Heart of Venice: Doge Palace+ Golden Basilica+ Grand Canal by gondola + Panoramic tour

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A guided tour in the Palazzo Ducale which represented for centuries the seat of the Venetian political power. In his splendid rooms, plastered and immersed in hundreds of masterpieces of painting, the Duke and his Council controlled the fate of a thousand-year history republic. You’ll live it together with a guide that will show you the halls of power, plunging you in a very particular historical context: the European Middle Ages and the immediately following centuries.

After, you visit one of the most majestic cathedrals of the world! On this tour, escorted by a tour guide you will enjoy a full visit of the Golden Basilica, unique of its kind in Italy, you'll have the pleasure to savour beautiful gold mosaics and marble inlays of the floors, sitting comfortably while our guide will show you the represented biblical scenes, the history and the particularities of this ancient basilica.

You may visit by yourself the other magnificent palaces around St. Mark’s Square under the name of Procuratie with the same ticket!


Gondola Ride

An exciting gondola ride in Venice that will take you along the canals of this magical city. Enjoy the gondola cruise through the Venice most romantic waterways passing under small bridges and along part of the Grand Canal!
During your pleasant gondola ride you will admire the Mozart House passing by the worldwide famous La Fenice Theatre proceeding along the Rio (Canal) “De le Ostreghe” leading into the most charming part of the Grand Canal, where you will admire the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
The only gondola tour with commentary: a mobile-guide which will explain the magnificent palaces and attractions around you! Venice Goes App is an innovative mobile app (included in the price) that you can download easily on your mobile, click here to know how to get it.


Panoramic Tour

A personal walking tour is the best way to discover independently the most famous and marvelous areas of Venice: Accademia, San Marco and Rialto!

31 points of interest spread across the itinerary, among them you will see the magnificent Theatre “La Fenice”, Rialto Bridge with its typical market and the majestic Accademia Bridge! Of course the audio-guide will escort you through the endless-history of Saint Mark’s Square and its breathtaking basin!

Download the app on your device and you won’t get lost in the city! You will be able to visit Venice, corner by corner, step by step, at your pace.


Key details

 

  • Meeting point: For Doge’s Palace & Basilica: St. Mark's Square - Clock Tower near exchange office (the white building with blue clock facade). Our assistant will wait for you with the sign “TOUR”.
    For Gondola ride: Ground floor colonnade in front of Museo Correr's Entrance - Saint Mark's Square. Facing the Museo Correr's entrance you will see the Post Office (POSTE ITALIANE) on your left side. It is far 2-minutes walking to the gondola station. Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the departure time. Our assistant will wait for you with the sign "GONDOLA TOUR".
  • Timetable:  every day at 10:45 AM (not available on Sunday). Please, be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the departure time. Gondola ride: at 4:00 PM. Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the departure time.
  • Availability: From 1st April 2018 to 31st October 2019. The tour does not operate on 18th April - 25th April – 15th August – 1st November – 8th and 25th December – 1st and 6th January and 24th February and during unplanned religious celebrations.
  • Duration: 4 hours (3 hours for guided tour and 30 minutes for gondola ride)
  • Languages: from April to October: English, French, Spanish and German every day - Italian only on Saturday. The visit is monolingual. From November to March: English from Monday to Saturday - German on Monday and Friday - French on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday - Spanish on Wednesday and Saturday the visit could be bilingual.
  • Inclusion: Shared gondola ride - Shared guided tour with commentary by a qualified and experienced guide – “Skip the line” Doge’s Palace, the Basilica and Pala D’Oro guided tour – Audio receiver devices are included in case of groups over 10 people – Entrance ticket valid to visit by yourself the palace around St. Mark’s Square (Old Royal Palace now Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana) – Mobile app for Rialto and San Marco self-guided tour.
  • Price: € 85 - From 2 to 5 years old  € 30- Free under 2 years old - From 1st April: € 89 - per person - From 2 to 5 years old  € 30- Free under 2 years old
  • Sale: Free sale until the beginning of the tour
  • Cancellation: bookings can be cancelled with no charge up to 24 hours before the service. Tours does not operate in case of exceptional high tide or in case of unplanned religious functions (in these cases it can be postponed to the day after otherwise it will be refunded).

This tour is not fully accessible wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities - Comfortable shoes suggested – The tour is not considered private but it is shared with other guests not belonging to the same party – Each gondola can host maximum 6 people; the seat aboard cannot be chosen but will be assigned by the gondolier depending of guest’s weight –  Mobile vouchers are accepted. Audio-receiver devices are included in case of groups over 10 people. Tour does not operate on Sunday, on 25th April, 8th and 25th December, 1st and 6th January; and in case of exceptional high tide or in case of special religious functions (in these cases it can be postponed the day after otherwise it will be refunded). For the visit of the Basilica proper clothing is required (no shorts or tank tops) – For security reasons sacks, bags or knapsacks are not allowed inside the Basilica  and Doge Palace: Prior to your visit you must deposit them at the Ateneo San Basso (St.Mark’s Square – Calle San Basso). The storage service is free of charge, but please allow sufficient time!
During some days of high turnout or for reason of force majeure (for example high tide or security problems) the waiting time to access St. Mark’s Basilica might be longer than expected: in this case, please line up and respect the instructions provided by the guide. For general conditions refer to our brochure “Discovering Venice”. You will receive an e-mail with the QR code and instruction to active the app.


HOW TO REACH THE MEETING POINT FOR DOGE'S PALACE & BASILICA TOUR:

 

ARRIVING BY PUBLIC VAPORETTO 

Take line #1 and get off at “San Marco Vallaresso” stop or line #2 and get off at “San Marco Giardinetti” stop. Once you get off the vaporetto, turn right and go straight on to the two columns, then turn left and reach Saint Mark’s Square. Once by the Bell Tower, go straight on leaving the Basilica on your right and you find the assistant waiting for you with the signboard TOUR under the Clock Tower.

ARRIVING ON FOOT

The Clock Tower is located in Saint Mark’s Square. Once by the Bell Tower, go straight on leaving the Basilica on your right and you will find the assistant waiting for you with the signboard TOUR under the Clock Tower.


HOW TO REACH THE MEETING POINT FOR GONDOLA RIDE:

ARRIVING BY PUBLIC VAPORETTO
Take line #1 and get off at “San Marco Vallaresso” stop. Proceed straight on to the end of “Calle Vallaresso”. At the end turn right until you arrive up to a colonnade. The entrance of Museo Correr is under the colonnade – In front of it you will find the assistant waiting for you with a signboard “Gondola Tour”.
           

ARRIVING ON FOOT
Museo Correr is located in Saint Mark’s Square. Once by the Bell Tower leaving the Basilica behind you proceed straight on to the colonnade with Museo Correr’s entrance. In front of it you will find the assistant waiting for you with a signboard “Gondola Tour”.

 

REF. CODE FOR OPERATORS ONLY: QPCOMBO12

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Highlights

All venice in one day

Route

  1. Meeting point
  2. Basilica
  3. Doge Palace
  4. Meeting point Gondola Ride