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Combo Tour: The Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica Tour with Gondola Ride

by Venice Tours
per adult Price was CA $161 Discount price is CA $143
Duration: 4h 45m Free cancellation available No Booking Fees E-voucher (printout not required) Offered in: English, French Offered in: English, French

Highlights

  • Emblematic landmarks of the ancient empire of Venice

  • The Doge's Palace, centre of the city's political power

  • Treasures of the always impressive St. Mark's Basilica

  • Traditional gondola ride along the celebrated canals

  • Hidden waterways & several spots inaccessible by foot

  • Entrance ticket valid for the Doge’s Palace, Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana

Highlights

  • Emblematic landmarks of the ancient empire of Venice

  • The Doge's Palace, centre of the city's political power

  • Treasures of the always impressive St. Mark's Basilica

  • Traditional gondola ride along the celebrated canals

  • Hidden waterways & several spots inaccessible by foot

  • Entrance ticket valid for the Doge’s Palace, Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana

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10:45 AM, Tour in English

Duration 4h 45m

Live Commentary in English.

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Total price is CA $142.61, taxes included

No booking or credit card fees

10:45 AM, Tour in French

Duration 4h 45m

Live Commentary in French.

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Total price is CA $142.61, taxes included

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Combo Tour: The Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica Tour with Gondola Ride

Activity Location

Piazza San Marco

Venezia 30124

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • The clock tower in Saint Mark's Square. DO NOT GO TO THE BELL TOWER

    146 Piazza San Marco

    Venezia 30124

  • Gondola Ride

    Calle Larga Ascensione

    Venezia 30124


Description

Tour the 2 most prominent monuments in Venice—the majestic Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. Get up-close and personal to access areas normally closed to the public. Skip notoriously long lines to ensure a meaningful experience in these monuments to Venetian glory.

Learn about the historical significance of the Duke's former home at the Doge's Palace, exploring paintings of past glories and admiring the rich décor of the Golden Staircase. Cross the Bridge of Sighs and follow in the footsteps of less-fortunate souls housed in the Palace of Prisons. You will have the opportunity to join an optional glassblowing demonstration at a glass factory very close to Saint Mark’s square.

Next, visit the grand St. Mark's Basilica. Marvel at the golden mosaics and marble floors as your guide explains the meaning behind the Biblical scenes and hidden details.

Finally, glide along the Grand Canal, venturing into small, peaceful waterways. Beautiful, hand-crafted wooden rowing boats trace their history back to the 11th century, when they were used as the primary means of public transport. There were as many as 10,000 active gondolas throughout the city in the 17th and 18th centuries. Admire majestic palaces and ancient bridges as an experienced gondolier guides you.


Inclusions

  • Guided tour of the Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica with a qualified and experienced guide

  • Skip-the-line ticket for the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark's Basilica

  • 30-minute shared gondola ride

  • Audio-receiver devices are included in case of groups over 10 people

  • Optional glassblowing demontration

  • Ticket for a self-guided visit to the Museum Correr, Biblioteca Marciana and Museo Archeologico

  • Audio commentary by mobile app for gondola ride


Exclusions

  • Meals and drinks

  • Guided tour of Museum Correr, Museo Archeologico and Biblioteca Marciana


Know Before You Book

  • Children aged 1 and younger are complimentary.

  • Unfortunately this tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities.

  • The gondola ride does not operate in case of exceptionally bad weather, high/low tide, or local gondoliers strike (in these cases it can be postponed or refunded)

  • In the case of unplanned church services or during days of exceptional high tide, access to St Mark's Basilica may not be possible. In this case, you may be offered an alternative visit or choose to take the tour another day.

  • You will receive an e-post with the codes to download the gondola commentary


Combo Tour: The Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica Tour with Gondola Ride ratings based on 56 Verified Reviews

3.8 out of 5

1/5 Nov. 12, 2019

This tour operator is absolute chaos! We arrived at the agreed meeting point, which was submerged under 18 inches of water, there was no one with identifiable apparel or signs. I had to get ahold of Expedia directly because the phone provided by Venice tours was disconnected. Then I was placed on hold by Expedia for more than 15 minutes while they tried to communicate with Venice Tours. They had arbitrarily moved the initial meeting point and left with out ya for the first part of the tour and the operator kept arguing with me that they were on time ... sure! Just not where they said they would be! Also their sign is a white sheet of paper with the word “TOUR” on it!, not Venice Tours, not Expedia... and It! Was not until I made a stink about their lack of communication & Poot organization that this person offered to give me the entrances to the Palazzo Ducale (the tour we missed) they would have kept those tickets which were over €15.- each... totally disgraceful behavior!!!!

4/5 Nov. 10, 2019

Cristina during the palace and the Basilica was good, there is always room for improvement but it was ok. The glass show was impressive, the maestro was really good with Murano glass. Gondola ride was very nice.

Eliana Z

Unites Emirates

3/5 Oct. 27, 2019

Organisation bien faite cependant l’excursion est proposée pour 4h45 mais ce n’est pas réellement puisque nous avons 2h d’attente après les visites de la basilique st marc et le palais des doges pour faire le tour en gondole.