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Venice in a Day: St. Mark’s, Doge’s Palace, Murano & Burano with Gondola Ride

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Discover Venice's best in a day; skip lines at iconic sites, enjoy a gondola ride, and explore optional craft demos at Murano & Burano Islands!

Highlights

  • Experience the best of Venice on this immersive day tour, featuring iconic sights like St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace!

  • Skip the queues at St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace, and immerse in their grandeur with a knowledgeable local guide.

  • Watch timeless ripples paint the city in colors of romance on a 30-minute gondola ride through the canals of Venice.

  • Add the magic of artisanal crafts to your day! Opt for the full-day trip to explore the vibrant islands famous for glass-blowing and lace-making.

  • Fun Fact: Venice is stunningly archipelagic! It's made up of 118 small islands, connected by over 400 bridges. Each step you take could be onto another island!

Inclusions

  • Full/half-day tour of Venice (as per option selected)

  • Guided tour of St. Mark's Basilica with skip-the-line entry

  • Guided tour of Doge's Palace with skip-the-line entry

  • Expert English-speaking guide

  • 30-minute shared gondola ride

  • Round-trip transfers to/from Murano & Burano Islands (optional)

  • Glass-blowing demonstration (optional)

  • Lace-making demonstration (optional)

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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Guests from France, United States, Portugal and over 15 countries have loved this experience
Carolina Tapia

Carolina

4/5

May, 2024

I liked the tour in general, of course for me it would have been ideal if it had been in Spanish. But the guides were very clear with the information and everything was very enjoyable.
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Ekaterina Valova

Ekaterina

5/5

May, 2024

The tour was divided into 3 separate parts: San Marco Cathedral/Dodge Palace/prison - gondola ride - Murano&Burano islands. Everything was very well organized! We had support on every step. The guides who made the tour for us were very nice snd helpful. The information they gave was really interesting. I really enjoyed that day! Thank you!
Cheryl Ann Ingber

Cheryl

5/5

May, 2024

Rita was the best!!! Her love for Venice was evident and infectious. She was awesome. Loved having her show us the best places in Venice.
Terence Nolan

Terence

5/5

Apr, 2024

Our guide, Marina, was excellent and had so many interesting stories about Venice and its wonderful history, art, and architecture. Her knowledge was absolutely amazing. We greatly enjoyed the experience.
Matthew S. Christensen

Matthew

5/5

Mar, 2024

The entire tour was amazing! The history and details were great to hear. The guides were exemplary! My jaw literally fell open to watch the glass master in Murano! And to complete the day, a beautiful and peaceful gondola ride! 5 stars!

Discover Venice's charms

Immerse yourself in the splendor of Venice with this all-encompassing day tour. Your day begins in the company of an English-speaking guide at St. Mark's Basilica, an architectural marvel adorned with 8,000 sqm of luminous gold mosaics. Skip the line and step into its hallowed halls, where you'll be awed by the Pala d'Oro, a Byzantine altarpiece studded with 1,900 gems. Don't miss the Quadriga of St. Marks, a set of Roman bronze statues so precious they were looted during the Fourth Crusade! Next, continue to the Gothic-style Doge's Palace, once the political and judicial hub of Venice. Cross the infamous 'Bridge of Sighs' and imagine the sighs of prisoners catching their last glimpse of the city.

After admiring Venice’s architectural gems, relish a serene gondola ride through the city’s charming canals.

Experience true craftsmanship

Post this quintessential Venetian experience, you can choose to extend your adventure and visit the world-renowned islands of Murano and Burano. Witness the magical transformation of molten glass into intricate forms during a glass-blowing demonstration in Murano, known for this ancient artistry since the 13th century. Later, travel to Burano, a kaleidoscope of brightly colored fishermen's houses. Here, absorb the intricate craft of lace-making, passed from generation to generation. This tour, limited to a small group, ensures an intimate and personalized Venetian journey.

Itinerary

Half-day tour

  • St Marks Basilica

  • Doge's Palace

  • 30-minute gondola ride

Full-day tour

  • St Marks Basilica

  • Doge's Palace

  • 30-minute gondola ride

  • Glass-blowing demonstration at Murano Island

  • Lace-making demonstration at Burano Island

What to bring

  • Wear walking shoes and bring along your water bottle. Sunscreen is also recommended in the summer.

What's not allowed

St. Mark's Basilica

  • Strict dress code: All guests must wear clothing that covers their shoulders and knees to enter the basilica.

  • Keep your camera tucked away – photography is strictly not allowed at the basilica.

Doge's Palace

  • Shutterbugs, take note: Flash photography, tripods, selfie sticks, and any type of commercial photography is a no-go inside the venue.

Accessibility

  • St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace are both wheelchair and pram/stroller accessible.

  • The gondola ride is not accessible for wheelchair users.

Additional information

Venice Gondola Ride

  • Seating arrangements within a gondola may vary for balance and safety reasons, it may not be possible to sit next to your partner.

  • Please note that the tour may not operate under exceptional high tide conditions or during religious functions at the basilica. In the event of cancellation, your tour will either be rescheduled or refunded for your convenience.

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 mins before the scheduled time of your tour to avoid any delays.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point.

Meeting point

  • Please check your final voucher for meeting point details and specific instructions.
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