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Venice: Gondola Ride & Guided Tour of St. Mark's Basilica

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Venice: Gondola Ride & Guided Tour of St. Mark's Basilica

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Discover the soul of Venice with a gondola ride on the Grand Canal followed by a guided tour of the magnificent Saint Mark’s Basilica.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 1.5 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
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Live tour guide
Spanish, German, French, Italian
Small group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Relax as your gondolier shows you the sights of the Grand Canal
  • Marvel at the Saint Mark's gold mosaics which took several centuries to complete
  • Experience the essence of Venice
Full description
Enjoy a gondola ride along Venice's amazing Grand Canal. During your gondola ride, you'll see Desdemona's House, Mozart's House, the worldwide-famous La Fenice Theatre, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the Gritti Palace, the Salute Church, and several stunning Venitian palaces. Enjoy commentary on your gondola tour by downloading the tour operator's mobile app on your phone. The enjoy a guided tour through the Saint Mark's Basilica. The basilica is famous for its incredible solid gold mosaics. Skip the long line and enter the majestic church accompanied by an expert guide. Your guide will narrate the history of the Byzantine artwork and share its meaning. You'll also discover the Saint Mark Treasury, a magnificent collection of relics and precious items collected over the centuries. Later, enjoy the audio guide with a digital map to discover the 5 districts of Venice with their best attractions and squares, day or night, on a self-guided tour. Listen to a narration of the city’s highlights, with more than 200 points of interest including the glorious La Fenice theater, Rialto Bridge, Jewish Ghetto, the Arsenale the majestic Accademia Bridge, and much more. Thanks to this app, discover the most secret and picturesque places of Venice known only by true Venetians.
Includes
  • Shared guided walking tour with commentary by a qualified local guide
  • Skip-the-line admission to the Basilica
  • Audio receiver devices for groups of 10 people or more
  • Shared 30-minute gondola ride
  • Mobile app with commentary for a self-guided tour of the 5 districts of Venice
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions

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

    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You must bring your own headphones
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • All participants who are 12 years and older must present a Green Pass that is valid in the EU and has a verifiable QR code. Valid Green Passes can be obtained by uploading either proof of vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months, a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts, or a negative antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts to the Green Pass or Covid Certificate apps
    • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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    Meeting point

    Calle Larga del Ascension is located near Saint Mark's Square. Once by the bell tower leave the Basilica behind you, proceed straight on to the colonnade with Museo Correr's entrance. Pass under the portico and find the Post Office in front of you. The assistant will be waiting with a signboard that says "Tour."

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes

    Not allowed

    • Pets
    • Smoking
    • Luggage or large bags

    Know before you go

    • The tour is not considered private and may be shared with other guests not belonging to your party
    • Appropriate clothing which covers the shoulders and knees is required for both genders when visiting the basilica
    • You will receive the audio guide with a digital map by e-mail; if you have any problems with this please come to the local supplier's office (San Marco 1130) for assistance
    • You must download the audio guide with the digital map on your mobile phone
    • The visit to the Basilica is at 10:45 AM; the gondola ride is at 3:00 PM. Please consider the gap of time between the basilica and the gondola ride.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.3 /5

    based on 7 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      5/5
    • Transportation
      5/5
    • Value for money
      4.5/5
    • Safety
      4/5

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    The meeting point for the gondola tour was given as "Museums Correr" at St. Mark's Square. You have to pass the Museeums entrance to get to the meeting point in an alley. The meeting point was in front of the post office. Although the group consisted of over 10 people , to my surprise, the gondola ride took place only with 5 people, that was pleasant. The tour through St. Mark's Basilica was in German and very interesting. Meeting point: Left side of St. Mark's Basilica under the blue clock.

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    July 29, 2021

    nice reception, great tour with background information

    July 27, 2021

    Gondola ride: ***** Fortune: * - groups that are much too large - monotonous tour

    July 27, 2021

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