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Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace: Skip The Line + Guided Tour

Two-hour tour with a professional guide of Venice’s most important venues

Duration: 2h
Max group size: 20
Skip the line
Live guide: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Provider: Venice Tours Srl
Registered address: San Marco 1130, 30124, Venezia, IT
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What's included

Guided tour of Doge’s Palace
Guided tour of St.Mark’s Basilica
Skip the line entrance to the Doge’s Palace
Skip the line entrance to the St.Mark's Basilica
Access to the ground floor
Access to the Terrace (not included for the English tours of 09:15, 11:15 and 14:00)
Entrance to the Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana

What's not included

Access to the Pala D’oro- Access to the Museum

Important information

* Shoulders and knees must be covered * Large bags and suitcases aren't allowed * The tour may be affected in case of high tides

Meeting point

Campo San Gallo, San Marco 1093/B, 30100, Venice

  • Make the most of your time in La Serenissima by taking this tour of its key highlights with an experienced guide (and skipping the lines)
  • These special locations come to life through the enthusiastic and knowledgeable stories of your guide
  • See one of a kind treasures like 'The Paradise', one of the world's biggest paintings, and the Bridge of Sighs!

If you only have a limited time in Venice, you have to make choices. Make those choices good ones. For example, take a tour of Venice's premiere sights with an experienced guide. Through captivating stories, St. Mark's Basilica, the Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace) and the Bridge of Sighs will come to life. And you'll be glad you made smart choices.

The tour starts at the very center of Venice: St. Mark's Square. This used to be the political and social center of the Venetian Republic. Today it's the place where millions of tourists dock every year, but it's no less beautiful for the foot traffic.

After coming to understand why Napoleon called this "the drawing room of Europe", you'll continue to St. Mark's Basilica, one of the world's most famous churches. It's survived fires, looting and storms - and not always unscathed. That's why you'll find many different architecture styles and irregularities. Giving it its unique appearance.

With your guide at the front, you'll skip the long lines at the entrance to the basilica (saving you a few hours in the burning sun or pouring rain - Venice's most common weather types). Once inside you'll be struck by the opulence; 4000 m2 of mosaics glitters and shimmers in the daylight. You'll also get access to the terraces - featuring great views - and St. Mark's Museum.

After the church you'll visit the famous Palazzo Ducale, formerly the HQ and home of the Venetian Doge.

The tour soaks up all the highlights of this power palace, including the gilded and marble staircases. Probably the highlight is the Great Council Hall. The entire east wall is Tintoretto's enormous painting The Paradise. It's one of the world's biggest (and most beautiful) paintings. You'll also get to cross the infamous Bridge of Sighs where the weary breaths of prisoners heading to the Doge's Prison would carry out into the city.

All of this Venetian history and beauty will no doubt put you in the mood for a snack. So keep with the 'true blue Venetian' mood and grab some delicious cinchetti (Venetian tapas) and then carry on exploring The Bride of the Sea on your own.

Insider tip

  • Show your smartphone ticket to our assistant before the tour
  • The meeting point is at the Venice Tours Office in Campo San Gallo, San Marco 1093/B, beside San Marco Square. Having the Basilica of San Marco behind you, stay on the right side of the square and go under the arches. Find Olivetti Museum, turn right, pass under the archways, cross the little bridge and go straight to Campo San Gallo

Getting There:

Vaporetto: 1 or 2 to Vallaresso.

  • Cancellation is possible until 24 hours before your visit date.
  • Rescheduling is possible until 24 hours before your visit date.

Ratings & reviews

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3 reviews
Elyssa,  United States United States
18 Apr 2024
Anna Maria was a great guide. She was knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the subjects she spoke about. It was a great way to see and learn about both sites.
St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Tour
Rene,  United States United States
25 Apr 2024
My experience was mixed. Our tour guide for the Basilica was about 30 mins late.
St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Tour
08 Apr 2024
Spent a bit too much time in the courtyard and first two rooms getting a history of Venice, rather than seeing the palace itself. Skipped through other rooms too fast and literally jumped a rope...
Spent a bit too much time in the courtyard and first two rooms getting a history of Venice, rather than seeing the palace itself. Skipped through other rooms too fast and literally jumped a rope to skip a large section. Cathedral section was better, less rushed.
St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Tour

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