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Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola

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Venezia, Italy

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icon7 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


First time in Venice? Maximize your time in the city with a full-day itinerary that ticks off all the most memorable attractions. Stroll across the Rialto Bridge and browse the lively Rialto fish market, then hop aboard a traditional gondola for a romantic cruise along the Grand Canal. Next, access St. Mark’s Basilica and gaze down over the city from the cathedral’s rooftop terrace. Finally, enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the grandiose Doge’s Palace. This small-group tour is limited to 15 people ensuring a personalized experience.
  • Full-day ‘Venice in One Day’ sightseeing tour
  • Witness local life on a walking tour of Venice’s colorful neighborhoods and the Rialto markets
  • Cruise along the Grand Canal on a romantic gondola ride
  • Visit St. Mark’s Basilica and take in the views from the terrace
  • Explore the magnificent Doge’s Palace on a guided tour
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 people ensures a personalized experience

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour combines a trio of essential Venice experiences with the intimacy of a small group.
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Venice walking tour including local Venetian English speaking guide
Venice gondola ride with no more than 6 people (unguided)
Small groups of 18 people or fewer for walking section
Headsets when necessary
Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
Transportation in between the tours

Departure Point

Campo S. Giacomo di Rialto, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • St. Mark's Basilica can be subject to unforeseen closures due to particular liturgical celebrations. In the case in which the basilica is closed, we will give you explanations from the outside.
  • Please note that lunch is not included on this tour. We have allowed time for you to eat lunch between the AM and PM tours. Your guide will give you recommendations and tell you where to meet after lunch but please be aware that it is your responsibility to arrive at the meeting point in time for your PM tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • The prisons and the armory of the Doge's Palace are not wheelchair-accessible, as a result of which we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on this tour.
  • Please remember that the basilica is a holy place and attire must be appropriate: Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress. Backpacks are prohibited inside of St. Mark's Basilica.
  • This tour runs rain or shine. However, please note that the gondola ride cannot operate during heavy rain or high tides. In this case we will provide an alternative itinerary.
  • After your 2-hour exploration of Venice, your guide drops you off at the Gondola Stand for a relaxing gondola ride. The guide will not be with you on the gondola.
  • Backpacks are prohibited inside of St. Mark's Basilica.
  • Due to Covid19, until the end of 2020, this tour will be amended to ensure your safety: Group size and tour duration may be reduced. This will be amended as as Covid restrictions relax in accordance with local regulations. St Marks Basilica may be subject to visit restrictions, your tour will be amended on the day to offer you the most comprehensive experience available. Please also note that it is not possible to bring large backpacks on the tour.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Walks - Italy, Spain & Greece

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.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ?
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
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola .
What is the policy on sanitization during Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola .
What is the social distancing policy during Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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  • "It's a long day but well worth it to see everything in one day." See review


178 Reviews
2 stars

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The best way of seeing Venice in a day
, Jul 2020
We had only a full day in Venice and this tour was perfect for us. We were on a small group, our guide Juliano was the best, being a Venice native we got to see It thru the eyes of a local. We not only covered the main landmarks, but also understood how the locals live, were they shop and eat. The gondola ride is a must to round up your visit to Venice. All the measures to avoid COVID where observed, we felt safe and comfortable. Thank you for an unforgettable day!
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Private tour of Venice
, Jul 2020
Italy is taking the Coronavirus situation extremely seriously and deserves 5 stars for its approach – a strict health protocol means masks are required in all public areas and indoors, social distance is respected, prior to entering any indoor facility body temperature is being measured and hands must be disinfected. We really felt very safe and a fortnight after our holiday we are all OK and healthy. If you ever wanted to see Venice, really see the place itself without the thousands of tourists who usually overflow this beautiful city, go now and you will not regret it. You will be able to walk (not cue!) virtually alone along the narrow streets, actually ride a gondola through the empty canals (and not being stuck in a gondola cue), admire the views without having to wrestle with a few hundred tourist seeking the best spot to take photos. The by far best thing in Venice was our guide, Susan. Having a PhD in arts history she was the most amazing guide. And suddenly a picture was not just pictures any more, buildings were not just pretty buildings – it all came together in a wonderful tale of Venice's history, interpreted by Susan. We literally had Venice just for ourselves, with Susan putting all pieces of history into place. I've been to Venice four times before. This time I finally got to see it properly and got to know it. Once in a lifetime experience.
Wonderful and educational tour
, Nov 2019
Loved this tour. I had been to venice before but this was really interesting to do. The guide was fabulous and you still get plenty of free time. Well worth it!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Hi Travellingisliving83, Thank you for taking the time to review our Venice In a Day. We are thrilled that you loved the experience, and hope to see you again soon for another fun walking tour! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
A great tour
, Oct 2019
A fabulous tour and our guide Mosa was very informative with a wonderful sense of humour he was so passionate about everything it made it come to life we thoroughly enjoyed our tour and learnt so much about Venice Many thanks Sandy Henderson
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hello Sandy5646, Thank you for choosing Take Walks for your recent Venice walking tour, we really appreciate that. It is terrific to know that you had a fabulous time with Mosa, that is exactly what we like to hear! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
Venice in a Day Did Not Disappoint!
Michael D
, Oct 2019
This tour was excellent! The major sites and gondola ride were everything that we expected, but we also walked through the lesser know parts of the city and found some hidden gems that we did not expect. Our tour guide Iola was incredible. She told us so many stories and gave us so much history, that we felt like true Venetians by the end of the tour. I wish we had more time to spend in Venice, but this tour gave us everything we could have hoped for in one day.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hello Michael D, Thank you for your kind review! We are delighted to learn that your Venice In a Day tour lived up to your expectations and that it was everything you could have hoped for! Reading such wonderful reviews makes us all the more proud of what we do! We hope you will get the opportunity to tour with us again soon! All the best, The Walks Team
, Oct 2019
My friend and I really enjoyed this tour with Susan! She provided stories and history that made Venice come to life. Very much worth the day!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hello hillary0bennett, Thank you for choosing Take Walks to tour with during your recent stay in Venice! I am delighted that you and your friend both had an amazing time with Susan, and that she was able to bring the city's history to life for you. Warm regards, The Walks Team
Awesome experience in Venice
, Oct 2019
This is a must do when you are in Venice!!! The tour is a perfect introduction to Venice, including the Gondola ride.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hello Traveler28385706430, Thank you for joining us on our Venice in a Day tour, we are delighted that you chose us for the experience. We completely agree, this tour is a brilliant introduction to La Serenissima and we are thrilled that you had such an awesome experience with us. Warmest regards, The Walks Team
Excellent all day tour of Venice
, Oct 2019
Moise (sp?) our guide was fantastic. His knowledge and enthusiasm kept us going. It’s not a tour for the weary. We did 18000 steps that day! But with only one day to see it all it really was worth it. Gave us a great appreciation for this beautiful and historical city.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
There's no better way to tour all of the sites and learn about Venice than in our Venice in a Day tour! We're glad you enjoyed your tour with Moise, and hope that the rest of your time in Italy was wonderful.
Small Group Venice in a Day
, Oct 2019
A good tour but be prepared to be rushed through some of the major attractions! You cant do Venice in a day
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hello JGW1958, Thank you for your feedback regarding our Venice in a Day tour, it is much appreciated! I am happy to hear that you thought this was a good tour, and I genuinely hope that you enjoyed yourself. We believe that this is a great tour to do if you have limited time in Venice, and want excellent guides to take you to some of the main attractions in the city. I can completely understand if you would have preferred longer at the sites though, Venice is definitely a city that you could spend quite a lot time exploring! I hope that you are having a wonderful time in Italy, and that you will choose us again the next time you are looking to for a fun experience. All the very best, The Walks Team
Great tour and great guide
Evelyn M
, Sep 2019
This is truly the best way to get to see Venice. Our tour guide was very informative and thorough. It’s the only way To get to really know the city.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hello Evelyn M, Thank you for joining us in Venice, and for your lovely review of our Venice in a Day tour! We are so happy that you enjoyed yourself, we always aim for our customers to have a spectacular time with us! We hope to see you on your next Italian adventure soon, All the very best, The Walks Team

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