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Venice in a Day: Gondola Ride, St Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace and Grand Canal Cruise

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Key Highlights

  • Enjoy four of the best Venice experiences in one day!
  • Perfect for those who are short on time in Venice
  • Pre-book a classic gondola ride and avoid in destination hassles
  • Enjoy a guided walking tour and skip-the-line access to St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace
  • Take in views of some of the most iconic monuments during a Grand Canal cruise in a motor launch
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    01 Apr - 31 Oct: Daily


    Gondola Ride: 30 minutes
    Walking Tour: 2 hours
    Grand Canal Cruise: 1 hour

    Start time

    Monday to Saturday
    Gondola Ride: 9:40am
    Walking Tour: 11:15am
    Grand Canal Cruise: 4:45pm

    Gondola Ride: 11:00am Walking Tour: 2:00pm
    Grand Canal Cruise: 4:45pm

    Meeting Point

    At the Santa Maria del Giglio Gondola park, Campiello Traghetto 2467, next to Hotel Gritti Palace. Look for our assistant who will be holding an Orange umbrella and a sign with the name of the tour on it.

    Arriving by Boat (Vaporetto): Take the No.1 boat and get off at the boat stop “Santa Maria Del Giglio”, walk straight down the small street “Calle Gritti”. At the end of the street you reach a small square with a church in front and a Well on your left. Turn left passing by the Well and the restaurant and walk back down the street to the water and the Grand Canal. Here you will find the Gondola Park.

    Arriving by water taxi: Ask the water taxi driver to drop you off at the Boat stop (Vaporetto) Santa Maria del Giglio and then follow instructions as per arriving by boat.

    Arriving by Foot: From Saint Marks square go under the arches and make your way towards the Correre Museum and take the last arch on the left of the square making your way to street “Calle Larga XX11 Marzo”. Continue along “Calle Larga XX11 Marzo” passing the church on your left and then cross the bridge near the gondolier park in front of Hotel Buaer, continue walking along to the very end of the street which bears left and then right, cross over the small bridge and continue into the small square, here you will see a church in front of you and a Well on your left. Turn left and make your way to the water front to the Grand Canal. Here you will find the Gondola Park.

    GPS Coordinates: 45.431630, 12.332870

    Ending Point

    In front of the Equestrian Monument of Vittorio Emanuele II along Riva degli Schiavoni

  • Overview & Itinerary


    An epic Venice tour that brings four experiences in one, thus promising an unforgettable trip. Ideal for those who have limited time in Venice, enjoy a classic gondola ride, skip-the-line, guided visits to two of the main Venice attractions – St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, as well as a Grand Canal cruise in a private motor launch.

    A gondola ride down the famous Grand Canal is the perfect way to appreciate the vibrancy and charm of the city of Venice. Explore many hidden canals and majestic palazzos while your gondolier rows the boat through labyrinthine waterways.

    After the gondola ride, join an English speaking guide who will take you on a walking tour inside the brilliant interiors of the St Mark’s Basilica and the splendid Doge’s Palace. See for yourself what makes these fabulous buildings popular as you marvel at its architecture and pomp.

    End the tour with a Grand Canal cruise and sail along some of the minor canals to see a hidden side of Venice which most tourists never see.


    Your Venice tour begins with a classic Venetian gondola ride. Make your way to the meeting point and meet the tour assistant who will help you to board your gondola.

    Feel part of an ancient Venetian tradition as the gondolier propels you along and experience Venice the way the locals did for centuries.

    Admire the gondolier’s skill as he steers the wooden rowboat through the intricate waterways and pass by the romantic façades. Sit back, take in the beautiful views and while you glide along the Grand Canal, look up at the glorious palazzos above you.

    After the romantic gondola ride, you will meet your English speaking guide in front of the Correr Museum in Saint Mark's square for a walking tour. Your guide will walk you through the important buildings in the square till you reach at the entrance of St Mark’s Basilica.

    Rush past the long queues and enjoy fast track entry to the greatest of Venice’s monuments and save your greatest admiration for the Basilica’s most precious possession – the eye-popping Pala d'Oro, an exquisite altar screen made from hundreds of pieces of enamel stuck onto gold leaf and enriched precious gems.

    Continue your tour to another of Venice’s major attraction, the Doge’s Palace once the residence of the Doge, the Chief Magistrate and leader of the Venetian Republic. Skip the line and explore the lavish chambers including the magnificent Golden Staircase, the world’s largest oil painting, ‘Paradise’, the prison from where the adventurer and womanizer Giacomo Casanova made a brilliant escape, and the renowned Bridge of Sighs.

    After Doge’s Palace, hop on a private motor launch for a Grand Canal cruise and sail along Venice’s most spectacular high way, passing beautiful palaces and buildings.

    Sail along secluded canals that most tourists never see and enjoy wonderful views of some of the iconic monuments of Venice.

    After the cruise, your tour concludes at the ending point after which you are free to explore the rest of the city on your own.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • All entrance fees
    • Classic Gondola ride
    • Walking tour with English speaking guide
    • Skip-the-line ticket into St Mark's Basilica
    • Skip-the-line ticket into the Doge's Palace
    • Grand Canal Cruise in a private motor launch with English speaking guide


    • Upper floor of St Mark’s Basilica
    • Gratuities
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour to confirm the departure details.
    The gondola ride is not a private tour, so you will have others along to make it all the more festive and fun! The maximum number of people is 6.
    Seating is on first come first served basis and left to the discretion of gondolier in order to balance the load on Gondola.
    There is no serenade (singing) on this Gondola option. Generally Gondoliers do not provide commentary.
    Large bags and rucksacks are not allowed inside the Basilica, shoulders and knees must be covered when entering into churches. Please deposit before tour departs.
    You will be given a map at the first meeting point which will indicate the meeting points for the other tours.
    Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.