Enjoy an epic Venice tour that combines a classic gondola ride and skip-the-line, guided visits to two of the main Venice attractions – St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace.
Be transported back in time as your gondolier propels you along and feel part of an ancient Venetian tradition as you experience Venice the way the locals did for more than a thousand years.
Sit back and take in the views as you pass by the romantic façades. See the gondolier skillfully steer the gondola through the intricate waterways while you get involved in their friendly banter. As you glide along the Grand Canal, look up at the glorious palazzos above you.
After the gondola ride, join an English speaking guide who will take you on a walking tour. Rush past the long queues and enjoy fast track entry to the greatest of Venice’s monuments, the St. Mark’s Basilica and save your greatest admiration for its most precious possession – the eye-popping Pala d'Oro, an exquisite altar screen made from hundreds of pieces of enamel stuck onto gold leaf and enriched precious gems.
Continue your tour to another of Venice’s major attraction, the Doge’s Palace once the residence of the Doge, the Chief Magistrate and leader of the Venetian Republic. Skip the line and explore the lavish chambers including the magnificent Golden Staircase, the world’s largest oil painting, ‘Paradise’, the prison from where the adventurer and womanizer Giacomo Casanova made a brilliant escape, and the renowned Bridge of Sighs!
All entrance fees 30 minutes Classic Gondola ride Walking tour with English speaking guide Skip-the-line ticket into St Mark's Basilica Audio headset for tour commentary Skip-the-line ticket into the Doge's Palace Guided tour to St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace
Upper floor of St Mark’s Basilica Secret itineraries of Doge's Palace Gratuities Hotel pick up and drop off Food and Drink
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
Getting to the Meeting Point:
Arriving by Boat (Vaporetto): Take the No.1 boat and get off at the boat stop “Santa Maria Del Giglio”, walk straight down the small street “Calle Gritti”. At the end of the street you reach a small square with a church in front and a Well on your left. Turn left passing by the Well and the restaurant and walk back down the street to the water and the Grand Canal. Here you will find the Gondola Park.
Arriving by water taxi: Ask the water taxi driver to drop you off at the Boat stop (Vaporetto) Santa Maria del Giglio and then follow instructions as per arriving by boat.
Arriving by Foot: From Saint Marks square go under the arches and make your way towards the Correre Museum and take the last arch on the left of the square making your way to street “Calle Larga XX11 Marzo”. Continue along “Calle Larga XX11 Marzo” passing the church on your left and then cross the bridge near the gondolier park in front of Hotel Buaer, continue walking along to the very end of the street which bears left and then right, cross over the small bridge and continue into the small square, here you will see a church in front of you and a Well on your left. Turn left and make your way to the water front to the Grand Canal. Here you will find the Gondola Park.
This was an excellent way to do these activities with a minimum of fuss and we were well taken care of. It's great to have a skip the line option as well as having expert...
The gondola ride was a good experience. Definitely on our bucket list. The St Marks Basilica and Doges Palace were excellent with a tour guide. I'm glad we had one. We learned...
Great experience and would recommend it to anyone!...
United States, 05/Sep/2017
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