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Venice in a Day: Gondola Ride, St Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace and Grand Canal Cruise

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Key Highlights

  • Enjoy four of the best Venice experiences in one day!
  • Perfect for those who are short on time in Venice
  • Pre-book a classic gondola ride and avoid in destination hassles
  • Find out what makes St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace popular with guided visits to the buildings
  • Take in views of some of the most iconic monuments during a Grand Canal cruise in a motor launch
  • Enjoy 30 minutes’ Classic gondola ride along the Grand Canal and smaller canals;
  • Overview
    An epic Venice tour that brings four experiences in one, thus promising an unforgettable trip. Ideal for those who have limited time in Venice, enjoy a classic gondola ride, skip-the-line, guided visits to two of the main Venice attractions – St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, as well as a Grand Canal cruise in a private motor launch.

    A gondola ride down the famous Grand Canal is the perfect way to appreciate the vibrancy and charm of the city of Venice. Admire the gondolier’s skill as he steers the wooden rowboat through the intricate waterways and pass by the romantic façades. Sit back, take in the beautiful views and while you glide along the Grand Canal, look up at the glorious palazzos above you.

    After the romantic gondola ride, walk through the important buildings in the square till you reach at the entrance of St Mark’s Basilica. Rush past the long queues and enjoy fast track entry to the greatest of Venice’s monuments and save your greatest admiration for the Basilica’s 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.

    End the tour with a Grand Canal cruise and sail along some of the minor canals to see a hidden side of Venice which most tourists never see.
  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?

    01 Apr - 31 Oct: Daily

    Duration

    Gondola Ride: 30 minutes
    St. Mark's Basilica : 2 hours
    Grand Canal Cruise: 1 hour

    Start time

    Monday to Saturday: Gondola Ride: 9:40am, Walking Tour/St. Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace: 11:15am, Grand Canal Cruise: 4:30pm

    Sunday: Gondola Ride: 11:00am, Walking Tour/St. Mark's Basilica, Doge's palace: 2:00pm, Grand Canal Cruise: 4:30pm

    Meeting Point

    At the Santa Maria del Giglio Gondola park, Campiello Traghetto 2467, next to Hotel Gritti Palace. Look for our assistant who will be holding an Orange umbrella and a sign with the name of the tour on it.

    Ending Point

    In front of the Equestrian Monument of Vittorio Emanuele II along Riva degli Schiavoni

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • All entrance fees
    • Classic Gondola ride(30 minutes)
    • Live tour commentary provided in English
    • Skip-the-line ticket into St Mark's Basilica
    • Skip-the-line ticket into the Doge's Palace
    • Audio headset for tour commentary
    • Grand Canal Cruise in a private motor launch with English speaking guide

    Exclusions

    • Upper floor of St Mark’s Basilica
    • Gratuities
    • Secret itineraries of Doge's Palace
    • 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.

    The classic gondola ride is not guided.

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

    Backpacks are not allowed inside the Basilica and Doge's Palace.

    Shoulders and knees must be covered while entering into churches. Please deposit before tour departs.

    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.

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

    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.
    GPS Coordinates: 45.431652, 12.332986

  • Customer Reviews
    • Fantastic tour!

      Very well organised and our tour guide was fantastic. A great way to learn so much about such a beautiful city. Highly recommend....

      Catherine Martin, United Kingdom, 02/May/2018
    • Good tour

      The tour guide was great, entertaining and knowledgeable and the canal cruise gave another informative perspective...

      Michael Reed, Australia, 22/Sep/2017
    • great tour to see everything...

      David Sokolowski, United States, 20/Aug/2017
    • Easy online to get tickets and instructions to get tyhthere ere

      Mrs Fullard, Australia, 21/Sep/2018