This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Canal Grande, Veneto

The experience starts with a relaxing gondola ride along the Grand Canal: during the cruise you will admire the magnificent Palaces decorating the richest waterway of the world!
The gondolier will drive you along the most romantic spots and picturesque corners.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Veneto

Along the itinerary you will admire the Mozart’s House, The Phoenix Theatre and the stunning Peggy Guggenheim Collection Palace

Pass By: Piazza San Marco, Veneto

and then, in the heart of the Grand Canal, you will be stunned in front of the beauty of St. Mark’s basin with the Salute Church, Punta della Dogana, St. Giorgio Island and the incredible overview of the Doge Palace and the Bell tower!

Stop At: Basilica di San Marco, Veneto

At the end of the gondola ride you will start the guided tour of St. Mark’s Cathedral known as the Golden Basilica, thanks to the mosaics made of pure gold that decora all the church and its five-domes. The guide will escort you in the heart of this byzantine masterpiece explaining its history and the meaning of the artistic artworks in the Cathedral.
This special tour will make you skip all the lines and giving you priority access to the Pala D’oro (golden altarpiece composed by gems, gold and diamonds) and to the Saint Mark’s Treasury: an exclusive collection of relics and precious items collected along the centuries.
Two activities together to make you discover Venice in all its splendor.

Duration: 1 hour

  • Entry/Admission - Basilica di San Marco
  • Mobile app with audio-commentary to download on your mobile for the gondola ride
  • Audio-receiver devices are included in case of groups over 10 people inside the Golden Basilica
  • Glass Craftsman at work close to Saint Mark’s Square.
  • Skip the Line: the Basilica and Pala d’Oro guided tour by a qualified and experienced guide, from April to october the visit is monolingual, from November to March the visit could be bilingual
  • Map with description of attractions during the gondola ride
  • Multilingual assistance for embarking in a gondola
  • Float through the canals discovering the hidden glimpses of Venice with a 30 minutes gondola ride
  • Hotel pickup
Additional Information
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Near public transportation
  • Please pay attention Our App, is totally independent from your the Viator App. On your device will appear Pop Guide icon.
  • You will receive the QR code and the instruction to activate the mobile app by e-mail at the moment of reservation. Please download the app before to start the tour.
  • Mobile vouchers are accepted.
  • The tour is not considered private but it is shared with other guests not belonging to the same party.
  • Comfortable shoes suggested.
  • The guided tour of the Golden Basilica is monolingual from April to October, from November to March could be bilingual.
  • For security reasons suitcases, backpacks or large bags are not allowed inside the Basilica, prior to your visit you must deposit them at the Ateneo San Basso (St. Mark’s Square- Calle san Basso). The storage service is free of charge, but please allow sufficient time!
  • For the visit of the Basilica suitable clothing is required (no shorts)
  • Each gondola can guest maximum 6 people; the seat aboard cannot be chosen but will be assigned by the gondolier depending of guests weight
  • The Golden Basilica Tour does not operate in case of unplanned religious functions (in these cases it can be postponed the day after otherwise it will be refunded)
  • The tour does not operate in case of exceptionally bad weather, high/low tide (in these cases it can be postponed the day after otherwise it will be refunded)
  • Unfortunately this tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Point
1. Calle Larga Ascensione, Calle Larga Ascensione, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy2. Piazza San Marco, 146, Piazza San Marco, 146, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
Booking is cancellable 3 days prior to service date.


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  • Therese M


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    The booking process was super easy and the tour directions were simple to follow. Unfortunately, the gondola ride was underwhelming. It was brief and commercialized. Our gondolier was on his cell phone the entire time and did not interact with our group or the other passengers. It would also be nice to have the gondolier for only our group (and not having to share with other groups). Without the gondola ride, I would have given this tour at least 4 stars! Our tour guide for the Basilica, on the other hand, was excellent. He was knowledgeable and kept the group entertained with his humor. It was also nice that each guide only had to give the tour in one language. If this organization has the option for just the Basilica tour, I would highly recommend taking it!!!