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

Two-hour tour of Venice's biggest highlights

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Overview
Opening hours
Basilica
Today:  09:30 - 17:00
Tomorrow:  09:30 - 17:00
Sunday:  Closed
Monday:  09:30 - 17:00
Tuesday:  09:30 - 17:00
Wednesday:  09:30 - 17:00
Thursday:  09:30 - 17:00
Starting time
10:45
Duration
2 hours
Highlights
  • Make the most of your time in La Serenissima by taking this tour of its key highlights with an English-speaking 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 Pala d'Oro - covered with 2486 precious gems, The Paradise one of the world's biggest paintings, and the Bridge of Sighs!
Description

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, English-speaking 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. And visit the spectacular Pala d'Oro - commissioned by the Doge in 976.

This golden 'painting' is one of the richest treasures of Christianity, stuffed with 2486 gems. Much of the other treasures were 'requisitioned' by Napoleon, but your guide will fill you in on all of that!

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.

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Skip The Line
What's included
  • Entrance ticket for both St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace
  • Skip the Line entrance for both St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace
  • English tour guide
  • Entrance to the jail in Palazzo Ducale
  • Optional gratuities or tips
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Doesn't include the upper floor of the Basilica
Instructions
1
Clock Tower
Piazza San Marco, 30100, Venice
2
St. Mark's Basilica
Piazza San Marco 328, 30100, Venice
  • Show your smartphone ticket to our assistant before the tour
  • The meeting point is on Saint Mark's square, under the Clock Tower. Our representative will be holding a sign saying TURIVE. They don't wait for latecomers, so make sure you're there at 10:30
Cancellation

Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.

Reviews
Oct 31, 2018
On time at meeting point, interesting information provided by the guide.
Sep 25, 2018
Excellent tour led by Gina. Worth every cent
Sep 21, 2018
Great tour. Really informative and perfect that you skip the VERY long queues
Sep 16, 2018
Aug 8, 2018
The guide was very knowledgeable but it was a little rushed.
Aug 5, 2018
Satisfied.
Jul 31, 2018
it was amazing!! we had our tour guide in french (our first language) so it was really nice for that and she was always telling amazing facts about the place ! a really interesting tour
Jul 21, 2018
Tour guide was very knowledgeable.
Jul 5, 2018
Worth it for skipping the lines, special access and interesting tour. Radio headset to listen to the tour guide can be a bit flakey so you need to stay near the guide.
Jun 13, 2018
Very informative excursion. Both guides at each venue were extremely friendly, spoke excellent English and were very friendly. Well worth it.
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