Venice Walking Tour, St Mark's Basilica & Gondola Ride

Duration: approx. 4 hours/4 hours and 30 minutes   Location: Venice


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Why choose this experience?

1 Because it combines two different tours in a single itinerary that can be purchased online at a lower price than buying the individual visits
2 To admire Venice from a double perspective: a walk in the company of an expert guide and an amazing gondola ride
3 Because it includes one of the most interesting visits to the precious interiors of St Mark’s Basilica

Please note: combined tour, composed by the three tours Walking tour of Venice, Gondola Ride and Guided Visit of St. Mark's Basilica... 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!

The first part of the tour will be a fascinating walking tour of Venice Italy to admire the most important and characteristic locations of this unique city.

A walking itinerary between St Mark's Square and Rialto: you will walk in Venice, accompanied by an expert guide and admire some of its most famous buildings.

The tour begins at one of the landmarks of Venice: St Mark's Square. You will discover what is in St Mark's Square, its ancient buildings, famous prestigious monuments and historic cafes.

The tour will continue towards Santa Maria Formosa - where you will be told the story of the beautiful church and of the homonymous square in front of it, along with some curious anecdotes – and Campo Santi Giovanni and Paolo.

The walking tour in Venice will then take you to one of its most charming corners, in which anecdotes and ancient history intertwine until they merge. Venice walks will visit the place where the house of Marco Polo once stood and see the exterior of the famous Teatro Malibran. 

Finally, this poetic Venice walk and tour will take you to the main shopping street: the Mercerie, a fascinating array of narrow streets where valuable goods brought to Venice from distant markets were once sold.

The second part of the tour includes 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. One of the most complete and fascinating visits to St Mark's Basilica in Venice, a guided tour through time to admire the greatest treasure of Venice in all its glory.

At the end of the gondola ride – which lasts approximately 35 minutes – you will move to St Mark's Square to take part in the third part of the tour, the guided tour of St. Mark's Basilica.

Referred to as the ‘Golden Basilica' from the predominant colour of the mosaics and of the numerous precious objects kept inside, St Mark's Basilica combines faith and the pomp of the ancient Republic of Venice. With its five domes, the finely carved front with bas-reliefs, sculptures and mosaics, St Mark's church in Venice is a treasure of inestimable value.

The tour will lead you through the elaborate architectural structures and the precious relics preserved in St Mark's Venice interior, not to mention the extraordinary mosaics of which you will be illustrated the history and biblical scenes represented.

The guided tour will last about an hour, during which you will have the chance to admire the enchanting Golden Pall.

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 Walking tour of Venice, Gondola Ride and the Guided Visit of St. Mark's Basilica, by consulting the timetables, prices and availability in the specific sections published on our portal.

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Important info


all year, except for 25 December and 1 January.

Departure point:

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

Departure time

From Monday to Saturday

9.00 am

Languages available

Only for the walk and the guided tour of the Basilica of St Mark. The gondola tour does not provide explanations.

From 1 April to 31 October
English: from Monday to Saturday
Spanish: from Monday to Saturday
French: from Monday to Saturday
German: from Monday to Saturday
Italian: Saturday

From 1 November to 31 March
English: from Monday to Saturday
Spanish: Wednesday, Saturday
French: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
German: Monday, Friday
Italian: not available


From 1 April to 31 October 2016
Full: €71.00
Children from 2 to 5 years: €31.00
Children up to 1 year: free

From 1 November 2016 to 31 March 2017
Full: €74.00
Children from 2 to 5 years: €31.00
Children up to 1 year: free

From 1 April to 31 October 2017
Full: €75.00
Children from 2 to 5 years: €32.00
Children up to 1 year: free


approx. 4 hours/4 hours and 30 minutes

  • Guided visit
  • Gondola Ride
  • Skip-the-line access to St Mark’s Basilica
  • Ticket to visit the Golden Pall
  • 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.

During the winter period (from November 1st to March 31st) the tour is BILINGUAL, because explanations will be provided in two languages if the audience provenience is mixed.

Access to the Basilica is only permitted to visitors with suitable attire (no shorts or vest or tops) and backpacks are not allowed for safety reasons.

The Procuratoria di San Marco reserves the right to prohibit visits and access to the basilica at any time and without notice for reasons of force majeure (e.g. high water) and/or safety reasons. In cases of extra liturgical ceremonies, exceptional high tides or other special occasions, access to St Mark's Basilica may not be permitted and therefore the tour will not take place.

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 St. Mark’s Basilica and during the walk. Between the tours there is free time.

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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2 reviews for Venice Walking Tour, St Mark's Basilica & Gondola Ride

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November 2015

Solo traveler


Reviewed on 17 Nov `15 - Booking No. 15108337

'Excellent tour for solo travellers'

Venice Walking Tour, St Mark's Basilica & Gondola Ride

The tour guides were friendly and informative. The best part for me was the opportunity to take a gondola ride. I wouldn't have done this on my own. Also missing the queues at St Mark's was a real bonus. As the tours are split into individual parts that can be booked separately the only mark down was for some confusion between parts of the tour when I almost missed the gondola group

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