Venice in a Day Combo Tour with Gondola Ride

Explore St. Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace, Rialto Bridge, and hidden areas of Venice

Travel Flexibly 5 / 5 See All 26 Reviews · 6.00h 18 max · Venice, Italy

Want to get the most out of your trip to Venice by seeing all the top attractions in a day? Then book this Venice in a Day Combo Tour where you'll be led by a passionate guide who will bring this iconic city to life. From the famous St. Mark's Square to the romantic Rialto Bridge, you'll see all the best that Venice has to offer—including skip-the-line entry to bypass the crowds! And though it's a touristy thing to do, you just might love the gondola ride more than you think.

Tour Details
  • Skip The Line
  • St. Mark’s Square
  • St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Rialto Bridge & Grand Canal
  • Rialto District
  • Hidden gems in Venice
  • Gondola ride
  • Lunch break
  • Doge’s Palace
  • Bridge of Sighs

Look for your guide who is holding a red flag with The Tour Guy logo on it. They'll be standing on the south side of St. Mark's Square, near the canal, between the San Marco and San Teodoro columns. Once you and your small group of 18 people or fewer are there, your guide will share the incredible history of Venice and the piazza you're currently standing in. Then follow them on this walking tour of Venice to top attractions and hidden gems of the city before enjoying a serene gondola ride. This 6-hour tour includes:

  • Skip-the-line tickets to St. Mark’s Basilica

  • Skip-the-line tickets to Doge's Palace

  • Walking tour of Venice's quieter areas

  • Venetian gondola ride

  • An English-speaking tour guide

Meet in St. Mark's Square

Kick off your Venice in a Day Combo Tour in one of the most famous piazzas in all of Italy: St. Mark's Square or Piazza San Marco. You'll enjoy the view of St. Mark's Basilica that's also known as the "Church of Gold." Learn all about the importance of the basilica, when it was built, and the impressive historical events it witnessed. 

If you're here during the busy summer months, you'll appreciate skipping the line with your guide. If you're here from November through March, St. Mark's Basilica does not offer skip-the-line entry to any tour groups since there are almost no lines at all.

St. Mark's is a sacred place, which means both men and women must cover their knees and shoulders. Otherwise, you may be refused entry during this portion of your tour. We understand the summers in Venice are hot, so 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 along Venice's canals towards your next tour stop, the iconic Rialto Bridge. Learn about the stories behind the gorgeous and historic bridge before crossing over to 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 Venice's most popular 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 for an experience most tourists don't get.

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. Here your guide will leave you with a trusted gondolier for a short, scenic cruise down Venice's Grand Canal and other hidden canals.

Break for Lunch

After your gondola ride, your guide will lead you back to St. Mark's Square and mention several great spots for you to enjoy lunch on your own. Enjoy a panino, a slice of pizza, or enjoy some typical Venetian cicchetti (small plates of food) with a glass of delicious wine. (Lunch not included.)

Be sure to head back to your original meeting point so your guide can prepare you to see one of Venice’s most sought-after experiences: Doge’s Palace.

Doge's Palace History

Skip the line and go behind the scenes to see the best parts of this incredible Venetian palace. This is where powerful doges (chief magistrates) 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.

What you get with this tour
Skip the Line
St. Mark’s Basilica Tickets Included
English Speaking Guide
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Outstanding tour with the perfect guide!
01 April 2022
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Reviewed by
Cynthia Stanton

Roberta was amazing. She was kind, welcoming and showed a genuine interest in the group. We learned so much history about the Doge’s palace, Saint Marks Bascilica. The gondola was a fun experience. Roberta has a great passion for Venice and it’s history. Loved the tour. We highly recommend this tour! Ask Roberta where to get the best tiramisu - it was delicious!

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06 November 2019
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Reviewed by
John Weaver

Loved our tour and tour guide. It was a informative tour. You really need a pen or pencil to take down all the information that the guide I shared with you. If you want to learn about Venice this is the tour you want to go on. I rained and and gondola ride got backed up but our tour guide got us bumped to the front really quickly. The Roman Guys were recommended to us by friend that had gone the year before and we were not disappointed

Wonderful tour and guid
15 October 2019
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Reviewed by
Patrick Doak

I cannot say enough about how wonderful our tour/guide was in Venice. Chiara was simply magnificent and was a wealth of knowledge. She was also helpful with other suggestions after our tour was over for the day. I appreciated her willingness to put up with me and my questions! I highly recommend this tour and the Tour Guy. Great value for the money and there's no way we could have done all that we did buy ourselves due to the long lines. Thank you!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

Find your guide holding a red sign that has The Tour Guy logo on it, standing between the two big columns in St. Mark’s Square: San Marco and San Teodoro. They are located on the south side of the square near the canal. A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check in.

What to bring?

Comfortable shoes and a desire to explore Venice.

What if I have concerns about my mobility on this tour?

If you have any doubts about your mobility, we suggest taking a private Venice tour so your needs can be better accommodated

What should I wear?

Since St. Mark's is a sacred place, we ask both men and women to cover knees and shoulders, otherwise you might be refused entry and miss out on a portion of your tour. We understand the summers in Venice can be hot, so a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. Please also wear comfortable shoes since this is a walking tour.

What should I bring?

Your curiosity, a phone or camera, and a water bottle. Please don't bring large backpacks or bags, since they are usually prohibited inside St. Mark's Basilica.

Does the tour always skip the line?

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 since there are no lines.

Is lunch included in the price of the tour?

No, lunch is not included in the price of your tour, but your guide will have lots of recommendations for tasty places to eat.

What to bring?

Comfortable shoes and a desire to explore Venice.

Where to meet?

Find your guide holding a red sign that has The Tour Guy logo on it, standing between the two big columns in St. Mark’s Square: San Marco and San Teodoro. They are located on the south side of the square near the canal. A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check in.

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