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Gondola Ride & St. Mark's Basilica Guided Tour

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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.

Highlights

  • 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 a free optional coupon to witness the famous Venetian glassblowing technique during a 20 minute demonstration near St. Mark's Square
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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 the Basilica, you will have the opportunity to do the optional tour the Glass Craftsman Demonstration visiting a Glass Factory very close to Saint Mark’s square. Please follow the instruction that our staff will provide to you locally. This optional demonstration lasts for 20 minutes but could take longer than the scheduled time and we do not recommend participating if you have other reservations scheduled on the same day.

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Inclusions

  • Gondola Ride for 30 minutes in a shared boat
  • Skip the line entrance tickets of St. Mark’s Basilica and Pala d'Oro
  • Shared guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica with commentary by a professional guide
  • Map and descriptions of the Palaces you will get to see on your Gondola ride
  • Audio receiver devices in case the tour group is larger than 10 people
  • Complimentary 20 minute Glass Craftsman Demonstration.
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Know Before You Go

Timings and Languages

Until October 31st, 2018, from Monday to Saturday:

  • English, German, Spanish, French every day.
  • Italian only on Saturday
  • The visit is monolingual during these months

From November 2nd, 2018 to March 31st, 2019, from Monday to Saturday:

  • English: Everyday
  • German: Monday and Friday
  • French: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
  • Spanish: Wednesday and Saturday
  • The visit could be multilingual during these months.

  • The tour does not operate on 15th August, 1st November, 8th and 25th December, 1st and 6th January and 24th February and during unplanned religious celebrations and in case of exceptional high tide or bad weather.

Meeting Point

The tour meeting is at the Calle Larga de l’Ascension – In front of the post office (POSTE ITALIANE) in San Marco Area. Our assistant will wait for you with a signboard that reads GONDOLA TOUR.

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 GONDOLA 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 GONDOLA TOUR.

On Foot

Calle Larga de l’Ascension is located near St Marks Square. Once by the Bell Tower, leave the Basilica behind you and proceed straight on to the Museo Correr's entrance. Pass under the Portico and in front of you you will find the post office. You will find an assistant with a signboard stating GONDOLA TOUR.

Restrictions

  • For security reasons, suitcases, backpacks and large bags are not allowed inside the Basilica. You must deposit them at the Ateneo San Basso (St Mark's Square, Calle San Basso). The storage service is free but please allow enough time for this before your tour.
  • Each gondola seats six. Seating cannot be chosen, it is decided by the Gondolier based on each guest's weight for optimum balance.
  • 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.
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Super Flexible Cancellation Policy

You may cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.

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Lauren Simmons
Lauren
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
Greg
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
Chester
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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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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