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

Venice, Veneto (673)


Venice in a day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace, and Gondola ride


Tour Duration: 390 min

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

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.

What's included

Below are items that the provider has stated are included with Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride at no additional cost

  • Venice gondola ride with no more than 6 people (unguided)
  • Small groups of 20 people or fewer for walking section
  • Venice walking tour including local Venetian English speaking guide
  • Headsets when necessary

What's NOT included

Below are items that the tour provider of Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ride has stated that may cost an additional fee if desired.

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
  • Lunch
  • Transportation in between the tours

Points Of Interest

  • 120 minutes: Your tour starts at ground level with a guided walking tour of the city's most famous and most interesting sights. See the Rialto Bridge and learn about Venice's food culture at the Rialto Fish Market. Along the way hear tales of famous Venetians like Marco Polo as well as how Venice came to be—and how it survived against the odds.
  • 35 minutes: As your walking tour ends, take a gondola ride and cruise along the Grand Canal and into the quieter back canals of the city with a maximum of 6 people per vessel.
  • 15 minutes: Pause for a break. While it's not included in the tour, your guide will share plenty of great recommendations on where to grab a coffee and a snack.
  • 60 minutes: After the break, reconvene at St. Mark's Square and enter St. Mark's Basilica to explore its stunning history, architecture, and art with your guide.
  • 100 minutes: Then it's on to Venice's other top sight—the Doge's Palace. Skip the line with pre-reserved tickets and enjoy the benefit of having an expert local guide as you navigate council rooms, audience halls, and masterpieces by Veronese and Tintoretto.

Additional Information

  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience