Best Of Venice: Saint Mark's Basilica, Doges Palace with Guide and Gondola Ride

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From $145.00

10 reviews   (4.40)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 3 hours

Departs: Venice, Venice

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Is your time in Venice limited? Would you rather spend your days in Venice eating, drinking, shopping and relaxing? Many visit Venice for just a day or two, meaning time is restricted if you're wanting to squeeze in the main sights. Experience the best of Venice in 3.5 hours, leaving you ample time to wander down romantic canal sidestreets and enjoy yourself without any need to rush. This 2.5 hour tour includes:
• St. Mark's Square and St. Mark's Basilica
• Enjoy Skip the Line Entry into the Doges Palace
• An English-speaking professional guide
• A gondola ride

What's Included

Entry Into St Marks Basilica

Entry Into St Marks Basilica with Access to the Terrace

Gondola ride

Professional art historian guide

Skip The Line Entry in the Doges Palace

Small-group size, maximum 20 participants

What's Not Included

Food and drinks


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Traveler Information

  • CHILD: Age: 0 - 5
  • YOUTH: Age: 6 - 14
  • ADULT: Age: 15 - 99

Additional Info

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • 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.
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Our number 1 priority is for our customers to feel 100% safe during their experience with us. This is why we have implemented: -reduced group sizes, -enforce social distancing - masks are mandatory for both customers and guides - guides bring hand saniti
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • 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.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers

What To Expect

Basilica di San Marco
We provide the skip the line tickets, so walk right past the long queue and go right on inside. During November through March, St. Mark’s Basilica does not offer skip the line entry because lines are generally non-existent.

1 hours • Admission Ticket Included

Doge's Palace
As you explore the Doge’s Palace, you’ll hear about the wild ways of the Venetian Republic under the rule of elected magistrates. This tour not only showcases the interior of this ornate palace, but also goes in depth about the crime and legal system that was once in place in the city of Venice. Admire classic works of Venetian art and visit Doge’s Palace’s main sights, such as the Grand Staircase and the Bridge of Sighs.

1 hours • Admission Ticket Included

After your visit to St Marks and the Doges Palace conclude, it’s time to partake in that quintessential Venice activity. That’s right, step right up to your gondola boat! Left in the care of a trusted gondolier, enjoy the beauty of Venice from the water. Fun fact: in the Venetian dialect, “gondolier” translates into “rowing master”.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


Great experience!
Dolores_R, 27-07-2022
Arianna ( sorry if I spelled it wrong ) did a wonderful job of showing our group around. She answered questions and took the time to make food/shopping recommendations. It was the perfect tour, after the walking you get to rest your feet while on the beautiful gondola ride. Allow time for waiting for the ACTv boats, they make a lot of stops on the way to Marco
Best Tour Guide
G1328RMevelynb, 21-09-2021
Tour guide was incredible. She was so knowledgeable and patient and loved our questions. I would highly recommend this tour.
Venice Highlights Tour is a must! Our guide Roberta was awesome!
Steve5976, 07-08-2019
We thoroughly enjoyed our Venice Highlights tour with the The Roman Guy. Our tour guide Roberta, was incredibly informative and she really helped us appreciate all the amazing things Venice has to offer.

I recommend doing the tour early in your stay, as It truly helped us appreciate and understand the history of Venice and the people who live there. The Basilica was amazing! The Gondola ride was excellent! Roberta was the best tour guide for our adventures.
Great guide and fun gondola ride included
JeffreyB1801, 01-07-2022
The tour was really good. The guide provided a lot of information on the basilica, but I don’t know that there were any hidden gems. The gondola ride being included was very nice as it’s an easy check box for your trip, but the tour got a little weird when we wandered into a high end mall to see the bathrooms. It was nice to have a bathroom break, but it felt like a big non-sequitur.
A good highlights tour with a gondola ride
bayareagirl66, 27-07-2019
This is a good tour to get a brief overview of Saint Mark's square and surrounding areas. Our guide gave us lots of interesting information on the history and architecture of the area. The timing and pace were good and overall I thought it was a good value since the gondola ride was included.

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