Venice Walking Tour, St Mark’s Basilica & Gondola Ride
Admire Venice from different perspectives and experience 3 of its must-see highlights on a single 3.5-hour combined itinerary.
Duration 3h : 30m
20 participants maximum
Take a guided walk around St Mark’s Square, then drift along the small canals off the Grand Canal by gondola and finally skip the lines to the Byzantine church of St. Mark’s Basilica. Don’t miss the opportunity to spend an unforgettable morning in Venice!
Discover Venice from land and water on a combined half-day tour of 3 distinct itineraries; a walking tour from St. Mark’s Square to the Rialto Bridge and market, a 30-minute gondola ride on some of the smaller canals and a guided visit to St. Mark’s Basilica. First, meet your guide near St. Mark’s Square for a walking tour from St. Mark’s to the Rialto Bridge. Your guide will reveal the magic and history of Venice outside some its most famous buildings. Admire the Byzantine façade of St. Mark’s Basilica and the imposing Doge’s Palace before you depart. Head towards Campo Santa Maria Formosa to learn the story of one of the most beautiful churches in Venice. See the former home of the explorer Marco Polo, and pass the Malibran Theatre, known for having the most extravagant stage in the city. Finally, walk to the Mercerie to discover a fascinating array of narrow streets where the valuable goods brought to the city from distant markets were sold. The second part of the tour includes a gondola ride to discover some new and not very well-known areas of one of the most beautiful cities in the world! The gondola tour will let you discover the Basilica della Salute, one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture, which offers a different perspective view according to the point from which it is observed. Re-group outside St. Mark’s Basilica to skip-the-line to see its gilded interior around 30 minutes after the conclusion of the gondola ride. Learn the history of one of the world’s most iconic cathedrals, getting up-close to its gilded mosaics and the rarely seen Pala d’Oro (Golden Pall), one of the most accomplished works of Byzantine art. Get advantage of this combined tour, which covers three fascinating itineraries at a lower price than purchasing the individual ones!
Departure Days & Time All year From Monday to Saturday 9.00 am
Languages available Only for the waking tour and guided visit. Explanations during the gondola ride are not provided. • From November 1st 2015 to March 31st 2016 BILINGUAL TOUR (explanations will be provided in two languages if the audience provenience is mixed) English: from Monday to Saturday Spanish: Wednesday, Saturday French: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday German: Monday, Friday • From April 1st to October 31st 2016: English: from Monday to Saturday Spanish: from Monday to Saturday French: from Monday to Saturday German: from Monday to Saturday Italian: Saturday
Additional information • Please note this is a combo tour including 3 single tours. • Please arrive at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before the tour departure time. • At the tour departure point you will meet a representative who will check your vouchers and give you information to do the tour. • During the winter period (from November 1st to March 31st) the tour is BILINGUAL, because explanations will be provided in two languages if the audience provenience is mixed. No explanations are provided during the gondola ride. • No credit or refunds will be given in the case of a no show (if you don’t show up at the meeting point at the time indicated on your voucher) • This is a collective tour, which means there might be other participants going on the tour with you. • The gondola ride might be suspended in case of BAD WEATHER. In such cases you are required to go to the tour departure point in order to know whether the tour takes place or not and any alternative ways to use the service. • In cases of religious ceremonies or exceptionally high tides, access to St Mark s Basilica may not be permitted. • To visit St Mark s Basilica it is necessary to dress appropriately (no shorts or vest or tops) and backpacks are not allowed for safety reasons. • Please note that, due to the particular morphological structure of Venice and the logistic problems resulting from it, we cannot guarantee that the whole tour is accessible to people with limited mobility. This means that people with walking difficulties and wheelchair users could not be able to access some parts of the itinerary.
The tour includes:
Skip the Line access and guided visit to St Mark’s Basilica