Historic Venice: Doge's Palace, Basilica guided tour & gondola ride

Duration: 3 hours
Destination: Italy, Veneto, Venice

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  • 3 hours
  • Venice
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


A wonderful 3- hours experience to discover the historical and artistic heart of Venice!

The expert guide will escort you in the fascinating Doge’s Palace and the Saint Mark’s Basilica in Piazza San Marco. Admire their stunning artworks and learn the endless history the Venice Repulic. You'll cross also the famous Bridge of Sighs!

Then you will enjoy a romantic gondola ride through the Grand Canal and its picturesque waterways: during the ride you’ll admire the main Venice Highlights as Fenice Opera House, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Santa Maria della Salute Church and many others.

Included in this activity you will have a mobile app to visit by yourself to visit the Rialto and Saint’s Mark areas.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Doge's Palace, Piazza San Marco, 1, 30124 Venice Italy

A guided tour in the Doge’s Palace the old seat of the Venetian political power. In his splendid rooms, immersed in hundreds of masterpieces of painting, the Doge and his Council controlled the ancient Republic of Venice. A professional guide will escort you in the halls of power and the bridge of Sighs to reach to the old prisons.

You may visit by yourself the other magnificent palaces around St. Mark’s Square under the name of Procuratie with the same ticket!

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Stop At: Basilica di San Marco, Piazza San Marco 328, 30124 Venice Italy

Then, you will enjoy an amazing guided tour to the historical and famous Golden Basilica. You will admire stunning gold mosaics and marble inlays of the floors, sitting comfortably while our guide will show you the represented biblical scenes, the history and the particularities of this ancient basilica.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Canal Grande, 30100 Venice Italy

Enjoy a charming gondola ride through the most romantic waterways, passing under small bridges and along part of the Grand Canal! During your pleasant gondola ride you will admire the Mozart House, the famous La Fenice Theatre, Rio (Canal) “De le Ostreghe” and part of the spectacular Grand Canal where you will see the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Ca’ Dario Palace the Santa Maria de la Salute Church and other magnificent palaces.

The only gondola tour with commentary: a mobile-guide which will explain the magnificent palaces and attractions around you! Venice Goes App is an innovative mobile app (included in the price) that you can download easily on your mobile, click here to know how to get it.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice Italy

A personal walking tour is the best way to discover independently the most famous and marvelous areas of Venice: Accademia, San Marco and Rialto! 31 points of interest spread across the itinerary, among them you will see Campo Santo Stefano, Rialto Bridge with its typical market and the majestic Accademia Bridge! Of course, the audio-guide will escort you through the endless-history of Saint Mark’s Square and its breathtaking basin! Download the app on your device and you won’t get lost in the city! You will be able to visit Venice, corner by corner, step by step, at your pace.

  • Shared guided tour of Doge Palace and Basilica with commentary by a qualified and experienced guide. The visit is monolingual.
  • Skip the Line”: Doge's Palace and the Basilica guided tour including the Pala D’oro and a walk across the Bridge of Sighs into the prisons.
  • Approximately 30 minutes shared gondola ride
  • Multilingual assistance for embarking on gondola
  • Mobile app with audio-commentary of gondola itinerary
  • Mobile app for panoramic tour
  • Entry/Admission - Doge's Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica di San Marco
  • Entry/Admission - Canal Grande

  • Hotel pick-up
  • Food and drinks
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Tour does not operate in case of exceptional high tide or in case of unplanned religious functions (in these cases it can be postponed to the day after otherwise it will be refunded)
  • For the visit of the Basilica suitable clothing is required (no shorts)
  • For security reasons suitcases, backpacks or large bags are not allowed inside the Basilica and inside the Doges’ Palace, prior to your visit you must deposit them at the Ateneo San Basso (St. Mark’s Square- Calle san Basso). The storage service is free of charge, but please allow sufficient time!
  • This is a combo that includes 3 services, therefore it is compulsory to show parer or mobile voucher 3 times.
  • Each gondola can host maximum 6 people; the seat aboard cannot be chosen but will be assigned by the gondolier depending of guests weight.
  • The gondola ride does not operate in case of exceptionally bad weather, high/low tide or local gondoliers strike (in these cases it can be postponed the days after otherwise it will be refunded)
  • The itinerary of gondola ride may change in the event of wind or bad weather
  • The mobile app is supported by the followed system: Apple: from IOS 8; IPhone, Ipad and Ipod Touch Android: from the 4.1 version system
  • You'll receive the mobile app for panoramic tour by e-mail.
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Departure Point

1: Torre dell'Orologio, Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
2: Museo Correr, Piazza San Marco, 52, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Departure Time

10:45 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


3 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Abby-Rose P

07 Oct, 2019

Overall, this was a good tour. But what I didn't realize is it is 3 separate tours. First you meet for the Basilica do an hour tour, get head sets and go through with your guide. Then you have an hour break and meet again for the Doge's Palace, get head sets and go through with a different tour guide. Then you have 15 mins to rush across the Plaza re-line up for the gondola ride, this is also shared with a total of 6 people (it if defiantly worth the experience of going on a gondola but I would recommend paying a little extra and doing it yourself privately. It was kinda weird sharing a boat with strangers and I didn't get to sit with my friend so it was kinda awkward. There was only one seat where you could sit together, first on first serve). I probably wouldn't have booked this tour if I had known that it wasn't continuous... re-checking in each time and getting head sets was annoying. I would have rather stayed with the same guide and group all day. Although, the two guides we had were amazing and had lots of information. Make sure you are wearing the correct clothing for the Basilica. Still a good day, also "skip the line tickets" are very handy as the public line is super long.

Darlene E

31 Aug, 2018

This tour package was very good and I would recommend it.
The actual tours were excellent and our tour guide Rosanne was very good. She spoke clearly and shared a lot of interesting information and handled the group respectfully and well. It was great that she did both the tours so we just seamlessly moved from one to the other. She looked after one person who needed an elevator for the one set of stairs we encountered.

Just a few administrative comments to help La Vacanza Travel in the future as we will definitely book with you again

There were a lot of people lined up in the square in two lines. It wasnt clear which line was to check in and which was to get the audio receiver. Perhaps the signs could be made clear.

Men can wear shorts but the information said not to wear shorts. Suggest you drop this from your written information as my husband wore long pants on a hot day unnecessarily.

The Check in person took the first page of our confirmation material and didnt give it back. That meant we had no way to show the Gondola tour manager proof of purchase later in the day. Fortunately I had a second copy which I could use. Not sure what I would have done without that second copy. Perhaps you should hand out a gondola ticket at the first check in.

Also suggest have a cooler with water bottles to buy.

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