Venice in a Day Tour with St Mark's, Doge's Palace and Gondolas

Duration: 6 hours
Destination: Italy, Veneto, Venice

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


If you want to make sure you cover the highlights of Venice, this full day tour is your best choice. If you’re only spending a few days in Venice, covering the best attractions in a single day is a smart idea. That way, you can spend the remainder of your time in Venice sipping Prosecco by the canals. This tour includes stops at St Mark’s Basilica and Square, the Rialto Bridge, Doge’s Palace (including Casanova’s prison cell), a half hour gondola ride and plenty of hidden gems along the way. A lunch break is scheduled into the tour - we would never let you go hungry in Italy!

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice Italy

Your Venice in a Day Tour begins in St. Mark’s Square, Venice’s central public plaza. Your guide will teach you the history of this iconic piazza, home to St. Mark’s Basilica.

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Known as “The Church of Gold”, St. Mark’s Basilica’s elaborate design features gold mosaics and marble slabs. Skip the line during the busy summer months and learn about the basilica’s storied history.

Duration: 30 minutes

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

After your visit to St. Mark’s Basilica, you’ll follow your local guide through Venice’s back alleyways to the iconic Rialto Bridge. Learn history and lore surrounding this gorgeous bridge as you cross into Venice’s popular Rialto neighborhood. Don’t forget to ask your guide for information on the neighborhood’s best eateries and wine bars so you can return later.

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Grand Canal, 30100 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

When experiencing Venice, you absolutely must ride a gondola. We’ve included this experience in our Venice in a Day tour. As the first part of the tour concludes, your tour guide will bring you to a trusted Venice gondolier who will take you on a scenic cruise down Venice’s beautiful canals. After experiencing this bucket list moment, you’ll break for lunch.

Duration: 10 minutes

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

After lunch, explore the fascinating Doge's Palace, or "Duke's Palace." This Palace used to be the home of Venice's public admisnistration. At the same time, it operated as a prison, where some of Venice's criminals saw their last days. Explore the fascinating artwork of the Doge's Palace, and get a glimpse of the famous Bridge of Sighs, the bridge that connects Doge's Palace to its prison.

Duration: 2 hours

  • Gondola ride
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Small-group size, maximum 18 participants
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica di San Marco
  • Entry/Admission - Doge's Palace

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Since we will be entering a church, please make sure that your shoulders and knees are covered. Also, please refrain from bringing big back packs or bags, because they are not always allowed inside.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
Departure Point

St. Mark's Square, Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Return Details

Doge's Palace, Piazza San Marco, 1, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Voucher info

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


6 hours

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

User's Reviews

Steven I

13 Jan, 2020

This tour a great way to see several of the key sites around Venice.

We had two different guides during the day (Natalia and Chiara), both were knowledgeable and professional. My wife and I really liked to the high level of detail given by both guides that were happy to answer any questions.

Our time spent at St Marks Basilica and the Doge's Palace were enhanced by having a guide.

I would very much recommend to anyone for their first day in Venice on holiday.

Jeffrey B

21 Oct, 2019

The trip was great and the tour guide excellent. I only wish they had said that they were going to put 6 people in one gondola as I would have paid extra to be just my wife and I alone on our 40th wedding anniversary. Weather was perfect

maria p

05 Aug, 2019

this is a must do. the tour is perfectly curated to give us history, stories, marvels, little insights and secrets. he guide kiara is lovely. she knows how to give us time and yet not be late. she just had a way with people , each one of us. the tour itself is seeped in history and architecture and marvellous. highly recommended.


03 Jul, 2019

This tour is a great tour giving you the highlight of the main attractions of Venice. The tour guides are informative and courteous not rushing and helping people find elevators and places to sit with walking problems. I like the no line entry to St Mark's. The Gondolas were Ok, just wish the gondoliers would dress more to the type imagined and maybe sing. LOL

lee p

15 Apr, 2019

Wonderful intro to Venice. The guides were friendly, and knowledgeable. We learned a lot and afterward felt comfortable navigating the city. Highly recommend this tour.

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