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Skip The Line: St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Tours

From US$73.81
Highlights
  • Combined tour of St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace in Venice
  • Save time with skip-the-line access to two Venice must-sees
  • Explore with a guide to view and learn about the highlights of both
  • Includes ticket to see the Golden Pall (Pala d’Oro) in St. Mark’s
  • Clearly hear guide commentary with personal headsets
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10:45 am - English commentary
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Bilingual tour operated by a multilingual guide from November to March. Monolingual tour from April to October.
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3.00 pm Sunday option
English commentaryOption tour available on Sunday afternoon. You will visit the Basilica first, then the Doge's Palace
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10.45 am - French commentary
Bilingual tour operated by a multilingual guide from November to March. Monolingual tour from April to October.
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Overview
St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, two of Venice’s most popular attractions, are conveniently close to one other, so a combined tour of both, with skip-the-line access, just makes sense. This guided tour reveals info crucial to understanding each landmark, includes a ticket to view the Golden Pall (Pala d’Oro) in the basilica, and saves you hours of time waiting in line.
What to Expect
Meet your guide in St. Mark’s Square and walk to the Doge’s Palace, where the Doge once governed the Venetian Republic.
Bypass the lines and tour the halls filled with artwork by greats such as Titian and Tintoretto. Admire the Giants’ Staircase, Golden Staircase, Opera Museum, and Institutional Rooms. Then, cross the Bridge of Sighs and imagine the anguish of the long-ago prisoners who were led across it to Venice’s infamous prison.
Afterward, continue to St. Mark’s Basilica, one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals. Avoid the ticket lines and absorb the spiritual atmosphere as you explore the interior, hearing how it reflects the flowering of Venice during its heyday.
Marvel at the golden mosaics and other artworks as your guide shares their history, and you view highlights including the gemstone-coated Byzantine Golden Pall (Pala d’Oro) altarpiece.
Your tour ends when your guide says goodbye at St. Mark’s.
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We showed at the correct place but believe because the weather was bad (wind & heavy rain) the guide did not show leaving us very disappointed. We tried to gain access to the Basilica with our booking form but the door attendant would only let...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Gareth G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting guide. All very well organised. Quite a lot of stairs in the palace,but so beautiful.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank smshants
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked on this excursion and were so glad we did. It was a very busy day and even those with pre-booked tickets to the Doge's Palace still had to wait in line, whereas booking this guided tour (that includes tickets) meant we were able...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank Jumblebeechick
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We booked this tour a few days prior to our visit to Venice. We arrived about an hour early and walked around searching for the meeting place. Got into a skip the line line at the Doges Palace and were told where approximately where we...More

Thank carmend565
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our tour guide was informative and amusing and made the tour great fun while also teaching us a great deal about the history of Venice as well as the buildings themselves. This is definitely the best way to see these kinds of major sights. I’ve...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Melly2010
5 April 2019|
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Response from ColleenVenter | Reviewed this property |
Basilica- It is free to go in and the queue moves fast - once inside there is an additional part to it - which must be seen (in my view) and that is a fee of €2.00. Except for the tour guide providing some history it is... More
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Lia A
29 March 2019|
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There is a clock near the basilica where you meet the guide
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malog885
11 October 2018|
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Response from MaluBernas | Reviewed this property |
The tour starts at Doge's Palace then continues to St. Mark's Basilica. So yes, the skip the lines refer to both but depending on the season you go and how many people there are, there may be a short wait before the tour... More
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