Venice in a Day Tour with St Mark's, Doge's Palace and Gondolas

The Best Venice Walking Tour

With our Venice in a Day tour, you’ll experience all of Venice’s major attractions, plus local gems. Experience St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace, Rialto Bridge and a relaxing gondola ride.

Active

While this is a walking tour, there are no hills, so it is pretty smooth walking.

6 h
max 18
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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Gondola Ride
St Mark's Basilica
Doge's Palace
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.

 
 
 

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