Venice Guided Walking Tour with St. Mark’s + Doge’s Palace or Gondola Ride
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Venice Guided Walking Tour with St. Mark’s + Doge’s Palace or Gondola Ride
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Venice Guided Walking Tour with St. Mark’s + Doge’s Palace or Gondola Ride

3 h
With guide
By walk
Instant confirmation
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Pass By: Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice Italy

Passing by during walking tour

Stop At: Basilica di San Marco, San Marco 328, 30124 Venice Italy

With Skip-the-Line Access at St. Mark’s Basilica, you can discover the church’s dazzling gold-inlaid dome and even have time to climb to the basilica’s terraces. Not covered on most tours, these spectacular terraces offer panoramic views of St. Mark’s Square and the city beyond.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Doge's Palace, Piazza San Marco, 1, 30124 Venice Italy

It all comes together at the Doge’s Palace, where the Duke of Venice once held court. This is the center of Venice’s history and identity as the world’s oldest republic. Once again you’ll skip the line outside, giving your guide more time to show you the rooms where history happened, as well as the Tintoretto and Veronese frescoes that make the palace fit for a Duke. As the tour concludes, you’ll feel the many facets of the Floating City combine into a beautiful, glittering whole.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Ponte di Rialto, Ruga degli Orefici (Rialto) San Polo, 30125 Venice Italy

Passing during the walking tour

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Casa di Marco Polo, Calle Scaleta, 30121 Venice Italy

Passing by during the walking tour

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Campanile di San Marco, Sestiere San Marco 328, 30124 Venice Italy

Passing by during the walking tour

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo, 6363 Venice Italy

Passing by during the walking tour

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Campo San Luca, San Marco District, Venice Italy

Passing by during the walking tour

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Gondolieri Travel, Rio Terà dei Franceschi, 4610, 30121 Venezia VE, Italy

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

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  • Professional guide
  • Small-group walking tour and Grand Canal water taxi ride (if tour option is selected)
  • 30 minutes shared Gondola Ride (if option is selected)
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica di San Marco
  • Entry/Admission - Doge's Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Gondolieri Travel
Not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • 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
Diane L
5 | 2019-09-17

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 and get lost on your own..........knowing that you only saw the bests.

Gordon B
2 | 2019-09-16

POOR - Misleading as labeled Doge's Palace OR Gondola Ride We wanted Gondola Ride but City Tours did not offer it .....................

Siddharth M
5 | 2019-09-02

Guide was very knowledgeable. Provided overall history of Venice and also visited Marco Polo's birthplace and the oldest Inn in Venice.

Peterson R
5 | 2019-08-09

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!

dimitri k
4 | 2019-08-08

Our version of this tour package included a water taxi ride and not a visit to Doge's palace. This was not clear form the description. I had to contact the company to verify this information. Tour was informative and involved visits to more unusual sites. Our tour guide (Carla) provide a lot of information about old and modern life in Venice.

Alex K
5 | 2019-08-01

We really enjoyed our walking tour with local Venetian guide Martina from who we learned a lot about well known and hideaway parts of Venice. Very informative and easygoing tour.

Maria M
5 | 2019-07-09

We had a really good time! Our guide, Natalia was really knowledgeable, explained a lot of details and was very friendly and happy to answer questions. We have been to Venice a couple of times before but this was definitively the best tour.

Godfrey B
5 | 2019-04-29

The tour was well organized. Meeting place was easy to find and check in was quick. Monica was an amazing guide . She is passionate and wants to share as much as she can. The trip takes you to a variety of places in the city . You learn a lot but you have fun along the way. We had limited time so this was the best way to see as much as we could . We recommend this tour .

5 | 2018-09-24

Best way to see Venice and go on a gondola ride!

Steven P
5 | 2018-06-11

This was a good tour. I would recommend this if you are spending just a day there.

Judith D
5 | 2017-10-18

Superb overview of the islands of Venice.

Lindsey G
5 | 2017-10-17

This was our first tour in Italy. Lots of knowledge and skipping the line! I suggest it!

Jenny G
5 | 2017-10-06

This is a wonderful way to get to know the city. The guide was wonderful. I highly recommend.

Jacqueline M
5 | 2017-10-03

Excellent walking tour of the most beautiful city of Venice. The length of the tour was perfect, and the gondola ride was a nice, restful, ending.

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