1. Italy
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  3. Venice
  4. Saint Mark's Basilica

Venice: Historical Walking Tour & Doge’s Palace Guided Visit

Product ID: 184505
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Enjoy a morning walking tour and visit the Doge's Palace with a qualified guide to discover the glorious past of Venice. You will cross the famous Bridge of Sighs to admire Venice from a different and unique point of view.
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Duration: 2.5 hours
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  • Skip the long lines to enter the Doge's Palace
  • Cross the Bridge of Sighs and see the ancient Venetian prison
  • Listen to you expert guide, who will show you the main points of interest in Venice
  • Discover the 5 areas of Venice with a self-guide tour
  • Customize your route around Venice
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This amazing visit to the historical heart of Venice starts with a morning walking tour from Saint Mark’s Square to some of the most important monuments in Venice. You will see Santa Maria Formosa, the Teatro Malibran, the Basilica di San Giovanni e Paolo, known as the Venetian Pantheon, and much more. Your professional guide will narrate the amazing history of these monuments to you. Passing through the main shopping street, you will reach Rialto Bridge and its typical markets, once the commercial center of Europe.

Later your guide will escort you inside the breathtaking Doge’s Palace. For centuries this was where the Doge and the highest politicians lived and decided the fate of the ancient republic. Admire the incredible artistic masterpieces by the most famous painters and sculptors of that time. Cross the Bridge of Sighs and see Venice from the same perspective as prisoners did in the past, before descending into the cold, dark prisons. You will see also the jails that Giacomo Casanova incredibly managed to escape from!

After the tour you will have the opportunity to visit a glass factory close to Saint Mark’s Square, where you can see a craftsman at work. Please note this is an optional, free tour lasting approximately 20 minutes. Entrance to the old palaces around St. Mark’ Square is included in this tour, which you can visit by yourself at a time of your choosing. This magnificent experience will allow you to discover the glorious past of this city, making your visit to Venice unforgettable.

Download the app and discover the 5 districts of Venice with their best attractions and squares, day or night, on a self-guided tour. The mobile app includes a map which escorts you through the city, letting you decide what to see and information about the city's highlights. 
  • Walking tour of Venice's historical center
  • Guided visit to the Doge's Palace with skip-the-line entrance
  • Entrance ticket to the palaces around St. Mark’s Square (Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, and the Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana)
  • Audio devices are included if the tour group is over 10 people
  • Glass factory visit
  • Mobile app with commentary for a self-guided tour of the 5 districts of Venice
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Guided tour of Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, and the Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking
Know before you go
• Unfortunately, this tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with limited mobility
• The tour will not operate in the case of exceptionally high tides. If this occurs, the tour will be postponed or refunded
• For security reasons, bags and backpacks are not allowed inside the Doge's Palace. There is a free cloakroom inside
• From April to October, the guided visit to the Doge's Palace is monolingual
• From November to March the visit to the Doge's Palace can be multilingual
• You will receive an email with the QR and instructions to on how to activate the mobile app by 10:00 AM the day after booking. Help is available for downloading and activating the app in Venice
• You can use the mobile app anytime by night and by day however many times you want
• The app does not require data to run once it has been downloaded
• The mobile app is available in English, French, Spanish, Italian and German
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From US$ 108.54 US$ 86.83 per person

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Product ID: 184505