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Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace

Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace
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Tour snapshot
Guarantee entry to the often sold-out Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica
Duration:
3h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
25
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Guarantee your entry into two of Venice’s star attractions on a skip-the-line tour of Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale) and St. Mark’s Basilica (Basilica of San Marco). Save hours of waiting in line as you bypass queues often in advance of two hours and head straight inside the often sold-out monuments. Discover details you may have otherwise missed, and enjoy special access to the first-floor terrace of St. Mark’s Basilica for panoramic views of Venice.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Save hours waiting in line with skip-the-line entry to two top Venice attractions 
  • Enjoy special access to the first-floor terrace of St. Mark's Basilica 
  • Discover hidden details that are often missed when exploring alone
What to expect
Greet your guide in central Venice and head straight to your first stop, St. Mark’s Basilica (Basilica de San Marco) to bypass the long lines often in excess of two hours. Inside your guide reveals hidden details and leads you to the first-floor terrace not usually open to the general public. The next stop is Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), where skip-the-line tickets allow you to avoid waiting in line once again. Visit the opulent Hall of Great Council, home to frescoes by the likes of Veronese and Tintoretto, and discover the palace’s dark history in the Armory and New Prisons. Your tour culminates with a walk across the Bridge of Sighs, where you bid your guide farewell.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Save hours waiting in line with skip-the-line entry to two top Venice attractions 
  • Enjoy special access to the first-floor terrace of St. Mark's Basilica 
  • Discover hidden details that are often missed when exploring alone
What to expect
Greet your guide in central Venice and head straight to your first stop, St. Mark’s Basilica (Basilica de San Marco) to bypass the long lines often in excess of two hours. Inside your guide reveals hidden details and leads you to the first-floor terrace not usually open to the general public. The next stop is Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), where skip-the-line tickets allow you to avoid waiting in line once again. Visit the opulent Hall of Great Council, home to frescoes by the likes of Veronese and Tintoretto, and discover the palace’s dark history in the Armory and New Prisons. Your tour culminates with a walk across the Bridge of Sighs, where you bid your guide farewell.
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Important information
Inclusions
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Skip-the-line ticket for St. Mark's Basilica
  • Headsets when necessary
  • Exclusive access to the balcony of St. Mark's Basilica
  • Pre-reserved ticket to the Doge's Palace
  • Exclusive Early Entry to the Doge's Palace (8 AM only)
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica di San Marco
  • Entry/Admission - Doge's Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Ponte dei Sospiri
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • Museo Correr, P.za San Marco, 52, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy Correr Museum (Museo Correr) in Piazza San Marco. Meet under the portico just outside the entrance of the museum. Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.
  • Please remember that the basilica is a holy place and attire must be appropriate: Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress. Backpacks are prohibited inside of St. Mark's Basilica.
  • Backpacks are prohibited inside St. Mark's Basilica.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Walks complies with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to Italy government guidelines for the most up to date information
  • Tour in English only
  • • St. Mark's Basilica can be subject to unforeseen closures due to liturgical celebrations or high tides. In this event, your guide will give the tour from the exterior of the Basilica or we will contact clients as soon as possible to arrange a suitable alternative.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travellers
Inclusions
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Skip-the-line ticket for St. Mark's Basilica
  • Headsets when necessary
  • Exclusive access to the balcony of St. Mark's Basilica
  • Pre-reserved ticket to the Doge's Palace
  • Exclusive Early Entry to the Doge's Palace (8 AM only)
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica di San Marco
  • Entry/Admission - Doge's Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Ponte dei Sospiri
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
Departure details
  • Museo Correr, P.za San Marco, 52, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy Correr Museum (Museo Correr) in Piazza San Marco. Meet under the portico just outside the entrance of the museum. Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure
Duration
3h
Return details
  • St. Mark's Square, Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy In St. Mark's Square.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.
  • Please remember that the basilica is a holy place and attire must be appropriate: Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress. Backpacks are prohibited inside of St. Mark's Basilica.
  • Backpacks are prohibited inside St. Mark's Basilica.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Walks complies with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to Italy government guidelines for the most up to date information
  • Tour in English only
  • • St. Mark's Basilica can be subject to unforeseen closures due to liturgical celebrations or high tides. In this event, your guide will give the tour from the exterior of the Basilica or we will contact clients as soon as possible to arrange a suitable alternative.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Museo Correr
    P.za San Marco, 52, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
    Correr Museum (Museo Correr) in Piazza San Marco. Meet under the portico just outside the entrance of the museum. Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure
    See address & details
  • 1
    Piazza San Marco
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Basilica di San Marco
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Doge's Palace
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 4
    Ponte dei Sospiri
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll end at
    St. Mark's Square
    Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
    In St. Mark's Square.
    See address & details
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Ozagain
Bury St. Edmunds, UK89 contributions
May 2022
Great tour definitely recommend to take the 8am tour if possible as the Doges Palace is empty at this point. Our guide gave just the right amount of detail, some interesting stuff but did not talk about every painting and every mosaic. Really good background on Venice and how it was run as well as history of the buildings. Good insight to life in Venice from a local guy who clearly loves his city. Audio system worked really well . Worth the money!
Written 5 May 2022
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Mainemadness
12 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
We had a unique experience to be the first inside Doge’s Palace before it opened to the public. The experience is amazing and an absolute luxury that avoided heavy crowned and long lines. We saw the beautiful halls, the prison and a unique walk across the bridge if sigs. By the time we went into St. Mark’s the line and the piazza was mobbed with people while we walked in and made our way through the entire church and the balcony for a lovely wrap up to our tour. If you’re willing to pay up and wake up early to avoid the crowds, this tour is highly recommended!
Written 18 June 2022
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Quengasd
Summerville, SC14 contributions
May 2022 • Family
It was a little difficult to find the meeting place but that is the only slight challenge. Our guide, Giulia, was excellent. She was clearly passionate about the history. She was excited when we were able to make any connection to the history and art she was sharing with us. We definitely recommend doing a guided tour of these two sites bc our guide made everything we saw more meaningful.
There was also a special exhibit of modern art at the Doges Palace that was extraordinary. I’m so happy we were able to see this, and would encourage you to go the the Palace to see just this. The experience of seeing it was a punch in the gut with the war in Ukraine as a backdrop. Highly recommend seeing it if you can.
Written 12 May 2022
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Frank J
Tarpon Springs, FL11 contributions
Nice tour. Definitely helpful to skip the line. The lines were massive. Pamela was very knowledgeable and the tour size (12ish) was not too big to get some questions in. The basilica is truly mesmerizing as are the views of the square. The tour of the Doge palace is well worth it and I would recommend staying after the tour to wander and appreciate the richness and extravagance of the doges
Written 30 April 2022
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Dana
Wauwatosa, WI2 contributions
My husband and I did this tour the second day we were in Venice and we are so glad we did! The tour group was pretty big but we were all provided with headsets so we could hear the guide throughout the whole tour. Our guide, Susan, was fabulous! I can’t imagine this tour without her depth of knowledge and eloquent way of speaking. We did not feel the tour was rushed. We spent lots of time viewing the important sights and Susan was great about answering our questions. We were fortunate to see Anselm Kiefer’s exhibit in the Doge’s Palace and Susan walked us through that quite well. It’s was an unforgettable tour and a highlight of our visit to Venice!
Written 17 June 2022
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Ara A
1 contribution
Really fantastic experience with Sarah our tour guide. It was miserable weather and raining but she was incredibly energetic and expertly guided us through the crowds and history of the basilica and palace. Gave some great tips too about our stay in town and took up her recommendation to visit the bell tower, did not disappoint with beautiful views of the city! If i had one thing to change would be a little more time in the basilica to really just absorb the beauty of the place. But overall fantastic and money well spent!
Written 7 May 2022
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Ed1304
Castel Frentano, Italy57 contributions
I really enjoyed this tour. It’s difficult not to be impressed by St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, just looking from the outside so my expectations were pretty high to start with. However, Mosè really brought it alive. He seemed to have an interesting story or fact for just about everything we looked at. The mosaics inside and out St Mark’s are impressive just to look at but it is so much more worthwhile when you can follow the story they are meant to convey. I thought it was very well timed so that we arrived at the right place at the right time to observe the movement on the clock tower.

Nearly every room in the Doge’s Palace is simply splendid. I could have spend considerably longer in many of them simply admiring the paintings, but the huge works of Titian, Veronese and Tintoretto can become overwhelming without someone explaining why the were painted , what they represent and the politics behind their creation.

There is little point visiting Venice without touring these iconic buildings and when you do, having an expert who can explain and clarifying what you are looking it will make all the more enjoyable.
Written 30 September 2021
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KaiserC
7 contributions
Jun 2022
Positives: You get into both buildings pretty quickly, the tour goes through the important spots so you don't waste time trying to navigate by yourself. There is a break after the Doge's Palace section of the tour, time for a bathroom/recharge. I'm glad that the tour concluded at the top of the Basilica, because we stayed there for a while and took pictures of St. Mark's Square from the terrace. If you're short on time and want to see the highlights of the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica, this tour is a good choice.

Negatives: The tour guide, while knowledgeable, was very soft-spoken. Headphones were provided to everyone in the group, but the tour guide often did not even speak into her microphone, so if I was not standing next to her it was almost impossible to hear what she was saying. Also, the tour unfortunately does not cover the prisons at the Doge's Palace.
Written 12 June 2022
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Steve-Murray1985
7 contributions
Jun 2022
Fantastic Tour, Great value considering it involves zero queuing, the queues wrapped around the basilica in 30' sun so i'm pleased i booked this tour.

Susan was our tour guide, she was fantastic! My partner insisted I get on here and write this review as she was so grateful to Susan for the explanation and information as we went around the cathedral, the palace and the prison. I really enjoyed enjoyed the tour too, i'm less into art history and more into hearing stories of events gone by etc but Susan can really help you see some of the paintings in a way a non arty person might otherwise see them, and there is plenty of other history too! I learnt a lot.

I highly recommended this tour.
Written 21 June 2022
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Zimbo999
United Kingdom32 contributions
Sep 2020
The guide was very knowledgeable and had excellent English. But she tilted her commentary in the Doge's Palace too much towards all the various artworks on display, with in-depth comment, analysis and interpretation of what the elements 'on canvas' meant or were meant to portray, i.e. she was telling us how to 'read' each painting - which became a bit of a bore after a while.

It's also an expensive tour based on what I saw of the actual ticket prices to get in the Basilica and Palace, you are paying a lot for the guide's time.
Written 29 September 2020
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old world not to be missed
The entire area of the square is something out of a movie...The people and Italian live music playing...everything!
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Ruined a short trip
I'm currently on the wrong tour because they sent us to basilica only when I booked dodges option, can't even conce
811teem
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Awesome tour…highly recommended
Awesome family experience. Our guide Matteo was excellent and as a local and historian provided so much information
Roving19896
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Great way to see the key buildings
Great tour at a very leisurely pace that includes almost all the key sights in Venice. Guide was very knowledgeable
Happytraveler6579
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Fantastic deep dive without crowds
This is an AMAZING way to experience these two incredible historical sights. Spend tons of extra time with an extre
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Not having to queue. The chap that did our tour (can't remember his name) bald head, wearing all white, had lived i
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Venice in a day
The walking tour and information about Venice was great ro put all I to perspective. Our guide was great and patien
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This tour is a must for everyone!
We only had two nights in Venice so this tour was a good way to see some of the highlights in one day. Giuliano who
Brassmonkey81
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Basic but does the job, especially with young kids
Best part of the tour was skipping the line at st Marc's and having the Gondola already reserved. otherwise the wa
Laura Y
Laura Y
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Lots of walking!
Our tour guide (Laura) was very knowledge but this was a LONG tour. We did a ton of walking ( to be expected) but t
2967chrisv
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Brilliant walking tour
This tour started by the Rialto bridge and our tour guide was the excellent Elena, she took us through Venice for 2
paul19602013
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Enjoyable Day
A good insight into Venice in a day and our guide Francesca was excellent. We got to see the main sights which inc
joecyrulik
joecyrulik
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Well worth the visit and booking the after hours tour!
Fantastic way to see both sites. In the Dogges Palace our group was essentially alone in an empty palace. Tour guid
hollyg270
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A beautiful city and wonderful guide
Our guide, Giuliano was a native Venetian and was passionate, articulate and sincerely proud and humble in his pre
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