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Skip The Line Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Basilica & Gondola Ride

Price: $199.00
This tour operates from November to March.
Skip The Line Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Basilica & Gondola Ride
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Skip The Line Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Basilica & Gondola Ride

During this 3-hour walking tour your qualified guide will take you to the historical heart of Venice where you will explore this magical city. Once back in St. Mark's Square you will visit Doge's Palace, the ancient seat of the Serenissima Republic. This impressive Gothic palace was also the residence of the Doge and held a grim past. Its interior contains beautiful custom artwork, several designated chambers and an enclosed Bridge of Sighs that connected the palace to the prisons.

Continue to the 5-domed St. Mark's Basilica. This iconic cathedral was completed in 1092 and is one of the world's best known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture. Walk past priceless artworks, historical artifacts and intricate marble inlays, then admire the iconic golden mosaics that share the stories of Venice and St. Mark. While here you will also see the famed Pala d' Oro, an enameled high altar retable ornately decorated with hundreds of pearls, sapphires, emeralds and garnets.

End your afternoon with a charming, shared gondola ride through Venice's canals. Your gondolier will take you through hidden waterways where you will experience a different view of Venice.

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Shore Excursion Size
Standard
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Active, Water/Beach
Shore Excursion Duration
3 Hours
Activity Level
Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From
St. Mark's Square (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Recommended Dress
Shoulders and knees must be covered to enter a place of religion. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes, sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended.
Restrictions
This tour takes place in historical areas and, therefore, is not wheelchair accessible. However, the Doge's Palace and Basilica are wheelchair accessible.Guests must be able to walk on paved, as well as cobblestone surfaces. There are steps and steep curbs in some areas. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or those who use partly-motorized vehicles or walkers. For security reasons backpacks are not allowed inside the Basilica (free deposit available in Calle San Basso. Because of safety reasons all visitors have to get through metal detector checks, which might lead to a short line to enter the palace even if having a skip-the line access. Guests must be able to step down into the gondola. Seats in the gondola are low to the floor.
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