• Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
From USD $ 105.40 View price calendar

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Get a comprehensive overview of Venice on this 2.5-hour tour. Begin with a classic gondola ride down the Grand Canal to admire the city from the water. Then head to St. Mark’s Square and learn about the history of Venice as you tour inside the sumptuous basilica. Then skip the line at Doge’s Palace and explore the complex which is a combination of Byzantine, Gothic, and Renaissance architecture.

Highlights

  • Explore the beautiful city of Venice on a 2.5-hour tour
  • Take a gondola down the Grand Canal and admire the city
  • Enjoy skip-the-line access to St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace
  • Listen to informative commentary of the history of Venice from your guide

What You Can Expect

classical venice

saint mark's square

Customer Reviews

goldstein.will

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better June 2018

Ok, here are the pro's:

-The guide in St. Marks was very knowledgeable, professional, and friendly.
-The gondola ride is a perk to inexpensively get that out of the way, if you will.

Here are the cons of which there are a great many:

-They very clearly are overbooking this. We did a ton of tours similar to this through Viator on our honeymoon through Italy and this was shockingly overbooked. It resulted in a number of problems including:
1 Gondola ride was too crowded. I literally didn't have a place to sit and had to sit on the step in the front. I looked around at other boats with similar load outs and they at least had a cushion. Not me!
2 St. Marks square was an absolute disaster, but it wasn't entirely anyone's fault. You see the Italian government likes to just change things, and what was changed this time was the skip the line aspect. Everyone was forced to go to the common line. However, our guide who by the way was fantastic as mentioned in the pro's section learned that this was changed a few days prior to our arrival. Therefore, the organizers could have warned people via email. Instead, I feel the experience was falsely represented.

This overbooking, along with poor time planning since the organizers did not check into the skip the line issue, resulted in numerous problems. First, the headphones used by the tour guide in the museum do not work well if the tour guide is entering into another room and you're not quite there. Normally, this is fine because the group is smaller and you can quickly get to the other room. However, due to the large group size, you had to fight to be at the front or else spend quite a bit of time in the previous room, unable to hear anything.

Second, due to spending way too much time waiting in line we should have arrived earlier and had literally hours in-between the gondola tour and the museum to do so, but the organizers failed to plan, we had to rush through the end and essentially skip the prisons and other cool parts because most people not us though had to get onto the next part of the tour which was a boat ride.

I would not recommend this tour.

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