St. Mark’s Basilica Access & Venice Guided Walking Tour With Gondola Ride

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  • Duration: 3 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    Depending on the option selected.
  • Departure Details :
    1: Ponte della Paglia, 30124 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy
    2: Campo San Bortolomio, Campo S. Bortolomio, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
  • Return Details :
    Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy
  • 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

See the top Venice attractions in a short space of time on this comprehensive Best of Venice walking tour! With an expert guide, see sights like Rialto Bridge and St Marks Square (Piazza San Marco), and then enjoy a tour of St Mark's Basilica, to which youll have skip-the-line access.
If you want to see more, upgrade to include a Doge's Palace tour! Explore its opulent public rooms, see the Bridge of sighs and learn about the doges, who ruled Venice in bygone times.

Highlights

Fully narrated tour

Skip the line

Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city

Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences

Get inside tips from a local

Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

Know More about this tour

Your Venice walking tour starts at an iconic Venice attraction -- the elegant Rialto bridge (Ponte di Rialto) -- a favorite sight for many and the oldest bridge in Venice. From this beautiful marble landmark you'll head off with your guide, listening to fascinating anecdotes and stories about the city as you walk.

Pass Marco polo's house, and hear tales of this popular Venetian explorer and his seafaring adventures. You'll walk through lively Venice squares, including Campo San Luca and Campo SS Giovanni Paolo, and see locals going about their daily business shadowed by the citys historic structures of varying architectural styles.

Next visit St mark's square, a highlight of any trip to Venice. As you stroll around this must-see square, you'll see Doge's palace with its distinctive, white-limestone facade. Giancomo Casanova, Venice's legendary lover, was once held captive in the palaces prison.

Continue to St Mark's Basilica, a place of worship that's often considered the finest example of Byzantine architecture in the world. Skip the long lines outside the basilica for a rare tour of its second level and terraces. Be sure to bring your camera to capture views of the bustling piazza below!

Upgrade to a small-group tour (3-hour duration and 2pm start):
Keen to see all these Venice sights in a small-group of no more than 10 people, and enjoy a Grand canal water taxi ride? Then upgrade and hop aboard a luxury water taxi and see the delights of Venice's Grand canal on a 1-hour sightseeing tour. Follow this with a small-group walking tour, seeing all the sights listed in the standard tour plus Bovolo Staircase and Goldoni Theatre.

Upgrade to include a tour of Doge's palace:
More time to spend? Upgrade to include a 1.5-tour of Doge's Palace. Enjoy skip-the-line access and a guided tour of the palace's ornately decorated public rooms. See incredible Renaissance art, including ceiling frescos by Tintoretto and the Veronese masterpiece Virtues of the Republic. As you walk through the Trial Chambers of the Council of Ten, see the corner of the room where accusations of treachery were passed to the secret service. Your Doge's Palace tour ends at the palace's Bridge of sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri), named to signify prisoners weary sighs as they caught their last sight of beautiful Venice.

Inclusions

Professional guide

Small-group walking tour and Grand Canal water taxi ride (if tour option is selected)

30 minutes shared Gondola Ride (if option is selected)

Entry/Admission - Basilica di San Marco

Exclusions

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

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

Backpacks must be left inside a cloakroom on entering St Marks Basilica. To reduce any disruption for your group, we recommend that backpacks are not taken on this tour

Traveler Reviews

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  • 26-Dec-2019

    Clara was our guide and did such an amazing job not just showing us the Basilica and Doge’s Palace, but also getting us around Venice in high water with ease and a smile. We learned so much and our daughters (10 and 13) learned a ton also, even in the rain.Grazie!

  • 23-Oct-2019

    The tour guide that was Used on this particular walking tour was absolutely fabulous she took her time to explain things she didn’t walk at an uncomfortable pace and I would highly recommend her and this tour to others. We came to Venice for many reasons but one was to go on a gondola my wife and I totally enjoyed it and It met all my expectations.

  • 14-Oct-2019

    Iole was a great guide. She knew so many details about Venice, which made this tour very personal and exciting. We were not able to enter the basilica due to a special event occurring last minute, however, our guide replaced it with visiting the local markets which was incredible. It rained at the start of our tour, but it added to an experience we will never forget. Bring an umbrella just in case.

  • 14-Oct-2019

    Our first time visiting Venice. This was a great half-day tour, and the guide was excellent. Great value for money.

  • 09-Oct-2019

    My Guide, “Monica” was excellent! She was probably one of the best Guides I’ve ever had with Viator. You’ll love this tour!

  • 17-Sep-2019

    I am becoming more convinced that Viator offered the best way to do a city - so that the first day you are not frustrated with focusing on a map. We started our visit with this afternoon tour and my only regret was that we thought it was 3 hr, not 4 hour and we did not time our food schedule properly. However there is a 15 min break towards the end that gives you time to use the WC and get water. You would not want to cut this short because it is the only way to see St Mark’s _ Doge Palace. The meeting place was a bit tricky, but I was glad that I confirmed with the office the exact location and then we had no troubles finding it. I liked the first part- simply walking thru the maze of a city and hearing history was more accurate than what our gondola operator was trying to “tell” us on our separate (non-tour) ride. Elle was very proficient in her English and her history. I love hearing one speak with passion versus just covering the main point of the script. She answered all of our questions, even though not related to the tour sites. I highly suggest this as the starting point for any tourist and then use your next day to venture and get lost on your own..........knowing that you only saw the bests.

  • 16-Sep-2019

    POOR - Misleading as labeled Doge's Palace OR Gondola Ride We wanted Gondola Ride but City Tours did not offer it .....................

  • 02-Sep-2019

    Guide was very knowledgeable. Provided overall history of Venice and also visited Marco Polo's birthplace and the oldest Inn in Venice.

  • 09-Aug-2019

    We took the Guided Walking Tour with St Mark's and Gondola Ride. Walked around from Campo S. Bartolomeo to St Mark's Basilica with a radio device. The radio device was clear and convenient as you can still hear the tour guide's commentaries even if you are a little away or the surrounding area is noisy. Our guide (too bad I forgot his name), was a local passionate Venetian who provided a lot of information and tips. He was organised and spoke good English. I learned about the former residences of Marco Polo and Casanova and other significant information

    Our Gondola ride was taken by another tour guide but was seamless with the transfer from the first tour guide.

    The meeting place was easy to find and easily accessible from a Vaporetto platform in Rialto bridge.

    Overall, it was a very nice tour. Thank you!

  • 08-Aug-2019

    Our version of this tour package included a water taxi ride and not a visit to Doge's palace. This was not clear form the description. I had to contact the company to verify this information.
    Tour was informative and involved visits to more unusual sites. Our tour guide (Carla) provide a lot of information about old and modern life in Venice.

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