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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
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
328,Piazza San Marco, 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
May 16, 2018
Good tour guide, knowledgeable,, efficiently guided us through the massive number of other tourists.
May 13, 2018
Unique experience to meet face to face with world greatest painters, canvases!
May 13, 2018
Well organized, the guide for English language was very well informed, fun and made the tour extremely interesting.
May 1, 2018
The tour was good overall. We enjoyed all of the knowledge our guide was able to share during both parts of the tour. The group size was a little too big due to how crowded both places were. If you got caught in the back of the group it was hard to see what was being pointed out and we lost audio connection going across the Bridge of Sighs. We also didn’t realize the area of St Mark’s with the horses was not included in our tour and we did not have time to go back due to our schedule. Overall, we would recommend this tour for someone that doesn’t have a ton of time to spend but wants to see the highlights.
Apr 10, 2018
I would say for first timers to Venice that a tour such as this is essential. Our guide Stefania was excellent, deeply knowledgeable and very lovely, and there were many points in the tour where we skipped the endless lines that we would have had to stand in to get to the next incredible thing. Highly recommended.
Apr 5, 2018
Our guide was a lovely lady! Very knowledgable. We thoroughly enjoyed the tours
Apr 2, 2018
Having a guide throughout both places made the experience much richer in knowledge and satisfying to know you had a well spent day
Mar 27, 2018
Great tour, quite a big group though and lots of different tours going from the same place so a bit difficult to figure out which company the tour was with. But overall a good experience.
Mar 27, 2018
Really enjoyed this informative tour! Our guide was lovely and knew her stuff!
Dec 9, 2017
Vvery good

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