The Best of Venice: Morning Walking tour, Shared Gondola Ride and St Mark’s Basilica Skip-the-line Guided Visit - Special Venice 1600 Years

Duration: approx. 4 hours 

Location: Venice

Per person

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 To access St Mark's Basilica and admire its splendid interiors, avoiding long waiting times at the entrance thanks to the convenient skip-the-line service

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Important information


From 2 January to 31 March 2022

Departure point:

TURIVE kiosk, located on Calle larga de l'Ascension, near the St. Mark's Post Office, behind Correr Museum

Departure time

Monday to Saturday
9.00 am

Languages available

English: Monday to Saturday
French: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
German: Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Italian: Friday and Saturday
Spanish: Tuesday and Saturday

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


Full: € 85.00
Children from 2 to 5 years: € 33.00
Children up to 1 year: free

approx. 4 hours
  • Guided visit
  • Gondola Ride
  • Skip-the-line access to St Mark’s Basilica
  • Entrance ticket to St. Mark’s Museum and outdoor terrace
  • Explanations during the gondola ride
  • What is not specified under "Inclusions"
Additional information:
  • COVID-19: to participate in the tour you are required to wear a face mask. Please don't forget it!

  • After the confirmation of your booking, you can download a voucher, which will also be sent to you via email. Please remember that you will be requested to show it, either a paper copy or on mobile devices. Make sure you have it with you!

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A gondola can host up to 6 people, thus if your reservation includes more than 6 people, your group will be divided into smaller groups, or rather you will enjoy different gondolas. Please bear in mind that 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.
  • Unfortunately you cannot be refunded (neither totally nor partially) if you don’t show up at the meeting point at the time indicated on the voucher or if you leave before the end of the tour.Therefore we advise you to locate in advance the meeting point and how to get there in order to avoid being late or any inconveniences that would prevent you from being on time, especially in case of public transport strikes, great events or bad weather. If you need assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us at our emergency contacts indicated on the voucher you will get at the end of the reservation.

In exceptional cases and/or reasons of force majeure (i.e. acts of nature, strikes, exceptional closures,serious unexpected events or health problems experienced by the person in charge with the service after which it is really impossible to find a substitute) the service you booked might be cancelled. If this should happen, you will be informed as soon as possible and, according to the type of service you booked, you will have the possibility to choose between postponing the service on the first date available or receiving a total refund of the price paid, if the cancellation policy of the service itself allows a refund.

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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.



During the visit to St. Mark's Basilica you will have the opportunity to visit the Museum housed on the first floor of the church and you will also enjoy the special access to the outdoor terrace, from which you can admire the homonymous square from a privileged position.

In this fascinating journey, which winds along the matronea, the former Banquet Hall and the rooms above the narthex, your guide will tell you the story of this wonderful church and you can admire the magnificence of the mosaics and all those artistic masterpieces that constitute the great patrimony of the St Mark’s Basilica, including the famous Quadriga, a unique example of ancient statuary dating back to the Imperial Age.

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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Reviews for The Best of Venice: Morning Walking tour, Shared Gondola Ride and St Mark’s Basilica Skip-the-line Guided Visit - Special Venice 1600 Years

Based on 10 Reviews
Reviews in other languages (7) Reviews in italian (3)


Group of friends

Booking No. 195174

Reviewed on 06 Aug `19

'Amazing tour'

A must-do when you're in Venice!!!! We started early morning walking around Venice and finding places not normally mentioned in brochures. The gondola ride and entrance to St. Mark's Cathedral were great and hassle free. I would highly recommend booking this tour during your stay in Venice.

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Family with children

Booking No. 17111757

Reviewed on 12 Jun `19

'We love it!'

This is a perfect experience to share with your family!  Going on a gondola ride in Venice is a MUST!! Guide very friendly!


Beautiful places & good guide 



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Mature couple

Booking No. 19178647

Reviewed on 15 May `19

'Very good experience'

We were delighted! We had a passionate guide who made an excellent visit and also the gondolier was very nice! We'll keep a wonderful memory. Being Spanish, we had the whole visit in our language... perfect!

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Young couple

Booking No. 1734768

Reviewed on 06 Jun `17

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

the Venice Walking Tour, St Mark's Basilica & Gondola Ride - In Venice on the whole was very good, The initial meeting place and organisation in St Marks Square was a bit disorganised but once they got sorted it was alright. The walking tour was the best bit very informative and you saw bits of Venice you probably wouldn't have (unless you got lost) the guide was very helpful and gave lots of suggestions of things to do and see in Venice, the St Marks Basilica also was very informative but due to there being a rain storm it appeared that the whole of Venice's Tourist industry had pilled into there thus making it very busy and difficult to move. the guide did her best to fill in the time so it was still all good however the gondola trip was disappointing there were 6 of us in the gondola and my wife was at the opposite end of the gondola which kind of ruined the experience this is why I have marked down the overall score.


Walking tour , Basilica


Gondola, Initial disorganisation at meeting point

Reply by Staff

Dear roadstermatt,

thank you for you detailed feddback! We are sorry that the gondola ride partially ruined the whole experience. Unfortunately this is a collective tour, so the gondola is not at your entire disposal … It may happen that there are no two seats together available on the same gondola and therefore you have to accommodate on the ones available. Next time, if you wish to try a private experience, we suggest you our private gondola tour… Of course, it costs more than the collective one but you will share the experience only with people at your choice, up to a maximum of 6!

Best regards,
The staff
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Young couple

Booking No. 16130292

Reviewed on 23 Nov `16


We had a pleasant time strolling through venice channels and bridges, all of it clearly explained by the veneto inside staff. We surely will do other routes as well.


Ponctuality; Knowledge; Courtesy


Audio isn´t good in some headphones

Reply by Staff

Dear marcel,

we are pleased you enjoyed the tour! As for the audio problems you have mentioned, at present we are working to replace some listening devices that appear not to work properly.

Best regards,
The staff
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George C

Group of friends

Booking No. 1625802

Reviewed on 28 Oct `16

'No fast track access to St Marks'

Did a nice tour of Venice with Veneto inside, included guide and gondola ride , but was extremely disappointed that the advertised fast track addition was denied. Tour guide argued with police and entrance for 10 mins , Then we were told that we had to wait in normal line


Gondola ride


No fast track

Reply by Staff

Dear George C,

we are sorry you could not benefit from the skip-the-line entrance. Usually the service runs regularly, but it may happen that, due to causes of force majeure, it has to be temporary suspended. We apologise for any inconvenience!

Best regards,
The staff
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Solo traveler

Booking No. 15108337

Reviewed on 17 Nov `15

'Excellent tour for solo travellers'

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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