Gondola Ride & Basilica

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PreviousJune 2023

Why this tour?

A combined tour that allows you to discover the famous waterways of Venice, and the glorious Saint Mark’s Basilica. 
This tour is divided into two parts. From a centrally located meeting point you will enjoy a view of the city from the water, on board a shared Gondola, on your return to the starting point at San Moisè square, you will go on to visit the interiors of Saint Mark's Basilica, discovering the Byzantine history, the Golden Pall (Pala d'Oro) and the glittering mosaics.

You will be assisted in boarding the Gondola, one of the most recognized symbols of Venice - up to 6 people per Gondola - at the landing stage of San Moisè. Experience how the locals were transported by these beautiful black, elegant rowing boats, throughout history. The Gondola originally built to navigate the canals of this unique city and still hand built in same way today, is recognized world-wide. With less than 500 Gondolas and Gondoliers remaining, it is an experience that you must not miss. You can be expected to admire the minor canals in the heart of Venice, soaking up the atmosphere of days gone-by, you will cover a short stretch of the Grand Canal, the most famous canal in the world, and then back through the narrow waterways return to the starting point in this 30 minute ride. Feel part of an ancient Venetian tradition and experience Venice from the water!

Once disembarked from the Gondola, you will need to make your way back to the Clock tower of Venice, in Saint Mark’s Square, and from there will be accompanied to the Basilica, once the private chapel of the Doge of Venice, and the only one of its kind in Italy, thanks to the sumptous golden mosaics and impressive marble inlay flooring. 
During the tour you will be able to sit down in the church and absorb the atmosphere whilst listening to your guide who will describe the biblical scenes represented throughout the building, together with history and particularities of this ancient Basilica. 
The tour includes the visit of the famous Pala d'Oro, an altarpiece made of gold and silver and an exquisite example of Byzantine art with a myriad of gems and precious stones.

This 1 hour and 30 minute combined tour concludes outside the Basilica, in Saint Marks Square.


Combined Gondola ride and walking tour of Saint Mark's Basilica;
Admission to, and fully guided tour of Saint Mark's Basilica, the Mosaics and Pala d'Oro;
Gondola Ride along the Grand Canal and the minor canals;
Pick up from a centrally located meeting point;
Live audio commentary in the Basilica.


Guided tour of Saint Mark's Basilica and admission fees;
Skip-the-line entrance to the Basilica;
Personal audio system and headset for tour commentary;
Live tour commentary provided in English, French, Spanish or German.


The gondola ride is not a guided tour;
Hotel pick-up and drop-off;
Food and drink;
Optional gratuities;
Admission to the upper floor of the Basilica.

Essential Information

Check-in is 15 minutes prior to booked tour start time;
Shared gondola with max. 6 people per gondola;
This activity is not wheelchair accessible;
Shoulders and knees must be covered inside the Basilica;
Backpacks are not allowed inside the Basilica;
You should wear comfortable walking shoes;
From the 1st of November to the 31st of March there is no skip-the-line entrance to the Basilica;
You should wear comfortable walking shoes;
The tour will not operate in the event of bad weather, high tide or gondoliers' strike.

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