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Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with Terrace Access

1. Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with Terrace Access

Discover two of Venice’s most iconic buildings on a guided tour with skip-the-line access to the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. See impressive artworks and magnificent interiors and admire panoramic views of Venice from the basilica’s terrace. Meet your expert guide and enjoy priority access to Doge’s Palace, the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Immerse yourself in the European Middle Ages and see masterpieces of art adorning the walls of the palace. Relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the Bridge of Sighs at the palace and experience the inside of the prison cell that once hosted Giacomo Casanova. Step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Witness beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder. Lastly, go up to the basilica’s terrace and take in stunning panoramic views of the lively St. Mark’s Square and its surrounding monuments.

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St. Mark's Basilica: Tour with Terrace Access

2. St. Mark's Basilica: Tour with Terrace Access

Join a guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica with skip-the-line access. Marvel at the basilica’s golden interiors and Byzantine art and get panoramic views of Venice from the terraces. Step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Witness beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder. Lastly, go up to the basilica’s terrace and take in stunning views of the lively St. Mark’s Square and its surrounding monuments.

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Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with Pala d'Oro Access

3. Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with Pala d'Oro Access

Discover two of Venice’s most iconic buildings on a guided tour with skip-the-line access to the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. See impressive artworks and magnificent interiors and admire the beauty of the gem-encrusted Pala d’Oro altar. Meet your expert guide and enjoy priority access to Doge’s Palace, the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Immerse yourself in the European Middle Ages and see masterpieces of art adorning the walls of the palace. Relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the Bridge of Sighs at the palace and experience the inside of the prison cell that once hosted Giacomo Casanova. Step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Take in the beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder. Lastly, view the opulent Pala d’Oro, the high altar of the basilica, decorated with thousands of gems and precious stones.

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Doge Palace: Skip-the-Line Tour

4. Doge Palace: Skip-the-Line Tour

Benefit from skip-the-line access to Doge’s Palace and explore one of Venice’s most iconic buildings on a guided tour. View impressive artworks, admire magnificent interiors, and discover the place that served as a seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Travel back in time to the Middle Ages as you explore the seat of a 1,000-year republic. Marvel at the vast collection of masterpieces of art adorning the walls of the palace. See the rich details of the golden staircase at the waterside entrance to the palace. Learn the history of the dukes of Venice as you wander around the lavish halls and corridors at your own pace. Relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the Bridge of Sighs at the palace and experience the inside of the prison cell that once hosted Giacomo Casanova. After your visit, enjoy a complimentary admission ticket to the Correr Museum, the National Archeological Museum, and the Biblioteca Marciana on St. Mark's Square.

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Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-The-Line Tour

5. Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-The-Line Tour

Discover two of Venice’s most iconic buildings on a guided tour with skip-the-line access to the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. See impressive artworks, marvel at magnificent interiors, and learn about the times where the Doges ruled this famous floating city. Meet your expert guide and enjoy priority access to Doge’s Palace, the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Immerse yourself in the European Middle Ages and see masterpieces of art adorning the walls of the palace. Relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the Bridge of Sighs at the palace and experience the inside of the prison cell that once hosted Giacomo Casanova. Step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Take in the beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder.

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Venice: Self-Guided Discovery Tour

6. Venice: Self-Guided Discovery Tour

Learn the secret history of Venice at your own pace on a self-guided tour of the most historic areas. Download the app to your mobile device and use the provided map and itinerary to find sights known only to locals at a time to suit you. Listen to the fascinating commentary as you see where the old warships were built in the dockyards of the Arsenale in the Castello sestiere (district). Discover Europe's first Jewish Ghetto and marvel at masterpieces of art and architecture, such as the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari and the Renaissance church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli in the Cannaregio district. Admire the famous monuments of St. Mark's Square, including the former seat of power at the Doge's Palace and the Byzantine facade of St. Mark's Basilica. Walk through the historic Rialto district to see the beautiful Rialto Bridge over the Grand Canal. Explore the historic Santa Croce area around Piazzale Roma and more.

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Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with Gondola Ride

7. Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with Gondola Ride

Discover two of Venice’s most iconic buildings on a guided tour with skip-the-line access to the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. See impressive artworks, marvel at magnificent interiors, and explore the waters of the floating city on an unforgettable gondola ride. Meet your expert guide and enjoy priority access to Doge’s Palace, the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Immerse yourself in the European Middle Ages and see masterpieces of art adorning the walls of the palace. Relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the Bridge of Sighs at the palace and experience the inside of the prison cell that once hosted Giacomo Casanova. Step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Take in the beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder. Finish your experience with a charming gondola ride. Let the gondolier transport you along the canals and be fascinated by the hidden corners of Venice as seen from the water.

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Venice: Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Private Tour

8. Venice: Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Private Tour

Avoid the long lines and discover 2 of Venice’s most important treasures on this walking tour. Meet your guide at Doge’s Palace and walk straight past the long lines of tourists. Walk through what used to be the home of the Dukes of Venice and learn more about this symbol of the city from your guide’s detailed commentary as you admire the numerous Renaissance frescoes located in the building.   Continue your visit to St Mark’s Basilica, where you will once again skip the lines of tourists. Admire the church’s famous gold mosaics and listen to your guide as they explain the meaning of each of these mosaics.   Finally, enjoy a 1-hour walking tour of Venice’s most important locations, learning more about its exotic history and transformation throughout the years as you stroll through its picturesque canals.

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Private Experience Venice: Walking City & Boat Tour

9. Private Experience Venice: Walking City & Boat Tour

Walking around this open-air museum, an informative guide will take you to the external sights of Saint Mark's Square, the Doge's Palace, the Sansovino library, the Belltower, the incredible legends of the Clock tower and the Bridge of Sighs and its adjoining prisons. You will discover the extraordinary architectural masterpieces and why they were built that way. You'll be escorted by your private guide during a relaxing 2-hour guided walk away from the main tourist sites and crowds. We make our way through the labyrinth of alleyways towards the famous Opera house La Fenice which burned down and has now been rebuilt to its original glory, then a quiet walk towards Palazzo Fortuny once known as Palace of the Orpheans, we will see the ornate Bovolo spiral staircase (known as ‘of the snail’) tucked away in a tiny courtyard, then onto a view of Rialto Bridge and Grand Canal. Discover the hunch-back of Rialto, Marco Polo’s house, and much more. Take advantage of our expert guides, and learn about the Venetian dialect. Hear the history of this enchanting city from our local guides. Discover the extraordinary architectural masterpieces and why they were built that way, learn how Venice lost out on the trade routes when the New World was discovered, leaving Venice medieval forever. Strolling along the narrow streets, “Calle”, to encounter hidden away treasures. Tour along the Grand Canal of Venice and imagine what the Grand Canal was like when there were still gardens, 'squeri' (where the gondolas were built), warehouses, and stone masons. It is the most spectacular 'high street' in the world. The beautiful palaces were constructed over hundreds of years and slowly the Grand Canal became what it is today. This 60-minute tour includes a cruise along the city's more secluded waterways to enjoy the picturesque small bridges and 'off the beaten track'' sights, to introduce you to a quieter Venice. 

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Venice: St. Mark's Basilica Guided Visit & Terrace Access

10. Venice: St. Mark's Basilica Guided Visit & Terrace Access

See the highlights of St Mark's Basilica with a local guide, including its museum, mosaics, and masterpieces. Marvel at the views of St Mark's Square from the basilica. Meet your guide near the famous Piazza San Marco and head straight to visit St Mark’s Basilica. As soon as you enter the atrium, admire the ceiling and see a glittering expanse of golden mosaics that will lead you to the interior of the church.  Discover masterpieces from the past such as the famous golden domes, the iconostasis, the ciborium, the main altar housing the tomb of St. Mark the Evangelist, and other wonders. Then, climb a steep but fascinating staircase to the 1st floor which houses the Museum of St Mark. Here, see the wonderful inside of St Mark's Basilica from above.  Next, reach the St Mark’s Basilica terrace where, in the shadow of the famous 4 bronze horse statue (a copy), experience one of the most beautiful views of St Mark’s Square. Finally, visit the original horse statue that once stood on the upper part of the church facade.  At the end of the tour you can stay longer in St Mark’s Basilica Museum to explore at your leisure – the entrance ticket is included in the tour. Alternatively, admire the splendid panorama of the Piazza from the Basilica’s terrace once more or return to the ground floor to explore at your own pace.

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What people are saying about Saint Mark's Basilica

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 13,644 reviews

I am so glad I booked this tour. Without the tour I don't think it's possible to see the prisons or take the walk through the Bridge of Sighs required to get there. The group had 11 people in total. Our tour guide was Marina and she was a local who had so much knowledge of the Bascillica, the Doge's Palace, the prisons and local culture. I loved hearing about the paintings from her perspective as an art history major and her perspective on the tourism of Venice (I am from a tourist industry city and have been a tour guide as well so this was of interest to me but I also asked questions in relation to these topics. I'm sure whatever questions you have she could answer!). It was really a great experience. Had I gone without a tour guide, I would not have known what I was looking at, why it mattered or any of the amazing things that had happened to it throughout the centuries. I strongly recommend!

Meeting point with the guide was easy to find . Our guide Lole was very knowledgeable and her English was very good . She has good knowledge of history and she’s a very pleasant person . She made our tour a memorable experience. The tour was easy going . Few steps to master . In St Marks cathedral no lift so for people who have difficulty in doing steps cannot go up to the second floor to enjoy the views of the Piazza however they can enjoy views of Venice from the Doges palace . Really enjoyed the Doges palace , the paintings are simply amazing and the rest of the artifacts , weapons and armory of the soldiers so impressive. Interesting walk through the prison inside the palace .Amazing experience . Would definitely recommend it!! Thanks Lole!

It was very informative and a great way to understand all the highlights of both the Basilica and the Palace. Francesca had us engaged and attentive the whole time! If it weren't for this tour we'd just be overwhelmed at looking at all the art and not really understanding the significance of the important ones.

La guide (français) était très compétente, elle nous a donné des informations de tout genre (histoire, architecture, religion etc.) et c’était très enrichissant et intéressant! We enjoyed it!

Sarah was a great guide. She had patience with family, my mom in-law walks slowly with a cane. She was a very knowledgeable and easy to understand.