Classic Venice: Doge's Palace, St Mark's Basilica skip the line & Gondola

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PreviousMarch 2023

Why this tour?

Meet your professional guide in front of the Clock tower (not the bell tower) in Saint Marks square and start your combination tour discovering the buildings in the square and then we enter inside the Doge's Palace "Palazzo Ducale", a magnificent combination of Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance architecture, the centre of the Venetian Empire and the seat of the Venetian Government. It was once the residence of the Doge, the elected ruler of the city.

Listen to our informative guide as you pass through its lavish chambers, which display masterpieces by Tintoretto, Titian and Veronese.
Hear about the different roles played by the Doge and his counsellors, be entertained by our informative guide and learn about the history of the Venetian legends as you walk through the eerie, narrow passageways towards the prison cells whilst learning about the prisoners and of course, Casanova, perhaps Venice's most famous and intriguing escapee.

The tour then continues into Saint Marks Basilica, which majestically symbolizes the lagoon and enshrines the city’s history and Saints relics.
With its awe – inspiring gold mosaics our talented guide will walk you through the church.

At 1:00 pm you will end the first part of the tour and you will have approx 2 hours free time to stroll around Saint Mark's square, to have lunch (not included) or to visit the Correr museum on your own already included with the Doge's Palace ticket.

The second part of your combined tour is the classic gondola ride at 3:00 pm or 5:15 pm
The appointment will be 15 min before the departure time behind the Correr museum in Saint Marks square (in front of the post office).
On this unique exploration of the Venetian romantic canals, unwind and relax into the gentle rhythms and movements of the Grand Canal, appreciating the skill involved in steering the gondola through the intricate waterways of the city.
As you sit back and take in the views, you will inevitably become involved in the friendly banter of the gondoliers - as much a part of Venetian culture as the gondola itself!

-> Doge's Palace & Basilica departure at 10:45 am
from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm approx 2 hours free time
-> Gondola ride departure at 3:00 pm (or you can choose the 5:15 pm departure)


30 minutes’ Classic gondola ride along the Grand Canal and smaller canals
2 hours walking tour of Saint Mark's Square, inside the Doge's Palace and the Saint Mark's Basilica
Skip-the-Line entrance to the Saint Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace
Admission fees
Live tour commentary in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish
Audio headset for tour commentary
Upstairs of Saint Marks Basilica is not included


The classic gondola ride is not guided
Secret itineraries of Doge's Palace – we do not enter into these rooms
Optional gratuities
Hotel pick up and drop off
Food and Drinks

Essential Information

-> Doge's Palace & Basilica departure at 10:45 am
-> Gondola ride departure at 3:00 pm or 5:15 pm

• Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time;
• This activity is not wheelchair accessible;
• This activity operates rain or shine;
• This tour in gondola is not guided. Shared gondola with max. 6 people per gondola;
• Shoulders and knees must be covered in the Basilica;
• Backpacks are not allowed inside the Basilica and Doge's Palace;
• On very few occasions Saint Mark's Basilica may be closed due to religious ceremonies, public holidays, private events or high water and we are not always informed in advance.
• At the end of the tour, keep your Doge's Palace ticket to visit: Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana in Saint Mark's square.


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