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Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride

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  • 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

First time in Venice? Maximize your time in the city with a full-day itinerary that ticks off all the most memorable attractions. Stroll across the Rialto Bridge and browse the lively Rialto fish market, then hop aboard a traditional gondola for a romantic cruise along the Grand Canal. Next, access St. Mark’s Basilica and gaze down over the city from the cathedral’s rooftop terrace. Finally, enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the grandiose Doge’s Palace. This small-group tour is limited to 20 people ensuring a personalized experience.
  • Full-day ‘Venice in One Day’ sightseeing tour
  • Witness local life on a walking tour of Venice’s colorful neighborhoods and the Rialto markets
  • Cruise along the Grand Canal on a romantic gondola ride
  • Visit St. Mark’s Basilica and take in the views from the terrace
  • Explore the magnificent Doge’s Palace on a guided tour
  • Small-group tour limited to 20 people ensures a personalized experience

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour combines a trio of essential Venice experiences with the intimacy of a small group.

What's Included

  • Venice walking tour including local Venetian English speaking guide
  • Venice gondola ride with no more than 6 people (unguided)
  • Small groups of 20 people or fewer for walking section
  • Headsets when necessary
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
  • Lunch
  • Transportation in between the tours

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Campo S. Giacomo di Rialto, 255
    Campo S. Giacomo di Rialto, 255, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy

    At the central fountain of Campo San Giacomo di Rialto (Campo San Giacometto).

Start time

08:30 AM

End point

  • Metropolitan City of Venice
    Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

    St. Mark's Square

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • St. Mark's Basilica can be subject to unforeseen closures due to particular liturgical celebrations. In the case in which the basilica is closed, we will give you explanations from the outside.
  • Please note that lunch is not included on this tour. We have allowed time for you to eat lunch between the AM and PM tours. Your guide will give you recommendations and tell you where to meet after lunch but please be aware that it is your responsibility to arrive at the meeting point in time for your PM tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • The prisons and the armory of the Doge's Palace are not wheelchair-accessible, as a result of which we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on this tour.
  • Please remember that the basilica is a holy place and attire must be appropriate: Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress. Backpacks are prohibited inside of St. Mark's Basilica.
  • This tour runs rain or shine. However, please note that the gondola ride cannot operate during heavy rain or high tides. In this case we will provide an alternative itinerary.
  • After your 2-hour exploration of Venice, your guide drops you off at the Gondola Stand for a relaxing gondola ride. The guide will not be with you on the gondola.
  • Backpacks are prohibited inside of St. Mark's Basilica.
  • Walks complies with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to Italy government guidelines for the most up to date information
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride?

A:The policy on sanitization is:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

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Traveler Tips


The tour is long, so come with comfortable shoes and after a good breakfast.
Have lunch in St Mark’s Square during the break and people watch!
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An amazing day in Venice
Fran_G, Sep 2022
Walking through local markets was a favorite— this tour was perfect! Friendly and knowledgeable guide, paced beautifully and the price was extremely reasonable! Beautiful combination of gondola ride and sights, thank you! Returned to website and booked Murano for tomorrow— can’t wait!
Exceptional tour
Bob_W, Sep 2022
Matteo was an exceptional tour guide. His knowledge was terrific and he had a wonderful personality.
Great tour to start with.
Michael_O, Sep 2022
Fun day, lots of walking, included gondola ride was perfect. Great tour to start your Venice vacation and get familiar with the surroundings. The included hot spots to see saved a lot of time with skip the line.
Best Guide and Best Tour for Venice
Rojen_S, Sep 2022
Marie was an amazing guide. She was so charmingly witty, funny and had a profound knowledge of Venice and its history. We didnt even realize how fast we completed roaming and learning about Venice. Must do! and make sure your guide is Marie!
Limited time tour
carolyn_m, Sep 2022
This was one of the best tours I have ever been on!! Our guide Sara was so informative and you could feel the pride and love she has for her city as she took you around. I feel like we really hit the highlights in the limited time we had in Venice!
Excellent!
Toni_A, Sep 2022
We toured with Giuliano - he was authentic, very enjoyable and has a great sense of humor! With an eight hour tour that is very important and not easy to do! We are very grateful and will definitely recommend to everyone! Antonia and Stephen Anderson
Sara was really great! ...
Debra_T, Sep 2022
Sara was really great! Was very personable and quite knowledgeable. Her sense of humor made the experience enjoyable.
Gondola ride was the best...
Marshall_K, Sep 2022
Gondola ride was the best by far. To be honest St. Mark’s was a disappointment. Too much emphasis on ancient history for my taste.
Awesome tour guide
Theresa_M, Sep 2022
All the history was fascinating .. everything is so remarkably old. Helpful tour guide. Thank you for the great tour
2 travelers found this review helpful
Marie , our tour guide ,...
Ethel_B, Sep 2022
Marie , our tour guide , was excellent . Very knowledgeable and witty . She kept us engaged and informed . I thought I am a pro since I read travel books . But Marie , being an insider and local educated us that you won’t get on travel books ! Thank you Marie ! Excellent !
Enchanting
Raul_L, Sep 2022
Venice is an enchanting village the tour guide made it very personable. We felt very safe and the food was great. loved it.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Perfect way to see the main sites of Venice in a day with a nice lunch break!
Roopal_S, Sep 2022
Roberta was our amazing tour guide. She provided very fun and interesting stories and details about all we saw about history, art, culture! She was energetic and funny!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Having a guide for the...
Tom_H, Sep 2022
Having a guide for the San Marco Basilica and the Doge’s Palace was really valuable. This is a great tour if you’re looking to efficiently experience many of Venice’s most common attractions.
Rob was an amazing . We...
Junyela_M, Sep 2022
Rob was an amazing . We had a great experience . I really recommend for first time visitors. Thank you
1 traveler found this review helpful
History lesson
Tariq_A, Sep 2022
Very impressed with the detailed knowledge of history associated with each site visited. People visiting Venice should take the tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great tour and Pamela was an excellent tour guide!
Sally_A, Sep 2022
Great day in Venice. Great tour to get a feel for the city! It’s was so informative and fun! Pamela was an excellent tour guide. She was funny, accommodating and so informative about Venice.
Highly recommend
Chester_M, Sep 2022
This was the perfect tour to take in all Venice has to offer. Love the tour guide. Very knowledgeable . I highly recommend this tour if you have a short stay in venice to get in all of venice.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Venezia ❤️
Marie_C, Sep 2022
Giuliano was a fabulous guide! Very knowledgeable, funny and accommodating. This tour is perfect to get all the sights in one day!
doges palace and St....
Ronda_M, Sep 2022
doges palace and St. Marks Lots of walking Guide was very informative and easy to understand his English
Comprehensive tour of Venice with breaks for lunch and rest.
Norma_S, Sep 2022
Sara was our tour guide and she was wonderful. She had extensive knowledge about the history of Venice and we learned so much from her. St marks basilica was my favorite site and we highly recommend this tour.
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