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

Price: $199.00
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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.
Food/Beverage Provided Not Included
Recommended Dress Shoulders and knees must be covered to enter a place of worship. Sensible rubber-soled walking shoes, sunglasses, and sunscreen are recommended.
Restrictions This tour takes place in historical areas and, therefore, is not wheelchair accessible. Guests must be able to walk on paved and 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, and all visitors must pass through a metal detector, which may lead to a short line even with skip-the line access. Guests must be able to step down into the gondola. Seats in the gondola are low to the floor.

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

Start with a small group walking tour with your qualified guide in 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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