Skip the Line: Best of Venice Private Tour Including San Marco Doges' Palace and Gondola Ride

Duration: 6 hours
Destination: Italy, Veneto, Venice
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  • 6 hours
  • Venice
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Enjoy the best of the canal city with this private 6-hour guided walking tour of Venice plus gondola ride. Get skip-the-line access to St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace. See the famous Rialto Bride. End the tour with an enchanting ride on a private gondola. Entrance fees are included.

Itinerary
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Stop At: Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice Italy

Meet your private guide in St. Mark's Square at the appointed time to begin your walking tour.


Duration: 1 hour

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

Your guide will point out how Eastern architecture and Western design came together to create this unique church. In a special extended tour of the Basilica you will hear how St. Mark’s remains arrived in Venice illegally, and see a myriad of treasures - some made in the city and others plundered during the crusades. Of particular interest are the 11th-century mosaics, some of the few treasures that have survived the Basilica’s floods and fires over the centuries.

Enjoy privileged access to the attractions visited, and all entry tickets are included. Immerse yourself in Venetian culture during this private tour.

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Begin with a skip-the-line tour of the Doge's Palace to admire the beautiful ceilings with frescoes by Tintoretto and walls adorned with paintings by Veronese. You will see the wooden slot where accusations of treason were passed to the Secret Police and of course the Bridge of Sighs. Did you know that Casanova, Venice’s famous lover and writer, was imprisoned in one of the palace's prison attics before managing to escape?

Enjoy privileged access to the attractions visited, and all entry tickets are included. Immerse yourself in Venetian culture during this private tour.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Ponte di Rialto, Ruga degli Orefici (Rialto) San Polo, 30125 Venice Italy

Continue your walking tour of Venice to see sights such as Campo San Giovanni e Paolo, Santa Maria Formosa, Fondamenta Nova, the Church of Holy Apostles, Marco Polo's House, and the Rialto Bridge. This famous marble bridge was a Venetian folly, running well over budget when built but now beloved and admired by Venice’s residents and visitors alike who like to watch as the sunlight dances on the smooth stone surface and the bridge is reflected in the river below.

Your day ends with something only Venice can offer - a private gondola ride. As you wish a fond farewell to your guide you will begin a peaceful and intimate trip along Venice’s famous canals with your very own gondolier.

Enjoy privileged access to the attractions visited, and all entry tickets are included. Immerse yourself in Venetian culture during this private tour.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Casa di Marco Polo, Calle Scaleta, 30121 Venice Italy

Continue your walking tour of Venice to see sights such as Campo San Giovanni e Paolo, Santa Maria Formosa, Fondamenta Nova, the Church of Holy Apostles, Marco Polo's House, and the Rialto Bridge. This famous marble bridge was a Venetian folly, running well over budget when built but now beloved and admired by Venice’s residents and visitors alike who like to watch as the sunlight dances on the smooth stone surface and the bridge is reflected in the river below.

Your day ends with something only Venice can offer - a private gondola ride. As you wish a fond farewell to your guide you will begin a peaceful and intimate trip along Venice’s famous canals with your very own gondolier.

Enjoy privileged access to the attractions visited, and all entry tickets are included. Immerse yourself in Venetian culture during this private tour.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: San Polo, Venice Italy

Continue your walking tour of Venice to see sights such as Campo San Giovanni e Paolo, Santa Maria Formosa, Fondamenta Nova, the Church of Holy Apostles, Marco Polo's House, and the Rialto Bridge. This famous marble bridge was a Venetian folly, running well over budget when built but now beloved and admired by Venice’s residents and visitors alike who like to watch as the sunlight dances on the smooth stone surface and the bridge is reflected in the river below.

Your day ends with something only Venice can offer - a private gondola ride. As you wish a fond farewell to your guide you will begin a peaceful and intimate trip along Venice’s famous canals with your very own gondolier.

Enjoy privileged access to the attractions visited, and all entry tickets are included. Immerse yourself in Venetian culture during this private tour.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Castello, Venice Italy

Continue your walking tour of Venice to see sights such as Campo San Giovanni e Paolo, Santa Maria Formosa, Fondamenta Nova, the Church of Holy Apostles, Marco Polo's House, and the Rialto Bridge. This famous marble bridge was a Venetian folly, running well over budget when built but now beloved and admired by Venice’s residents and visitors alike who like to watch as the sunlight dances on the smooth stone surface and the bridge is reflected in the river below.

Your day ends with something only Venice can offer - a private gondola ride. As you wish a fond farewell to your guide you will begin a peaceful and intimate trip along Venice’s famous canals with your very own gondolier.

Enjoy privileged access to the attractions visited, and all entry tickets are included. Immerse yourself in Venetian culture during this private tour.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Chiesa dei Santi Apostoli, Cannaregio 4542 Campo Santi Apostoli, 30131 Venice Italy

Continue your walking tour of Venice to see sights such as Campo San Giovanni e Paolo, Santa Maria Formosa, Fondamenta Nova, the Church of Holy Apostles, Marco Polo's House, and the Rialto Bridge. This famous marble bridge was a Venetian folly, running well over budget when built but now beloved and admired by Venice’s residents and visitors alike who like to watch as the sunlight dances on the smooth stone surface and the bridge is reflected in the river below.

Your day ends with something only Venice can offer - a private gondola ride. As you wish a fond farewell to your guide you will begin a peaceful and intimate trip along Venice’s famous canals with your very own gondolier.

Enjoy privileged access to the attractions visited, and all entry tickets are included. Immerse yourself in Venetian culture during this private tour.

Duration: 30 minutes

Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Gondola Ride
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica di San Marco
  • Entry/Admission - Doge's Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Chiesa dei Santi Apostoli

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch is not included but the local guide can give you great recommendations
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Departure Point

Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy


Departure Time

9:30 AM


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

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

Duration

6 hours

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

User's Reviews

25 Feb, 2020

Such a great tour. When we arrived in Venice every museum and palace had been closed due to the Coronavirus scare. However our wonderful tour guide, Romy changed plans on our behalf. She instead took us on a 6.5 hour experience beginning with tours to Murano and Burano in addition to a fantastic tour of Venice. Finishing with a gondola ride in Venice. Showing us all the best Venice has to offer. Romy was so knowledgeable and knew the history of everything. She stayed with us on the gondola ride and took photos for us all day. She took great care to ensure our safety every step of the way. If you have a chance to take a tour of Venice you definitely should request Romy.

Felicia V

23 Aug, 2018

We were priveleged to have Dr. Romy Rigattieri, a learned local Venetian as our guide for the day.
As Romy knew the city like the back of her hand, she took us to visit it's main highlights through meandering streets, off the beaten path, so that we could see so many hidden gems and aspects of the city, en route. Two such unique stops that were significant for us were to a historic Gondola boatyard where Romy explained the painstaking process that goes into the construction of a single gondola and to an iconic waterfront gelateria where we were made to try a unique dessert which Romy used to relish as a child of chocolate and whipped cream!
Being very experienced Romy brought the ancient and mesmerising city of Venice to life for us with her detailed and animated commentary. She took us to iconic mask shops to explain the process and significance of this unique Venetian phenomenon. She also took us to try Cicchetti, typical Venetian snacks, similar to Spanish tapas.
Her explanations of the Doges Palace, Bridge of Sighs, the adjoining Prison and of the Byzantine influenced San Marco were exceptionally notable.
Our Tour ended with a private gondola ride which my young daughters were looking forward to the most. Seeing that the gondoliers were very busy and hence nonchalant and uncaring of the thronging tourists, Romy never left our side until she was sure that we were seated in a comfortable gondola with an attentive gondolier. This for us was very touching. As the gondolier pushed away from the shore and took us down the canal, we could see Romy gradually disappear from view. She never stopped waving to us.
Felicia Variava Albert. Managing Director, Blaze Tours and Travels Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, India

kcthalman

16 Jun, 2018

This tour was so much more than we were expecting. Our tour guide Romy was very knowledgeable and showed us the best of Venice. It was a private tour for the 4 of us and was a perfect day. The gondola ride was just the four of us and about 40 minutes long, made our Venice trip exactly what we expected. I highly suggest this tour.

Angela J

14 Dec, 2017

Best way to see Venice in a day!

Gabi

03 Sep, 2017

The tour guide was very knowledgeable, he was eager to show us what we wanted to see, it was so nice to have the guide to ourselves. Although it was expensive, it was worth it.

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