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Venice Gondola Ride and St Mark’s Basilica And The Doge’s Palace Tour: Skip-the-Line!

Skip the line Instant confirmation E-Voucher

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Daily Except Sunday

  • Duration

    Gondola Ride: 30 minutes
    Walking Tour: 2 hours and 15 minutes

  • Start time

    Doge's Palace & Saint Mark's Basilica : 10:45am
    Gondola Ride: 5:15pm

  • Meeting Point

    Meet at Calle dell’Ascensione, in front of the post office, at a kiosk with the sign TURIVE TOURS.

    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

  • Ending Point

    At the exit door of the Doge's Palace that’s called Porta della Carta

Key Highlights

  • Embark on a classic gondola ride and follow it up with visits to two of Venice’s most famous sites
  • Pre-book your gondola to avoid in destination hassles
  • Take in the magnificent views of the palazzos from the gondola
  • Marvel at the fabulous treasures and learn about politics and scandals in old-time Venice
  • Enjoy 30 minutes Classic gondola ride along the Grand Canal and smaller canals
  • Enjoy a 2-hour walking tour of St. Mark’s Square, inside the Saint Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace
  • Smartphone voucher accepted - no need to print!

Overview

Enjoy an epic Venice tour that combines a classic gondola ride and skip-the-line, guided visits to two of the main Venice attractions – St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace.

The basic itinerary: 

  • Doge's Palace & Basilica departure at 10:45 am
  • From 1pm to 3pm approx 2 hours free time
  • Gondola ride departure at 5:15pm 

Join an English speaking guide who will take you on a walking tour. Take in the buildings in the square before stepping inside the Doge's Palace "Palazzo Ducale", a magnificent combination of Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance architecture, the centre of the Venetian Empire and the seat of the Venetian Government. The Doge’s Palace was 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!

Rush past the long queues and enjoy fast track entry to the greatest of Venice’s monuments, the St. Mark’s Basilica and save your greatest admiration for its 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.

Hear about the different roles played by the Doge and his counsellors and learn about the history of the Venetian legends as you make your way through the eerie, narrow passageways towards the prison cells.

Enjoy some leisurely time and explore on your own before your gondola ride.

Be transported back in time as your gondolier propels you along and feel part of an ancient Venetian tradition as you experience Venice the way the locals did for more than a thousand years.

Sit back and take in the views as you pass by the romantic façades. See the gondolier skillfully steer the gondola through the intricate waterways while you get involved in their friendly banter. As you glide along the Grand Canal, look up at the glorious palazzos above you.


Inclusions

  • 30 minutes’ Classic gondola ride along the Grand Canal and smaller canals
    • 2 hours walking tour of Saint Mark's Square, inside the Doge's Palace and the Saint Mark's Basilica
    • Skip-the-Line entrance to the Saint Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace
    • Admission fees
    • Live tour commentary in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish
    • Audio headset for tour commentary
    • Upstairs of Saint Marks Basilica is not included

    Exclusions

    • Upper floor of St Mark’s Basilica
    • Secret itineraries of Doge's Palace
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    • Food and Drink

    Please note

    Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or a tablet you can present the voucher on your device for this activity.

    Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour to confirm the departure details.

    Please reach the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to the start time. 

    This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

    This activity operates rain or shine.

    This tour in gondola is not guided. Shared gondola with max. 5 people per gondola;

    Shoulders and knees must be covered in the Basilica;

    Backpacks are not allowed inside the Basilica and Doge's Palace;

    On very few occasions Saint Mark's Basilica may be closed due to religious ceremonies, public holidays, private events or high water and we are not always informed in advance.

    At the end of the tour, keep your Doge's Palace ticket to visit: Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana in Saint Mark's square.

    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.

    • Meeting point for the walking tour in the morning:
    - Arriving by boat (vaporetto): Arriving close to the Saint Marks Square get off the boat ACTV (Vaporetto) at the “San Marco - San Zaccaria” boat stop in front of Daniel hotel, cross the bridge on your left “Ponte della Paglia” and pass in front of the Doge’s Palace. Walk towards Saint Marks square and pass in front of the bell tower and the Saint Mark’s Basilica, you see in front of you the Clock tower, a white building with a blue clock and a bell on top. Wait for the assistant in front of the “YEX change office”.
    • Meeting point for the gondola in the afternoon:
    - Arriving by boat (vaporetto): Arriving close to the Saint Marks Square get off the boat ACTV (Vaporetto) at the “San Marco - San Zaccaria” boat stop in front of Daniel hotel, cross the bridge on your left “Ponte della Paglia” and pass in front of the Doge’s Palace. Walk towards Saint Marks square and pass in front of the bell tower and the Saint Mark’s Basilica, you see in front of you the Clock tower, a white building with a blue clock and a bell on top. Wait for the assistant in front of the “YEX change office”.

    Customer Reviews

    • 4
      Our Tour Guide was Wonderful!
      09/05/2017 Lynsey Flores, United States
    • 4
      Great tour!!
      07/30/2017 Shaun Sedgwick, Canada
    • 4
      04/23/2017 John Wilson,

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