Venice in 1 day: Doge Palace, Basilica & gondola ride

See Venice in a day with our gondola ride, Doge's Palace and San Marco's Basilica tour

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Discover the Best of the City in 1 day

Enter in the imposing Palazzo Ducale with its marvelous rooms, rich of history and incredible masterpieces made by great artists as Tintoretto that made the “Last Judgment, one of the largest paintings in the world, for the “Major Council Hall”.
Admire the Golden staircase: the main entrance for the halls of power where the Doge decided the faith of the Republic! Cross the Bridge of Sighs going down to the dark Venetian prisons famous for hosting Giacomo Casanova. Here you will relive the anguish of the prisoners who, from the bridge, saw Venice for the last time.

Later, enjoy a marvelous 1-hour visit inside the Golden Basilica: famous for its five-domes covered by gold and the uncountable art masterpieces. The expert guide will accompany along its secular history narrating history, curiosities and legends around the Church! Be stunned in front of the Pala D’oro: stunning altar full of gems and precious stones.

In Piazza San Marco you’ll visit a glass showroom where a local craftsman creates a unique glass artwork using the ancient Murano techniques. During the 20-minutes demonstration you’ll learn the history of this magic art that made Murano worldwide famous. At end you’ll receive a small present as souvenir.

Get on gondola and discover the Canal Grande and its romantic waterways! During the pleasant promenade you will admire some of the main Venice highlights as Mozart’s house, the world-wide famous Fenice Opera house, Basilica of Santa Maria della SalutePunta della DoganaPeggy Guggenheim Collection and many others!
Included in the gondola you’ll enjoy the commentary by mobile app that narrates you history and curiosities about the palaces around you.

  • Chevron down Inclusions
    • Live guided tour of Palazzo Ducale and Basilica
    • Audio-receiver devices for groups of more than 10 people
    • 30-minute shared gondola ride
    • Glassblowing demonstration in Piazza San Marco
    • Multilingual assistance for embarking
    • Mobile app with audio commentary for gondola
  • Chevron down Meeting points
  • FOR DOGE’S PALACE AND BASILICA TOUR: 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”. Do NOT go to the Bell Tower.

    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.

    FOR GLASSBLOWING DEMONSTRATION: 
    Close to the well of Bacino Orseolo, In front of the Testolini Bottega dell’Arte- San Marco 1758.  – Our assistant will wait for you with the sign GLASSBLOWING TOUR.

    Reach St. Mark’s Square, leaving the Church on your shoulders go to the end of the Square and turn the last Calle on your right, go under the arches and you will find Bacino Orseolo with its gondola landing stage. Keep Hard Rock Café and Zara Shop on your left , after few metres you will find Ponte Tron, keep it on the right and you will find  a little square  with a well, you are in Bacino Orseolo. You will find the assistant close to the well and the shop TESTOLINI Bottega dell’Arte address San Marco 1758 with a signboard in which is written “GLASS BLOWING TOUR”

    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: our assistant will wait for you with a signboard in which is written “GONDOLA TOUR”.

    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”.

  • Chevron down Language Options
  • From April to October:
    English, French, Spanish, and German from Monday to Saturday.
    Italian only on Saturday.

    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.

  • Chevron down Important Information
    • Unfortunately, this tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities.
    • For security reasons sacks, bags or knapsacks are not allowed inside the Doges’ Palace and Golden Basilica: 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!
    • Comfortable shoes suggested – For the visit of Basilica proper clothing are required (no short or tank pops).
    • The tour could be shared with guests not belonging to the same party.
    • 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.
    • Unfortunately, this tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities.
    • The gondola ride does not operate in case of exceptionally bad weather, high/low tide or local gondoliers strike (in these cases it can be postponed the days after otherwise it will be refunded).
    • Each gondola can hold a maximum of 6 people.
    • The gondolier will determine which seat you will sit in according to each guests weight.