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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

Cancellations are possible up to 72 hours before your visit date.
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2 hours
  • 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!

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
Clock Tower
Piazza San Marco, 30100, Venice
St. Mark's Basilica
Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia, Italy, 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

  • In case of emergency, please call +390415239979 / +393493054767


Cancellations are possible up to 72 hours before your visit date.

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Live guide
English only
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Getting There

Vaporetto: 1 or 2 to Valleresso.

Sep 19, 2017
Great tour, but there were so many other people also going on other tours that it was unclear who to go to. We looked for a person holding a "turive" sign, and there wasn't anyone doing so. We eventually asked someone with a "tour" sign, yes, of course they mean the same thing but we tried to follow directions exactly.
Steve, United Kingdom
Sep 6, 2017
An excellent tour with a very knowledgeable guide. The initial organisation was shambolic with no one actually telling you what was happening.
GERMAN, Colombia
Aug 14, 2017
From start to end, everything went as planned and staff was very kind. I enjoy myself and learned a lot from the tourist guide. Thanks!
david, United Kingdom
Jul 24, 2017
Highly recommended. Doges palace especially. Guide was very knowledgeable.
May 17, 2017
The guide was very informative.
The 'skip' the line is better described as 'join another line'that is slightly shorter.
Sharon, United States
Apr 18, 2017
Great tour with a wonderful guide
Stephen, United Kingdom
Apr 7, 2017
we had a lovely guide who was extremely interested in the history of Venice and thus most informative
Patrick, Belgium
Jul 14, 2017
goede gids (Engelstalig) met duidelijke stem
Caroline, Belgium
May 11, 2017
Vlotte aankoop van de tickets, leuke tour, topgids Rosanna van Turive. Aanvankelijk dachten we dat de groep te groot zou zijn. Maar dat lukte uiteindelijk zeer goed.
Ik ga in de toekomst nog gebruik maken van Tiquets!
Andrei, Belgium
Apr 18, 2017
Alles was goed. Gids was zeer aangenaam en informatief.

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