Venice Combo Tour: Doge's Palace, Gondola, and Walking Tour

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Super Combo-Saver (2 hours and 45 minutes guided tour) with 'Skip the line' entrance to Doge's Palace, Gondola ride, and entrance to the Three Tops Saint Mark's Square museum. In this tour you will be able to discover its history with a qualified and experienced guide and after that you will enjoy a scenic walking tour of the area between Piazza San Marco and the Rialto Bridge. Glide along the Grand Canal on a gondola and venture into small, peaceful waterways discovering the hidden peculiarity of Venice.
The Palazzo Ducale represented for centuries the seat of the Venetian political power. In its splendid rooms, plastered and immersed in hundreds of painting masterpieces, the Duke and his Council controlled the fate of a thousand-year old republic. You will visit with a qualified and experienced guide who will show you the halls of power, plunging you into a very special historical context: the European Middle Ages and the immediately following centuries. You’ll be surprised at the rich details of the gold staircase, at the realism of the scenes depicted by many artists who have decorated this building, you will relive the anguish of the prisoners crossing the famous Bridge of Sighs, and entering the Venetian prisons, famous for hosting Giacomo Casanova. You will discover the way of life for the Venetians, with paintings, libraries, coinage, and sculpture. You will also have the opportunity to visit the area built by Napoleon and the rooms restored for Sissi, the Empress of Austria.  Entrance ticket also gives you access to the following palaces around St. Mark’s Square that you may visit by yourself: Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana. After the visit to the Doge Palace let your guide share her local knowledge with you while you visit the unusual and fascinating corners of Venice off the beaten track and where time seems to have stood still for centuries. You will enjoy a panoramic walking tour with  a qualified and experienced guide  of the area between Piazza San Marco and the Rialto Bridge, through a labyrinth of little canals, and sites of historic and artistic interest, passing by some special places: Teatro la Fenice (“The Phoenix”), one of the most famous opera houses in Europe, the site of many famous operatic premieres; Scala del Bovolo, a unique spiral staircase with a plethora of arches; Rialto Bridge and its typical shops, one of the architectural icons of Venice. The tour does not include the commentary on St. Mark’s Square.After that, you will take a gondola ride, in which you admire Desdemona’s House and Mozart’s House passing by the worldwide famous La Fenice Theatre proceeding along the Rio (Canal) “De le Ostreghe” leading into the most charming part of the Grand Canal, where you will admire the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. When you reach the Salute Church and Punta della Dogana you will enjoy a quick unique breathtaking view of S. Giorgio’s Island, Saint Mark’s with its Belltower and the Doge’s Palace.The days after the tour, you may visit the other magnificent palaces around St. Mark’s Square with the same ticket by yourself.

What’s included

  • Guided tour with commentary by a qualified and experienced guide. 
  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket to the Doge’s Palace
  • Entrance ticket valid to visit independently the palaces around St. Mark’s Square (Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana)
  • For security reasons sacks, bags or knapsacks are not allowed inside the Doges’ Palace. Deposit free inside
  • 30-minute gondola ride without commentary
  • Audio-receiver devices are included in case of groups over 10 people

What’s not included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks

Highlights

  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
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