canal of Venice and imagine what the Grand Canal was like when there were still gardens, 'squeri' (where the gondolas were built), warehouses, and stone-masons. It is the most spectacular 'high street' in the world. The beautiful palaces were constructed over hundreds of years and slowly the Grand Canal became what it is today. This 60-minute tour includes a cruise along the city's more secluded waterways to enjoy the picturesque small bridges and 'off the beaten track'' sights, to introduce you to a quieter Venice. 
Includes
  • English-speaking guide
  • Audio headset (for walking tours of over 10 pariticipants)
  • Skip-the-line pass to Saint Marks Basilica and the Doges Palace
  • All entrance fees
  • Private water taxi for Grand Canal Boat tour
  • Upstairs of Saint Mark's Basilica
  • Hotel pickup or drop-off
  • Food or drink
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

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

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers must bring their own headphones
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Participants

Date

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Meeting point

Under the arches in front of the Correr Museum in Saint Mark's Square - look for the orange umbrella. Address: San Marco, 75, 30124 Venezia VE, Italia.

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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

  • Until further notice, entrance inside St. Mark’s Basilica is not possible due to ongoing restoration work. Tours will visit the basilica's Terrace and its Museum instead
  • Large bags and rucksacks are not allowed inside the Basilica
  • Shoulders and knees must be covered when entering into churches
  • The guide has microphone during the walking tours
  • If you wish to spend more time inside the Doge's Palace independently after the tour your museum pass will allow you to do so
  • Please return you headsets back to the guide after the Doges Palalce tour
  • This tour is not wheelchair-accessible
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 / 5

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Review summary

  • Value for money
    3/5
  • Safety
    2/5
  • Service
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The Basillica and Doges tour was spectacular but skip the boat ride...

We really enjoyed the tour of the Basillica and Doges Palace. The guide was very knowledgeable and fun to listen to. She was also very good at answering all our questions. The boat tour was another matter. I would not waste my time . The boat was small and unless you were willing to stand for the whole tour, the sight lines were miserable. The tour leader was very unpleasant and the entire time I was on the boat I wished it was over. So uncomfortable .

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May 31, 2018

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