Skip The Line: Best Of Venice Private Tour Including San Marco Doges' Palace And Gondola Ride

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 6 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    9:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Piazza San Marco, San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Enjoy the best of the canal city with this private 6-hour guided walking tour of Venice plus Gondola ride. Get skip-the-line access to St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's palace. See the famous Rialto Bride. End the tour with an enchanting ride on a private gondola. Entrance fees are included.


All entrance fees included

Led by a local guide

Skip the line

Private guide for a more personalized experience

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Meet your private guide in St. mark's square at the appointed time to begin your walking tour.

Begin with a skip-the-line tour of the Doge's palace to admirethe beautiful ceilings with frescoes by Tintoretto and walls adorned with paintings by Veronese. You will see the wooden slot where accusations of treason were passed to the Secret Police and of course the Bridge of sighs. Did you know that Casanova, Venices famous lover and writer, was imprisoned in one of the palace's prison attics before managing to escape?

Next is the highlight of the tour; the spectacular Basilica San Marco - St. Mark's Basilica. Your guide will point out how Eastern architecture and Western design came together to createthis uniquechurch.In a special extended tour of the Basilica you will hear how St. Marks remains arrived in Venice illegally, and see a myriad of treasures - some made in the city and others plundered during the crusades. Of particular interest are the 11th-century mosaics, some of the few treasures that have survived the Basilicas floods and fires over the centuries.

Continue your walking tour of Venice to see sights such asCampo San Giovanni e Paolo, Santa maria formosa, Fondamenta Nova, the Church of Holy Apostles, Marco polo's House, and theRialto Bridge. This famous marble bridge was a Venetian folly, running well over budget when built but now beloved and admired by Venices residents and visitors alike who like to watch as the sunlight dances on the smooth stone surface and the bridge is reflected in the river below.

Your day ends with something only Venice can offer - a private Gondola ride. As you wish a fond farewell to your guide you will begin a peaceful and intimate trip along Venices famous canals with your very own gondolier.

Enjoy privileged access to the attractions visited, and all entry tickets are included. Immerse yourself in Venetian culture during this private tour.


Local guide

Gondola Ride

Entry/Admission - Basilica di San Marco

Entry/Admission - Doge's Palace

Entry/Admission - Chiesa dei Santi Apostoli



Lunch is not included but the local guide can give you great recommendations

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements

Not wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Service animals allowed

Near public transportation

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Most travelers can participate

Covid-19 Vaccination Card or Green Pass is mandatory to enter Museums and Churches

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers

Covid-19 Vaccination Card or Green Pass is mandatory to enter Museums and Churches

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  • 26-Sep-2022

    Todos y cada uno de los momentos son únicos. Cada paso es una historia y es Historia. Stella fue y es una guía excepcional. No he conocido en los años que llevo viajando por el mundo una cicerone tan preparada, tan educada, amable y sobre todo cariñosa.

  • 21-Sep-2022

    Carolina was so AMAZING! It was like touring the city with a dear friend. She was knowledgeable, animated, friendly and outgoing. We immediately felt at ease with her. Her information was interesting about Venice and it’s sites. It was worth every penny and more! We felt we had a full overview of the area.

  • 11-Sep-2022

    Wonderful deep dive into history of Venice with a kind and knowledgeable guide. If you love history and want to know the stories behind such a special place, this is a great tour. St Marks Square, the Doge Palace, prison and Basilica. Followed by a nice lunch (options provided to meet your desires). Then gelato and walking tour of the alleys and squares you might never find. Finish up with 30 gondola ride to see Venice as it was meant to be seen. Excellent day. Highly recommended.

  • 25-Jun-2022

    We had a wonderful day in Venice! Having our knowledgeable guide, Michela, to explain the history and government workings of the Venetian empire, plus point out the significance of paintings, sculptures and mosaics in the various buildings, while bringing other items of interest to our attention, made it such an interesting day. Being able to walk by hundreds of people waiting in line gave us more time to appreciate each location, and ending the day with a relaxing gondola ride was perfect.

  • 29-May-2022

    We had only one day to see all the ‘big things’ in Venice and this was a great way to do it. Carolina was a wonderful guide who took us off the beaten track as well as navigating through the busier places and providing a fascinating commentary on everything we were seeing. Not a cheap way of doing things but value for money when time is short. Great communication from the tour company before as well.

  • 09-Apr-2022

    User Guide Arianna war fantastisch. Eine super Allgemeinbildung und sehr sympathisches auftretten. Danke

  • 22-Nov-2021

    Absolutely wonderful - highly recommend if you want to avoid crowds, skip lines, and learn a lot! Carolina was very helpful and patient; we’re quite glad to have had her as our guide!

  • 25-Feb-2020

    Such a great tour. When we arrived in Venice every museum and palace had been closed due to the Coronavirus scare. However our wonderful tour guide, Romy changed plans on our behalf. She instead took us on a 6.5 hour experience beginning with tours to Murano and Burano in addition to a fantastic tour of Venice. Finishing with a gondola ride in Venice. Showing us all the best Venice has to offer. Romy was so knowledgeable and knew the history of everything. She stayed with us on the gondola ride and took photos for us all day. She took great care to ensure our safety every step of the way. If you have a chance to take a tour of Venice you definitely should request Romy.

  • 25-Feb-2020

    I loved Michaela and her knowledge. But since we could not go into the museums then it was too expensive for what we did.

  • 04-Nov-2019

    Wir hatten ein Wochenende in Venedig mit dieser privaten Tour gebucht. Unsere Reiseführerin Ariane war pünktlich am Treffpunkt und wir verbrachten einen wahnsinnig interessanten und unglaublich tollen Tag mit ihr in Venedig. Es ist zwar etwas teuer, aber dafür lohnt es sich im Vergleich zu den 'Massentouren' sehr. Es gibt kein Warten und keine Langeweile. Man kann seine Fragen direkt stellen und Ariane hatten sehr viel zu erzählen. Vielen Dank an sie an dieser Stelle. Wir werden diese Tour weiterempfehlen.

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