Start your combination tour with a classical gondola ride. On this unique exploration of the romantic Venetian canals, unwind and relax into the gentle rhythms and movements of the Grand Canal, appreciating the skill involved in steering the gondola through the intricate waterways of the city. As you sit back and take in the views, you will inevitably become involved in the friendly banter of the gondoliers - as much a part of Venetian culture as the gondola itself. This charming tour will take you one step closer to the romantic facades of Venice and will enable you to understand what it was like to be truly Venetian. Your next tour will start in front of the Correr Museum in St. Mark's square, where you will meet your professional English-speaking guide. Start the tour discovering the buildings in the square and then enter inside The Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale), a magnificent combination of Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance architecture - the center of the Venetian Empire and the seat of the Venetian government. It was once the residence of the Doge, the elected ruler of the city. Listen to your informative guide as you pass through its lavish chambers, which display masterpieces by Tintoretto, Titian and Veronese. Hear about the different roles played by the Doge and his counsellors, be entertained by your informative guide and learn about the history of the Venetian legends as you walk through the eerie, narrow passageways towards the prison cells whilst learning about the prisoners and of course, Casanova, perhaps Venice's most famous and intriguing escapee. The tour will then continue into St. Marks Basilica, which majestically symbolizes the lagoon and enshrines the city’s history and relics of the saints. With its awe–inspiring gold mosaics, your talented guide will walk you through the church. At the end of the tour, you may remain in the church on your own to visit the Golden altar.
• The gondola ride is not guided • Shared gondola rides have a 6-person maximum per gondola • The guide will have a microphone during the tours of St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace • Please note, on rare occasions, Saint Mark's Basilica may be closed without warning • From Monday to Saturday the gondola ride will start at 9:40 AM (30 minutes) and the Basilica and the Doge's Palace at 10:35 AM (2-hours) • On Sunday, the gondola ride will start at 11:00 AM (30 minutes) and the Basilica and the Doge's Palace at 2:00 PM (2-hours)
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