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

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

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Venice, Italy
icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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Overview

Explore the most famous sites in Venice with an insider guide on this walking tour. Learn the history of iconic attractions around St. Mark’s Square, and explore the commercial heart of this ancient city as you walk across the Rialto Bridge. Head to the front of the long line at St. Mark’s Basilica to admire the cathedral’s glittering gold splendor without the wait. Upgrade your experience to include a small-group tour with a water taxi ride along the Grand Canal.
  • Walking tour of Venice's top attractions
  • Discover St. Mark's Square, Rialto Bridge, and the former house of Marco Polo
  • Skip the long lines at St. Mark's Basilica with fast-track entrance
  • Upgrade your experience to include a water-taxi ride along the Grand Canal
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Professional guide
30 minutes shared Gondola Ride (if option is selected)
Skip the Line Access to St. Mark's Basilica
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
  • Ponte della Paglia , 30124 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

    Semi Private with Water Taxi Ride: Meet your guide next to Ponte della Paglia, the bridge with the view of the Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs), in front of the Doge's Palace, facing the lagoon.

  • Campo San Bortolomio , Campo S. Bortolomio, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

    St. Mark's Basilica + Gondola: Meet your guide in front of the bronze statue of a man (Carlo Goldoni) in Campo S. Bortolomio (a.k.a. Campo san Bórtolo and Campo San Bartolomeo), near the San Marco side of the Rialto Bridge.

  • Venice , Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy
    For an excellent introduction to Venice, explore its most iconic attractions with an expert guide. Your walking tour begins at a central location in Venice. Then, head to the oldest bridge in Venice, the Rialto, which marks the historic and current commercial hub of the city and is bustling with shops and markets.

    Wander away from the crowds to explore hidden gems and unique architecture. Stroll around the squares of Campo San Luca and Campo SS Giovanni Paolo, and stop at the former home of the medieval merchant explorer Marco Polo.

    Make your way to St. Mark’s Square for a guided overview of its world-famous attractions. At the glorious, Italo-Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica, skip the long line and head straight inside to admire the basilica's ornate interiors and fascinating artifacts.

    Tour with Gondola ride:

    You will enjoy a shared gondola tour of the waterways with a real local gondoliere. We’ll start on Venice’s main thoroughfare, the much-traveled Grand Canal, where we’ll see such sights as Santa Maria della Salute Church, a 17th-century Baroque building constructed by lucky plague survivors to thank God for sparing their lives. Next, we’ll veer off down the quieter minor canals where we’ll float lazily by more iconic city sights and under its famous bridges. You will catch views of the dazzling Fenice Opera House and Theatre, the former home of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Venice, the magnificent Church of San Moisè and the gothic style Bauer Palace.'

    Upgrade to a small-group tour:

    Enjoy a more personalized experience with a group of no more than 10 people. Start your tour with a water taxi ride along Venice’s Grand Canal, and visit the famous Goldoni Theater and Bovolo staircase in addition to all the sights on the standard tour.
    Itinerary
    Pass By:  
    Piazza San Marco
    Passing by during walking tour
    Stop At:  
    Basilica di San Marco
    With Skip-the-Line Access at St. Mark’s Basilica, you can discover the church’s dazzling gold-inlaid dome.
    Duration: 30 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Ponte di Rialto
    Passing during the walking tour
    Duration: 10 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Casa di Marco Polo
    Passing by during the walking tour
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Campanile di San Marco
    Passing by during the walking tour
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo)
    Passing by during the walking tour
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Campo San Luca
    Passing by during the walking tour
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Agenzia Gondolieri Travel
    You will enjoy a shared gondola (when option chosen) tour of the waterways with a real local gondoliere. We’ll start on Venice’s main thoroughfare, the much-traveled Grand Canal, where we’ll see such sights as Santa Maria della Salute Church, a 17th-century Baroque building constructed by lucky plague survivors to thank God for sparing their lives. Next, we’ll veer off down the quieter minor canals where we’ll float lazily by more iconic city sights and under its famous bridges. You will catch views of the dazzling Fenice Opera House and Theatre, the former home of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Venice, the magnificent Church of San Moisè and the gothic style Bauer Palace.
    Duration: 30 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    • 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.
    • Only small bags are allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • If you have selected the Gondola Ride Option: Please note that the Gondola ride cannot operate during heavy rain or adverse weather conditions. In this case either an alternate date or a partial refund will be provided to clients
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
    • OPERATED BY City Wonders Ltd
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

    Learn more about cancellations.


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    Traveler Tips


    • "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." See review
    • "Meeting place was easy to find and check in was quick." See review
    • "St. Mark Basilica is beautiful and a must visit place if you are in Venice." See review

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    star-5
    Real Venice and fantastic
    Heather_W
    , 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 & 13) learned a ton also, even in the rain.Grazie!
    star-5
    Perfecto
    Ed_G
    , 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.
    star-4
    Great Value for Money
    justinkalk
    , Oct 2019
    Our first time visiting Venice. This was a great half-day tour, and the guide was excellent. Great value for money.
    star-5
    Lovely Venice
    Inspire624528
    , 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.
    star-5
    Very Informative!
    Janice_H
    , 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!
    star-5
    ONLY WAY TO GO
    Diane_L
    , 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 & get lost on your own..........knowing that you only saw the bests.
    star-2
    Venice Guide Walking Tour
    Gordon_B
    , Sep 2019
    POOR - Misleading as labeled Doge's Palace OR Gondola Ride We wanted Gondola Ride but City Tours did not offer it .....................
    star-5
    Take this if you want to cover Venice in 3 hours
    Siddharth M
    , Aug 2019
    Guide was very knowledgeable. Provided overall history of Venice and also visited Marco Polo's birthplace and the oldest Inn in Venice.
    star-1
    Failed tour
    VONNIE_C
    , Aug 2019
    The instructions for meeting our tour guide was very confusing and even after asking local vendors for directions we did not meet with a tour guide. We even inquired at Doge's Palace if we could go in since we had paid for a tour and did not meet the guide. We were not allowed in. It was very disappointing since this was my first visit to Venice and I probably won't ever be able to visit again. Viator refused to give us a refund and offered another scheduling of this tour which was impossible as we were leaving Venice in two days. I was disappointed in Viator response and don't know that I will refer anyone to them.
    star-5
    Informative and well organised
    Peterson_R
    , 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!

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