Venice in a Day Tour with Venetian Gondola Ride
Our best walking tour in Venice with St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace
Do you want to visit all the best attractions in Venice? Our Venice in a Day tour covers all the major attractions plus hidden gems. The walking and boat tour includes St. Mark's Basilica, Rialto bridge, Doge's Palace and a gondola ride.
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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Wonderful day learning about Venice
Of our three days in Venice, we opted to take a tour with a guide for one full day, and are we ever glad we did. Chiara, from "The Roman Guy Tours" was informative, engaging and full of passion for this wonderful city. We learned about so many details we could not possibly have gleaned from just studying up on a site ourselves before visiting a site. We loved discovering the little things we would likely not have noticed, or if we did, not understand the context. My favourite was seeing a sculpture outside of the Palazzo Ducale of Adam and Eve. She, holding her hand to her chest and pointing at Adam. He, holding his hand up as if to say, "wasn't me". We toured the Piazza San Marco, explored the Basilica Di San Marco (the Doge's Church), the Palazzo Ducale (Duke's Palace), The Campanile Di San Marco (Bell Tower), walked some of the streets north of the Piazza to see the architecture, and enjoyed a gondola ride with the group along narrow canals and out into the Grande Canale. The earphones were very comfortable and it was very easy to follow Chiara's descriptions at all times. Another big benefit: skipping the line is a real pleasure when it is long, your time is limited, and your feet are a little tired already. We highly recommend the The Roman Guy Tour company, and this specific tour.
Don't miss out!
We were only in Venice 2 days so almost cancelled this tour and I'm so glad we didn't. Learned so much about the history of Venice and the Gondola ride was amazing! As usual, the Roman tour guide was amazing. There was only our group of four so she accommodated our needs. Highly recommend.
Our guides on this day tour were amazing and knew so much! We will definitely go on another Roman Guy tour in the future!