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Venice in a Day Tour with St Mark's, Doge's Palace and Gondolas

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Venezia, Italy
Venice in a Day Tour with St Mark's, Doge's Palace and Gondolas

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Discover several Venetian attractions in one itinerary with this full-day tour. Visit St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Basilica, and the Rialto Bridge with an art historian guide leading the way. Stroll along Venice’s romantic canals and climb aboard a gondola for a scenic boat ride. After free time for lunch, skip the line for instant access into Doge’s Palace to see Casanova’s prison cell and walk across the Bridge of Sighs.
  • Maximize time in Venice with a comprehensive tour
  • Explore St. Mark’s Basilica with an art historian guide
  • Board a gondola for a scenic ride on the canals
  • Learn about the history of Doge’s Palace and see Casanova’s prison cell
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Gondola ride
Professional art historian guide
Small-group size, maximum 18 participants
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Between the two big columns in St. Mark’s Square

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Return Details San Marco, 1, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Since we will be entering a church, please make sure that your shoulders and knees are covered. Also, please refrain from bringing big back packs or bags, because they are not always allowed inside.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
  • OPERATED BY The Roman Guy
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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Venice in a Day Tour with St Mark's, Doge's Palace and Gondolas?
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
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What is the policy on sanitization during Venice in a Day Tour with St Mark's, Doge's Palace and Gondolas?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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What is the social distancing policy during Venice in a Day Tour with St Mark's, Doge's Palace and Gondolas?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Venice in a Day Tour with St Mark's, Doge's Palace and Gondolas?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "I would recommend Guida T. as an excellent tour guide." See review


25 Reviews
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Amazing tour!
, Oct 2021
Fantastic day!!! Our guides were incredibly knowledgeable, friendly, engaging, and fun to spend the day with. Real professionals. I’d highly recommend as a great way to cut the lines and see the “must do’s” within Venice in short order but also with a good amount of depth. The gondola ride was also a lot of fun!
The tour guide was very...
, Sep 2021
The tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend this tour. She was excellent.
History lesson with a Gondola ride
, Aug 2021
Grace was a lovely guide during our 6+ hour excursion. Her knowledge of the Doge and palace was extensive. The 25ish minute gondola ride was the perfect length, and it was fun to have a view of the city from the canals. Overall we had a great experience.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thanks so much for joining us for this tour! We're glad you enjoyed the tour with Grace and the Gondola ride! We agree seeing the city from the canals is a great experience!
Excellent small group tour guide
, Jan 2020
Hello, I have taken a few tours with different companies. I have given the tour of Venice, Italy by Guida T. a five star rating. She was friendly, spoke clear English, interacted with each person in our party in a friendly playful way, I was a part of a six-person group. Guida was more then willing to answer any questions, she was very knowable about the history of Venice with the Doge who ruled along with surrounding countries as they related to Venice, she provided pictures as she talked so we could envision what it looked like back in the history. We went to the main church, museums, walk around the city to other important location like the opera house. It was a four-hour tour with a break for lunch. I would recommend Guida T. as an excellent tour guide.
A wonderful introduction to Venice!
, Jan 2020
This tour a great way to see several of the key sites around Venice. We had two different guides during the day (Natalia and Chiara), both were knowledgeable and professional. My wife and I really liked to the high level of detail given by both guides that were happy to answer any questions. Our time spent at St Marks Basilica and the Doge's Palace were enhanced by having a guide. I would very much recommend to anyone for their first day in Venice on holiday.
Great tour.
, Nov 2019
The guide was very knowledgeable and even had our children get involved. Our guide rearranged our tour to accommodate the high water and everything worked perfectly. We were able to see all of the attractions thanks to her.
Great tour
, Oct 2019
The trip was great and the tour guide excellent. I only wish they had said that they were going to put 6 people in one gondola as I would have paid extra to be just my wife and I alone on our 40th wedding anniversary. Weather was perfect
, Oct 2019
SUMMARY: The morning part of the tour was horrible, but the afternoon part (The Doges' Palace) was great! Overall Poor because of the morning. First, the meeting point: if you take a water taxi, the disembarkation point puts you right at the meeting point. If you walk from the west, when you enter the piazza San Marco, you CANNOT SEE THE TWO LARGE COLUMNS. There are, however, literally HUNDREDS of columns around the piazza, so we (and several other people) were waiting inside the piazza on the south side. When we did not see the tour guide after a while, I eventually found the other side, so when we arrived, we were 4 minutes late. Our tour guide was angry about it, never introduced herself, argued that the Large columns are "the only columns here", and generally made the tour unpleasant to begin with. Then, the basilica tour skipped a LOT of the basilica. The walking part was okay, but the gondola ride was HORRIBLE! First, a gondola ride should be pleasant, romantic, and comfortable. However, on this tour, they cram five people in one gondola, which means only two people get to sit together comfortably, and the others have to sit on crappy little stools and get a generally poor experience. The gondolier on our boat provided a little bit of information, but several of the other people on the tour said their gondolier was on his ear bud the whole time and said absolutely nothing to them throughout the ride. The next day, we hired a completely separate gondola to take a ride with just the two of us, and it was fantastic! DO NOT TAKE THIS TOUR FOR THE GONDOLA RIDE, because it was a complete waste of money. Again, the afternoon tour of the Doges Palace was interesting, beautiful, and informative, and the tour guide was wonderful. She is the only reason this tour was not rated overall as ZERO stars!
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Kiara and beautiful Venice
, Aug 2019
this is a must do. the tour is perfectly curated to give us history, stories, marvels, little insights and secrets. he guide kiara is lovely. she knows how to give us time and yet not be late. she just had a way with people , each one of us. the tour itself is seeped in history and architecture and marvellous. highly recommended.
Thorough tour
, Jun 2019
This tour is a great tour giving you the highlight of the main attractions of Venice. The tour guides are informative and courteous not rushing and helping people find elevators and places to sit with walking problems. I like the no line entry to St Mark's. The Gondolas were Ok, just wish the gondoliers would dress more to the type imagined and maybe sing. LOL

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