Venice: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace, and Gondola Ride

Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours in Italy

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from$148.84
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If you only have a short time to explore Venice this tour is your perfect all-inclusive ticket to the top attractions of the city. Follow one of the expert, English-speaking guides to St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace, the Rialto Bridge and the Grand Canal (by gondola). You’ll also get to explore Venice at ground level on an intimate walking tour and learn about the history, culture, and cuisine of the floating city.
One day to see all the top attractions in Venice? The Venice In a Day Tour will take you to all the top attractions in the company of some of the best guides in the city. Start your day early on the Rialto bridge before the crowds arrive. After meeting your local Venetian guide and snapping some of those all-important pictures, its off to the Rialto Fish Market to learn about the rich culinary history of the city, get restaurant recommendations, and see how the chefs and mamas of Venice source their food.Next you’ll set off into the most authentic and atmospheric neighborhoods in Venice for an intimate walking tour that will acquaint you with the city at street level. Along the way you’ll see the childhood home of Marco Polo, the Venetian merchant who brought Europe the first account of China; and discover how the “Church of Miracles” got its name and much more.It’s not all walking though. Because Venice is as much in the sea as it is on the land you’ll step into a gondola (max 6 people per gondola) for a relaxing, all inclusive ride through the world-famous canals. Considering that independent rides usually cost around €80, this is quite a bargain. After disembarking, it’s time for some serious historical and artistic exploration. Visit St. Mark’s Basilica to gape at the incredible art and mosaics inside while hearing the unbelievable story of how Venice gained (and in some cases plundered) its treasures. Next, it’s on to the Doge’s Palace which was the center of Venice’s maritime empire for hundreds of years. As you wander the corridors of power your guide will fill you in on all the skulduggery that went on behind the scenes, from Casanova’s prison break to the Duke whose faced was blacked out of every portrait and painting.With expert, English-speaking, local tour guides and intimate groups of 15 people or fewer, you’ll see a side of Venice that few visitors ever get to experience. You'll be taken under the skin of the world’s most unique city, revealing the rich culture and history that sits just below the surface, just waiting to be discovered.

What’s included

  • Venice walking tour including local Venetian English speaking guide
  • Skip the line access tickets at the Doge’s Palace
  • Venice gondola ride with no more than 6 people (unguided)
  • Small groups of 15 people or fewer for walking section
  • Headsets when necessary

What’s not included

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
  • Lunch
  • Transportation in between the tours

Highlights

  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Skip the line
  • All entrance fees included
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Likely to Sell Out
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