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Absolute Venice

Highlights / General details VENICE WALKING TOUR - Discover Venice’s most characteristic places and relive through them the history of this wonderful city on a walking tour! The tour leaves from Piazza San Marco (the Guide will explain the origins, history and description of the main monuments: St. Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace, the Campanile Bell Tower, the Clock Tower and the Procuratie). We will pass Santa Maria Formosa (the Guide will recount the stories and anecdotes linked to this splendid and characteristic area). We will then arrive at Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo (the Guide will explain the "Pantheon" of Venice, the great Scuole di Carità (charitable schools), the Captains of Venture). We will then visit the House of Marco Polo and the Teatro Malibran (the Guide will recount anecdotes where ancient and recent history meet in this wondrous corner of Venice). Finally we return to San Marco through the Mercerie, the vital lifeline between Rialto and San Marco and the city’s main shopping district. The tour takes place entirely outdoors. The tour does not include any admittance in to the monuments THE DOGE'S PALACE - Explore the splendid Doge’s Palace, the true heart of Venetian political power! Would you like to discover the places where the Doge and his council held the fate of Venice? Together with an experienced and qualified tour guide you will visit the halls of power, immersing yourself in medieval Europe among the stuccoed halls and hundreds of masterpieces. You will be amazed by the richness of detail of the Golden Staircase, reliving the anguish of prisoners crossing the famous Bridge of Sighs and entering the Venetian prison in which you will see how the prisoners of the Most Serene Republic lived. A tour that will forever live in your memories! THE GOLDEN BASILICA - Discover one of the world’s most majestic cathedrals, a true masterpiece of Byzantine art! Together with a tour guide arranged in agreement with the Curia di Venezia, you can take in a full tour of the Golden Basilica, once the private chapel of the Doges of Venice, and the only one of its kind in Italy, thanks to the beautiful gold mosaics and marble inlay flooring. Comfortably seated, listen to our Guide describe the biblical scenes represented and the history and particularities of this ancient basilica. Admire the Pala d’oro, an exquisite example of Byzantine art with its thousands of gems and precious stones. At the end of the tour, included but optional, you could take advantage of a trip on a private boat to the Island of Murano, to a glass factory to see and touch one of the greatest Venetian arts. The return to San Marco is included. The duration of the trip to Murano is approximately 2 hours. Inclusion Venice Walking Tour, Doge’s Palace, the Golden Basilica, Guide service, and Entrance Fee to Doge's Palace. Exclusion Gratuity, Transportation and Meals. Hours of operation Frequency (bilingual): November 01, 2015 to March 31, 2016 VENICE WALKING TOUR: English daily; French: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday; German: Monday, Friday; Spanish: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday. THE DOGE'S PALACE: English daily; French: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday; German: Monday, Friday; Spanish: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday. THE GOLDEN BASILICA: English from Monday to Saturday; French: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday; German: Monday, Friday; Spanish: Wednesday, Saturday. Frequency (bilingual): April 01, 2016 to October 31, 2016 VENICE WALKING TOUR: English, French, Spanish, German: daily; Italian: Saturday. THE DOGE'S PALACE: English, French, Spanish, German: daily; Italian: Saturday. THE GOLDEN BASILICA: English, French, Spanish, German: daily (except Sundays when tour does not operate); Italian: Saturday. Inclusion Venice Walking Tour, Doge’s Palace, the Golden Basilica, Guide service, and Entrance Fee to Doge's Palace. Exclusion Gratuity, Transportation and Meals. Hours of operation Frequency (bilingual): November 01, 2015 to March 31, 2016 VENICE WALKING TOUR: English daily; French: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday; German: Monday, Friday; Spanish: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday. THE DOGE'S PALACE: English daily; French: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday; German: Monday, Friday; Spanish: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday. THE GOLDEN BASILICA: English from Monday to Saturday; French: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday; German: Monday, Friday; Spanish: Wednesday, Saturday. Frequency (bilingual): April 01, 2016 to October 31, 2016 VENICE WALKING TOUR: English, French, Spanish, German: daily; Italian: Saturday. THE DOGE'S PALACE: English, French, Spanish, German: daily; Italian: Saturday. THE GOLDEN BASILICA: English, French, Spanish, German: daily (except Sundays when tour does not operate); Italian: Saturday. Duration Approximately 3 hours 30 minutes. Location November 01, 2015 to March 31, 2016: VENICE WALKING TOUR – Departure at 09:00 from YEX office under the Clock Tower, both in St. Mark's Square. THE DOGE'S PALACE - Departure at 10:30 from YEX office under the Clock Tower in St. Mark's Square. THE GOLDEN BASILICA – Departure at 11.45 from YEX office under the Clock Tower in St. Mark's Square. April 01, 2016 to October 31, 2016: VENICE WALKING TOUR – Departure at 08:45 from YEX office under the Clock Tower in St. Mark's Square. THE DOGE'S PALACE - Departure at 11:00 from YEX office under the Clock Tower in St. Mark's Square. THE GOLDEN BASILICA – Departure at 12.15 from YEX office under the Clock Tower in St. Mark's Square. Participant restrictions Children 5 years and younger are admitted free of charge. Policies Due to security reasons, sacks, bags or knapsacks are not allowed inside. Visit during celebrations is not permitted. Visitors are recommended to respect the sacred place, in particular: - Clothes must be appropriate for a place of worship; - Loud explanations are not allowed. Complete information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher. **All information requested must be supplied or booking is subject to automatic cancellation**