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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

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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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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.
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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.
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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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  • "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

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star-5
A complete must
Michelle_w
, Aug 2022
What a truly amazing way to see Venice, this tour packed so much into the day. Our tour guide Giuliano was a perfect balance of amazing history and humour which really made the tour suitable for those craving history and others that perhaps just wanted to see the sites and get tips on places to eat and drink. It was a particularly warm august day but Giuliano ensured the comfort of all was accommodated and regularly asked if everyone was ok. The gondola ride was amazing and if you look at the prices for taking a ride it made this trip an absolute steal. There is a lot of walking involved but it was manageable for someone that is of normal fitness, just ensure sensible footwear and ladies take a cover up (if your in a vest top or strappy dress) as shoulders need to be covered in church. Please pass on my thanks to Giuliano for making our day so special Michelle & Stephen
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A great tour
Todd_W
, Aug 2022
The guide was very informative and took us to many things. We were able to skip the long lines and the Basilica and the Doge's Palace. The Gondola ride was very nice as well.
star-5
A fantastic overview of the beautiful city of Venice
Jacob_K
, Aug 2022
This tour was amazing. You hit all the major sites of Venice while learning and experiencing the beauty of Venetian culture. I would highly recommend! Our guide’s name was Elena and we was great; so passionate about the history and genuinely enjoyed taking us around the city, super knowledgeable too.
star-5
Great, well paced tour
Peter_A
, Aug 2022
A really nice, well paced whole-day tour with breaks for personal exploration and/or rest built in to make it a comfortable experience. Our guide, Roberta was fantastic, very knowledgeable and entertaining. If you only have one day in Venice, this is a great choice.
star-5
A day in Venice
christina_g
, Aug 2022
Informative guide kept us engaged and possessed an infinite knowledge of the history of Venice and it’s occupants. Have your walking shoes on it’s a long day with a lot to learn and see. The break for lunch was perfect! We found an amazing restaurant and had a window of time to shop in the area. The gondola was 30 minutes (I was expecting a short ride so it was a pleasant surprise to have this time to view Venice from the perspective of a gondola). I definitely recommend this tour it is worth the price!
star-4
The Catheral and palace...
EDMUND_T
, Aug 2022
The Catheral and palace were great. Wish the gondola ride was at the end was back to where we started from.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent Tour!
Kristen_B
, Aug 2022
A great tour around Venice with a knowledgeable local who ensured a great tour! We loved Virginia and all of the insights she had into history of Venice. This is a great tour of you are short on time but still want to get the full Venice experience!
star-5
Great in-depth explanation of nice highlights of Venice in only a day!
Susan_M
, Aug 2022
Francesca gave a rich history to all the stops and kept a comfortable pace while seeing so many key parts of Venice. San Marco Basilica was explained perfectly and the walk about Venice was great.
star-5
Great value for money.
Mark_G
, Aug 2022
Our Tour Guide “Matt” was extremely passionate & a great historian ‘geek’ (his words). He knew EVERYTHING about Venice and was very conscious about keeping the group together to ensure everyone had a good experience. Definitely recommend.
star-3
Would be better if it wasn’t a heat wave - read the room
Jennifer_K
, Aug 2022
Knowledgeable about the Doge Palace. Very conveyor of info about the city itself. Just was simply too hot and didn’t make enough stops for water or alter your for heat. Didn’t make adjustments for those who were hot or wanted to sit longer or seek shade.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A terrific time in Venice!
Joanne_S
, Aug 2022
We were so impressed by the skill of the gondolier and of course the knowledge and dynamic personality of our tour guide Mat.
star-5
Our guide was fantastic....
Denice_H
, Aug 2022
Our guide was fantastic. Very knowledgeable with little tidbits you wouldn’t hear anywhere except from a local.
star-5
Captivating Tour
MaiLy_V
, Aug 2022
This tour was fantastic thanks to our wonderful guide, Mosè who was sooo knowledgeable and incredibly passionate about Venice and its history. He made the tour very entertaining and interesting, his anecdotes were relevant, and fascinating and gave us a different perspective on Venice and the Venetians back then. We did the tour with our children (14 and 16) who both were as captivated as we were.
star-5
Great tour, worth the money.
Steve_R
, Aug 2022
Giuliano was a great guide,showing great knowledge of Venice of both the touristy parts and the off the beaten track. The tour itself was well organised with a two hour city tour in the morning,gondola ride and then skip the que tickets for St Marks and Doge's palace. Very impressed
star-5
Great tour!
Julie_F
, Aug 2022
Alexander, our guide, was amazing! Really enjoyed the gondola ride! Great overview of Venice and hits the highlights! Great tour especially if you do not have much time in Venice.
star-5
Mose is the best tour guide!
Mary_T
, Aug 2022
Mose was a fantastic tour guide. This is well worth the money and the time. A fantastic tour! We loved it.
star-5
Great experience with...
Faisal_A
, Jul 2022
Great experience with Nico. Fun, knowledgeable and friendly guide. Did a great job of showing us around and was easy to talk to. Tour itself was also very nicely organised. A great way to see some Venice's main sights and areas in a day.
star-5
Amazing Tour!
David_S
, Jul 2022
Tour was exceptional- so much to see and our wonderful tour guide was really engaging. It’s a lot of walking, but Venice is a walking city.
star-5
We had Nico as our tour...
Donald_G
, Jul 2022
We had Nico as our tour guide. He was fabulous, so friendly and knowledgeable. The best! Would definitely recommend!
star-4
Awesome tour of Venice
Jonathan_G
, Jul 2022
Awesome experience seeing the major highlights of Venice. Wonderful tour guide who was patient and made sure the group was together. I highly recommend it if you have only 1 day!

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