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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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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 1 week ago
A great tour of Venice

Our tour of the Venice was part of a group of 15 people, led by a local guide. The tour was in English by a guide who speaks English as a second language. You use ear buds with a receiver so you can hear him...More

Thank Alan R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Enjoy the beautiful city

I highly recommend this small group tour. Guiding us through the narrow streets we could all stand and walk near the guide often hearing without. the need for the audio headset. Our guide Alessandro is also a history teacher with exceptional know of the city....More

Thank Gary V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Walks of Italy - a perfect ONE DAY tour!

We are very happy with our tour, the timing was just right, the route was interesting, the components within the tour were just right, i.e. the walk to the Rialto Bridge, the market, the gondola ride, and the visits to the Doge's Palace and St...More

Thank Aileen G
Reviewed 12 July 2018
Amazing Tour

This was a long, exhausting day of a tour, but it was AMAZING! See the smaller bits of Venice, and get to skip the line at the Basilica and Doge’s Palace. The guides are knowledgeable, friendly, and funny. The gondola ride is a great addition...More

1  Thank Carrie C
Reviewed 9 July 2018
Amazing tour with Elizabetta

We chose to do the whole day tour Venice in a day including the Rialto Bridge, market area, walking through the alleys of Venice, gondola ride, St Mark's and the Doge's Palace. It was a massive day, but so informative. We were able to see...More

Thank starbel
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28 July 2018|
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Response from Karen K | Reviewed this property |
You should be able to. We started at 8:00 am, had about an hour and a half for lunch and strolling, then the tour wrapped up around 5:00 pm.
Jenique K
5 July 2018|
Response from Skip D | Reviewed this property |
Yes it includes both the Basilica and Doge's palace. Great tour!
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