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Gondola ride and Saint Mark's Basilica tour

4.1/5
Excellent
Based on 19 reviews
Free cancellation
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Language: English, Italian, French, Spanish, German
Mobile voucher accepted
Safety measures applied

Do this because

Admire the charm of Venice seen from the water

Visit Saint Mark's Basilica, a masterpiece of Byzantine art

Enter the breathtaking Canal Grande

Enjoy a privileged entry to avoid the line at the church

What to expect

Explore Venice on a peaceful gondola ride and visit one of its symbols: St Mark's Basilica.

Venetian gondola is not only known for its elegance and the way it silently slides along the green channels of Venice. It did change over time and the parts it is made of also have symbolic meanings related to the city it is associated with. Discover Venice as locals have been doing since far back in time, sliding among the narrow canals and admiring masterpieces of architecture, water reflections and peace away from the crowded alleys. Be ready for the last part of the ride, because it is the one that sees the gondola flowing into the Grand Canal, revealing breathtaking views over the most famous canal of Venice.

Then you will take part in a guided visit to one of the most renowned and amazing cathedrals in the world: St Mark's Basilica. This is the place where Eastern and Western architecture run into each other, as majestic in its exteriors, as rich in the history it witnessed and represents. Here, you will learn more about the everlasting history of Venice, about St. Mark and how his remains came to rest and are shielded here. Surrounded by the Basilica's beautiful golden mosaics and marble inlays, a professional guide will take you along the history and the special features of this unique masterpiece of Byzantine art. Among the priceless treasures shielded in the Basilica, you will have the chance to admire the golden mosaics, maybe the most famous feature of the cathedral.

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COVID-19 information

The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.

Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds

The experience complies with government regulations

What’s included

Boarding assistance to the gondola

30-minute shared gondola ride

Experienced tour guide

Skip-the-line entrance to the Basilica

Guided tour of the Basilica upper floor: Museum and Terrace

Personal audio system to hear the guide better

What’s not included

Commentary during the gondola ride

Location

Calle Larga de l'Ascension, 30124 Venice VE, Italy

Meeting point:

Calle Larga Ascensione, in front of the Post office just next to St.Mark's Square. Go to the wooden stand with the yellow sign "Meeting point". Please be sure to get there at least 15 minutes prior to the tour starting time.

Provider

Gray Line Venice

Cancellation policy

Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the activity begins.

Important to know

  • Please note that no refund will be accepted for no-shows or late arrivals. The tour will take place also with rain, in the event of exceptionally high tides in Venice or heavy rain it might be canceled by the organizer and a refund will be provided
  • Between the gondola ride and the Basilica guided tour you will have approx 3 hours of free time
  • For security reasons, backpacks and bags are not allowed inside the Basilica. Travelers are kindly advised to take fewer bags as possible in order to avoid long lines at the deposit
  • Please note that it is a shared gondola (up to five people for each one) so you might have to share it with other people

What people say about this experience

Excellent

4.1/5

Based on 19 reviews from verified customers

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  • Anonymous

    From Spain - September 2022

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

    He de decir que tanto la visita a la basílica de San Marcos como el paseo en góndola fueron geniales. En la visita a la basílica todo muy bien explica ...

  • Anonymous

    From Portugal - August 2022

    Average

    Overall rated

    3/5

    A visita a catedral foi espetacular, a guia era muito querida e explícita! Quanto ao passeio de gôndola, o método de organização é um pouco medíocre! ...

  • Anonymous

    From Italy - May 2022

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

    Bellissima esperienza era la prima volta che ci andavamo ed è stato molto emozionante attraversare i vari i canali. Il gondoliere poi persona fantasti ...

  • Anonymous

    From Italy - April 2022

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

  • Anonymous

    From France - October 2018

    Great

    Overall rated

    4/5

    Les rendez vous pas precis

  • Anonymous

    From France - September 2018

    Average

    Overall rated

    3/5

    Pas de bonne indication pour le point de rendez-vous personnes nous attendais, et pour la suite aucune information pour le prochain point de rencontre ...