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All-Inclusive Tour: Doge Palace, St Mark's Basilica & Square

Product ID: 11583
Explore the most beautiful sights in Venice on a walking tour that includes Marco Polo’s House, the Piazza San Marco, and Santa Maria Formosa. Then visit the inside of the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica.
About this activity
Duration: 4 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, German, Spanish, Italian
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Discover where Marco Polo was born and raised
  • View art masterpieces at the Palazzo Ducale
  • Learn about the consequences of the Dukes' power at the Bridge of Sighs
  • Tour St. Mark's Basilica and see fabulous decorations of gold and marble
Full description
This walking tour will give you a comprehensive introduction to some of the most spectacular sights in the city, and includes a guided tour of both the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica.

Setting off from St. Mark’s Square, with views of the Grand Canal, you will head through the narrow streets, laced with lovely canals and crumbling, historic houses. Stop and pause at sights such as the Chiesa Santa Maria Formosa, where the Holy Virgin is alleged to have appeared disguised as a voluptuous woman.

Visit the former home of one of the city’s most famous sons at Marco Polo’s House, and walk through the Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo, the second largest square in Venice. Return to San Marco through the Mercerie, and go inside the Palazzo Ducale, the seat of Venetian political power for centuries.

Walk through splendid rooms lined with masterpieces of art. Your guide will show you the halls of power and then take you to the Bridge of Sighs, where the harsh reality of that power will come to life.

End your visit at St. Mark’s Basilica, one of the most majestic cathedrals in the world. View masterpieces of Byzantine art, savor the beauty of the cathedral’s gold mosaics and marble inlays, and admire fine examples of religious art in the Treasury.
  • Entrance fee to the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica
  • Guided Tour

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Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information
Know before you go
The tour is not available on Sundays in some languages or during Catholic festivals.
The days for each language are as follows:
• English – every day, except Catholic festivals
• German – Monday and Friday
• Spanish – Wednesday and Saturday
• French – Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 221 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.4 / 5
  • Organization
    4.3 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.1 / 5
  • Safety
    4.5 / 5
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This was a great tour to get your feet wet and start to familiarize yourself with the city. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. I think there was a little confusion and disorganization right at the beginning because there were so many tours leaving from one place. But the tour itself was great!

28 June 2019

On time and as expected, happy :)

It was a well organized tour, our local lady guide was informative and we enjoyed every bit of it. We traveled with our 3.5 years old daughter it wasn't difficult for her either, make sure not to carry a backpack, even-though you are with a kid they don't allow, a small carry bag would be fine, but it wasn't a problem.

22 October 2017

Great tour with Luigi the Great!

I was in this tour for four hrs with Luigi being the guide: she is very funny and informative and full of energy and I thoroughly enojoyed her tour. My only critisism is about the quality of the earphone cordless device was was deafening me to death!!! It had a very poor sound quality and I could not hear the guide properly so at some point I decided to take it off completely and stay closer to Luigi and hear her directly, it would be good if the company invest a bit of money on these devices as, in my case, the current device sound quality is very poor, other than that, very well organised tour with a highly knowledgable guide( Luigi has a PhD in venition history so you can't have anyone better than her, and she is supper funny too!

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4 March 2017

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Product ID: 11583