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7.5-Hour Venice In A Day With St. Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace, & Gondola Ride - Escorted Day Tour

If you only have a short time in the Floating City, our comprehensive Venice In A Day Tour is a good start. Following a knowledgeable local guide you'll explore the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica with skip the line access; take to the canals for a gondola ride; and get a real sense of the city on a relaxed city stroll.

Venice is a city packed with unique history and culture, but if you only have a short amount of time to experience it the best way is through our Venice in a Day Tour.

Your day starts early, near the Rialto Bridge, where you'll learn how the city literally grew from the mud of the lagoon. You'll learn to identify the ways that its sea-borne origins have influenced history and culture. Nowhere is this demonstrated better than at the bustling Rialto Fish Market, where you'll see professional chefs mixing with home cooks, competing for some of the freshest fish you'll ever see.

From there you'll stroll through the backstreets of Venice, passing quiet piazzas and picturesque bridges, occasionally stopping at landmarks like the childhood home of Marco Polco, or popping into churches, like San Giovanni Gristosomo, to see paintings by Venetian masters Bellini and Sebastiano del Piombo. Along the way your guide will regail you with local history and lore to give you a feel for how Venice has evolved into the present day, and how this centuries-old society has survived for so long.

If you really want to see how the locals live, you have to hop on a boat. That's why this tour includes a 30-minute gondola ride that takes you through both busy thoroughfares and quieter, residential canals. In this way, you can see Venice the way it was meant to be seen: From the water.

After a break for lunch, during which your guide will give you recommendations on where to eat, you'll meet again in St. Mark's Square and stroll into St. Mark's Basilica with pre-reserved, Skip the Line tickets. This enormous church is one of the most unique and awe-inspiring in Italy. As you explore it, your guide will explain how a Byzantine-style building came to be Venice's greatest landmark, while pointing out some of the more unique stories featured in the golden mosaics that cover the ceilings.

Finally, you'll hop across St. Mark's Square to the Doge's Palace, which was once the political nerve center for an empire that stretched across the Mediterranean and into Asia. It was in this building that the Doge, or Duke of Venice lived and where he lorded over an empire of immense wealth but almost no actual land. This wealth is on display all through the palace in ornate decorations, and beautiful paintings by Venetian masters like Veronese and Bellini. You'll also get to see parts of the palace that weren't as nice, like the prisons, and the inside of the Bridge of Sighs.

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Venice

With a great historic past and incomparable art treasures, Venice is renowned as one of the world’s great cities. Its 118 islands are separated by more than 150 canals and spanned by 400 bridges. During Venice's artistic golden age many magnificent structures were erected to create world-famous masterpieces. One of the best sightseeing routes is along Grand Canal, with many palaces lining the famous waterway. St. Mark’s Square offers access to some of Venice’s most famed attractions - St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace. From Piazza San Marco, a maze of narrow streets are lined with shops, cafés and restaurants. A popular pastime is sitting at an outdoor café facing the square while people-watching and letting the whole marvelous scenario unfold. Venice’s Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands comprise an area famous as home of Venice’s glass-blowing industry and known for their charm, skilled lace-making and medieval monuments. Relax on a gondola ride, see art treasures in museums, churches and palaces, and have a sumptuous meal - all in this incomparable city.

Valid Travel Dates

Departure Dates:
From
Until
From Price
2/14/2019
12/31/2022
$151pp
Prices Start at:
$151
Number of Nights:
0
Vacation Inclusions:
  • 7.5 hour escorted tour
  • Skip the line Access St. Mark’s Basilica tickets
  • Skip the line Access Doge’s Palace tickets
  • Gondola ride
  • Guided city stroll
  • Expert local guide
  • Small group of no more than 18 people

Highlights:
  • St. Mark's Basilica
  • Gondola ride
  • St. Mark's Square
  • Doge's Palace
  • Bridge of Sighs
  • Rialto Bridge
  • Rialto Fish Market
  • House of Marco Polo (from outside)
  • Church of Miracles (from outside)
  • & much more


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Vacation Rating:
Deluxe
Remarks:
Rate is land only and per person, subject to availability, based on a Small Group Walking Tour. There are no hotels included in services. Blackout dates may apply. Child rate available upon request. Exclusions apply including gratuities to guide and hotel pick up/drop off; inquire for full list of exclusions. Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure. Order of sites visited is subject to change. Additional terms and conditions apply.

Note: This is a DAY TOUR with no hotel accommodations included. Price may vary by date of travel and currency rate fluctuations; please inquire for the best prices for your preferred travel dates.
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