Gondola Ride & St Mark's Basilica tour

Gondola Ride & St Mark's Basilica tour

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  • Duration:

    1 hour and 30 minutes

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  • Suitable:

    Solo Travel, Couples, Children, Groups, Students, Business

  • Available:

    Daily (except Sundays)

Why this Event?

A combined tour that allows you to discover the famous waterways of Venice, and the glorious Saint Mark’s Basilica.
This tour is divided into two parts. From a centrally located meeting point you will enjoy a view of the city from the water, on board a shared Gondola, on your return to the starting point at San Moisè square, you will go on to visit the interiors of Saint Mark's Basilica, discovering the Byzantine history, the Golden Pall (Pala d'Oro) and the glittering mosaics.

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. The Gondola originally built to navigate the canals of this unique city and still hand built in same way today, is recognized world-wide. With less than 500 Gondolas and Gondoliers remaining, it is an experience that you must not miss. You can be expected to admire the minor canals in the heart of Venice, soaking up the atmosphere of days gone-by, you will cover a short stretch of the Grand Canal, the most famous canal in the world, and then back through the narrow waterways return to the starting point in this 30 minute ride. Feel part of an ancient Venetian tradition and experience Venice from the water!

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.
We are the only tour operator with special authorisation to be seated in the central nave inside the 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.

This 1 hour and 30 minute combined tour concludes outside the Basilica, in Saint Marks Square.


  • Combined Gondola ride and walking tour of Saint Mark's Basilica;
  • Admission to, and fully guided tour of Saint Mark's Basilica, the Mosaics and Pala d'Oro;
  • Gondola Ride along the Grand Canal and the minor canals;
  • Pick up from a centrally located meeting point;
  • Live audio commentary in the Basilica.


  • Guided tour of Saint Mark's Basilica and admission fees;
  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Basilica;
  • Personal audio system and headset for tour commentary;
  • Live tour commentary provided in English, French, Spanish or German.


  • The gondola ride is not a guided tour;
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off;
  • Food and drink;
  • Optional gratuities;
  • Admission to the upper floor of the Basilica.

Essential Information

  • Check-in is 15 minutes prior to booked tour start time;
  • Shared gondola with max. 6 people per gondola;
  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible;
  • Shoulders and knees must be covered inside the Basilica;
  • Backpacks are not allowed inside the Basilica;
  • You should wear comfortable walking shoes;
  • From the 1st of November to the 31st of March there is no skip-the-line entrance to the Basilica;
  • You should wear comfortable walking shoes;
  • The tour will not operate in the event of bad weather, high tide or gondoliers' strike.


• Gondola Ride along the Grand Canal and the minor canals
• Saint Mark's Basilica
• Saint Mark's square


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Oct 05 2016
Sep 28 2016
This was so much easier than having to find parking and navigate the memorials on our own. We had plenty of time to leave the bus and explore the memorials up close.
Sep 25 2016
Sep 11 2016
Awesome tour. Our tour guide Al was very friendly and knowledgeable and made sure that were able to really enjoy the memorials. There are so many tour bus options, I'm happy that I chose Gray Line Tours!
Sep 05 2016
My daughter and I went on the memorial/monument tour. Big Al was our tour guide and did an awesome job! We went to DC for a week and this was our favorite tour! We got to see so much in such a short amount of time! Would recommend and would do it again!
Sep 02 2016
So glad we booked this tour with Grayline & Wayne our guide -so many monuments and sights we would not have otherwise seen!
Aug 26 2016
Excellent because of the driver. Sufficient time to enjoy monuments. Good driving skills. Courteous.
Aug 21 2016
Tour was cancelled. Given vouchers to Big Bus Tour. Their bus broke down and we walked most of the tour. Not what I was expecting.
Aug 18 2016
Aug 18 2016
Our tour went great. Wayne was a great tour guide.

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