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

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

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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, 255, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy

At the central fountain of Campo San Giacomo di Rialto (Campo San Giacometto).

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

St. Mark's Square

  • 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.
  • Please note that it is not possible to bring large backpacks on the tour.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • From August 6th 2021, all Italy sites we visit will require clients and guides alike to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test completed within 48 hours prior to entry. They will also require a legal form of ID matching the vaccination or test results. More info on the Italian Government website
  • 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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Traveler Tips

  • "The tour is long, so come with comfortable shoes and after a good breakfast." See review
  • "Have lunch in St Mark’s Square during the break and people watch!" See review


202 Reviews
2 stars

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Our tour guide Nicolette...
, Sep 2021
Our tour guide Nicolette was wonderful. She was extremely knowledgeable and made sure everyone was having a good time.
It was so informative
, Sep 2021
I loved her knowledge of everything. Also she remembered everyone in the groups name. Any question we asked she answered and if she did not know she found out
This was an amazing tour....
, Sep 2021
This was an amazing tour. Our guide was awesome. The view and all the beautiful art work and detail was so beautiful.
Loved this tour !!!
, Sep 2021
The tour was awesome !! Sara was absolutely so knowledgeable and fun, she made the whole experience amazing!! Loved the gondola part of the tour!!!
Wonderful tour with a knowledgeable guide - perfect for those who need to see Venice in a day!
, Aug 2021
Susan did a great job - we truly enjoyed the tour and her extensive knowledge, humor and familiarity with Venice made it one of the best we've been on. It was an exceptionally hot day and she did her best to make sure everyone was comfortable. The gondola ride was perfect!
Good way to see the city.
, Aug 2021
Nice tour. Saw a lot of the city and even went back to some places on our own. The tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly. The gondola ride was pretty. The Basilica was just like most others in Italy. Doges Palace was interesting, especially the jail portion. Be warned that if you bring a bag to Doge Palace, they may randomly require you to check the bag. They let some bags in, but not others, despite the bags being searched prior to admission. They said it was based on size, but it definitely was not as there were MANY larger bags seen throughout the Palace so it was purely subjective. This was strictly an issue with Doge Palace, not the tour.
Perfect Day tour
, Aug 2021
Great tour with a lot of information. We even got a private gondola because of covid 19. We can recommend the tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
The great highlights of Venice...not to be missed
, Aug 2021
The guide was informative and knew his stuff. He provided nice insight into the history of all sites visited. He was friendly and provided humorous stories as well. The sites visited are simply terrific and amazing....not to be missed. If you are in Venice, this is the one tour you must take to see the most important sites. Overall, a terrific tour. The tour covered a lot of ground, so lots of walking and lots of stairs. Only down side is the guide did not have a sufficient number of operational headsets, which at times made it hard to hear him.
Venice in a Day
, Jul 2021
This was an amazing way for us to get our bearings in Venice on our first day. Our group was small of only 5, but Pamela did an amazing job at keeping us “entertained” and did a fantastic job communicating the history or significance of things throughout Venice. We had a great time with Pamela!
Lovely walking tour
, Jul 2021
We had a lovely tour with Pamela. She was very friendly and approachable, and gave so many interesting details about the places we visited. We had a group of 5 people in our tour which was a great size for navigating the streets, and Pamela was willing to answer all of our questions. I especially liked the waking tour and we were given food and other sight suggestions. Online it seemed like a long tour, but there was a break between the morning and afternoon tour so we were able to go back to our hotel for a nap in between.

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