Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with Gondola Ride

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Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with Gondola Ride

From $131.41 per person

Skip the long lines at Doge’s Palace and visit St. Mark’s Basilica. Admire beautiful mosaics and impressive artworks and sail under the canals of Venice on a picturesque gondola ride.

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Free cancellation
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Duration options: 3 - 7 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Danish, Dutch
Optional audio guide
English, Italian
Private or small groups available
Highlights
  • Enjoy skip-the-line entry to Doge's Palace an see its art masterpieces
  • Cross the Bridge of Sighs and reach the prison cell of Giacomo Casanova
  • Visit Saint Mark's Basilica and marvel at its famous bronze horses
  • Admire a beautiful view of Saint Mark's Square from the basilica's terrace
  • Go on a charming gondola ride and glide through Venice’s iconic canals
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Discover two of Venice’s most iconic buildings on a guided tour with skip-the-line access to the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. See impressive artworks, marvel at magnificent interiors, and explore the waters of the floating city on an unforgettable gondola ride. Meet your expert guide and enjoy priority access to Doge’s Palace, the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Immerse yourself in the European Middle Ages and see masterpieces of art adorning the walls of the palace. Relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the Bridge of Sighs at the palace and experience the inside of the prison cell that once hosted Giacomo Casanova. Step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Take in the beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder. Finish your experience with a charming gondola ride. Let the gondolier transport you along the canals and be fascinated by the hidden corners of Venice as seen from the water.
Includes
  • Access to Doge's Palace
  • Access to Chamber of the Great Council, Doge's Palace
  • Access to Bridge of Sighs
  • Access to Saint Mark's Basilica
  • Live tour guide
  • Transport for activity duration: Gondola
  • Access to Piombi Prisons
  • Access to Pozzi Prisons
  • Access to The Doge’s Apartments
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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    Meeting point

    Between the two big columns in St. Mark’s Square (columns of San Marco & San Teodoro) located on the south side of the square, near the canal.

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Water

    Not allowed

    • Shorts
    • Baby strollers
    • Luggage or large bags
    • Short skirts
    • Sleeveless shirts
    • Backpacks

    Know before you go

    • Even though you have a skip-the-line access, there could be a line for security check
    • In case of adverse weather or a change in tidal conditions, the length or route of the tour is subject to change
    • Tours will not enter the basilica until further notice. When possible, tours will visit the terrace and the museum instead
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 30 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.8/5
    • Value for money
      4.4/5
    • Safety
      4.6/5
    • Service
      4.5/5

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    August 9, 2021

    An awesome way to experience Venice

    October 8, 2019

    Sites were beautiful, but the tour guide seemed to ramble quite a bit (Goge Palace and St. Marks basilica) and was extremely slow paced, as well as made fun of other countries. This tour could have easily been shorter and was much longer than indicated when booking.

    June 18, 2018

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    Product ID: 356200

    VA ID: 397198