Venice: Grand Canal by gondola & St. Mark's Basilica guided tour

The tour starts with the charming gondola ride along the Grand Canal and its hidden waterways where you’ll see the Mozart’s House, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, San Giorgio’s Island and enjoy the breathtaking overview of Piazza San Marco from the water.
The expert gondoliers will drive you in hidden spots reachable only by gondola!

Enter in the breathtaking St. Mark’s Basilica of Piazza San Marco and discover its hidden treasuries. The guide will accompany for 1 hour inside the church telling you its secrets and history of the many artistic masterpieces as the five domes covered by gold or the famous Pala d’Oro!

The Cathedral is known also as the Golden Basilica, due to its incredible mosaics made by pure gold.

This guided visit is the only one where you can enjoy part of the explanation comfortably seated in the middle of the church!

Later, enjoy the Audio guide with digital to discover more than 200 Venice Highlights! Download it on your mobile and visit the city at your pace!

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1 hour 30 minutes


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  • What's included :
    • 30 minutes shared gondola ride
    • Skip the line for St.Mark's Basilica and Pala D'Oro
    • Glass Craftsman at work close to Saint Mark’s Square.
    • Audio-receiver devices are included in case of groups over 10 people inside the Golden Basilica
    • Guiided Tour of the St.Mark's Basilica with qualifed guide.
    • 1 hour inside the Basilica and part of the visit done comfortably seated
    • Mobile audio guide with digital map with more than 200 Venice highlights
    • Entry/Admission - Basilica di San Marco
    What's excluded :
    • Hotel pickup
    • commentary on gondola
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Canal Grande, 30100 Venice Italy

    The experience starts with a relaxing gondola ride along the Grand Canal: during the cruise you will admire the magnificent Palaces decorating the richest waterway of the world!

    The gondolier will drive you along the most romantic spots and picturesque corners.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Pass By: Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Just East Accademia Along Gran Canal, 30123 Venice Italy

    Along the itinerary you will admire the Mozart’s House, The Phoenix Theatre and the stunning Peggy Guggenheim Collection Palace

    Pass By: Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice Italy

    and then, in the heart of the Grand Canal, you will be stunned in front of the beauty of St. Mark’s basin with the Salute Church, Punta della Dogana, St. Giorgio Island and the incredible overview of the Doge Palace and the Bell tower!

    Stop At: Basilica di San Marco, Piazza San Marco 328, 30124 Venice Italy

    At the end of the gondola ride you will start the guided tour of St. Mark’s Cathedral known as the Golden Basilica, thanks to the mosaics made of pure gold that decora all the church and its five-domes. The guide will escort you in the heart of this byzantine masterpiece explaining its history and the meaning of the artistic artworks in the Cathedral.

    This special tour will make you skip all the lines and giving you priority access to the Pala D’oro (golden altarpiece composed by gems, gold and diamonds) and to the Saint Mark’s Treasury: an exclusive collection of relics and precious items collected along the centuries.

    Two activities together to make you discover Venice in all its splendor.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Pass By: Venice, Venice, Veneto

    Later, enjoy the Audio guide with digital map to discover the 5 districts of Venice with their best attractions and squares, day or night, on a self-guided tour. Listen to the automatic audio narration of the city’s highlights, with more than 200 points of interest!

  • Departure Point :
    1: Calle larga de l'Ascension, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
    2: San Marco, 146, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
    Departure Time :
    11:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • The tour does not operate in case of exceptionally bad weather, high/low tide (in these cases it can be postponed the day after otherwise it will be refunded)
    • The Golden Basilica Tour does not operate in case of unplanned religious functions (in these cases it can be postponed the day after otherwise it will be refunded)
    • Each gondola can guest maximum 6 people; the seat aboard cannot be chosen but will be assigned by the gondolier depending of guests weight
    • For the visit of the Basilica suitable clothing is required (no shorts)
    • For security reasons suitcases, backpacks or large bags are not allowed inside the 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!
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • You must download the audio guide with digital map on your mobile phone
    • You will receive the audio guide with digital map by e-mail. If you have any problems with this, please come to Venice Tours office (San Marco 1130) for assistance.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by VENICE TOURS S.R.L.

Activity ID: V-21441P37

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