Venice in a Day Combo Tour with Gondola Ride

Our best walking tour in Venice with St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace

5 / 5 See All 21 Reviews · 6.0h 18 max · Venice, Italy

We've combined our Venice Highlights Tour with Gondola Ride and our Skip the Line Doge's Palace Tour into one package at a reduced rate.

Itinerary

What you will see on this tour

  • St. Mark's Square
  • St. Mark's Basilica
  • Hidden Canals
  • Rialto Bridge
  • Rialto Neighborhood
  • Hidden Gems of Venice
  • Gondola Ride
  • Lunch Break
  • Doge's Palace
  • Bridge of Sighs

This full day tour is the best way for those only staying a few days to see all of Venice’s highlights. Cover all of the Floating City’s main attractions and spend the rest of your time in Venice enjoying aperitivo and cicchetti. This six-hour tour includes:

  • - Skip the line St. Mark’s Basilica tickets
  • - Venice walking tour
  • - Venice gondola ride
  • - English-speaking guide

Meet in St. Mark's Square

Your Venice in a Day Tour begins in St. Mark’s Square, Venice’s central public plaza. Your guide will teach you the history of this iconic piazza, home to St. Mark’s Basilica. Known as “The Church of Gold”, St. Mark’s Basilica’s elaborate design features gold mosaics and marble slabs. Skip the line during the busy summer months and learn about the basilica’s storied history.

 

*St. Mark’s Basilica does not offer skip the line entry to tour groups during the off-peak season (November thru March).

 

Please note: As St. Mark’s Basilica is a place of worship, men and women must have their knees and shoulders covered once inside. Failure to do so may result in refusal of entry to a portion of the tour. We understand that summers in Venice are hot and recommend bringing a shawl or sweater for covering.

Walk to Rialto Bridge

After your visit to St. Mark’s Basilica, you’ll follow your local guide through Venice’s back alleyways to the iconic Rialto Bridge. Learn history and lore surrounding this gorgeous bridge as you cross into Venice’s popular Rialto neighborhood. Don’t forget to ask your guide for information on the neighborhood’s best eateries and wine bars so you can return later.

Hidden Gems of Venice

Experiencing some of the many things to do in Venice doesn’t always involve going where all the crowds are. Our guides will take you down the back streets of Venice, where you’ll find places that are less obvious to the average tourist. You’ll see Venice in a day as the locals know it.

Gondola Ride in Venice

When experiencing Venice, you absolutely must ride a gondola. We’ve included this experience in our Venice in a Day tour. As the first part of the tour concludes, your tour guide will bring you to a trusted Venice gondolier who will take you on a scenic cruise down Venice’s beautiful canals. After experiencing this bucket list moment, you’ll break for lunch.

Break for Lunch

At the end of your gondola ride, grab some authentic Venetian cicchetti, a slice of pizza or a panino (cost of lunch is not included in the price of the tour)  to pair with a glass of vino close to St. Mark’s Square. Your guide will then meet you near the original meeting spot as you prepare to visit Venice’s iconic Doge’s Palace.

Doge's Palace History

After lunch, explore the fascinating Doge's Palace, or "Duke's Palace." This Palace used to be the home of Venice's public admisnistration. At the same time, it operated as a prison, where some of Venice's criminals saw their last days. Explore the fascinating artwork of the Doge's Palace, and get a glimpse of the famous Bridge of Sighs, the bridge that connects Doge's Palace to its prison.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

Between the two big columns in St. Mark’s Square - located on the side of St. Mark's Square facing the canal. A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it. After the lunch break, 1:00 PM reconvene at the same meeting point.

What to bring?

Comfortable shoes and a desire to explore Venice.

Q: Is lunch included in the cost of the tour?

 

A: No, the cost of lunch is not included in the tour price. 

 

Q: Does the tour always skip the line?

 

A: Skip the line access to St. Mark's is offered during busier months. During November through March, St. Mark's Basilica does not offer skip the line entry to tour groups. This is because the lines are generally non-existent.

 

Q: What should I bring?

 

A: A sense of curiosity, comfortable shoes, your phone or camera and a water bottle. Don't bring large backpacks or bags, they are not always allowed inside St. Mark's Basilica.

 

Q: What should I wear?

 

A: Since St. Mark's is a sacred place, both men and women must cover their knees and shoulders. Otherwise, you may be refused entry to a portion of your tour. We understand the summers in Venice are hot - a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way, you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary. Remember to wear comfortable shoes, you'll be walking plenty on this tour of Venice.

 

Q: I have doubts about my mobility. Is this the right tour for me?

 

A: If you have reduced mobility, we suggest taking a private Venice tour. The itinerary is much more flexible and easily modified.

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9/5/2019
Ami
Excellent tour

Loved every minute of this tour. It literally covers all the major sights in Venice. You get to skip the line for everything. Our tour guide is what made this tour so amazing! Chiara was so passionate and smart. She made everything so interesting. She was highly intelligent and answered all of our questions. She knew her history and art so well and had a lot of heart. This tour is a lot of walking so wear comfortable shoes and come prepared. It is worth it!

8/26/2019
Vera L
Cool tour of Venice

This was definitely the best way to see Venice! We didn't have a lot of time and we wanted to see a lot, and we did! Our guide was fantastic and my kids loved the gondola ride. Definitely a bucket list item.

7/29/2019
Kar1589
Venice in a Day Tour with St Marks, Doge's Palace and Gondola Ride

What a great tour! We decided on this tour on our first day in Venice to give us some background information so we can then explore Venice on our own. Chiara gave us so much more than that! So knowledgable, fun, friendly and informative. She answered everyone's questions. She mixed in history with questions we were all wondering about such as garbage removal and deliveries to Venice. Highly recommend this tour!

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