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

4.8 / 5

20 reviews

Activity provider: Waystours

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

Activity provider: Waystours

From US$ 232.17 per person

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.

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Duration 7.5 hours
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Limited to 10 participants


  • See the sights of Venice from an iconic gondola
  • Skip the lines at Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica
  • Admire key sights, such as Ponte di Rialto, Grand Canal, and St. Mark’s Square
Full description

See Venice's top attractions during one tour. Join a walking tour of Venice's city center to learn more about the city's most popular attractions and how to navigate the maze of canals. Take a gondola ride then, skip the line to enter the Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica.

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 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
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Meeting point

Your guide will be near the trees by the statue of Santa Maria Immacolata, holding a yellow sign with "TOUR" written on it.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • This tour runs with a minimum of 2 participants
  • St. Mark's Basilica may be subject to closure for liturgical celebrations, in which case the explanation will take place outside
  • 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
  • Please remember that you have to follow a precise dress code for the Basilica entrance: shoulders, knees and thighs need to be covered so please avoid short dresses, tank tops, shorts and hats (for men). You are not allowed to enter with large bags, animals, weapons, lighters and scissors.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 20 reviews

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Since there were only two of us, we had a private tour, so to speak. Lara was the perfect guide. She showed us her Venice - authentic, competent, entertaining. We can highly recommend an English-speaking tour with Lara, because she is Venetian and speaks very easy to understand English. Of course, the tour is quite intensive, including the Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Basilica and a gondola ride, but you get to know more than just the touristy Venice.

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August 13, 2021

We were lucky enough to make the visit in two being able to fully enjoy the professionalism and availability of the guide Gabriella Venezia who made us discover often unexplored places during the common tours around the city. Extremely interesting and never boring guided tour of the Doge's Palace and the Basilica. The gondola ride is a pleasant break between the city tour and the afternoon visits. A beautiful day around Venice. Thank you!

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June 13, 2021

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

Product ID: 314987