Venice in a Day Combo Tour with Gondola Ride
Our best walking tour in Venice with St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace
This tour combines our Venice Highlights Tour with Gondola Ride and our Skip the Line Doge's Palace Tour into one inclusive experience for a discounted rate.
What you get with this tour
What you will see on this tour
- St. Mark's Square
- St. Mark's Basilica
- Hidden Canals
- Rialto Bridge
- Rialto Neighborhood
- Hidden Gems of Venice
- Gondola Ride
- Lunch Break
- Doge's Palace
- Bridge of Sighs
If you want to make sure you experience Venice in-depth, this full day tour is your best choice. Especially if you’re only spending a few days in the lagoon, covering Venice in a day is a smart idea. That way, you can spend the remainder of your time sipping prosecco by the canals. This six-hour tour includes:
- - Skip the line St. Mark’s Basilica tickets
- - Venice walking tour
- - Venice gondola ride
- - English-speaking guide
Meet in St. Mark's Square
Kick off your Venice in a Day Tour in one of the most famous piazzas in all of Italy - St. Mark's Square. After meeting your guide, learn the history of the iconic piazza. Dominating the square is St. Mark's Basilica, also known as the “Church of Gold”. Learn all about the importance of this place of worship, when it was built and the impressive historical events it witnessed. In busy summer months, skip the line with your guide. During November through March, St. Mark's Basilica does not offer skip the line entry to tour groups. This is because the lines are generally non-existent.
St. Mark's is a sacred place, both men and women must cover their knees and shoulders. Otherwise, you may be refused entry to a portion of your tour. We understand the summers in Venice are hot - a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way, you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary.
Walk to Rialto Bridge
After visiting St. Mark's Basilica, follow your local guide through the back streets that line some of Venice's most romantic canals towards your next tour stop, the iconic Rialto Bridge. Learn about the stories behind the gorgeous and historic bridge before crossing it and entering one of the best neighborhoods in Venice - the Rialto District. Remember to ask your guide where the best bacari (wine bars) and restaurants are so you can return later.
Hidden Gems of Venice
While visiting the best Venice Attractions is important, so is getting away from the crowds and experiencing Venice off the beaten path. Instead of taking well-trodden routes, our guides know how to navigate the smaller back streets. Tucked away in these streets are secret places you’d never think to look for, or simply pass by without noticing. This is the authentic side of Venice.
Gondola Ride in Venice
One thing you must do in the magical city of Venice is take a gondola. So, of course we included one on this tour. As the first part of your tour ends, your friendly English-speaking guide leaves you with a trusted gondolier for a scenic cruise down the famed canals of Venice. The gondola ride lasts for 30 minutes and is included in the price of the tour. After checking off this experience from your travel bucket list, it’s time to break for lunch.
Break for Lunch
After your gondola ride, grab a panino, a slice of pizza or enjoy some typical Venetian cicchetti with a glass of delicious vino (cost of lunch is not included in tour) near St. Mark’s Square. After lunch, wait for your guide at the original meeting spot in preparation for one of Venice’s most sought-after experiences - Doge’s Palace.
Doge's Palace History
This is not a regular tour of the Doge's Palace. Skip the line and go behind the scenes to see the best parts of this incredible Venetian Gothic palace. This is where powerful Doges (chief magistrate) ruled the Venetian Empire until 1797. Just think, this is the first thing that ships arriving in Venice saw upon arriving in the Floating City. Now, the palace stands a reminder of how law and order was carried out in Venice.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where to meet?
Between the two big columns in St. Mark’s Square - located on the side of St. Mark's Square facing the canal. A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it. After the lunch break, 1:00 PM reconvene at the same meeting point.
What to bring?
Comfortable shoes and a desire to explore Venice.
Q: Is lunch included in the cost of the tour?
A: No, the cost of lunch is not included in the tour price.
Q: Does the tour always skip the line?
A: Skip the line access to St. Mark's is offered during busier months. During November through March, St. Mark's Basilica does not offer skip the line entry to tour groups. This is because the lines are generally non-existent.
Q: What should I bring?
A: A sense of curiosity, comfortable shoes, your phone or camera and a water bottle. Don't bring large backpacks or bags, they are not always allowed inside St. Mark's Basilica.
Q: What should I wear?
A: Since St. Mark's is a sacred place, both men and women must cover their knees and shoulders. Otherwise, you may be refused entry to a portion of your tour. We understand the summers in Venice are hot - a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way, you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary. Remember to wear comfortable shoes, you'll be walking plenty on this tour of Venice.
Q: I have doubts about my mobility. Is this the right tour for me?
A: If you have reduced mobility, we suggest taking a private Venice tour. The itinerary is much more flexible and easily modified.
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Venice in a Day Tour
Our guide, Claire was absolutely fabulous! We learned so much about Venice and Venetian history. We wouldn’t have gotten anywhere close to the appreciation and understanding we got from Claire if we had toured the sites ourselves. The gondola ride was a terrific inclusive. If you have only one day in Venice, do this tour!
Loved every minute of this tour. It literally covers all the major sights in Venice. You get to skip the line for everything. Our tour guide is what made this tour so amazing! Chiara was so passionate and smart. She made everything so interesting. She was highly intelligent and answered all of our questions. She knew her history and art so well and had a lot of heart. This tour is a lot of walking so wear comfortable shoes and come prepared. It is worth it!
Cool tour of Venice
This was definitely the best way to see Venice! We didn't have a lot of time and we wanted to see a lot, and we did! Our guide was fantastic and my kids loved the gondola ride. Definitely a bucket list item.