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PRIVATE: WALKING TOUR OF VENICE WITH ST. MARK'S BASILICA AND GONDOLA RIDE

Private Tour for up to 2 (Not a per person rate) $659 USD
Private Tour for up to 3 (Not a per person rate) $696 USD
Private Tour for up to 4 (Not a per person rate) $734 USD
Private Tour for up to 5 (Not a per person rate) $790 USD
Private Tour for up to 6 (Not a per person rate) $831 USD
Private Tour for up to 7 (Not a per person rate) $1106 USD
Private Tour for up to 8 (Not a per person rate) $1155 USD
Per person , minimum of 40 guests in your party (Private tour) $108 USD
Per person , minimum of 50 guests in your party (Private tour) $106 USD
*Selections and optional choices will be made during checkout

PRIVATE: WALKING TOUR OF VENICE WITH ST. MARK'S BASILICA AND GONDOLA RIDE

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A visit to Venice is simply not complete without seeing some of the city's most important historic and architectural treasures. Add in a ride on an iconic gondola and now you can say you've been to Venice.

This wonderful tour begins at St. Mark's Square, the heart and soul of Venice. To ensure your time is well-spent, we've included skip-the-line tickets to the spectacular St.Mark's Basilica. One of the most famous churches in the city, this Byzantine masterpiece was originally built to house the stolen body of St.Mark. With more than 500 columns, multiple domes, 9,000 square feet of glittering ceiling mosaics, and a jewel-encrusted altarpiece, the beauty, artistry, and craftsmanship of St. Mark's will leave you breathless.

Although you might not want to leave the Basilica, more fascinating sites await. Just a short walk brings you to the Doge's Palace, the former house of the government of the ancient Venetian Republic. Your knowledgeable guide will relate the origins of the city, the main events which characterized the 1,000 years of her independence, the peculiar political system that the city created, and the main artists of the Venetian School of Painting. You'll also see the Bridge of Sighs and the ancient Prison of Venice.

Your exploration of the city continues with a discovery of Venice's small passageways and ancient bridges, all while your guide provides interesting details that will allow you to form a deeper connection with the "City of Canals".

The tour proceeds with a visit to the "slightly off-the-beaten-path" Santa Maria Formosa, a lovely square surrounded by elegant buildings, children playing and a relaxed ambiance. Your guide will discuss Venetian architecture as you admire the Santa Maria Formosa Church's Baroque and Renaissance facades. Walking on, the back streets of Venice bring you into the Cannaregio district with a sight that is sure to look familiar, the iconic Rialto Bridge. It is here your walking tour concludes, and your waterway adventure begins.

Travel like a true Venetian in one of the city's classic black and gold gondolas, propelled by the power of a very talented gondolier. With a maximum of six people per boat, you will enjoy an unforgettable experience and a new perspective on the romantic city of Venice as you glide through the narrow and winding canals of Saint Mark's district.

  • This private tour includes:
  • Services of an experienced English-speaking guide
  • St. Mark's Square
  • Interior of St. Mark's Basilica with skip-the-line tickets
  • Exterior of Doges Palace, Bridge of Sighs, Rialto Bridge
  • Santa Maria Formosa Square and Church of Santa Maria Formosa
  • Private gondola ride
  • A truly Venetian experience!
  • Additional Languages Available
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese($)
  • Portuguese($)
  • Russian($)
  • Spanish
  • *Possible upcharge at checkout for languages denoted with ($) symbol.

Days of Operation

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Sun - no

Departures (local time)

  • 9:00 AM (2.5 hrs) Departure time from St. Mark's Square. Depart ship 1 hour prior.
  • 11:00 AM (2.5 hrs) Departure time from St. Mark's Square. Depart ship 1 hour prior.
  • 1:10 PM (2.5 hrs) Departure time from St. Mark's Square. Depart ship 1 hour prior.
  • 3:10 PM (2.5 hrs) Departure time from St. Mark's Square. Depart ship 1 hour prior.

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

Taxi and Transfers Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• Cruise ship passengers will need to take a 30-minute shuttle bus ride, the ship's water shuttle or a private water taxi to the meeting location in St. Mark's Square. Specific instructions will appear on your voucher. Specific instructions will appear on your voucher. PLEASE LEAVE THE CRUISE SHIP PIER 1 HOUR PRIOR TO THE START OF YOUR TOUR TO ALLOW SUFFICIENT TIME FOR THE RIDE TO THE MEETING LOCATION.
• Hotel guests will either walk or take a taxi to the meeting location of the tour in St. Mark's Square. Specific instructions will appear on your voucher.
• Please contact ShoreTrips if you are interested in a transfer to and from the cruise ship.
• Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress according to the weather.

Restrictions

• Please note: The skip-the-line timed tickets are not available from November 1st to March 31st.
• A strict dress code is enforced in St. Mark’s Basilica. Please do not wear shorts, sleeveless tops, skirts above the knee, or revealing clothing.
• Bags, backpacks, and purses are NOT allowed into the Basilica.
• Visits to St. Mark's Basilica are not permitted during liturgical celebrations.