THE GOLDEN TOUR – ST. MARK’S “GOLDEN BASILICA” AND GONDOLA RIDE (AM & PM)
Experience and appreciate the uniqueness and splendour of the city on this comprehensive tour. In the morning you will start with a walking tour. with a two-hour itinerary you’ll follow a fascinating sightseeing route lined with important monuments as you’ll learn the history of Venice from its origins to the modern-day. Enter the “Golden Basilica” in St. Mark’s Square with skip-the-line entrance tickets. In the afternoon remeet the group at the same meeting point – your Gondola awaits you! The crescent-shaped hulls and their forcole allow the Gondelieri to position their transportation in many different ways which are the secrets to how these long and slender crafts can navigate the narrow and intricate network of waterways of Venice.
Meet the guide : Meet your guide at the entrance to the Royal Gardens on the water front of St. Marks Square.
EVERY DAY (EXCEPT ALL SUNDAYS, SEPTEMBER 07 & DEPENDENT ON WEATHER CONDITIONS)
• Professional Tour Guide
• Skip The Line Tickets To The Golden Basilica
• Gondola Ride
GGT PM Walking Tour: On request- Please inquire.
Time: 11:10 a.m. Or 3:30 p.m. (Please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to departure.)
*Regroup at meeting point for gondola ride
Duration: 2.5 Hrs. (Combined)
Tour Ends: St. Mark’s Square
GLIDE BY GONDOLA TOUR (PM)
A “promenade” by gondola (about 30 minutes), the famous and elegant way to cross the Grand Canal. From the embarkation point you get on this special boat and you reach the Grand Canal through the small and secret canals and majestic palaces with musicians and singers perform popular Italian songs. *** This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities. Tour does not operate in case of exceptionally bad weather or local gondolier’s strike. Comfortable shoes are suggested. VERY IMPORTANT: The tour is not considered private but it is shared with other guests not belonging to the same party – Each gondola can guest maximum 6 people; the seat aboard cannot be chosen but will be assigned by the gondolier depending on guests weight – The tour group “Gondola Serenade” includes a couple of musicians (a singer + a musician) that will be boarded in one of the gondolas to perform throughout the trip, there is not a couple of musicians on each gondola; to permit all participants to listen the serenade, the musicians will board on a gondola in the centre of the row. Interested in a an exclusive ROMANTIC GONDOLA Ride? It is possible to arrange a romantic serenade with views that will sure grant everlasting love and bliss if they kiss on a gondola under the bridges. Ask us for more details at the time of booking.
EVERY DAY (Except Black Out Dates and of course in case of bad weather conditions)
• 30 minutes shared gondola ride
• Live music with serenade (no commentary — see Tour Description)
GRT PM Walking Tour: On Request – Please Inquire
Meeting Point: Gondoliers Landing Stage at Campo Santa Maria del Giglio (in front of The Gritti Palace Hotel)
Starting Time: 6:30 PM & 7:30 PM (Participants must arrive 15 minutes earlier.)
Duration: 30 minutes
Tour Ends: The tour ends at meeting point
“UNKNOWN VENICE” A PROMENADE WITH GONDOLA TOUR (PM)
Visit the unusual and fascinating corners of Venice where time seems to have stood still centuries ago. You will join a guided visit of Piazza San Marco and the Rialto Bridge, through a labyrinth of little canals, and sites of historic and artistic interest, passing by some special places: Teatro la Fenice, (“The Phoenix”), one of the most famous opera house in Europe, the site of many famous operatic premieres; Bovolo Staircase, an unique spiral staircase with a plethora of arches; Rialto Bridge and its typical shops, one of the architecural icons of Venice. After the walk, your guide will lead you to the gondola area, to board a gondola for a journey on the Grand Canal (S. Maria della Salute area) and minor canals (Fenice area) (no guide).
Meet the guide : Meet your guide at Palazzina Selva – Venice Pavillon
TUESDAY, THURSDAY & SATURDAY (APRIL 01 – OCTOBER 31)
• Gondola Ride
• Professional Guide
DVG PM Walking Tour: On request- Please inquire.
Time: 3:45 p.m. (Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to departure.)
Duration: 2.5 Hrs. Approx.
Tour Ends: The Tour Ends With The Landing At The Station Vallaresso (Dogana)
VENICE HIGHLIGHT AND SKIP-THE-LINE ENTRANCE OF ST. MARK’S BASILICA: EXCLUSIVE PICTURE OPPORTUNITY FROM THE TERRACE!
The tour Original Venice Walk has been providing the perfect introduction to Venice since the last century. Tracing the history of Venice from its origins to modern times, the most popular of all Venice Tours features the famous landmarks of St. Mark’s Square combined with skip the line tickets for St. Mark’s Basilica and a delightful stroll through the enchanting Hidden Venice. The first part of this Venice walking tours itinerary focuses on St. Mark’s Square, including a visit to St. Mark’s Basilica with skip the line tickets included in the price of the tour. You’ll learn about the Doge’s Palace (exterior only), Bell Tower, Clock Tower and the famous Bridge of sighs, as well as the other monuments of this beautiful square while enjoying an introduction to the history of Venice. Then, escape the crowds, as the second part of our Original Venice Walk explores the Hidden Venice. Enjoy a delightful stroll along narrow passageways, over delicate bridges and meandering canals following an itinerary littered with important monuments that illustrate that Venice is one giant open-air museum waiting to be discovered by the intrepid traveller. As your eyes feast on the postcard images that abound in every direction, your guide will continue to narrate the story of the most unique city in the world. In the lively Campo Santa Maria Formosa, we’ll discuss Venetian Architecture, Venetian Mercantile Empire. Then, our tour continues through the back-streets of Venice to visit the Cannaregio district, where we’ll admire the most beautiful well-head in Venice and the Pantheon of Venice (only exterior) where many important Venetians were laid to rest. And, through the many important sights and in-depth historical narrations, you’ll learn about illustrious Venetian characters like Marco Polo as well as more common citizens, that made this city of stone such a vibrant and magical place. And, of course, we’ll discuss modern day Venice, and what it’s like to live in the most unique city in the world, though not always the most practical.
**Remember that there is a dress code for this tour: shoulders and knees must be covered . We cannot be held responsible for entry denied due to improper dress. For security sacks, bags or knapsacks are not allowed inside Churches. On few occasion the Basilica may be closed due to public holidays, private events or high water.**
**IMPORTANT: TOUR DEPARTURE IS SUBJECT TO A MINIMUM OF 8 PASSENGERS, OTHERWISE TOUR WILL BE REFUNDED.**
• Skip The Line Entrance Tickets
• Professional Guide
VVN AM Walking Tour: On Request – Please Inquire
Meeting Point: Entrance to the Royal Gardens on the waterfront of St. Mark’s Square
Starting Time: Mon – Sat at 10:00 AM and Sun at 2:00 PM (Participants must arrive 15 minutes earlier.)
Duration: 2 Hrs.
Tour Ends: Close To St. Mark’s Square
*Ask us about access to the special view!