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Small Group Venice In a Day with Basilica San Marco and Doges Palace plus Gondola Ride

  • Full-day ‘Venice in One Day’ sightseeing tour: St. Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace and the Grand Canal
  • 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
Small Group Venice In a Day with Basilica San Marco and Doges Palace plus Gondola Ride
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From 01 March 2019Most Popular
08:30 AM Departure in English
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First time in Venice? Maximise 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 15 people ensuring a personalized experience.
What to Expect
One day to see all the top attractions in Venice? The Venice In a Day Tour will take you to all the top attractions in the company of some of the best guides in the city.
Start your day early on the Rialto bridge before the crowds arrive. After meeting your local Venetian guide and snapping some of those all-important pictures, its off to the Rialto Fish Market to learn about the rich culinary history of the city, get restaurant recommendations, and see how the chefs and mamas of Venice source their food.
Next you’ll set off into the most authentic and atmospheric neighborhoods in Venice for an intimate walking tour that will acquaint you with the city at street level. Along the way you’ll see the childhood home of Marco Polo, the Venetian merchant who brought Europe the first account of China; and discover how the “Church of Miracles” got its name and much more.
It’s not all walking though. Because Venice is as much in the sea as it is on the land you’ll step into a gondola (max 6 people per gondola) for a relaxing, all inclusive ride through the world-famous canals. Considering that independent rides usually cost around €80, this is quite a bargain.
After disembarking, it’s time for some serious historical and artistic exploration. Visit St. Mark’s Basilica to gape at the incredible art and mosaics inside while hearing the unbelievable story of how Venice gained (and in some cases plundered) its treasures. 
Next, it’s on to the Doge’s Palace which was the center of Venice’s maritime empire for hundreds of years. As you wander the corridors of power your guide will fill you in on all the skulduggery that went on behind the scenes, from Casanova’s prison break to the Duke whose faced was blacked out of every portrait and painting.
With expert, English-speaking, local tour guides and intimate groups of 18 people or fewer, you’ll see a side of Venice that few visitors ever get to experience. You'll be taken under the skin of the world’s most unique city, revealing the rich culture and history that sits just below the surface, just waiting to be discovered.
Reviews (110)
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Reviewed 26 November 2018
Fantastic way to see Venice

Our guide was passionate and knowledgeable and this made the experience a highlight of our trip. She provided enough detail for all and was available for extra discussion for those who wanted more detail. a great way to experience the highlights, beat the lines and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 8 November 2018
Venice at it's best!

Manuela was great. Very knowledgeable and personable. He loves being a Venetian and it shows! The day tour was very nice and showed a lot of Venice in one day. Could not have asked for more. This was the third Walks tour we have done...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank tld5432
Reviewed 7 November 2018
Interesting facts and well worth the money

Excellent walking tour of Venice with skip-the-line tickets and a gondola ride thrown in. We booked this tour for our first full day in Venice and I'm so glad we did. Our guide managed to give a good balance of historical and interesting facts. The...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Caroline202
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile
Venice in a day

Great tour! This a great way to see Venice our guide was awesome. We started off near the Rialto bridge and finished in St Marks Square. We got our money’s worth on this one and then some. The history of Venice was narrated to us...More

Thank GlobeTrotting814766
Reviewed 31 October 2018
Great way to familiarize yourself with Venice

This tour was a great way to see and familiarize yourself with the city. Our guide Andreas was very good. He was very friendly, accommodating and passionate about his city. This was a whole day walking tour including a gondola ride. Then we went on...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Lynn W
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Response from Julie B | Reviewed this property |
Our tour was on a Saturday, this was a stand out tour and the guide really amazing!!! Would still choose this tour if that is your only concern.
30 November 2018|
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Response from Julie B | Reviewed this property |
You do all a fair bit and finding sitting is hard we had the lunch break plus sometimes you could find a place to sit. I have a back issue and was ok.
30 November 2018|
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Response from GlobeTrotting814766 | Reviewed this property |
I agree it’s about a 4-5 mile walk. With a one hour break for lunch not many opportunities for a sit down.