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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Ticket features
Instant ticket delivery
Smartphone tickets accepted
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
Changing or cancelling your ticket
  • Cancellations are not possible for this ticket
  • Changes are not possible for this ticket
Reviews
Aug 16, 2019
Nice & easy. I booked it early the same day and had the tour I wanted.
Jul 30, 2019
Skip the one option is definitely the way to go when visiting the Vatican . The crowds are astronomical in the summer, and having a guide enabled us to see the most in the least amount of time.
Jun 29, 2019
The guide was excellent very knowledgeable. A little bit chaotic findingbmeeting point however the trip made up for it .
May 7, 2019
Excellent value for money, our guide was very knowledgeable. Great to jump the massive queues too. Very easy to book through the app, we only booked a couple of hours before the tour started. Would definitely recommend.
Apr 7, 2019
Most enjoyable tour, guide very knowledgeable
Apr 3, 2019
Very smoothly organised. Excellent guide.
Mar 29, 2019
Our visit was seamless however if u are able, avoid taking a backpack as u will have to leave it in a cloakroom which takes a little time to do, otherwise, absolutely perfect.
Mar 26, 2019
Everything was very good! Thank you so much for this amazing tour !
Mar 13, 2019
Well worth it. Very interesting and informative tour. Makes visiting these iconic places that much more impactful if you have a guide explaining the history and meaning of what you are looking at.
Feb 27, 2019
Mark speaks a monotone disinterest in broken English, it was hard not falling asleep, even though we were standing up.

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