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Venice Gondola Ride and Skip the Line Basilica Tour

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Venezia, Italy

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

Combine two quintessential Venice experiences on this short and sweet sightseeing tour. First, glide down the Grand Canal on a traditional gondola ride and soak up the atmosphere of romantic Venice. Then, enjoy skip-the-line entrance and a guided tour of the magnificent St. Mark's Basilica.
  • Venice Gondola ride and St. Mark’s Basilica tour
  • Explore the canals of Venice on a romantic gondola ride
  • Enjoy a skip-the-line tour of St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Ideal tour for first-time visitors to Venice or those short on time
Professional guide
Guaranteed to skip the long lines
Entrance fee
Shared gondola ride
Gratuities
The Gondola Ride is not guided
Pick up and drop off
Food or drinks

Departure Point

Calle larga de l'Ascension, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Departure Time

11:00 AM

Return Details

Saint Mark's Basilica, Piazza San Marco, 328, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
Meet your guide in central Venice before your departure time and set out to explore the city's scenic canals. First, join a shared gondola tour with up to six people, and soak up the atmosphere of Venice on a romantic cruise through the historic center.

After your gondola tour, meet back up with your guide for the second part of your tour—a visit to the iconic St. Mark’s Basilica. Follow your guide to St. Mark’s Square to marvel at the cathedral’s magnificent Byzantine-era façade, then use your skip-the-line tickets to dodge the queues and head straight inside.

Inside, admire the lavish interiors, peek into the Treasury, and explore the remarkable Golden Basilica, once the private chapel of the Doges of Venice. After taking in the highlights of the basilica, your tour ends back in St. Mark’s Square.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Gondola Bauer
This tour is divided into two parts. From a centrally located meeting point you will enjoy a view of the city from the water. You will be assisted in boarding the Gondola, one of the most recognized symbols of Venice - up to 6 people per Gondola - at the landing stage of San Moisè. Experience how the locals were transported by these beautiful black, elegant rowing boats, throughout history.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Basilica di San Marco
Once disembarked from the Gondola, you will need to make your way back to the Clock tower of Venice, in Saint Mark’s Square, and from there will be accompanied to the Basilica, once the private chapel of the Doge of Venice, and the only one of its kind in Italy, thanks to the sumptous golden mosaics and impressive marble inlay flooring. During the tour you will be able to sit down in the church and absorb the atmosphere whilst listening to your guide who will describe the biblical scenes represented throughout the building, together with history and particularities of this ancient Basilica. The tour includes the visit of the famous Pala d'Oro, an altarpiece made of gold and silver and an exquisite example of Byzantine art with a myriad of gems and precious stones.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women inside the St Mark's Basilica
  • Backpacks and large bags are NOT allowed inside the church
  • Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time
  • From the 1st of November to the 31st of March there is no skip-the-line entrance to the Basilica.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Venice Gondola Ride and Skip the Line Basilica Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Venice Gondola Ride and Skip the Line Basilica Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Venice Gondola Ride and Skip the Line Basilica Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Venice Gondola Ride and Skip the Line Basilica Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Venice Gondola Ride and Skip the Line Basilica Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Venice Gondola Ride and Skip the Line Basilica Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Venice Gondola Ride and Skip the Line Basilica Tour?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Venice Gondola Ride and Skip the Line Basilica Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Venice Gondola Ride and Skip the Line Basilica Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Venice Gondola Ride and Skip the Line Basilica Tour.

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I learned a lot from the Golden...
Maria S
, Dec 2017
I learned a lot from the Golden Basilica Tour. I only wish I could have spend more time in the basilica and gone to the top. We got to see Mozart's house during the Gondola tour! Was extraordinary.
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The company running the tour was...
amcrook1
, Nov 2017
The company running the tour was rude on the phone. I was late due to water bus.I met up with the group after the gondola ride to go in the church. Met up with the tour, the lady was very rude, men were nice. They put me on a later gondola ride. Hard to understand lady guiding church tour.
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A little bit disorganize at the...
neila a
, Sep 2017
A little bit disorganize at the beginning. but overall good. The guide excellent and very informative. Very good experience
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Not a very good start, the guide was...
Debbie F
, Sep 2017
Not a very good start, the guide was late to our meeting point. Really enjoyed the gondola ride, this is a must when in Venice. The tour of the Basilica was disappointing, not in the information given during it or the inside of the church, but the fact that there seemed to be too many tours happening at the same time and it did feel a bit rushed. We lost our place at one point as another tour had jumped in which resulted in two groups being mixed together. Was not given proper information as to where to meet afer the gondola ride, only to meet by the clock tower in St Marcs square. Not very well organised and could be better.
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Not so good. First, the...
Benjamin S
, Jul 2017
Not so good. First, the organization of the tour was poor. They didn't communicate very well with us where to go, gondola driver spent the whole trip on the phone and texting and was completely disinterested and the tour guide of st marks was incomprehensible. The city is amazing, as is the church
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Good way to combine gondola ride and...
Fiona S
, Apr 2017
Good way to combine gondola ride and the Bascilica. Excellent guide.

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