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St. Mark’s Basilica Access & Venice Guided Walking Tour with Gondola Ride

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Overview

Explore the most famous sites in Venice with an insider guide on this walking tour. Learn the history of iconic attractions around St. Mark’s Square, and explore the commercial heart of this ancient city as you walk across the Rialto Bridge. Head to the front of the long line at St. Mark’s Basilica to admire the cathedral’s glittering gold splendor without the wait. Upgrade your experience to include a small-group tour with a water taxi ride along the Grand Canal.
  • Walking tour of Venice's top attractions
  • Discover St. Mark's Square, Rialto Bridge, and the former house of Marco Polo
  • Skip the long lines at St. Mark's Basilica with fast-track entrance
  • Upgrade your experience to include a water-taxi ride along the Grand Canal
For an excellent introduction to Venice, explore its most iconic attractions with an expert guide. Your walking tour begins at a central location in Venice. Then, head to the oldest bridge in Venice, the Rialto, which marks the historic and current commercial hub of the city and is bustling with shops and markets.

Wander away from the crowds to explore hidden gems and unique architecture. Stroll around the squares of Campo San Luca and Campo SS Giovanni Paolo, and stop at the former home of the medieval merchant explorer Marco Polo.

Make your way to St. Mark’s Square for a guided overview of its world-famous attractions. At the glorious, Italo-Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica, skip the long line and head straight inside to admire the basilica's ornate interiors and fascinating artifacts.

Tour with Gondola ride:

You will enjoy a shared gondola tour of the waterways with a real local gondoliere. We’ll start on Venice’s main thoroughfare, the much-traveled Grand Canal, where we’ll see such sights as Santa Maria della Salute Church, a 17th-century Baroque building constructed by lucky plague survivors to thank God for sparing their lives. Next, we’ll veer off down the quieter minor canals where we’ll float lazily by more iconic city sights and under its famous bridges. You will catch views of the dazzling Fenice Opera House and Theatre, the former home of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Venice, the magnificent Church of San Moisè and the gothic style Bauer Palace.'

Upgrade to a small-group tour:

Enjoy a more personalized experience with a group of no more than 10 people. Start your tour with a water taxi ride along Venice’s Grand Canal, and visit the famous Goldoni Theater and Bovolo staircase in addition to all the sights on the standard tour.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Piazza San Marco
Passing by during walking tour
Stop At:  
Basilica di San Marco
With Skip-the-Line Access at St. Mark’s Basilica, you can discover the church’s dazzling gold-inlaid dome.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Ponte di Rialto
Passing during the walking tour
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Casa di Marco Polo
Passing by during the walking tour
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Campanile di San Marco
Passing by during the walking tour
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo
Passing by during the walking tour
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Campo San Luca
Passing by during the walking tour
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Agenzia Gondolieri Travel
You will enjoy a shared gondola (when option chosen) tour of the waterways with a real local gondoliere. We’ll start on Venice’s main thoroughfare, the much-traveled Grand Canal, where we’ll see such sights as Santa Maria della Salute Church, a 17th-century Baroque building constructed by lucky plague survivors to thank God for sparing their lives. Next, we’ll veer off down the quieter minor canals where we’ll float lazily by more iconic city sights and under its famous bridges. You will catch views of the dazzling Fenice Opera House and Theatre, the former home of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Venice, the magnificent Church of San Moisè and the gothic style Bauer Palace.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during St. Mark’s Basilica Access & Venice Guided Walking Tour with Gondola Ride?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers.

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Reviews

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Real Venice and fantastic
Hlwaller_66
, Dec 2019
Clara was our guide and did such an amazing job not just showing us the Basilica and Doge’s Palace, but also getting us around Venice in high water with ease and a smile. We learned so much and our daughters (10 & 13) learned a ton also, even in the rain.Grazie!
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Perfecto
egomulka
, Oct 2019
The tour guide that was Used on this particular walking tour was absolutely fabulous she took her time to explain things she didn’t walk at an uncomfortable pace and I would highly recommend her and this tour to others. We came to Venice for many reasons but one was to go on a gondola my wife and I totally enjoyed it and It met all my expectations.
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Great Value for Money
justinkalk
, Oct 2019
Our first time visiting Venice. This was a great half-day tour, and the guide was excellent. Great value for money.
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Lovely Venice
Inspire624528
, Oct 2019
Iole was a great guide. She knew so many details about Venice, which made this tour very personal and exciting. We were not able to enter the basilica due to a special event occurring last minute, however, our guide replaced it with visiting the local markets which was incredible. It rained at the start of our tour, but it added to an experience we will never forget. Bring an umbrella just in case.
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Very Informative!
RomeInJanuary
, Oct 2019
My Guide, “Monica” was excellent! She was probably one of the best Guides I’ve ever had with Viator. You’ll love this tour!
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ONLY WAY TO GO
lauffd
, Sep 2019
I am becoming more convinced that Viator offered the best way to do a city - so that the first day you are not frustrated with focusing on a map. We started our visit with this afternoon tour and my only regret was that we thought it was 3 hr, not 4 hour and we did not time our food schedule properly. However there is a 15 min break towards the end that gives you time to use the WC and get water. You would not want to cut this short because it is the only way to see St Mark’s _ Doge Palace. The meeting place was a bit tricky, but I was glad that I confirmed with the office the exact location and then we had no troubles finding it. I liked the first part- simply walking thru the maze of a city and hearing history was more accurate than what our gondola operator was trying to “tell” us on our separate (non-tour) ride. Elle was very proficient in her English and her history. I love hearing one speak with passion versus just covering the main point of the script. She answered all of our questions, even though not related to the tour sites. I highly suggest this as the starting point for any tourist and then use your next day to venture & get lost on your own..........knowing that you only saw the bests.
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Venice Guide Walking Tour
Gordy B
, Sep 2019
POOR - Misleading as labeled Doge's Palace OR Gondola Ride We wanted Gondola Ride but City Tours did not offer it .....................
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Take this if you want to cover Venice in 3 hours
Siddharth M
, Aug 2019
Guide was very knowledgeable. Provided overall history of Venice and also visited Marco Polo's birthplace and the oldest Inn in Venice.
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Failed tour
lvcrisco
, Aug 2019
The instructions for meeting our tour guide was very confusing and even after asking local vendors for directions we did not meet with a tour guide. We even inquired at Doge's Palace if we could go in since we had paid for a tour and did not meet the guide. We were not allowed in. It was very disappointing since this was my first visit to Venice and I probably won't ever be able to visit again. Viator refused to give us a refund and offered another scheduling of this tour which was impossible as we were leaving Venice in two days. I was disappointed in Viator response and don't know that I will refer anyone to them.
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Informative and well organised
ppr19Jun
, Aug 2019
We took the Guided Walking Tour with St Mark's and Gondola Ride. Walked around from Campo S. Bartolomeo to St Mark's Basilica with a radio device. The radio device was clear and convenient as you can still hear the tour guide's commentaries even if you are a little away or the surrounding area is noisy. Our guide (too bad I forgot his name), was a local passionate Venetian who provided a lot of information and tips. He was organised and spoke good English. I learned about the former residences of Marco Polo and Casanova and other significant information Our Gondola ride was taken by another tour guide but was seamless with the transfer from the first tour guide. The meeting place was easy to find and easily accessible from a Vaporetto platform in Rialto bridge. Overall, it was a very nice tour. Thank you!

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