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.
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.
After the gondola ride, join an English speaking guide who will take you on a walking tour. 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.
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!
01 Apr - 31 Oct: Daily
Gondola Ride: 30 minutes
Walking Tour: 2 hours
Monday to Saturday:
Gondola Ride :9:40am
Saint Mark's Basilica Doge's Palace: 11:15am
Gondola Ride: 11:00am
Saint Mark's Basilica Doge's Palace: 2:00pm
Meet at Campiello Del Traghetto, 2467 - Santa Maria Del Giglio Gondola park next to the Hotel Gritti Palace. Look for the assistant with the orange umbrella holding a sign with the name of the tour on it.
At the exit door of the Doge's Palace that’s called Porta della Carta
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.
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.
This tour does not have wheelchair access.
If you wish to spend more time inside the Doge's Palace independently after the tour your museum pass will allow you to do so.