Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica,Doge’s Palace & Grand Canal

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Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica,Doge’s Palace & Grand Canal
from USD $141.55
Experience the highlights of Venice on a full-day sightseeing tour that combines three best-selling Venice tours at a discount of ten percent! The action-packed sightseeing experience includes a skip-the-line tour of the public rooms and Bridge of Sighs at Doge's Palace, a skip-the-line tour of St Mark’s Basilica with a walking tour of Venice, and a motorboat cruise around the famous Grand Canal. Learn all about the different landmarks from an expert guide, and enjoy a choice of timings to suit your schedule.
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In Brief

Venezia, Italy
5 hours
Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
Led by a local guide
Skip the line
Important InfoInfo
This Super Saver gives you two options for the length of your tour day. Both options include a Doge's Palace tour that starts at 9am, and then you can choose to have free time to enjoy the city or to go straight to your next tour to finish your day of touring an hour earlier

See the 'View additional info' link below for a map of the start point for your first tour.

Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Tour (2 hours):

Meet your guide at the entrance to the Royal Gardens in Venice and stroll to Doge's Palace, the magnificent Venetian-Gothic building from where the leaders of the former Venetian Republic ruled until the late-18th century. Head inside and explore the grandiose public chambers that the doges lavished with fine art and ornamentation. Masterpieces by Renaissance champions Tintoretto and Veronese adorn the walls and ceilings, framing the palace’s grand staircases and arcade statues.

Learn about the doges as you walk around, and hear of the power and treachery that characterized their reign. Ruling the republic with iron fists, the doges established a network of prisons at the palace so they could keep a close eye on their foes. Wander across the Bridge of Sighs, built to connect the palace to the prisons, and pose for photos against the backdrop of the palace. Your walking tour then finishes outside the palace.

Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark’s Basilica (2 hours):

Leave St Mark’s Square and set off on your walking tour to discover Venice’s highlights and its top attractions. Soak up the hustle and bustle of St Mark’s Square, and head inside St Mark’s Basilica to admire its interiors. Marvel at the marble floors and ogle the gilded mosaics that blanket the walls and ceilings. The canopy over the high altar dazzles with gold and gems, and the treasury room holds an array of Crusader spoils plundered from the ancient city of Constantinople.

Head out of the basilica and discover the canal walkways and pretty bridges that typify the city. Learn of legendary Venetians such as Marco Polo with his globe-trotting adventures and other famous landmarks. After two hours, your tour finishes near Rialto Bridge.

Venice Grand Canal Boat Tour (1 hour):

Hop aboard your small motorboat at the water’s edge near St Mark’s Square, and then cruise around Venice’s impressive Grand Canal. The busiest stretch of water is also the city’s most photogenic, and the Baroque churches and gondola stations that line the water provide elegant photo opportunities.

As you cruise through the Grand Canal, learn about the city, its beautiful architecture and buildings from your guide. Pass Gothic palaces and churches, hear stories about Rialto Bridge and medieval merchants warehouses, and explore the lesser-visited canals that comprise Venice’s atmospheric backstreets. After an hour on the water, cruise back to the start point.


  • Professional guide
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Headset to hear the guide clearly
  • Cruise
  • Entry/Admission - Ponte dei Sospiri
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica di San Marco
  • Entry/Admission - Doge's Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Scala dei Giganti di Palazzo Ducale
  • Entry/Admission - Palazzo delle Prigioni
  • Entry/Admission - Porta Della Carta
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines


  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks

Departure Point

St. Mark's Square, Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Returns To

Rialto Bridge, Ponte di Rialto, 30100 Venezia VE, Italy

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Large bags and rucksacks are not allowed inside St Mark's Basilica
  • At certain times it may not be possible to enter any of the visited churches due to religious functions taking place. These closures are beyond our control so no refunds or discounts will be issued
  • Please note: due to Lent religious observance St. Mark’s Basilica will remain closed and no visiting will be permitted on all Saturdays and Sundays from February 2016 until Easter 2016 included. All tours including the Basilica will operate as scheduled but guides will provide a detailed explanation of Basilica’s history, architecture and its treasures from the outside and wherever possible will bring visual aids (either books or pictures or Ipad) to allow the customers to view the interior of the church
  • In condition of high water, St Mark’s Basilica Skip the line entrance will remain closed
  • Skip the line tickets to St Mark’s basilica are valid from 1st April until 31st October – From 1st November to 31st March due to less affluence to St Mark’s Basilica, this service is not provided by the church to all operators and individual travellers
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Very well organized tour of the three areas. Our tour guide, Christina, was well informed and did an excellent job of informing us of St Mark's and the palace. The grand canal tour was guided by a very well informed individual (can't remember her name) under difficult weather conditions/rain. She did well under the circumstances.
• Submitted 08 Nov 2019
All three tours were definitely worth doing. All three tour guides were knowledgeable and entertaining. All three of these are must-sees and this made it an easy way to do it. You don't want to wait in line at St. Marks!
• Submitted 06 Nov 2019
Doge’s palace is awesome. Guide very knowledgeable. Walking tour informative and interesting. Boat tour of Grand Canal a perfect way to end the day after being on your feet for a while.
• Submitted 04 Nov 2019
This is the best way to see venice our tour guide eleanor was exceptional with so much info on both Doge's palace and St marks basilica
• Submitted 09 Oct 2019
Staff was punctual, knowledgeable, friendly, passionate, during all three sessions of my tour. It’s was a great deal for the money and I would DEFINITELY recommend to others
• Submitted 07 Oct 2019
A great way to start your visit to Venice to get oriented to the city and to get in to see some of the major attractions. Just a note that on weekends, especially Sundays, the schedule is different so your day may be broken up somewhat.
• Submitted 01 Oct 2019
This was actually three separate tours which I will discuss individually. First, there was the skip the line tour of the Doge’s palace. This tour was very informative and probably the right amount of detail. This tour also includes going over the Bridge of Sighs and seeing the old prison. Second was the walking tour which included the skip the line St. Mark’s tour. This was also great with just the right amount of detail. After St. Mark’s there is a walking tour that takes you to some of the quieter Campos. This part was a bit unfocused, but nice because we got away from the crowds. Last is the one hour boat ride on the Grand Canal. This was better than expected because we saw some of the smaller canals as well. All three guides were top notch. I would highly recommend this for people with limited time in Venice.
• Submitted 27 Sep 2019
This was an excellent tour broken into 3 sectors with free time between each sector and would highly recommend
• Submitted 23 Sep 2019
The tour was split with three different times and three different tour guides. Groups we small enough to manage and not have to wait for all the gather during the tours. Guides were all very friendly, knowledgeable and spoke English very well.
• Submitted 17 Sep 2019
It was very east to find the tour guide at the Royal Gardens and check in. You will get the instructions there on where to meet for the next tours, since you change guides.I liked that they gave us a headset so we could hear the guide clearly and allow us to move more to take photos and don't miss the explanation. We started the Doge palace tour with Stefania. She did a great job, talking about Venice,the Doge, how the palace came to be and pointing to interesting details and sculptures. She also gave people time with backpacks to drop off their stuff and let us know how to exit. She kept everyone interested and moving through the palace. It went quick! but it was a 2 hour walk inside. Then, after a short break, we had Giovanna for the city tour. She was a very sweet lady and she even pointed out where her grandparents got married. We enjoyed the walk and she gave us time to refill our bottle waters on a fountain and try to keep us in the shade. It was really hot that day. However, it was interesting to walk around the alleys and see other buildings besides Piazza San Marcos. The tour ended close to Ponte Rialto with restaurants and shops. We had a longer break to go back to the boat tour. For the boat, you ride a taxi with a much smaller group, I think we were 9-10 plus the captain and the tour guide. I don't recall her name, but she was personable and did a great job narrating the sights and taking photos of all of us. After we start moving, the group divided into 2, one in the front and the other one in the back to see Venice much better from a different perspective. We saw a lot of gondolas too on the same canals, but not towards the lagoon.
• Submitted 16 Sep 2019
Our guide, Laura, was incredible! If you only do one tour in Venice, this is it! Great way to see/learn Venice!
• Submitted 27 Aug 2019
This was a great tour, definitely recommend. Our tour guides were super friendly and we learned a lot. Very happy!
• Submitted 23 Aug 2019
we loved aliana our tour guide. She had a great sense of humor and deep knowledge of history. She had a knack for shepherding us through the crowds and her english is really great.
• Submitted 19 Aug 2019
Both tour guides - both named Christina - were fantastic! Great info, pace and provided other good tips.
• Submitted 12 Aug 2019
The tour was Informative and thorough. I Loved the boar tour. The tour guides were knowledgeable and friendly.
• Submitted 12 Jul 2019
Our tour guide was an expert and provided details in perfect English. We received the tour experience better than described in details.
• Submitted 09 Jul 2019
Wonderful experience!!! All three tours were exciting Out tour guides were very good and well informed The boat tour at the end was so exciting in such a hot day in Venice...
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
This full day tour was a great way to see and learn about Venice. Would totally recommend as you check off a tour of Doge's palace, St. Mark's Basilica, a walking tour of Venice neighborhoods and a Grand Canal tour via water taxi all in one day! Time in between each tour to grab food, a drink and unwind was great too. Loved all of our tour guides, especially Georgia!!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Very informative and fun tour! The tour guide is very knowledgeable on the things that they shared and they are very friendly and thoughtful.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed this full day tour of Venice. As a matter of fact, the Doge's palace was our favorite attraction of the whole trip. Stephanya was very knowledgeable and humorous during our Doge's palace tour. We loved seeing the beautiful art and walking across the bridge of Sighs. Lauda was great on the Basilica and walking tour portion. We enjoyed the motor boat tour of the grand canal with Christina. Highly recommend this tour. It is three separate tours, FYI. We also loved having headsets on the Doge's palace tour and the Basilica/walking tour.
• Submitted 23 Apr 2019
This was a fun fact filled tour of the Doges Palace and gave us a good idea of what Venice was about.
• Submitted 15 Apr 2019
Andrea did a wonderful and informative job in his tour and description of the palace and the Doges who occupied this seat of government. He was very enthusiastic and presented the history in a vey captivating way.
• Submitted 19 Aug 2018
Excellent experienced. Would do again
• Submitted 05 Aug 2018
Loved the tours, especially the boat ride. Guides were informative and great! Would definitely recommend this tour.
• Submitted 05 Aug 2018

In Brief

Venezia, Italy
5 hours
Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
Led by a local guide
Skip the line

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