An epic Venice tour 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 morning walking tour.
Start with a morning walking tour of St Mark's Square and the residential Castello area and discover the hidden squares, winding canals and historical buildings with a local guide providing you with a perfect introduction to the origins, symbols, traditions, architecture, and life in current day Venice. Discover campo Santa Maria Formosa and campo San Giovanni & Paolo with its Basilica the place where the doges of Venice were buried. You will also be seeing the former residence of Marco Polo, probably the most famous Venetian merchant, and the Malibran theatre
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.
St Marks Basilica:
Discover 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. The iconic church majestically symbolizes the lagoon and enshrines the city’s history and Saints relics.
30-minute Gondola Ride:
A gondola ride down the famous Grand Canal is the perfect way to appreciate the vibrancy and charm of the city of Venice. 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.
Daily Except Sunday
Walking tour: 1 hour 30 min
Walking tour: 15 min before the departure time in front of the Clock tower next to the YEX change office in Saint Mark's square.
Gondola: 15 min before the departure time in front of the post office in calle Larga Ascensione 1256 - San Marco
Look for our assistant who will be holding an Orange umbrella and a sign with the name of the tour on it.
In front of the Equestrian Monument of Vittorio Emanuele II along Riva degli Schiavoni
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. 6 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
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.Getting to the Meeting Point:
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: 45.431652, 12.332986
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