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Venice Gondola Ride and St Mark’s Basilica And The Doge’s Palace Tour: Skip-the-Line!

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Key Highlights

  • Embark on a classic gondola ride and follow it up with visits to two of Venice’s most famous sites
  • Pre-book your gondola to avoid in destination hassles
  • Take in the magnificent views of the palazzos from the gondola
  • Enjoy 30 minutes Classic gondola ride along the Grand Canal and smaller canals
  • Marvel at the fabulous treasures and learn about politics and scandals in old-time Venice
  • Enjoy a 2-hour walking tour of St. Mark’s Square, inside the Saint Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace
  • Smartphone voucher accepted - no need to print!
  • Overview

    Enjoy an epic Venice tour that combines a classic gondola ride and skip-the-line, guided visits to two of the main Venice attractions – St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace.

    Be transported back in time as your gondolier propels you along and feel part of an ancient Venetian tradition as you experience Venice the way the locals did for more than a thousand years.

    Sit back and take in the views as you pass by the romantic façades. See the gondolier skillfully steer the gondola through the intricate waterways while you get involved in their friendly banter. As you glide along the Grand Canal, look up at the glorious palazzos above you.

    After the gondola ride, join an English speaking guide who will take you on a walking tour. Rush past the long queues and enjoy fast track entry to the greatest of Venice’s monuments, the St. Mark’s Basilica and save your greatest admiration for its most precious possession – the eye-popping Pala d'Oro, an exquisite altar screen made from hundreds of pieces of enamel stuck onto gold leaf and enriched precious gems.

    Continue your tour to another of Venice’s major attraction, the Doge’s Palace once the residence of the Doge, the Chief Magistrate and leader of the Venetian Republic. Skip the line and explore the lavish chambers including the magnificent Golden Staircase, the world’s largest oil painting, ‘Paradise’, the prison from where the adventurer and womanizer Giacomo Casanova made a brilliant escape, and the renowned Bridge of Sighs!

  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?

    01 Apr - 31 Oct: Daily


    Gondola Ride: 30 minutes
    Walking Tour: 2 hours

    Start time

    Monday to Saturday:
    Gondola Ride :9:40am
    Saint Mark's Basilica Doge's Palace: 11:15am
    Gondola Ride: 11:00am
    Saint Mark's Basilica Doge's Palace: 2:00pm

    Meeting Point

    Meet at Campiello Del Traghetto, 2467 - Santa Maria Del Giglio Gondola park next to the Hotel Gritti Palace. Look for the assistant with the orange umbrella holding a sign with the name of the tour on it.

    Ending Point

    At the exit door of the Doge's Palace that’s called Porta della Carta

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • All entrance fees
    • 30 minutes Classic Gondola ride
    • Walking tour with English speaking guide
    • Skip-the-line ticket into St Mark's Basilica
    • Audio headset for tour commentary
    • Skip-the-line ticket into the Doge's Palace
    • Guided tour to St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace


    • Upper floor of St Mark’s Basilica
    • Secret itineraries of Doge's Palace
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    • Food and Drink
  • Please note

    Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or a tablet you can present the voucher on your device for this activity.

    Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour to confirm the departure details.

    Please reach the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to the start time.

    The gondola ride is not a private tour, so you will have others along to make it all the more festive and fun! The maximum number of people is 6.

    Seating is on first come first served basis and left to the discretion of gondolier in order to balance the load on Gondola.

    There is no serenade (singing) on this Gondola option. Generally Gondoliers do not provide commentary.

    Large bags and rucksacks are not allowed inside the Basilica, shoulders and knees must be covered when entering into churches. Please deposit before tour departs.

    You will be given a map at the first meeting point which will indicate the meeting points for the other tours.

    This tour does not have wheelchair access.

    If you wish to spend more time inside the Doge's Palace independently after the tour your museum pass will allow you to do so.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.Getting to the Meeting Point:
    Arriving by Boat (Vaporetto): Take the No.1 boat and get off at the boat stop “Santa Maria Del Giglio”, walk straight down the small street “Calle Gritti”. At the end of the street you reach a small square with a church in front and a Well on your left. Turn left passing by the Well and the restaurant and walk back down the street to the water and the Grand Canal. Here you will find the Gondola Park.
    Arriving by water taxi: Ask the water taxi driver to drop you off at the Boat stop (Vaporetto) Santa Maria del Giglio and then follow instructions as per arriving by boat.
    Arriving by Foot: From Saint Marks square go under the arches and make your way towards the Correre Museum and take the last arch on the left of the square making your way to street “Calle Larga XX11 Marzo”. Continue along “Calle Larga XX11 Marzo” passing the church on your left and then cross the bridge near the gondolier park in front of Hotel Buaer, continue walking along to the very end of the street which bears left and then right, cross over the small bridge and continue into the small square, here you will see a church in front of you and a Well on your left. Turn left and make your way to the water front to the Grand Canal. Here you will find the Gondola Park.
  • Customer Reviews
    • Our Tour Guide was Wonderful!

      Great experience and would recommend it to anyone!...

      Lynsey Flores, United States
    • Great tour!!

      The gondola ride was a good experience. Definitely on our bucket list. The St Marks Basilica and Doges Palace were excellent with a tour guide. I'm glad we had one. We learned...

      Shaun Sedgwick, Canada
    • This was an excellent way to do these activities with a minimum of fuss and we were well taken care of. It's great to have a skip the line option as well as having expert...

      John Wilson,
    • Good value for money easy to book

      sharon noble, United Kingdom, 03/Nov/2019