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  3. Venice
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Venice: Doge's Palace & Basilica Tour with Optional Gondola

Product ID: 20426
Skip the long lines to enjoy fast-track entry to the Doge’s Palace in Venice and discover a magnificent combination of Byzantine, Gothic, and Renaissance architecture. Later, explore the magnificent St. Mark's Basilica.
About this activity
Duration: 2.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Benefit from skip-the-line entry to St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace
  • Admire the stunning mosaics of St. Mark's Basilica
  • Marvel at masterpieces from artists such as Tintoretto and Veronese
  • Upgrade your experience with a 30-minute gondola ride
  • Enjoy an intimate, small group tour with a maximum of 25 participants
Full description
This 3.5-hour walking tour takes you to two of Venice's most iconic highlights, with a few secret gems thrown in for good measure. With skip-the-line access to the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s, you will cut out the long waiting times, and whisk from one highlight to the next.

Enjoy a tour of St. Mark's Basilica, and marvel at the diversity of Venetian culture as your guide points out where eastern architecture and western design combine. In a rare extended tour, learn how St. Mark’s remains arrived illegally, and see countless treasures, some made in Venice and others plundered during the Crusades.

Finally, tour the Doge’s Palace, where Casanova was held in an attic prison before his escape. Admire ceiling frescoes by Tintoretto and paintings by Veronese in the exquisite rooms.
  • Skip-the-line access to St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Skip-the-line-access and entrance to the Doge’s Palace
  • Local expert guide
  • Headsets where necessary
  • Gondola tour, if option selected
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet next to Ponte della Paglia, the bridge with the view of the Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs). You can find the bridge in front of Doge's Palace, facing the lagoon. GPS Coordinates are 45.433538 , 12.340747". Please arrive 15-minutes before the tour's departure time. Late arrivals or no-shows are not eligible for a refund.

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Important information
Know before you go
• For all running days (excluding Sunday), the tour ends at 12:30 at the Doge’s Palace. On Sundays the tour ends at 18:00 at the Doge’s Palace
• This tour involves a fair amount of walking and steep staircases. Comfortable shoes are recommended
• Wheelchairs and strollers cannot be accommodated on this tour
• It is the individual responsibility of all visitors to arrive at the tour departure points
• Entrance into churches requires appropriate dress. Shoulders and knees must be covered. Entry may be refused due to improper dress
• Please do not bring large bags, tripods, non-collapsible umbrellas, or backpacks on this tour. They are not permitted in St. Mark’s Basilica and must be checked into the luggage storage area off-site. You may miss a portion of the tour for this procedure.
• Please note, the Gondola ride (if selected) is a shared experience. This means that you might enjoy the ride with other customers
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 75 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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Daniela was fantastic.

We had the pleasure to spend 4 hours with our guide, Daniela. We had selected the French tour and were the only ones for that day. A personal journey through the streets of Venice...simply amazing. Tons of information. Lots of small anecdotes and details we would have missed if we were on our own in Venice. Highly recommend this tour.

July 18, 2016

Tour met expectations

A thorough well managed tour in a small group of 12 that covered what was promised. In my opinion slightly expensive given the group size and content but probably comparable with others. Essential that people on same tour locate meet point in advance and dress for all weathers as rain in Venice seems to be more common then other places in Italy. If your are late and miss the tour it's Eu15 to re-book. Ticket queues for ferries can create a delay travel time in Venice - buy tickets in advance. Tolerable for children under 10 but take something for them to do en route

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August 28, 2014

Die perfekte Venedigtour

Neben der Besichtigung des Markusdoms incl. Aussichtsterrasse und des Dogenpalastes ohne Anstehen und mit sehr guten Erklärungen haben wir auch noch einen ausführlichen Stadtspaziergang durch mehrere Bezirke gemacht. Gabriella war eine wunderbare Guide, sprach sehr gut deutsch und hat uns an Plätze geführt, die wir allein niemals entdeckt hätten (weit ab der Touristenströme!) Wir hatte praktisch eine Privattour, da wir nur zu zweit waren. Das war natürlich noch das Sahnehäubchen! Ich kann diese Tour nur jedem empfehlen, sie ist jeden Euro wert.

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September 1, 2018

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City Wonders Ltd.

Product ID: 20426