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Venice: Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace, and 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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Small Group Venice In a Day with Basilica San Marco and Doges Palace plus Gondola Ride
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 15 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.
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Reviewed 3 days ago
Good choice of tour

I selected the Venice in a day with walking tour, gondola ride, Doge’s Palace and Basilica San Marco. It was excellent and value for money. Interesting guide and all very well organised. Only small complaint was the time spent looking at and hearing descriptions of...More

1  Thank CarolineW_11
Reviewed 5 days ago
Spending the day with a local!

Our guide was tremendous - a real treat getting to spend with the day with a local Venecian! Would highly recommended this tour.

Thank Blair K
Reviewed 5 days ago
Amazing Venice Tour!

Walks of Italy gave us the best tours we've ever taken. We did five total this trip: Venice in a day, Florence, Rome in a day, Crypts & Catacombs, and Pristine Sistine. Each guide really knew their stuff and filled each day with fascinating stories,...More

1  Thank 812kmb
Reviewed 1 week ago
Fantastic way to see Venice

Great tour- We were in a group of only 9 and our guide Monique gave us a great passionate insight into her city.Starting in the Rialto district - explaining the history of the area / the markets / the key buildings walked us through the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
Venice, museums and Gondola ride oh my!

Simply wonderful! Iola was so poised and showed so much patience with our questions. She seemed so excited about Venice which translated to a great day for us. Would highly recommend and will watch for more “Walks” as we travel

Thank Linda C
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16 September 2018|
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Response from MCCREREY | Reviewed this property |
Hi - our tour finished around 4.30 at doges palace - we were left to look around further if we wanted.
9 September 2018|
Response from Alan R | Reviewed this property |
Yes. This is s guided tour so the guide takes the group right into St Marco at the appropriate time.
9 September 2018|
Response from CedCert | Reviewed this property |
Yes, and it's worth it!! It allows you to skip the line for purchasing tickets (which is the very long line that could add up to 1 hour to your visit), not the security check lines, which moves very fast. Ours was 5-7 mins... More
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