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  1. Italy
  2. Veneto
  3. Venice
  4. Piazza San Marco

Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access Tour

Product ID: 234117
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About this tour
Duration: 3 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, French, German
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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The Original experience

  • Immerse yourself in the history of the Floating City with the help of your expert local guide
  • Miss the hordes with priority entrance for the Doge’s Palace and skip-the-ticket-line entry for St. Mark’s Basilica
  • See Venice’s Lagoon from the usually off-limits terrace at St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Take in views of the canal from the Bridge of Sighs
  • Hear anecdotes about how and why Venice was built on a lagoon in the 5th century and other fascinating facts
Full description
Delve deep into Venice’s history with a 3-hour guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge's Palace. Take in two of the city’s most important landmarks while discovering the history of the one-time mercantile capital of the Mediterranean. 

Start by exploring St. Mark's Square with your guide before heading into the busy cathedral with skip-the-ticket-line entry. 

You’ll see the Pala d’Oro altarpiece in person before heading to the limited-access first-floor terrace. From here you’ll admire views across the lagoon and see the famous bronze horses up close. Hear how they traveled all the way to Paris and back in Napoleon’s time. 

Next, you’ll use the priority entrance to reach Doge's Palace, formerly the residence of the leader of the Republic of Venice. Enjoy visiting the Chamber of the Great Council and courtrooms among other things. Highlights include frescoes by Tintoretto and the Giants’ Staircase. 

After this, cross the infamous Bridge of Sighs that links to the New Prisons. Learn how the bridge got its name and the purpose for its construction in the 17th century as you take in the amazing views of the canals.

At the end of your tour, feel free to stay and explore the Doge’s Palace with tips from your guide.
  • Guided tour with expert guide
  • Skip-the-ticket-line access to St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Ticket for the first-floor terrace at St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Ticket for the Pala d’Oro
  • Priority entrance to the Doge's Palace
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information
Know before you go
• You are welcome to explore the Doge's Palace at leisure after the guided tour
• Please note that while you will be skipping the ticket line, during very crowded days there may be a wait of up to 20-30 minutes to enter the Basilica and the Palace
• As St. Mark’s Basilica is a holy place, people are asked to wear clothing that covers the shoulders and knees
• Backpacks or large bags are not allowed inside St. Mark's Basilica
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Bucintoro Viaggi

Product ID: 234117