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Venice in a Day: The Main Highlights of the City

Skip the line Instant confirmation E-Voucher

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Daily Except Sunday

  • Duration

    Walking tour: 1 hour 30 min

    Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica: 2 hours
    Gondola Ride: 30 min

  • Start time

    • Walking tour: 9am 
    • Doge's Palace and 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 gondola station in campo San Moisè in front of Bauer hotel.

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 30 minutes’ Classic gondola ride along the Grand Canal and smaller canals;
  • Find out what makes St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace popular with guided visits to the buildings
  • Soak in the quaint charm of the city on a morning walking tour of Venice

Overview

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.

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

Doge's Palace:

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.

Inclusions

  • 1 h 30 min external walking tour of many of the most important and historical sites of Venice
    • 2 hours skip the line walking tour of Saint Mark's Square, inside the Saint Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace
    • 30 min gondola ride along the Grand Canal and smaller canals
    • Admission fees
    • Live tour commentary in English, Italian, German, French and Spanish
    • Audio headset for tour commentary while more than 10 pax on group

    Exclusions

    • Upper floor of St Mark’s Basilica
    • Gratuities
    • Secret itineraries of Doge's Palace
    • 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

    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
      Fantastic tour!
      05/02/2018 Catherine Martin, United Kingdom
    • 4
      Good tour
      09/22/2017 Michael Reed, Australia
    • 4
      08/20/2017 David Sokolowski, United States

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