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Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola

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Venezia, Italy
Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola

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icon7 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


First time in Venice? Maximize your time in the city with a full-day itinerary that ticks off all the most memorable attractions. Stroll across the Rialto Bridge and browse the lively Rialto fish market, then hop aboard a traditional gondola for a romantic cruise along the Grand Canal. Next, access St. Mark’s Basilica and gaze down over the city from the cathedral’s rooftop terrace. Finally, enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the grandiose Doge’s Palace. This small-group tour is limited to 20 people ensuring a personalized experience.
  • Full-day ‘Venice in One Day’ sightseeing tour
  • Witness local life on a walking tour of Venice’s colorful neighborhoods and the Rialto markets
  • Cruise along the Grand Canal on a romantic gondola ride
  • Visit St. Mark’s Basilica and take in the views from the terrace
  • Explore the magnificent Doge’s Palace on a guided tour
  • Small-group tour limited to 20 people ensures a personalized experience

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour combines a trio of essential Venice experiences with the intimacy of a small group.
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Venice walking tour including local Venetian English speaking guide
Venice gondola ride with no more than 6 people (unguided)
Small groups of 20 people or fewer for walking section
Headsets when necessary
Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
Transportation in between the tours

Departure Point

Campo S. Giacomo di Rialto, 255, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy

At the central fountain of Campo San Giacomo di Rialto (Campo San Giacometto).

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

St. Mark's Square

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • St. Mark's Basilica can be subject to unforeseen closures due to particular liturgical celebrations. In the case in which the basilica is closed, we will give you explanations from the outside.
  • Please note that lunch is not included on this tour. We have allowed time for you to eat lunch between the AM and PM tours. Your guide will give you recommendations and tell you where to meet after lunch but please be aware that it is your responsibility to arrive at the meeting point in time for your PM tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • The prisons and the armory of the Doge's Palace are not wheelchair-accessible, as a result of which we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on this tour.
  • Please remember that the basilica is a holy place and attire must be appropriate: Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress. Backpacks are prohibited inside of St. Mark's Basilica.
  • This tour runs rain or shine. However, please note that the gondola ride cannot operate during heavy rain or high tides. In this case we will provide an alternative itinerary.
  • After your 2-hour exploration of Venice, your guide drops you off at the Gondola Stand for a relaxing gondola ride. The guide will not be with you on the gondola.
  • Backpacks are prohibited inside of St. Mark's Basilica.
  • Please note that it is not possible to bring large backpacks on the tour.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • From August 6th 2021, all Italy sites we visit will require clients and guides alike to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test completed within 48 hours prior to entry. They will also require a legal form of ID matching the vaccination or test results. More info on the Italian Government website
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Walks - Italy, Spain & Greece
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.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ?
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
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola .
What is the policy on sanitization during Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola .
What is the social distancing policy during Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Group or Private Venice In a Day: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace & Gondola .

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Traveler Tips

  • "The tour is long, so come with comfortable shoes and after a good breakfast." See review
  • "Have lunch in St Mark’s Square during the break and people watch!" See review


207 Reviews
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A good overview of Venice
, Oct 2021
It was well paced and entertaining. The tour guide was well informed and threw on some quirky facts about the Venetians of the past.
Perfect way to get to know Venice.
, Oct 2021
Perfect way to get to know Venice on our first day. Our guide, Mosé, was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and he filled the day with interesting information as well as personal stories and anecdotes - I would highly recommend.
Do not miss this tour!
, Oct 2021
Martina was one of the best parts of our vacation! She was so knowledgeable, engaging, and funny. We learned so much about Venice and saw so many beautiful sites. Just take this tour! You won't regret it.
Venice in a day!
, Oct 2021
I wish we remembered our tour guides name because she was amazing! Extremely knowledgeable and fun experience. We took the gondola ride even though it rained and still had a blast. Highly recommend this tour.
Our tour guide Nicolette...
, Sep 2021
Our tour guide Nicolette was wonderful. She was extremely knowledgeable and made sure everyone was having a good time.
It was so informative
, Sep 2021
I loved her knowledge of everything. Also she remembered everyone in the groups name. Any question we asked she answered and if she did not know she found out
This was an amazing tour....
, Sep 2021
This was an amazing tour. Our guide was awesome. The view and all the beautiful art work and detail was so beautiful.
Loved this tour !!!
, Sep 2021
The tour was awesome !! Sara was absolutely so knowledgeable and fun, she made the whole experience amazing!! Loved the gondola part of the tour!!!
Wonderful tour with a knowledgeable guide - perfect for those who need to see Venice in a day!
, Aug 2021
Susan did a great job - we truly enjoyed the tour and her extensive knowledge, humor and familiarity with Venice made it one of the best we've been on. It was an exceptionally hot day and she did her best to make sure everyone was comfortable. The gondola ride was perfect!
Good way to see the city.
, Aug 2021
Nice tour. Saw a lot of the city and even went back to some places on our own. The tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly. The gondola ride was pretty. The Basilica was just like most others in Italy. Doges Palace was interesting, especially the jail portion. Be warned that if you bring a bag to Doge Palace, they may randomly require you to check the bag. They let some bags in, but not others, despite the bags being searched prior to admission. They said it was based on size, but it definitely was not as there were MANY larger bags seen throughout the Palace so it was purely subjective. This was strictly an issue with Doge Palace, not the tour.

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