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

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

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 8 more

Overview

Skip the lines at Saint Mark’s Basilica and Doge Palace and opt a shared guided tour instead. Then, enjoy the quintessential Venice experience—a gondola ride through the city’s canals and waterways. Your ticket also includes access to several landmarks surrounding Saint Mark’s Square, as well as access to a mobile app that provides commentary to a walking tour of the city at your own pace.
  • Skip-the-line guided tours of Saint Mark’s Basilica and Doge Palace
  • Shared gondola ride through Venice's waterways
  • Access to several Venice landmarks and attractions on your own
  • Self-paced audio tour of Venice included
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Shared guided tour of Doge Palace and Basilica by a qualified guide. The visit is monolingual.
Skip the Line”: Doge's Palace, the Basilica and Birdge of Sighs
30 minutes shared gondola ride with guide
Live commentary on gondola in English and Italian
Gondola commentary by mobile app in German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Hindi and Russian
Skip the line ticket to visit by yourself Museo Correr, Biblioteca Marciana & Archeological Museum.
Mobile app to discover Venice by your self: audio guide with more than 200 point of interest.
Hotel pick-up
Food and drinks

Departure Point

P.za San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Doge's Palace and Basilica Tour: The Clock Tower is located in Saint Mark’s Square. Once by the Bell Tower, go straight on leaving the Basilica on your right and you will find the assistant waiting for you with the signboard TOUR under the Clock Tower. 

Departure Time

10:45 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

Calle larga de l'Ascension, 1257, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

With Piazza San Marco and the arches of Museo Correr at your back and the Poste Italiane in front of you, look on the left and you will see a big grey newsstand. The newsstand is between Fendi Boutique and Poste Italiane (Post Office). The staff will wait for you there with a sign “GONDOLA TOUR”.

Departure Time

10:45 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • 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)
  • On Sunday, the guided visit to the Basilica will be done from the second floor due to Mass.
  • Due to the security reason, luggage and bags are not allowed inside the Basilica.
  • 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.
  • For the visit of the Basilica suitable clothing is required (no shorts)
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • From Aug. 6th to enter the Basilica and the Doge's Palace you need to have the Green Pass + ID card, you cannot enter the venue without it (if you don’t have it or forgot it and are not allowed to enter the venue, the tour will not be refundable)
  • The customers health is the most important matter for us, the tour operates in according to the Covid-19 National directives in order to guarantee the experiences in a safe environment.
  • All customer touchpoints are frequently cleaned, and the tour will leave with small groups.
  • We only ask the kindness to bring the own mask in case you need to wear it.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY VENICE TOURS S.R.L.

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

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Historic Venice: Doge's Palace, Basilica guided tour & gondola ride?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Historic Venice: Doge's Palace, Basilica guided tour & gondola ride.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Historic Venice: Doge's Palace, Basilica guided tour & gondola ride?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Historic Venice: Doge's Palace, Basilica guided tour & gondola ride.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Historic Venice: Doge's Palace, Basilica guided tour & gondola ride?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Historic Venice: Doge's Palace, Basilica guided tour & gondola ride.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Historic Venice: Doge's Palace, Basilica guided tour & gondola ride?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Historic Venice: Doge's Palace, Basilica guided tour & gondola ride.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Historic Venice: Doge's Palace, Basilica guided tour & gondola ride?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Historic Venice: Doge's Palace, Basilica guided tour & gondola ride.

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Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-1
Poco cooperativos y nada flexibles con los clientes
LILIANA_A
, Sep 2021
No alcanzamos a llegar a tiempo, a veces como turistas es complicado y mas en ciudades como Venecia que hay que viajar el lancha y más para llegar a un destino, le escribí al operador de la agencia de Tours antes de la hora de encuentro que no iba a poder llegar y como el tour era a pie les dije que para no atrasarlos llegábamos a dónde estuvieran para poder unirnos sin afectar la visita guiada , me respondieron que lo sentían mucho pero no se podía, les pedí ir a su oficina entonces para obtener los tickets de la góndola y entradas a museos que están incluidos en la actividad ya que no iban a utilizar los nuestros y me volvieron a decir que lo sentían mucho que no se podía. Si cometí un error en no llegar a tiempo y lo entiendo pero creo que son MUY POcO FLEXIBLES para los clientes, gracias We didn’t to arrive on time, sometimes as tourists it is complicated and more in cities like Venice that you have to travel by boat to get to any destination, I wrote to the operator of the Tours agency before the meeting time that no I was going to be able to arrive and but tour was on foot I told them that in order to not delay them we would get to where they were to be able to join without affecting the guided tour, they replied that they were sorry but it was not possible, I asked them to go to their office to get our gondola tickets and museum tickets that are included in the activity they told me again that they were very sorry but its impossible to give our tickets to us. I made a mistake in not being on time and I understand it but I think they are INFLEXIBLE for customers, thank you
star-4
Heart of Venice
EuropeOE
, 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.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Dear, thank you ofr yout kind review. We take not of your suggestion for the future,. Best regards
star-5
Great tour!
doreenhj
, Mar 2019
This was a very good tour. We arrived about 10 minutes late so we missed the guided tour of Doge's Palace and met up with the group for the 2nd part of tour - St. Mark's Basilica. Our guide was very nice and super informative. We really learned a lot from her tour. The third leg was a short Gondola ride which was good enough to check it off my bucket list without breaking the bank. The tour company gave us the tickets for the tour we missed and we were able to go in ourselves and explore at our leisure. I would definitely recommend!
star-4
This tour package was very good and I...
Darlene E
, 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 Viator 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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Splendida esperienza
Graziana_D
, Jul 2021
Davvero una splendida esperienza: la nostra guida per la basilica ed il palazzo ducale era molto preparata e interessante ed il giro in gondola è stato magico. Unico lato negativo è stato che, anche con il tour, non c'è la possibilità di saltare la coda per entrare nella basilica di San Marco e quindi abbiamo dovuto fare la fila normale della durata di circa 45 minuti.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Gentile, grazie mille.
star-4
Venise historique
david_l
, Feb 2020
Visite du palais des Doges très intéressante, ainsi que la basilique. La guide est très bien, beaucoup d explications. La possibilité de visiter le musée correr n est pas négligeable. Pour ce qui est de la balade en gondole, c est sûrement le moins intéressant, sûrement que le gondolier y est pour beaucoup, le notre n était pas des plus sympathique....
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Dear, thank you very much for the kind review Best regards
star-4
Gute interessante Führung in Deutsch
jramelow2019
, Sep 2019
Palast und Basilika interessante und gute Führung ansehenswert, leider konnten wir die Gondelfahrt nicht machen, da wir unser Kreuzfahrtschiff nicht mehr bekommen hätten es wurde gesagt 3 Stunden Dauer, aber das nach den Besichtigungen 3 Stunden Wartezeit bis zur Gondelfahrt war, wurde vorher nicht gesagt. Also wer das will muss genügend Zeit haben
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Thank you fror your kind review. We will take note of your suggestion to improve our products. Best regards
star-5
Fantastico
mparel23
, Sep 2019
Cristina es una guia genial. Muy profesional, manera de explicar muy amena y un buen sentido del humor
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Querido, muchas gracias por esta amable review! Cristina agradecerà mucho. Distintos saludos
star-5
Tour bewertung
selina2102
, Sep 2019
Sehr sehr schön und unsere deutsche Tourguide Dame (blond, ca.55-60 Jahre alt, halb italienerin, halb deutsche) war der Hammer. Sehr sehr lieb, lustig und Sie weiß einfach alles. Wirklich spitze diese Dame.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Thank you very much for your kind review
star-4
Une visite instructive
susanbarthe
, Jul 2019
Visite instructive. Guide très claire dans ses explications. Gondole, manque au niveau organisation.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Dear, thank you very much Best regards

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