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Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride

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Venezia, Italy
 Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride
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icon7 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

First time in Venice? Maximize your time in the city with a full-day itinerary that ticks off all the most memorable attractions. Stroll across the Rialto Bridge and browse the lively Rialto fish market, then hop aboard a traditional gondola for a romantic cruise along the Grand Canal. Next, access St. Mark’s Basilica and gaze down over the city from the cathedral’s rooftop terrace. Finally, enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the grandiose Doge’s Palace. This small-group tour is limited to 20 people ensuring a personalized experience.
  • Full-day ‘Venice in One Day’ sightseeing tour
  • Witness local life on a walking tour of Venice’s colorful neighborhoods and the Rialto markets
  • Cruise along the Grand Canal on a romantic gondola ride
  • Visit St. Mark’s Basilica and take in the views from the terrace
  • Explore the magnificent Doge’s Palace on a guided tour
  • Small-group tour limited to 20 people ensures a personalized experience

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour combines a trio of essential Venice experiences with the intimacy of a small group.
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Venice walking tour including local Venetian English speaking guide
Venice gondola ride with no more than 6 people (unguided)
Small groups of 20 people or fewer for walking section
Headsets when necessary
Gratuities
Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
Lunch
Transportation in between the tours
Campo S. Giacomo di Rialto, 255 , Campo S. Giacomo di Rialto, 255, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy

At the central fountain of Campo San Giacomo di Rialto (Campo San Giacometto).

8:30 AM
Metropolitan City of Venice , Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

St. Mark's Square

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • St. Mark's Basilica can be subject to unforeseen closures due to particular liturgical celebrations. In the case in which the basilica is closed, we will give you explanations from the outside.
  • Please note that lunch is not included on this tour. We have allowed time for you to eat lunch between the AM and PM tours. Your guide will give you recommendations and tell you where to meet after lunch but please be aware that it is your responsibility to arrive at the meeting point in time for your PM tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • The prisons and the armory of the Doge's Palace are not wheelchair-accessible, as a result of which we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on this tour.
  • Please remember that the basilica is a holy place and attire must be appropriate: Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress. Backpacks are prohibited inside of St. Mark's Basilica.
  • This tour runs rain or shine. However, please note that the gondola ride cannot operate during heavy rain or high tides. In this case we will provide an alternative itinerary.
  • After your 2-hour exploration of Venice, your guide drops you off at the Gondola Stand for a relaxing gondola ride. The guide will not be with you on the gondola.
  • Backpacks are prohibited inside of St. Mark's Basilica.
  • Walks complies with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to Italy government guidelines for the most up to date information
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Walks - Italy, Spain & Greece
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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride.

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Traveler Tips


  • "The tour is long, so come with comfortable shoes and after a good breakfast." See review
  • "Have lunch in St Mark’s Square during the break and people watch!" See review

Reviews

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star-5
Mattie was an excellent...
Kimla_K
, May 2022
Mattie was an excellent guide - gave a great perspective and interesting cultural experience - not a “canned” presentation.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Interesting walking tour
Linda_K
, May 2022
Very good way to get your bearings around the city. Queue jumping for St Mark's Basilica and The Doge's Palace was great. Excellent Guide and the day was not too rushed
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent Tour of Venice
Richard_S
, May 2022
Giuliano was an excellent tour guide!! Very knowledgeable and also funny☺. He was very accommodating to everyone on the tour! Such a very unique and amazing city!
star-4
Venice in a day
George_G
, May 2022
Tour guide was very informative and full of useful tips. Would recommend maybe not suitable for elderly as a lot of walking.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Wonderful at our!
Amanda_B
, May 2022
Thorough and wonderful highlight of key places in Venice. Tour guide was informative and engaging. Thanks
star-5
Highly recommend!
Lucy_O
, May 2022
Mat our tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and despite a rainy day during the tour made it enjoyable and interesting. A great way to get to know Venice.
star-5
Venice
Robert_W
, May 2022
Ok - lots of walking, very interesting history. I don’t want to add more words. Tide jjft bad fvcse the iffy is that I don’t have to go back home 🏠
star-5
Wonderful Tour of Venice
Shawn_R
, May 2022
This tour was wow! We didn’t have much time in Venice so doing this tour helped us see so many wonderful things in one day. It was definitely a busy day but our tour guide, Elisabetta, made it very fun and incredibly interesting and informative.
star-4
Venice in a day
james_a
, May 2022
This was a very good tour all round .The meeting point we found hard to find - a signpost would have helped saying Viator meeting point - apart from that we really enjoyed this tour . Our guide was called Matteo and he was very informative and well spoken - took us on a walking tour - Rialto market and various landmarks explaining everything - we then had a lovely gondola ride before a 90 min approx break for lunch ( do what you want ) then went onto St Marks- terrace walk was not included - this would have been nice to have done - then went onto Doges palace and tbe prison cells- tour finished about 315 and was enjoyable with a great guide
star-5
Informative Tour! Nico was a great guide!
Christina_C
, May 2022
Nico was an amazing guide! We learned so much on the trip! The format of the tour was perfect for me. First we did the walking tour for a while, stopping every so often for Nico to explain things. Then we took a break for about an hour and a half or so to have lunch on our own. After that, we regrouped to go see St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace. This format with the break in the middle kept the tour from being overwhelming for me, as has been the case with other tours. There were also a couple of other short 5-10 minute breaks during the tour to use the restroom or get a drink.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Christina_C, We are thrilled to read you found our Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride to be such an informative and enjoyable tour, as it means we have achieved our goal. We are also happy to hear you enjoyed spending time with Nico so much, and hope we will have the opportunity to walk again together soon! Kindest regards,

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