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Venice in a Day - St Mark's Basilica + Doge's Palace + Gondola Ride

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The picturesque city of Venice exudes a charm that can best be experienced by walking through its streets and over its bridges. Go on a guided tour across Venice’s iconic attractions especially the St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. Relax and watch the city life from the canals just like Venetians of yore on a traditional gondola ride!

Highlights

  • Go on a guided walking tour across Venice to appreciate both the everyday lifestyle of Venice and its important monuments
  • Enjoy access to St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace
  • Cruise the city with a quintessential gondola ride
  • Explore Venetian landmarks like Rialto Bridge, Bridge of Sighs, New Prisons, Arch of Paradise, Marco Polo’s house, Church of San Zulian and Church of Miracles
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Why You Shouldn’t Miss This

Walking tours are a fabulous way to explore a city, most travelers vouch that walking is the best way to soak in the sights and culture of a city. But Venice is the only city that is truly a walker’s paradise. The charming city is built on 118 islands with more than 400 bridges and 150 canals making its exclusively accessible only via boat and on foot. This combo tour gives you a combined experience of walking with a local Venetian Guide and going on a traditional gondola ride.

The ancient streets of Venice are full of historical stories and stunning architecture that can be best explained by a local guide. A guided tour to The St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace will ensure that you will not miss any of their immense treasures!

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Your Experience

Sites Covered

Rialto Bridge
Rialto Fish Market (closed on Mondays)
Fondaco dei Tedeschi (from outside)
House of Marco Polo (from outside)
Church of Miracles (from outside)
Campo San Giovanni e Paolo
Scuola Grande di San Marco, Venice's main hospital (from the outside)
Bronze Equestrian monument of Bartolomeo Colleoni by Verocchio
Campo Santa Maria Formosa
Arch of Paradise
Church of San Zulian (from outside)
Gondola ride (30 minutes)
St. Mark's Basilica
St. Mark's Square
Doge's Palace (general access rooms)
Bridge of Sighs (inside)
New Prisons (inside)

Your tour starts in the morning when the cool morning sun shines on the famous red-tiled roofs of Venice. Your first stop will be at the Rialto Bridge, one of the earliest bridges in Venice and known for its regal marble architecture. Your guide will take you through the bridge before the crowds descend and then head to the bustling Rialto market. For centuries, the markets of Venice have traded in various goods and produce. You can walk through the market with your guide explaining the intricacies of Venetian Cuisine including the array of fish used in the cooking. Your guide will also indulge you in the best eating spots in the city as well as the delicacies that you must try!

Your trip will continue through the alleyways and cobblestone streets many of which have been unchanged for centuries. You will see the home of celebrated explorer Marco Polo and visit the San Giovanni Gristosomo to see the paintings of Venetian masters Bellini and Sebastian del Piombo. The walking tour is designed to give you a glimpse into the everyday life of Venice as well as the popular attractions and landmarks. You will take a break from all the walking and go on a gondola ride with your group. No trip to Venice is complete without a gondola ride, the most iconic visual of Venice. The gondola will take you through the canals that are the lifeline of the city. You will go under bridges and get to admire the Venetian architecture from a completely different perspective.

After the gondola ride, you will take a break for lunch. Your guide will leave you to explore on your own and meet you back at St. Mark’s Square for the next part of the tour. Your tour includes Skip the line tickets for St. Mark’s Basilica which is the most visited attraction in Venice. You won’t have to waste time waiting in line, you can instead head inside much sooner and get more time to admire the treasures of the St. Mark’s Basilica. Right from the majestic Italo-Byzantine façade to the gold mosaics inside the dome, every nook and corner of the Basilica is a treat to the eye. Your guide will regale you with the history of this medieval church and its importance in the cultural landscape of Venice.

From St. Mark’s you will move on to Doge’s Palace, where you have pre-booked skip the line tickets. Doges are the equivalent of Dukes, they were the leaders of Venice and governed the city. The Palace, like others around the world, has a history of intrigue, romance and adventure. Your guide will tell you about the stories of Cassanova and the errant Dukes. The Palace is where you will truly appreciate having a guide as every part has a story to tell! You will end your walking tour across Venice at the Palace.

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Inclusions

  • Walking tour with commentary from a local Venetian Guide
  • Tickets at St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Skip the line tickets at Doge’s Palace
  • Shared Gondola Ride (up to 6 persons) without a guide commentary
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Know Before You Go

Timings

  • The tour starts at 9:00 AM and goes on for upto 7.5 hours.
  • From March – April the tour operates only on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
  • From May – October the tour operates on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Meeting Point

  • The central fountain of Campo San Giacomo di Rialto, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy

Getting There

By public transport

Campo San Giacomo di Rialto is located just to the west of the Rialto Bridge, towards the Rialto Market. The closest vaporetto stop is the “Rialto Mercato” stop. Talk a left and walk towards Calle Gallion. On reaching the street, turn left and reach the Calle Orsetti where you should take a right and head on to Ruga Bella. Now keep walking on Ruga Bella and cross a bridge till you reach the campus of San Giacomo dell’ Orio where you will find the Central Fountain and an assistant carrying the signboard ‘Walks of Italy’.

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Moderate Cancellation Policy

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

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Chelsea Burns
Chelsea
Reviewed in March, 2018

This trip also gave us a good understanding of the significant buildings and how tthey came into being.Very enjoyable i must say.

Otis Warner
Otis
Reviewed in March, 2018

My partner and I are frequent travellers, we booked this tour from here and explored with a skip the line access all major attractions. It was an intimate Venice city stroll and a gondola ride!

Kate Fernandez
Kate
Reviewed in March, 2018

This website always gives us a different perspective on a city. The experiences listed here are so different from other websites yet pretty affordable.

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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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Where?

The central fountain of Campo San Giacomo di Rialto, Venezia

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Additional Information

  • St. Mark’s Basilica is a place of worship. Do not wear shorts or tank tops; preferably wear clothes that will cover your knees and elbows.
  • For security reasons heavy luggage and backpacks are not allowed inside the St. Mark’s Basilica.
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