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Classic Venice: Doge's Palace & Saint Mark's Basilica, Gondola ride

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Venezia, Italy
Classic Venice: Doge's Palace & Saint Mark's Basilica, Gondola ride

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Overview

Get a comprehensive overview of Venice on this 2.5-hour tour. Begin with a classic gondola ride down the Grand Canal to admire the city from the water. Then head to St. Mark’s Square and learn about the history of Venice as you tour inside the sumptuous basilica. Then skip the line at Doge’s Palace and explore the complex which is a combination of Byzantine, Gothic, and Renaissance architecture.
  • Explore the beautiful city of Venice on a 2.5-hour tour
  • Take a gondola down the Grand Canal and admire the city
  • Enjoy skip-the-line access to St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace
  • Listen to informative commentary of the history of Venice from your guide
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Entrance fees and skip the line
30 minutes shared Classic gondola ride (no guide);
Audio headset for tour commentary;
Live tour commentary in English or Italian
Correr museum ticket entrance to visit on your own
Assistance when boarding and before the walking tour
Secret itineraries of Doge's Palace – we do not enter into these rooms;
Hotel pick up and drop off
Food and drinks

Departure Point

P.za San Marco, 15, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

MORNING MEETING POINT: Doge's Palace & Basilica at 10:45 am 15 min before in front of the clock tower (white tower with the blue clock and the bell on top) next to the YEX change office in St. Mark's Square. Please look for the white "TURIVE TOUR" sign. Address: Piazza San Marco 15, 30124, Venice

Departure Time

10:45 AM

Departure Point

Calle larga de l'Ascension, 1256, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

AFTERNOON MEETING POINT: Gondola ride at 3.00 pm or 5.15 pm 15 min before in front of the post office in Calle Larga Ascensione 1256, San Marco (behind the Correr Museum in Saint Mark's square). Please look for the white "TURIVE TOUR" sign.

Departure Time

10:45 AM

Return Details

Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

The first part of the tour in the morning (Doge's Palace+Basilica) ends at 1.00 pm in Saint Mark's square. The second part of the in the afternoon (Gondola) ends at the gondola station in campo San Moisè in front of Bauer hotel.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time;
  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible;
  • This activity operates rain or shine;
  • This tour in gondola is not guided. Shared gondola with max. 6 people per gondola;
  • Shoulders and knees must be covered in the Basilica;
  • 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.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Venice Events srl
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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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 Classic Venice: Doge's Palace & Saint Mark's Basilica, 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 Classic Venice: Doge's Palace & Saint Mark's Basilica, Gondola ride.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Classic Venice: Doge's Palace & Saint Mark's Basilica, Gondola ride?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Classic Venice: Doge's Palace & Saint Mark's Basilica, Gondola ride.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Classic Venice: Doge's Palace & Saint Mark's Basilica, Gondola ride?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

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

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Classic Venice: Doge's Palace & Saint Mark's Basilica, Gondola ride.

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Ok, here are the pro's: -The...
goldstein.will
, Jun 2018
Ok, here are the pro's: -The guide in St. Marks was very knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. -The gondola ride is a perk to inexpensively get that out of the way, if you will. Here are the cons of which there are a great many: -They very clearly are overbooking this. We did a ton of tours similar to this through Viator on our honeymoon through Italy and this was shockingly overbooked. It resulted in a number of problems including: 1 Gondola ride was too crowded. I literally didn't have a place to sit and had to sit on the step in the front. I looked around at other boats with similar load outs and they at least had a cushion. Not me! 2 St. Marks square was an absolute disaster, but it wasn't entirely anyone's fault. You see the Italian government likes to just change things, and what was changed this time was the skip the line aspect. Everyone was forced to go to the common line. However, our guide who by the way was fantastic as mentioned in the pro's section learned that this was changed a few days prior to our arrival. Therefore, the organizers could have warned people via email. Instead, I feel the experience was falsely represented. This overbooking, along with poor time planning since the organizers did not check into the skip the line issue, resulted in numerous problems. First, the headphones used by the tour guide in the museum do not work well if the tour guide is entering into another room and you're not quite there. Normally, this is fine because the group is smaller and you can quickly get to the other room. However, due to the large group size, you had to fight to be at the front or else spend quite a bit of time in the previous room, unable to hear anything. Second, due to spending way too much time waiting in line we should have arrived earlier and had literally hours in-between the gondola tour and the museum to do so, but the organizers failed to plan, we had to rush through the end and essentially skip the prisons and other cool parts because most people not us though had to get onto the next part of the tour which was a boat ride. I would not recommend this tour.

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