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

Venice Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica Skip-the-Line Tour

Product ID: 6503
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Join this 2-hour walking tour that covers the most significant highlights of St. Mark’s Square, with skip-the-line entrance to the Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica.
About this activity
Duration: 2 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Spanish, French, German, Italian
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy priority entrance to the Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica
  • See the impressive halls of Sala del Maggior Consiglio
  • Walk over the Bridge of Sights
  • Admire the amazing Gold Mosaics and the gem-encrusted Pala d'Oro
Full description
Meet your guide at St. Mark’s Square and head for Doge's Palace, the extraordinary palace that served as the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Enter the splendid rooms, hung with hundreds of painted masterpieces .

Explore where the Duke and his Council controlled the fate of a 1,000-year republic. Travel back to the Middle Ages as you discover the rich details of the magnificent gold staircase, and relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the famous Bridge of Sighs. Enter the notorious Venetian prison, famous for hosting Giacomo Casanova and many others.

Next, tour St Mark’s Basilica and enjoy a comprehensive guided tour of this masterpiece of Byzantine art, and savor beautiful gold mosaics and marble floor inlays. Admire the Pala d'Oro, an exquisite example of Byzantine art with thousands of gems and precious stones, and enjoy the art treasures in the Treasury, collected over many centuries.
Includes
  • Guided tour
  • Entrance ticket to Doge's Palace
  • Entrance ticket to St Mark's Basilica

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information
Not allowed
  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
Know before you go
• Maximum 35 people on each tour
• From November to March, tours can be bilingual
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 3865 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.2 / 5
  • Value for money
    4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.6 / 5
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Missed important sections as not wheelchair accessible

Our guide was very knowledgeable and we thoroughly enjoyed listening to all the information she was giving us. However it says it’s wheelchair accessible- in a way it was but you had to split up from your tour group and go to different areas to get lifts so you missed chucks of the tour as your headset went out of range. Including the bridge of sighs

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September 20, 2019

The guide was friendly and informative. The tour took us through a great deal of Doge’s palace however there was little opportunity to explore inside the basicalla. We were walked round one path, being asked to stand for quite a while. It would have been nice to have seen more of it including accessing the outside area to see across the square,

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September 8, 2019

Well organised, easy to hear and understand, Informative and interesting, good value for money too. Highly recommended. The ticket gives you access to 3 more museums and we toured these independently after lunch.

January 15, 2020

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Very Viva Venice Srl

Product ID: 6503