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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 + Basilica: From 10:45 am to 1pm

    Gondola ride (30 min): 3pm

  • Meeting Point

    Meet 15 min before the departure time in Calle larga de l’Ascension 1256 - 30124 San Marco next to the post office. Look for the yellow sign "Meeting point" on the wooden kiosk.

    - Arriving by boat (Vaporetto): Arriving close to the Saint Marks Square get off the boat ACTV (Vaporetto) No:1 or No:2 at the San Marco (Vallaresso) boat stop and walk directly down the street “Calle Vallaresso” passing Harrys bar on your right and the Hotel Monaco and Grand canal on your left. When you arrive at the end of the street turn right and walk towards Saint Marks square, before you pass under the arches turn left and you will find the post office and the wooden kiosk on your left in few meters.The wooden kiosk is the one next to the post office. Leaving the Saint Mark's square behind you, it's the one on your right (not the newspaper shop on the left)

    - Arriving by foot: Make you way into Saint Marks square, at the opposite side of the Saint Mark’s Basilica you will see the Correr Museum. Pass under the arches of it and you will find immediately the post office and the wooden kiosk. The wooden kiosk is the one next to the post office. Leaving the Saint Mark's square behind you, it's the one on your right (not the newspaper shop on the left)

  • 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
  • Enjoy 30 minutes Classic gondola ride along the Grand Canal and smaller canals
  • Marvel at the fabulous treasures and learn about politics and scandals in old-time Venice
  • 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!


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 3pm 

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.


  • 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 (Monday to Saturday), French (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, daily from December 26 to January 8 (Christmas) and available daily from February 11 to February 21 (Carnival)), German (Friday), Spanish (Wednesday and Saturday) 
    • Audio headset for tour commentary
    • Upstairs of Saint Marks Basilica is not included


    • 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.

    Print or show your voucher twice, once for the walking tour in the morning and once for the gondola in the afternoon.

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

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

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

    As we would visit a place of worship, please dress appropriately and ensure that your shoulders and knees must be covered inside the Basilica.

    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.

    Customer Reviews

    • sharon noble

      Good value for money easy to book

    • Angela Wong

      The excursions itself was good but missing information of starting time.

    • Lynsey Flores
      Our Tour Guide was Wonderful!

      Great experience and would recommend it to anyone!...

      United States 09/05/2017

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