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Venezia, Italy
Gondola Ride and St Mark's Basilica Tour

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Experience the two most quintessential things in Venice with a gondola ride and a tour of St. Mark's Basilica. See the sights of the canal city from the water during a 35-minute gondola cruise, followed by a guided tour of the Byzantine jewel of St. Mark's.
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Skip the line
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Small-group tour
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Gondola ride
Skip the line access and guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica
Calle larga de l'Ascension , Calle larga de l'Ascension, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Departure Point: • Calle Larga Ascensione, in front of St. Mark's Post Office located behind Correr Museum. (NO Baglioni Hotel Luna) Address: • Calle Larga Ascensione, in front of St. Mark's Post Office located behind Correr Museum. Google Maps Coordinates:45.433557, 12.336910

11:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • During the winter period (from November 1st to March 31st) the Basilica guided tour is BILINGUAL, so explanations are provided in two languages if the audience is mixed
  • 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
  • In cases of religious ceremonies, exceptionally high tides or other special occasions, access to St. Mark's Basilica may not be permitted
  • To visit St Mark's Basilica it is necessary to dress appropriately (no shorts, vests or tops) and backpacks are not allowed for safety reasons
  • 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
  • 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
  • A gondola can host up to 5 people, thus if your reservation includes more than 5 people, your group will be divided into smaller groups, or rather you will enjoy different gondolas
  • This is a collective tour, so there might be other people enjoying your same gondola. In this case people belonging to your reservation can be divided into different gondolas
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 999 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Insidecom srl
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Great value
, Jun 2019
This combo was a great value for time and money. I only wished the gondola guide talked a little. Great to skip the lines!
, Mar 2019
This was the worst tour that we have ever taken!! It was total chaos as the guides separated us by our sticker color. There was no direction by the guides on what the plan was and where we were headed. It was 'orange stickers here, green stickers there....' Once in our sticker group, we were ushered to a gondola. Again, no communication of what we were doing. LITERALLY no words spoken. Once on the gondola, our captain spent the majority of the time on his phone. He said absolutely nothing to us - NOT ONE WORD! When we were ushered off of the gondola, some guy pointed us to go around a corner. We assumed that we would be meeting a guide to continue our tour to St. Marks. There was no one there!! And there was no one anywhere to question what we should do to get to our skip the line tour of the Basilica. Terrible experience all around!
Gondola ride was really fun. St...
, Mar 2018
Gondola ride was really fun. St. Mark's Basilica tour at 1 hour was good timing for us as we were traveling with a teenager. Church tour guide was very nice, knowledgeable and spoke perfect English however, would have preferred a bit more information on the history of the Church, e.g., construction who, when, etc., as it appeared that much of that information had been shared in an earlier tour that preceded ours. In any case, we still recommend this tour - skip the line was really helpful - and seeing the mosiac art and other beautiful works were incredible.
This tour was so fun! We started...
Michelle S
, Jan 2018
This tour was so fun! We started with the Gondola Ride. There are about 6 to a gondola and it was so cool to see the narrow passageways and see Venice from this perspective. Then we went to St. Mark's Basilica. You can't take pictures inside, but it is really beautiful and our tour guide was EXCELLENT. She gave us so much information without it feeling like an overload and was entertaining, too. Overall, I highly recommend this tour. It's a great way to spend a few hours in Venice!
Unable to do due to wife getting...
Geoffrey G
, Nov 2017
Unable to do due to wife getting sick, however watching the gondolas go past our hotel on the grand canal was fantastic
The Gondola ride was nice and...
, Oct 2017
The Gondola ride was nice and relaxing. The tour of St Mark's was great, the guide was excellent and explained what we were looking at with great knowledge.
Skip ihe gondola ride. Almost total...
, Oct 2017
Skip ihe gondola ride. Almost total waste of time. Course was crowded narrow back channel route with no scenery whatsoever out onto the Grande Canal where gondoliers just sat side by side chatting with each other killing time to fill the 30 minute commitment. The St. Marks tour was fantastic!!!!
This tour was not coordinated well at...
Tessa B
, Oct 2017
This tour was not coordinated well at all. There were 2 different meeting locations, but no one knew which one was correct. The guy wed up late to meet us. The coordinator then said meet us at the tower after the ride for the tour. The Gondola ride was nice. Then we went to the tower and had a hard time finding the group. St Marks tour was very crowded. We could barely hear the tour guide as he kept up front and there was static. He then started talking politics and Trump. The tour lasted forever and the last 30 minutes were all politics while sitting. Not effective and not worth the money.
Very romantic ride on the water...
Jane R
, Sep 2017
Very romantic ride on the water. Although it was hard to take a picture because we had to balance each side, we still manage to take it but not all of us in the photo.
Gondola ride was ok but the St...
Russell B
, Sep 2017
Gondola ride was ok but the St. Mark's Basilica tour was very unorganized. I would not recommend this tour!

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