Doge's Palace, Secret Venice Walking Tour & Gondola Ride

Duration: approx. 3 hours and 30 minutes   Location: Venice


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Why choose this experience?

1 To learn the fascinating history of the Doge's Palace and admire the luxurious apartments of Venetian Doges and cross the famous Bridge of Sighs
2 Because you will discover the most intimate and everyday side of Venice in the lesser-known quarters of the city
3 To live the unique experience of seeing Venice from the water on a gondola ride and look at the reflections of old bridges and palaces in the Venetian canals

Please note: combined tour composed by the three tours The Doge's Palace, Discover Venice & Gondola Ride. Don't miss a unique opportunity to combine three must-do experiences in Venice and save on the final price, as the combo tour is cheaper than the sum of single tour prices.

Live an unforgettable afternoon in Venice! A guided visit to the Doge's Palace, a stroll through the lesser-known quarters of the city and a gondola ride to experience the magic of Venice from the water... A unique experience that combines indoor and outdoor places in Venice: you will get to know the soul of Venice by visiting the most famous and characteristics places with a single itinerary lasting approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes!

A guided tour of the Doge's Palace in Venice, a walk to discover lesser-known Venice - the Bovolo Spiral Staircase, Rialto, La Fenice Theatre – and a gondola ride: the perfect combination to unite the testimony of the great past of Venice Republic to the genuine everyday life that still survives in the less tourist corners of the city!

The first part of the itinerary, the Venice Doge's Palace tour, will lead you to the discovery of the environments that have shaped the history of the Republic of Venice: the precious rooms of the Doge's apartment; the Institutional Chambers - where the political and administrative life of the Republic of Venice was decided, masterfully decorated by the greatest artists of the Venetian Republic; the famous Giants Staircase - with impressive sculptures of Mars and Neptune sculpted by Sansovino; the impressive floor of the Lodges - which offers picturesque views of the courtyard of the Doge's Palace and the St Mark's Piazzetta; the rich Armoury; the Opera Museum- guardian of the ancient capitals of the ground floor portico and the loggia of Venice Palazzo Ducale; the extraordinary courtyard; the famous Bridge of Sighs ... One of the most complete and interesting guided tours of the Doge's Palace in Venice to contemplate the splendour and grandeur of the Palace of the Doges in Venice!

After the visit to the Doge's Palace, Venice the tour will continue to the so called 'Minor Venice' with a fascinating guided walk between St Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge: unique itineraries and lesser known places that will allow you to admire the outside of majestic architectural masterpieces generally not included in the main tourist itineraries and some unique structures that contribute to making Venice a unique city.

You will admire the exterior of the La Fenice Theatre; the original Bovolo spiral Staircase in Contarini Palace – the external spiral staircase (bovolo in Venetian) of the historic Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo that links the different floors of the building through overlapping loggias; the Rialto area, one of the oldest and most characteristic of Venice, home to a market, small artisan shops, typical inns and the famous Rialto bridge over the Grand Canal.

Finally you will take a gondola ride to discover some new and not very well-known areas of one of the most beautiful cities in the world!

A charming gondola ride in Venice to admire the majestic architectural masterpieces overlooking the water: from the Basilica della Salute on the Grand Canal to the intimate and evocative atmosphere of the smaller canals around the La Fenice Theatre in Venice!

During the gondola ride you can admire the famous Basilica della Salute from the outside, a majestic building that stands in the suggestive landscape of St Mark's Basin and the Grand Canal. Built and designed by Baldassare Longhena, a renowned architect and sculptor of the Venetian Republic, the basilica offers different perspective views according to the point from which it is observed.

Leaving the Grand Canal you will be able to delve deeper in the picturesque smaller canals of Venice, where you can admire a not very well known Venice whilst being gently lulled by the calm sway along the typical the canals of Venice.

The gondola ride will take you to the most famous theatre in Venice, La Fenice, to admire its stunning exteriors from the water.

Three fascinating tours with one convenient booking and at a lower price than purchasing the individual itineraries!

You can also make your reservations for the guided tour of the Doge's Palace in Venice, Discover Venice and Gondola Ride separately, by consulting the timetables, prices and availability in the specific sections published on

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Important info


from 1 April to 31 October.

Departure point:

‘Yex' Change Office - Under the Clock Tower in St. Mark's Square.

Departure time


2.15 pm

Languages available



From 1 April to 31 October 2016
Full: €78.00
Children from 2 to 5 years: €31.00
Children up to 1 year: free

From 1 April to 31 October 2017
Full: €82.00
Children from 2 to 5 years: €32.00
Children up to 1 year: free


approx. 3 hours and 30 minutes

  • Guided visit
  • Admission to the Doge's Palace
  • Gondola ride
  • What is not specified under "Inclusions"
  • Explanations during the gondola ride
Additional information:

Before booking, please be advised that it is compulsory to print a paper copy of the voucher issued at the end of the online reservation and bring it with you the day of the tour.

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).

Please arrive at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before the tour departure time. At the tour departure point you will meet a representative who will check your vouchers and give you information to do the tour. Please be advised that, due to the new security measures concerning the entrance into the major Venice museums, there might be queues at the entrance, with consequent protraction of the usual waiting time to access the museums.

This is a collective tour, which means there might be other participants going on the tour with you.

This is a combo tour including 3 single tours: no explanations during the gondola ride; guided tour only inside the Doge’s Palace and during the walk.

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.

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July 2015

Mature couple


Reviewed on 31 Jul `15 - Booking No. 1561755

'Venice in a day'

Doge's Palace, Secret Venice Walking Tour & Gondola Ride

If you only have a day to experience Venice, this is the tour to take. Our guide was excellent!

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