Doge's Palace, Unusual Venice And Gondola Ride Tour

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Hrs 30 Mins
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    2:15 PM
  • Departure Details :
    Torre dell'Orologio, Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Admire Venice from the land and water on a fascinating combo tour that includes a guided visit of the Doge's palace, an unusual walk through the lesser-known areas of Venice and a charming Gondola ride. An extraordinary tour that allows you to save money and enjoy an unforgettable afternoon in Venice!

Highlights

  • Excellent value for money
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Skip the line
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water

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Enjoy the most appreciated and traditional sides of Venice combined in a single itinerary lasting approx. 3 hours and 30 minutes... A unique experience to learn the history of this ancient city and get in touch with the genuine everyday life that survives in the less tourist places of the historical center!

Meet the guide near St. mark's square and start your tour at the Doge's palace: here, you will enjoy a complete guided tour of the environments that have shaped the history of the Serenissima. Marvel at the Doge's private apartments, see the Giants Staircase and admire the picturesque views of St Marks Square by the floor of the Lodges. Cross the famous Bridge of sighs and visit the terrible prisons of the Venetian Republic. The guide will accompany you in one of the most interesting tours of the Doge's palace!

The second part of the itinerary will take you on a fascinating walk to discover some hidden sites between St. Marks Square and the Rialto bridge. Admire the exterior of the La Fenice Theatre and the unusual Bovolo Spiral Staircase of Contarini Palace, before joining the Rialto area and enjoy one of the most characteristic sights of Venice.

Finally, experience the magic of Venice from the water on a 30-minute Gondola ride. Marvel at the majestic architectural masterpieces overlooking the water and see some lesser known corners of Venice accessible only by water.

Please consider that this is a combo tour formed by three individual tours: book now these fascinating must-do experiences in Venice and save on the final price! The combo tour is cheaper than purchasing the single itineraries!

Inclusions

Guided walk

Gondola ride

Entry/Admission - Doge's Palace

Exclusions

What is not specified under Inclusions

Explanations during the gondola ride

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Please note this is a combo tour including 3 single tours

Please arrive at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before the tour departure time.

At the tour departure point you will meet a representative who will check your vouchers and give you information to do the tour.

No credit or refunds will be given in the case of a no show (if you don't show up at the meeting point at the time indicated on your voucher)

The gondola ride might be suspended in case of bad weather. In such cases you are required to go to the tour departure point in order to know whether the tour takes place or not and any alternative ways to use the service.

Please note that, due to the particular morphological structure of Venice and the logistic problems resulting from it, we cannot guarantee that the whole tour is accessible to people with limited mobility. This means that people with walking difficulties and wheelchair users could not be able to access some parts of the itinerary.

A gondola can host up to 6 people, thus if your reservation includes more than 6 people, your group will be divided into smaller groups, or rather you will enjoy different gondolas.

This is a collective tour, so there might be other people enjoying your same gondola. In this case people belonging to your reservation can be divided into different gondolas.

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

Most travelers can participate

Traveler Reviews

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  • 02-Oct-2019

    This was a great value all-in-one tour hitting the highlights of some of the main sights of Venice.

    The tour is easy to find in San Marco square, just to the left of the Zodiac clock (Torre dell’Orologio) with a sign saying 'tour'.

    The guide for both the palace and the walk was excellent - she was very knowledgeable and friendly; the Gondola ride was very nice too, taking in some of the quieter scenic canals as well as a little of the Grand Canal.

    All in all, its good value and good fun.

  • 01-Feb-2018

    A good tour to do when you are visiting Venice, it was nice

  • 24-Sep-2017

    Very in depth informative tour of the palace followed by a great walking tour of some hard to find gems

  • 18-Aug-2017

    Badly organized. Tour guide was studiously avoiding to explain the sights and did not seem to be interested in keeping the group together. This tour is made out of three separate tours and we were left standing without explanations or how long we would have to wait and why after each part of the tour as our tour guide just left us standing. The Unusual Venice tour was overbooked and it was difficult to follow the guide with so many strangers among hundreds of tourists. I didn't see the guide for probably 50 of the walk and she never gave directions through the headphones we had. Some people even left during this part because it was just plain awful.
    Due to the amount of people and poor organization it took more than an hour to get everybody in the gondolas and than most of them got stuck in traffic jams in the canals.
    Complains to the tour company were shrugged off.

  • 10-Aug-2017

    The wait for the gondola ride at the end was very long especially after doing the other two activities first. We had to wait for nearly an hour for our ride. Priority should have been given to those who had done the other two activities prior.

    The tour guide was exceptional

  • 17-Oct-2016

    Estefania is a very knowledgeable lady
    Milo helped my husband find our hotel to drop our luggage we just arrived and he helped my husband carry the luggage too!
    Highly recommend him for his kindness
    Dodges is a gorgeous Palace
    Gondola ride is crowded with 6 people

  • 12-Oct-2016

    Took a little while to adjust the sound equipment and reception was not particularly good around Venice but guide Veronica very knowledgeable. Gondola ride was a lot longer than expected around the canals.

  • 28-Aug-2016

    This was supposed to be the most exciting part of our trip to Venice. When we first arrived we were assigned an ;English speaking tour guide, with extremely broken English. Now, I completely understand that I am in a different country, and there can be variances of a language , but I am paying for an English tour. It was so hard to understand the tour guide I had to pull my headphones out and read the signs throughout the castle which takes the magic out of the tour. And it is not like I am not accustomed to languages because I speak Spanish and travel three times a year. The tour guide was refreshing and her facts on Wikipedia before starting , and moved so fast through the museum that she had no regard for crowds that pulled our group apart. Towards the end she realized she was tight on time and ran through the most interesting parts of the underground bridge and jails. When we finished we were to be guided through the city tour. Some members of the group had left to use the bathroom and others had left completely because they didn't have the next tour included. At this point I would have rated it three stars because even though I could not understand a word she said , she was talking through out the whole tour and I know 1/2 the people understood her at least. However , she decided to just walk away with a few amount of people following her , and I yell to her if we are supposed to follow since she is already a street away? She rudely says yes as if I'm supposed to lead myself , and other families follow behind me. She argues that we are late and there 's only one bathroom break for the others behind. As far as I'm concerned, a tour guide should have enough time management to accommodate for this, and should also be accountable for everyone . She kept saying that she had no idea how many people were supposed to be there and that's a tad concerning. I have traveled all over and have never heard of a tour company that was not accountable for their people. Overall she had a demeanor about her that made you think that you were a lower class than she was, and was not a pleasant entertaining guide.

    Anyway I was lucky enough for a new tour guide through the city. Yet the company thought it would be best to book for 42 people. So this time our guide knew there was 42 people, but if you know anything about Venice that is a nearly impossible number to attend a walking tour though San Marco. I have to say that this woman was very enjoyable and the tour was much better with more humor, history, and better English. Then someone's young child went missing . I sprinted to the front of the line to stop the tour guide and have her talk through the microphone for the girl, since her parents ran back to the last place we were. By this point the voice was out of range. This city is incredibly confusing for even the savviest traveler. My brother had sprinted with the family to look for the girl and we thought the tour guide could spare 5 minutes of waiting to look for the child. However, she just kept moving. So now the family was gone , and my brother . My mom and I decided to see where the ending spot was since we were supposed to take the Gondola tour next . The problem with this situation is, is having no cell phones while traveling. We only had wifi so it's not like we could just call everyone up. I had my mom wait in the spot so I could run back and meet the family to guide them back. While my mom was waiting the tour guides were badgering her about needing the microphones , and how we are accountable and they will need the room information, with no concern for two lost children. The tour guide was going to receive a tip until she dashed away after the tour. I wonder what was more important for her ? I will say though, even though the first tour guide was rude to others , and seemed inexperienced she did have a heart for the child and was on her way to search as well. There ended up being other people on the street and another tour guide company that sprinted up a large spiral staircase just to see if the child wandered to the top, yet our company was biting their fingernails over a radio.When I found the family , everyone was reunited and I walked them back to the center which was more than just a street turn.

    After finally being reunited we waited in line for the gondola. This is after my mom was told we lose this opportunity if everyone wasn';t strictly there at 5:15. Impressively we were able to find the girl and each other within that time, but there was no concern at all for this family. The ride was a beautiful scenic ride , but be warned this is a tour and they will herd you on like cattle to fit the gondola. If you plan on traveling as a single family or couple for a romantic ride I would not suggest this.

    Overall, I could not be any less impressed with this company and the way the handles multiple situations. For what could have been an enjoyable day was stressful and exhausting. I would highly recommend doing private tours or booking the castle with the audio box translator. I can not believe the lack of emotion and concern I experienced on this tour , and for such a touristy area not one guide seemed qualified. Take your chances with this tour, I was completely disgusted by the end.

  • 15-Aug-2016

    This is a combo of 3 tours. For the first 2 tours, we had Gina, a native Venetian, as our tour guide. She was excellent! We lucked out with a smaller group than they normally run so she was more accessible. The Doge's Palace is interesting and the walking tour took us primarily in the San Marco neighborhood. Gina was able to provide insights and great information. If there's any negative, it was that it felt a bit rushed going from one tour to the next - not enough time for the restroom.
    For the gondola ride no more guides, be aware that each gondola takes 6 people and there's A LOT of people going on the gondolas! They take the bigger groups first so if you're travelling solo or as a couple, you could be a filler for the group gondola and you can forget about the great seat. If you can wait until there are no more big groups, you'll have a better chance of getting the great seat. The ride itself was really relaxing and enjoyable. Pretty quiet and no singing though the gondoliers were talking to one another as we passed them.
    So, great experience!

  • 01-Aug-2016

    This tour was beyond any words to describe the guide was funny and well informed of local history
    The doges palace was beautiful inside and out a fascinating walking tour and romantic gondola ride stopping near the San Marco vaparetto point and what better place than to enjoy a bottle of prosecco

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