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Heritage Charms: Super Saver Tour of Venice’s Best Treasures - Doge’s Palace, Golden Basilica, St. Mark’s Square, Rialto, Gondola Ride on Grand Canal and Glass Blowing

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Key Highlights

  • Enjoy the very best of Venice’s attractions with this super saver combo
  • Tour the enigmatic Doge’s Palace, the former seat of political power of the Venetian Republic
  • Revisit history with the Palace’s golden staircase, the Bridge of Sighs and the prison cellars
  • Explore the magnificent Golden Basilica, the model of Italo-Byzantine architecture
  • Get a chance to admire the grand Pala d’Oro, the high altar of the Church of Gold
  • Explore the Museo Correr along with its Imperial Rooms of Empress Sissi
  • Indulge in exploring Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana with your Royal Palace ticket
  • Experience an iconic Gondola ride on the Grand Canal waterways with enthralling commentary
  • See Desdemona and Mozart’s Houses, Teatro la Fenice, Peggy Guggenheim Palace and more
  • Visit the famed St. Mark’s Square and Rialto in a self-guided tour that lets you choose from 31 attractions
  • Indulge in one of the best kept secrets of Venice, the ingenious art of glassblowing at a traditional factory
  • Both printed or smartphone vouchers accepted!
  • Overview

    Venice is on everyone’s bucket list, whether old or young. Home to a rare ambiance of old-world charms and exquisite collection of spellbinding art, the city is as romantic as it gets. This fantastic saver combo tour is exactly what you need to experience the very best of Venice, all while saving yourself from splurging on sightseeing as well as madding crowds. The package includes Skip-The-Line guided tours of Doge’s Palace and Golden Basilica, an Entrance Ticket to the Old Royal Palace or Museo Correr, a guided Gondola ride with commentary as well as a Skip-The-Line access to experience the antique craft of Glassblowing! 

    TOUR I - Skip-The-Line Guided Tours of The Doge’s Palace and The Golden Basilica + Entrance Ticket to Museo Correr or Old Royal Palace

    Venice in a sublime vision in European and this tour treats you the city’s celebrated treasures. First up is the historic Palazzo Ducale or Doge’s Palace which had been the seat of political power for centuries. Home to the former supreme authority of the Venetian Republic, it acts as a museum presently, sharing with visitors a bite of its rich history and incredible wealth. Accompanied by a captivating commentary, our skip-the-line ticket ensures you enjoy the very best of this Venetian Gothic gem with an insider’s look into the palace’s collection of treasures, minus long queues. From the intricate detailing of the gold staircases to the mind-blowing realistic paintings, from the administrative chambers to the infamous Bridge of Sighs and the prison cellars which incidentally had also hosted the legendary Italian explorer, Giacomo Casanova, immortalised by the late Heath Ledger on celluloid.

    The tour also includes an Entrance Ticket to the Royal Palace or the Museo Correr where you can feast your eyes on stellar Imperial Rooms of Emperor Sissi as well as the impressive Neoclassical Rooms. You can also use the ticket to visit the 16th century Museo Archeologico Nazionale with its remarkable curation of art works, archaeological artefacts (some of them dating back to the 1st century), ceramics, statues and more, as well as “one of the earliest surviving public manuscript depositories” - the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana.

    The next part of our guided tour comprises the model of Italo-Byzantine architecture and a church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice - the ravishing Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark, nicknamed as the Chiesa d'Oro or Church of Gold. Thanks to our exclusive partnership with the Curia of Venice, you can experience one of the grandest cathedrals in the world with a privileged entry, avoiding the crowds and long queues. Admire the mesmerising gold mosaic floors, the eye-popping sculptures, a magnificent view of the Treasury and the collection of gems. Don’t forget to marvel at the unforgettable Pala d’Oro, the high altar which has been universally recognised as one of the finest specimens of Byzantine enamel work.

    TOUR II - Venetian Waterways and Grand Canal Skip-The-Line Tour by Gondola with Commentary

    The magic of Venice is incomplete without a Gondola promenade, and this tour treats you to just that with an enthralling commentary to get you acquainted with the charms of ‘La Serenissima’. Winding its way through the more secluded waterways of the renowned Grand Canal, passing under quaint bridges and by beautiful homes and art works, it’s a great way to explore the city’s gems all while avoiding the crowds.

    The city is shrouded in not just history but fascinating legends and myths as well, and this tour treats you to all of that and more. We will cross a host of renowned locations, including Basilica della Salute - locally known as Desdemona’s House and believed to be the home of the Desdemona from Othello, as well the musical genius Mozart’s House. The ride also crosses the world-famous Teatro la Fenice, an Italian opera house and an icon in the history of Italian theatre, and cruising along Rio de l'Alboro o de le Ostreghe or the canal of the tree, you can see one of the most visited attractions in Venice - the stunning modern art museum, Peggy Guggenheim Collection Palace.

    As a final tryst with the city’s inimitable beauty, you will pass by the marvellous Roman Catholic Church - the Santa Maria della Salute, and the gorgeous Punta della Dogana point from where you can savour a spectacular panorama of S. Giorgio’s Island, Saint Mark’s Campanile as well as Doge’s Palace.

    TOUR III - Saint Mark’s Square and Rialto Self-Guided Tour

    Our final treat on this tour is a self-guided walk through Rialto and St. Mark’s Square with a map of Venice which includes 31 points of interest in the city that you should definitely explore. An audio guide, an intriguing commentary and a well-laid out map is the best way to uncover the city’s enigma and this tour does just that for you. Take your time to soak up the most significant area in the city, from the Rialto Bridge with its typical Italian market, one of the most recognisable landmarks in Venice - the splendid Ponte dell'Accademia or the Accademia Bridge, and a host of other attractions that will get you up close and personal with Venice’s spellbinding heritage.

    TOUR IV - Skip-The-Line Visit to Glass Blowing Factory with Free Souvenir

    This tour arranges an encounter with one of the best kept secrets of Venice, the extraordinary art of glass blowing from the experts of Murano. Visiting a traditional glass blowing factory in the city, you can witness the processes and craftsmanship involved in this unique art. Regale in the history of glassblowing from the time of the Romans as you watch a master glassblower at work. Soak up the warmth of the furnaces, the infectious bustle around the factory, the genius skills of this hereditary skill and lose yourself to the ingenuity of a craft that is historic to say the least. The best part? You get to take home a memorable blown glass souvenir from this entrancing factory that is home to a generations of dexterity!

    About The Supplier: With over 20 years of experience in acquainting travellers with the magic of Venice, Venice Tours is a fantastic partner to experience the city with. Their vision is to share their love for the city and its romantic microcosm along with a rich history with one and all, leading to distinctive experiential tours.

  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?

    TOUR I :

    1 Apr - 31 Oct:

    English/ French/ German/ Spanish Tour: Daily except Sunday

    Italian : Saturday ( the visit is monolingual) 

    1 Nov - 31 Mar: 

    English Tour: Daily except Sunday 

    French Tour: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday

    German Tour: Monday & Friday

    Spanish Tour: Wednesday & Saturday

    TOUR II, TOUR III & TOUR IV: Daily

    Duration

    TOUR I & TOUR III: 2 hours

    TOUR II: The Gondola Ride lasts approximately 30 minutes.

    TOUR IV : 20 minutes

    Start time

    TOUR I: 10:45am

    TOUR II: 11:00am or 4:00pm 

    TOUR III: You are in control! Visit anytime you want!

    TOUR IV : 12:00pm (noon) & 2:30pm

    Meeting Point

    TOUR I: St. Mark’s Square - Clock Tower Near Exchange Office (the white building with the blue clock facade).

    Our assistant will wait you for with a signboard in which is written “TOUR”.

    TOUR II: Ground floor colonnade in front of Museo Correr Entrance – Saint Mark’s Square.

    Facing the Museo Correr’s Entrance you will see the Post office (POSTE ITALIANE) on your left. Our assistant will wait for you with a signboard in which is written “GONDOLA TOUR”.

    TOUR III: Saint Mark’s Square or Rialto Area

    TOUR IV: Close to the well of Bacino Orseolo, in front of the shop TESTOLINI BOTTEGA DELL’ARTE - address San Marco 1758.

    Our assistant will wait for you with a signboard in which is written “GLASS BLOWING TOUR.

    Ending Point

    TOUR I: St. Mark’s Area

    TOUR II: San Marco Area

    TOUR III: Saint Mark’s Square or Rialto Area

    TOUR IV: San Marco Area

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Skip-the-Line Ticket to Doge's Palace
    • Entrance ticket valid for unguided visit to the palaces around St. Mark’s Square
    • Skip-the-line 30-minute gondola ride (Ride back in time!)
    • Multilingual assistance for embarkation (Zero worries for you!)
    • Map with descriptions of attractions (You’ll never be lost!)
    • Written brochure and Commentary by App in multiple languages (Language barrier? What’s that?)
    • 31 attractions and points of interest to download on your mobile (Venice on your phone!)
    • Guided tour (English, French, German, or Spanish speaking) (as per the day of the week)
    • Self-guided tour complimented by mobile app with pictures and commentary (audio & written) in multiple languages
    • Glassblowing demonstration by a master artisan in a glass factory located in Venice
    • Small glass souvenir Brochure with description of the magic art of glassblowing
    • Multilingual assistance at the meeting departure for a skip the line service Multilingual commentary in English, Spanish, Italian and Japanese.

    Exclusions

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off (We bet you’ll be out and about!)
    • Meals (It’s still a feast for your senses!)
  • Please note

    Voucher Information: No need to print! You can show your voucher on your smartphone or other devices. (But if you’d rather print a copy – that’s fine too!)

    Since there are three individual tours that have been put together for this one, you can actually enjoy them conveniently on different days. All you have do is tell us your preferred days for each of the tours.

    Please remember to keep your vouchers ready for checking more than once as it includes a saver combo of multiple tours.

    Don’t forget to arrive at the departure point at least 15 minutes early to avoid getting late.