Historical tour of Saint Mark's and Golden Basilica with Gondola ride plus optional boat to Murano

Venice, Veneto, Italy
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Historical tour of Saint Mark's and Golden Basilica with Gondola ride plus optional boat to Murano
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An essential tour for the understanding of Venice and thanks to the special collaboration with the Curia of Venice you will enjoy privileged access avoiding the queues! Have a walk outdoors through the most characteristic and important places for the history of Venice. A qualified and experienced guide will escort you through the millennium of life of the Serenissima Republic, recalling the past full of charm of this unique city. Route: Piazza San Marco - Origins, history and description of the main monuments: Basilica San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, Bell Tower, Clock Tower and Procuratie. Santa Maria Formosa – History and anecdotes relating to this wonderful and characteristic square -Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo - The "Pantheon" of Venice, the Great School of Charity, the Captains of fortune. Marco Polo’s House and Malibran Theatre. Return to San Marco through the Mercerie, vital connection between Rialto and San Marco and city’s main shopping street.

At the end of the walking tour you will enjoy a promenade by gondola that will take you along the canals of Venice. Enjoy the cruise through the city’s most secluded waterways passing under small bridges and along part of the Grand Canal.

After the gondola ride you will visit one of the most majestic cathedrals of the world! On this tour, escorted by a qualified and experienced guide prepared in accordance with the Curia of Venice, enjoy a full visit of this masterpiece of byzantine art, unique in Italy, you'll have the pleasure of admiring beautiful gold mosaics and marble inlays in the floors, sitting comfortably while our guide will show you the represented biblical scenes, the history and the particularities of this ancient basilica. Admire the Pala d'Oro, exquisite example of the byzantine art with its thousands of gems and precious stones; enjoy the view of the Treasury, a splendor of the religious art collected along the centuries.

After the visit of the Basilica you will be given a free coupon for a visit to a Murano glass factory in order to discover one of the Venetian greatest arts. Please note this is a free of charge optional trip by private boat to Murano Island and return (generally scheduled from 2PM to 4PM) and it is not a part of the tour. Be kindly aware that this optional visit could take longer than the scheduled time and that we do not recommend participating if you have other reservation scheduled on the same day.


  • An incredible tour which throws you back the centuries and history of the Serenissima!
  • Enjoy the experience on a relaxing gondola
  • Relish a full visit of a masterpiece of byzantine art: The Golden Basilica
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Grab the opportunity to join the visit of one of the most famous island in the Lagoon, Murano!
  • Food and drinks
Additional Info:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tour does not operate in in cases of exceptionally bad weather or local gondolier's strike, exceptional high tide or in case of special religious functions (in these cases it can be postponed the day after otherwise it will be refunded)
  • The tour is not private but is shared with other guests not belonging to the same party
  • Each gondola can seat a maximum of 6 people. The seat aboard cannot be chosen but will be assigned by the gondolier depending on guest weight.
  • For the visit of the Basilica proper clothing is required (no shorts or tank tops)
  • For security reasons sacks, bags or knapsacks are not allowed inside the Basilica
  • This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities
  • Mobile vouchers are accepted

Meeting Point

ST. MARK’S SQUARE - CLOCK TOWER NEAR EXCHANGE OFFICE (the white building with the blue clock facade)
Departure Time:
You are kindly requested to be at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the departure
Walking Tour:
Gondola Ride: 11:00am
Golden Basilica: 12:00pm (noon)
Tour ends 01.00 pm
Return Details:
St. Mark’s Area


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