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Venice guided tour of Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica with gondola ride

Free cancellation
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Language: English, Italian, French, Spanish, German
Mobile voucher accepted
Safety measures applied

Do this because

Enjoy a guided tour of St. Mark's Square

Cross the famous Bridge of Sighs and reach the prison cell of Giacomo Casanova

Admire masterpieces by Tintoretto, Titian and Veronese

Marvel at the golden mosaics and marble inlay flooring in the basilica

Enjoy a nice gondola ride and explore Venice from its charming canals

What to expect

Meet your professional guide in front of the Clock tower in Saint Marks square and start your combination tour discovering the chamring buildings in the square. Then you will access the Doge's Palace, a magnificent combination of Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance architecture, the center of the Venetian Empire and the seat of the Venetian Government. Your guide will tell you everything about it, as you pass through its lavish chambers, which display masterpieces by Tintoretto, Titian and Veronese.

Hear about the different roles played by the Doge and his counselors, be entertained by our informative guide and learn about the history of the Venetian legends as you walk through the eerie, narrow passageways towards the prison cells whilst learning about the prisoners and of course, Casanova, perhaps Venice's most famous and intriguing escapee. Ater that, you will visit Saint Mark's Basilica, which majestically symbolizes the lagoon and enshrines the city’s history and Saints relics.

At 1:00 pm you will end the first part of the tour and you will have approx 2 hours free time to stroll around Saint Mark's square, to have lunch (not included) or to visit the Correr museum on your own already included with the Doge's Palace ticket.

The second part of your combined tour will be the classic gondola ride at 3:00 pm or 5:15 pm, the appointment will be 15 min before the departure time behind the Correr museum in Saint Marks square (in front of the post office). On this unique exploration of the Venetian romantic canals, unwind and relax into the gentle rhythms and movements of the Grand Canal, appreciating the skill involved in steering the gondola through the intricate waterways of the city.

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COVID-19 information

The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.

Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds

The experience complies with government regulations

Social distancing is enforced

Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected

All gear/equipment is sanitized between use

Visitors are required to bring and wear masks

Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks

Temperature screening is compulsory for all visitors

Staff are regularly tested for COVID-19

Tickets can only be purchased online

Visitors over 18 must show their ID and proof of one of the following: a full vaccination or first vaccination (this requirement varies depending on the country) received at least 15 days prior, recovery from a COVID-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative result from a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the experience starts. This may also apply to those aged 12 and above

What's included

Guided tour inside the Doge's Palace and the St Marks Basilica

30 min gondola ride along the Grand Canal and smaller canals

Admission fees

Live tour commentary in english, italian, german, french and spanish

Audio headset for tour commentary while more than 10 pax on group

What's not included

The classic gondola ride is not guided

Secret itineraries of Doge's Palace – no entrance in the rooms

Optional gratuities


Calle larga de l'Ascension, 1256, Venezia, VE, Italia

Meeting point:

15 min before in Calle larga de l’Ascension 1256 - 30124 next to the post office San Marco (opposite side of the Saint Marks Basilica). Look for the yellow sign "Meeting point" on the wooden kiosk.



Cancellation policy

Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the activity begins.

Important to know

  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible, and it operates rain or shine
  • The gondola tour is not guided, and it could be shared with max. 6 people per gondola
  • Shoulders and knees must be covered in the Basilica, and backpacks are not allowed inside the Basilica and Doge's Palace
  • On very few occasions Saint Mark's Basilica may be closed due to religious ceremonies, public holidays, private events or high water and we are not always informed in advance.
  • At the end of the tour, keep your Doge's Palace ticket to visit: Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana in Saint Mark's square