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Byzantine Venice Walking Tour with St. Mark's Basilica Skip the Line Ticket

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Take a walk outdoors through the most characteristic and important places for the history of Venice. Then, take a guided tour in the majestic Byzantine cathedral known as the Church of Gold.

Description

This tour is a combination of the Walking Tour of Venice and The Golden Basilica.

A qualified and experienced guide will escort you through the millennium of life of the Serenissima Republic, recalling the past full of charm of this unique city. We will explore Piazza San Marco and discover its origins, as well as the history and description of the main monuments: Basilica San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, Bell Tower, Clock Tower and Procuratie. We will hear anecdotes about the history of Santa Maria Formosa and many stories about this wonderful and characteristic square. We will visit Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo, the "Pantheon" of Venice, the Great School of Charity, the Captains of Fortune and Marco Polo's house. We will pass by the Malibran Theatre as the past and recent history cross each other in this beautiful corner of Venice. At the end of the tour, we will return to San Marco through the Mercerie, a vital connection between Rialto and San Marco, and head to the main street for some shopping.

On the Golden Basilica tour, escorted by a tour guide accredited by the Curia of Venice, you will enjoy a full visit of the Golden Cathedral. This masterpiece of Byzantine art, a monument like no other in Italy, is filled with beautiful gold mosaics and marble inlaid floors. You can sit comfortably while our guide shows you the represented biblical scenes, the history and the particularities of this ancient basilica. Admire The Pala d'oro, an exquisite example of Byzantine art with its thousands of gems and precious stones. Enjoy the view of the Treasury, a splendor of the religious art collected along the centuries. The privileged entry and the special collaboration with the Curia of Venice allows us to avoid the queues!

After your tour of the Basilica at 14:00, you can go on an optional trip (free of charge) by private boat to Murano Island and visit a glass factory to see and discover one of the greatest Venetian arts. The return to San Marco is included.

Itinerary/Activity Schedule

  • 09:00 Walking Tour of Venice

  • 12:00 Golden Basilica Tour

  • 14:00 (Optional) Murano Island trip

Available Languages

April to October Schedule (Summer)

  • English, German, Spanish, French: Monday to Saturday

  • Italian: Saturday - this visit can be bilingual

November to March Schedule (Winter)

  • English: Monday to Saturday

  • German: Monday and Friday

  • French: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

  • Spanish: Wednesday, Saturday

Includes

  • Skip the line ticket to St. Mark's Basilica

  • Optional Glass Blowing Demonstration (if selected)

  • English-speaking guide
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Byzantine Venice Walking Tour with St. Mark's Basilica Skip the Line Ticket

Duration: 3 hour(s)
Available: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri and Sat
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Skip the line ticket to St. Mark's Basilica / Optional Glass Blowing Demonstration (if selected) / English-speaking guide
Add-ons:
  • FREE Glass Blowing Demonstration (20 Minutes) +

    At the end of the tour, enjoy a visit to an old Glass Factory Showroom near Saint Mark's Square. Learn about the ancient art of glassblowing and witness a glass craftsman master at work.

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Schedule

  • 08:45

    Check in at St. Mark's Area

  • 09:00

    Guided Walking Tour

    Enjoy a guided stroll to discover the Byzantine highlights of Venice including St. Mark's Square, Doge's Palace, Bell Tower, Clock Tower, Procuratie, and Santa Maria Formosa. This type of architecture originated from the rich culture and art of the Eastern Roman Empire.

  • St. Mark's Basilica

    Avoid the long queues when you enter this masterpiece of Byzantine art. Marvel at the beautiful gold mosaics and marble inlays on the floors. Also, immerse yourself in the biblical scenes, rich history and the particularities of this ancient basilica.

  • 11:30

    Tour Ends at St. Mark's Area

  • (For Check-In) St. Mark's Square (St. Mark's Square, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy) Time: 08:45:00

  • (For Check-Out) St. Mark's Square (St. Mark's Square, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy) Time: 11:30:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) St. Mark's Square (St. Mark's Square, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy) Time: 08:45:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) St. Mark's Square (St. Mark's Square, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy) Time: 11:30:00

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Notes

Restriction(s)
  • For security reasons, sacks, bags, or knapsacks are not allowed inside the Basilica.

  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

  • Guests with a limited range of movement are not permitted to participate in this activity.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • Walking shoes

  • Comfortable clothing

  • Clothing that covers from the shoulder to knee

  • No sleeveless, collarless shirts or T-shirts

  • No mini skirts

  • No flashy / gaudy clothing

Additional Note(s)
  • Please note the schedules of the following guided tours in other languages: - English (Monday to Saturday) - German (Monday and Friday) - French (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) - Spanish (Wednesday and Saturday)

  • During some days of high turnout or for reasons of force majeure (i.e. high tide or security problems), the waiting time to access St. Mark's Basilica might be longer than expected. In this case, please line up and respect the instructions provided by the guide.

  • This tour may not be available during religious celebrations.

  • The optional tour of a glass factory with glass craftsman demonstration is not a part of the tour. Be kindly aware that this optional visit could take longer than the scheduled time and that it is not recommend if you have other reservation scheduled on the same day.

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Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations made within 3 business days of your activity (after 09:00:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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