Grand Canal Gondola Ride And Golden Basilica with Optional Glass Craftsman at work

Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours in Venice

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A wonderful experience to discover the soul of Venice starting with a pleasant gondola ride (with commentary) and then, proceed with a guided tour of the Saint Mark’s Basilica! Enjoy relaxing gondola ride along the most fascinating part of the Grand Canal and then enter in the Golden Basilica with an expert guide that will explain history and secret of this byzantine masterpiece.
The experience starts with a relaxing gondola ride along the Grand Canal: during the cruise you will admire the magnificent Palaces decorating the richest waterway of the world! The gondolier will drive you along the most romantic spots and picturesque corners. Along the itinerary you will admire the Mozart’s House, The Phoenix Theatre, Peggy Guggenheim Collection Palace and then, in the heart of the Grand Canal, you will be stunned in front of the beauty of St. Mark’s basin with the Salute Church, Punta della Dogana, St. Giorgio Island and the incredible overview of the Doge Palace and the Bell tower! The only gondola tour with commentary: a mobile-guide which will explain the magnificent palaces and attractions around you!At the end of the gondola ride you will start the guided tour of St. Mark’s Cathedral known as the Golden Basilica, thanks to the mosaics made of pure gold that decora all the church and its five-domes. The guide will escort you in the heart of this byzantine masterpiece explaining its history and the meaning of the artistic artworks in the Cathedral.This special tour will make you skip all the lines and giving you priority access to the Pala D’oro (golden altarpiece composed by gems, gold and diamonds) and to the Saint Mark’s Treasury: an exclusive collection of relics and precious items collected along the centuries.Two activities together to make you discover Venice in all its splendor.

What’s included

  • Float through the canals discovering the hidden glimpses of Venice with a 30 minutes gondola ride
  • Multilingual assistance for embarking in a gondola
  • Map with description of attractions during the gondola ride
  • Skip the Line: the Basilica and Pala d’Oro guided tour by a qualified and experienced guide, from April to october the visit is monolingual, from November to March the visit could be bilingual
  • Glass Craftsman at work close to Saint Mark’s Square.
  • Audio-receiver devices are included in case of groups over 10 people inside the Golden Basilica
  • Mobile app with audio-commentary to download on your mobile for the gondola ride

What’s not included

  • Hotel pickup
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