Venice Day Tour: Doge's Palace, Basilica, and Gondola Ride

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Venice Day Tour: Doge's Palace, Basilica, and Gondola Ride

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From US$ 135.21 US$ 108.17 per person

Discover the wonders of Venice with an expert tour guide. Visit Doge’s Palace and Saint Mark’s Basilica, enjoy a romantic gondola ride along the Grand Canal and its minor waterways, and receive a bonus self-guided tour app to use in your own time.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
COVID-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Small group
Limited to 15 participants
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 3 hours
Starting time 10:45 AM
Skip the ticket line
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Spanish, German, French, Italian

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the magnificent halls of power at the Doge's Palace
  • Ride a gondola down the romantic waterways and on the Grand Canal
  • Admire the golden mosaics of Saint Mark's Basilica and its stunning treasury
  • Receive a bonus app including a digital map and audio guide
Full description
Enjoy a guided tour of Doge’s Palace to discover its splendid rooms and countless masterpieces. Explore the halls of power where the Doge ruled the ancient Republic of Venice. Cross the Bridge of Sighs to reach the palace prisons, where many important figures were imprisoned.  Next head to Saint Mark’s Basilica, also known as the Golden Basilica because of its magnificent mosaics adorned with pure gold. Learn the history and meaning of the many artworks decorating the church. Admire the Pala D’Oro, a breathtaking altarpiece made of gems, diamonds, and gold. Then discover the treasury, a magnificent centuries old collection of relics and precious items. Later in the afternoon, take a romantic gondola ride along the charming waterways of Venice. Paddle along to the impressive Grand Canal. See the houses of Mozart and Desdemona, La Fenice Theatre, Rio de le Ostreghe, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection Palace, a breathtaking overview of Saint Mark’s basin, and more. Download the special audio guide and listen to the history of the main monuments along your route. With this special ticket you will also be able to visit the marvelous palaces in Saint Mark’s Square by yourself. Your tour also includes a bonus app, featuring a digital map and audio guide. Use the app to explore the city at your own pace, and listen to fascinating narration as you admire 200 of the city's attractions including La Fenice Theater, Rialto Bridge, and more.
Includes
  • Guided tour of the Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica
  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket (valid also to visit the Museums in Saint Mark's Square: Museo Correr, Museo Nazionale Archologico, and Biblioteca Marciana)
  • Shared 30-minute gondola ride
  • Download code for mobile commentary on the gondola
  • App with an audio guide and digital map to use in your own time
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Guided tour of Museo Correr, Museo Nazionale Archologico, and Biblioteca Marciana
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

10:30 AM: For the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica meet by the white building with the blue clock face on St. Mark's Square. The local partner's representative will be holding a sign with "tour" written on it. 3:45 PM: For the gondola ride, meet in front of the entrance to the Museo Correr, St. Mark’s Square. The local partner's representative will be holding a sign with "gondola tour" written on it. Customers are advised not to go to the bell tower.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking

Know before you go

  •  Unfortunately, this tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities
  • In the case of exceptionally poor weather, high or low tides, or a local gondoliers strike, the gondola ride will unfortunately be cancelled. In these cases, you will be refunded gondola fees
  • In the case of unplanned church services, or during days of exceptionally high tide, access to Saint Mark's Basilica may not be possible. In this case, you may be offered an alternate tour, or choose to take the tour another day
  • You will receive an email after booking with the codes to download the gondola commentary
  • There is a time gap between the Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica guided tour, and the gondola ride, which begins at 4:00 PM
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 54 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.3 / 5
  • Transportation
    2.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.1 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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Lots of walking up and down stairs. Some of the areas that we walked were uneven surfaces or rough stones, so it was a little stressful trying not to fall and the stairs were a little strenuous, but I am 80 years old and have foot problems so I was very careful. The guide was excellent and the group was small enough that questions could be asked. The gondola ride was okay, but nothing special (no commentary or singing from the oarsman) All in all, it was well worth the money.

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October 29, 2019

The guided tours in the Doge's Palace and in the basilica were great. We had a preferred entrance and only had to wait 10 minutes (instead of 1 hour). Our guide had a microphone with transfer to our headphones. So we could follow all the stories, even if we were not directly in the vicinity of the guide. The ladies should note that in the basilica the shoulders and the knees should be covered, otherwise they may not enter the basilica. Gondola ride - not recommended, mass transit. We had to wait an hour for a gondola to be assigned to us. There were 6 people placed. The gondolier was very rude. The gondola ride lasted only 15 minutes.

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September 14, 2019

One visit not to be missed

Our guide was an amazing lovely lady who originated from Venice. She was so full of information about the Palace and Basilica, and its history. The architecture was delightful to see, as was the wall art, but what made it come to life was the stories and commentaries given by our guide. You are simply mesmerised by the beauty around you and fascinated by the way the buildings moved when you are stood in them. The gondola ride is a must just a shame it was went so quickly, maybe just a little longer. The only downside difficult to locate our tour guide under the blue clock face to start with, and then the gondola tour guide in the afternoon, once found never forgotten

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April 4, 2019

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