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Gondola Ride & St. Mark's Basilica Guided Tour

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1 hr 30 mins

Life in Venice revolves around the Basilica San Marco. Start your tour with a gondola ride through the meandering waterways of Venice. Then, walk into San Marco with your skip the line tickets and explore this important landmark of Venetian heritage on a guided tour.


  • Admire iconic Venetian landmarks along the Grand Canal in a gondola ride
  • Learn about history of Venice and the St. Mark’s Cathedral in a guided tour with skip the line access
  • Explore the gold mosaics and the masterpieces of the treasury including the Pala d’Oro
  • Avail the chance to go on an optional free tour aboard a private boat to the Murano Island
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Why You Shouldn’t Miss This

Basilica di San Marco is the beating heart of Venice! A vestige of the glory of the city as the richest and most powerful city of medieval Europe, the ‘Church of Gold’ is Venice’s most popular landmark. Known in English as the Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark, San Marco is a stunning church. With exquisite interiors including gold mosaics and invaluable Biblical art, the church is a must-visit destination in Venice.

This combo tour allows you to explore this cathedral on a guided tour where a local guide will help you unearth its secrets. This tour also takes on another iconic Venetian experience – The Gondola Ride. A gondola ride through the Grand Canal is all you require to complete your Venetian holiday!

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Your Experience

The beautiful wooden Gondolas have for long since been the icons of Venice. Known as the ‘City of Canals’, Venice has more than 150 canals traversing through 118 islands tying up the city together as a whole. These quaint wooden rowboats numbered in almost 10,000 back in the 17th and 18th century. Today, however, there are about 400 gondolas plying through the canals. The image of the stripe uniformed gondolier navigating the long rowboat through the serene canals defines Venice.

You will start your combo tour by going on a thirty-minute gondola tour through the Grand Canal and several other smaller waterways. You can glimpse the foundations of the floating city and the amazing architecture that allows Venice to still survive despite the constant flooding and weather fluctuations. After the gondola ride, you will join a small group guided tour for the St. Mark’s Cathedral. Known as Basilica di San Marco, the cathedral dates back to 1092 AD. Built in the Italo-Byzantine and Gothic architecture, it has the most awe-inspiring façade facing the Piazza San Marco. The cathedral is Venice’s most iconic landmark and harks back to the era when Venice was the economic and cultural powerhouse of Europe. Its decadent gold ground mosaics and majestic design lend it the epithet ‘Chiesa d’Oro or the Church of Gold.

With your pre-booked ticket, you can skip the line and enter the church. Your guide will narrate the history and take you through the interiors of the cathedral. The tour is designed in partnership with the Curia of Venice and unfolds the secrets and stories of the cathedral and Venice itself. The beautiful mosaics depict Biblical scenes and the opulence of the church is apparent in its Byzantine art including the Pala d’Oro which uses 1,300 pearls, 300 sapphires, 300 emeralds and 400 garnets!. It’s a sight to behold!

After going through the treasures of the church your tour will end. You will be given a free voucher for a tour by private boat to Murano Island. This tour will take a couple of hours and is generally scheduled between 2 PM and 4 PM. Ensure you free your schedule to accommodate this trip. You can visit the glass making factories and soak in the island life of Murano.

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  • Gondola Ride for 30 minutes in a shared boat
  • Skip the line entrance tickets of St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica with commentary
  • Free voucher for an optional trip via private boat to Murano Island
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Know Before You Go

Tour operates every day from Monday to Saturday at 11:00 AM

Guided Commentary Language Options
The tour is offered in :
English – Monday to Saturday
German – Monday and Friday
French – Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Spanish – Wednesday and Saturday

This tour could be bilingual.

Meeting Point
The tour meeting is at the Calle Larga de l’Ascension – In front of the post office in San Marco Area.

Getting There

By Public Vaporetto
Take the line 1 and get off at the ‘San Marco Vallaresso’. Walk straight till the end of Calle Vallaresso. Turn right at the end of the street and walk right till the colonnade in front of the post office. You will find an assistant with a signboard stating ‘TOUR’.

By Private Watertaxi
Ask to be dropped off at ‘Todaro’ landing stage. Get off and turn left and keep walking till the Calle Vallaresso. At the end of the street turn right and walk up to the colonnade in front of the post office. You will find an assistant with a signboard stating ‘TOUR’.

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Moderate Cancellation Policy

You may cancel up to 72 hours in advance for a full refund.

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Out of 5
Very Good
Lauren Simmons
Reviewed in March, 2018

St. Mark's Basilica is one of the most majestic cathedrals of the world! We had a very sincere and knowledgable tour guide who made the tour even more interesting.

Greg Parks
Reviewed in March, 2018

The St. Marks Basilica guided tour is in collaboration with the Curia of Venice. Therefor it is so organised and great to experience

Chester Sparks
Reviewed in March, 2018

This tour is so affordable if you conside the amount of things you end up covering. Each experience gives you an amazing way to get to know the city better

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How to Use Your Tickets
Once you complete the booking, you will get a mobile voucher on your email ID. There is no need to print the same. Flash this mobile voucher to your guide and proceed with the tour.

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Calle Larga S. Marco, Venezia

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Additional Information

  • St. Mark’s Cathedral is a religious place of worship.It is advisable to wear clothes that cover your knees and elbows. Shorts and tank tops will not be allowed.
  • Due to security reasons bags, sacks or knapsacks are not allowed inside the Basilica.

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