Guided tour

Venice: Walking Tour with Doge’s Palace and Basilica Entry

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Venice: Walking Tour with Doge’s Palace and Basilica Entry

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See the main landmarks of Venice in one day. Visit Doge’s Palace and the Golden Basilica and join a walking tour through the heart of the city.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Mobile ticketing
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Duration 3.5 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
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Live tour guide
English, French, German, Spanish, Italian

Experience

Highlights
  • Be guided through the historical center of Venice
  • Admire Doge's Palace and the Basilica
  • Learn about the Golden Basilica with its mosaics of pure gold
Full description
Meet your guide and enter the breathtaking Doge’s Palace. The guide will escort you through its stunning rooms where the Doges lived and decided the fate of the glorious Venetian Republic. Admire the Golden staircase and incredible artwork by famous Italian artists such as Tiepolo and Tiziano. You will cross the Bridge of Sighs to go inside the cold and dark Venetian prisons, where the Casanova was held. Next, the guide will bring you to St. Mark’s Basilica, also known as the Golden Cathedral, thanks to its stunning mosaics made of pure gold. Here, you will discover its long history. The beauty of this five-dome Basilica will certainly impress you. Visit the Basilica's terrace with a copy of the famous horses, the St. Mark's quadriga, and admire the most beautiful view of the heart of Venice: St Mark’s Square. Discover St. Mark’s Museum and admire objects of various kinds and origins belonging to the Basilica, including the original quadriga which was moved from the terrace after the last restoration. After a break for lunch, join a guided walking tour departing from St. Mark’s Square. Admire the city's main monuments such as the Clock-Tower, Procuratie Vecchie, and the Bell Tower. Then you will visit the famous Campo (square) Santa Maria Formosa, the house of Marco Polo, The Church of San Giovanni and Paolo, and the Rialto Bridge with its traditional market. At the end of your activity, you will have the opportunity to take the free optional tour of a glass factory very close to Saint Mark’s square. This brief 20-minute tour features a glass crafting demonstration. Please follow the instructions that the staff will provide to you locally. You may visit the other magnificent locations around St. Mark’s Square such as Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, and the Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana.
Includes
  • Shared guided walking tour with commentary by a qualified and experienced guide
  • Skip-the-line access to Doge’s Palace and the Basilica
  • Access to the Basilica Terrace and St. Mark's Museum
  • Access to the Bridge of Sighs and the palace's prison
  • Audio receiver devices are included in case of groups over 10 people
  • Glass craftsman demonstration close to Saint Mark’s Square
  • Entrance ticket valid to visit various points of interest around St. Mark’s Square (Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and the Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana)
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions

    You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You must bring your own headphones
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • All participants who are 12 years and older must present a Reinforced Green Pass that is valid in the EU and has a verifiable QR code. Reinforced Green Passes can only be obtained by uploading either proof of full vaccination or proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months to either the Green Pass or Covid Certificate app
    • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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    Meeting point

    St. Mark's Square - Clock Tower near exchange office (the white building with blue clock facade). An assistant will wait for you with the sign “TOUR”. Customers are advised not to go to the Bell Tower.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes

    Not allowed

    • Pets
    • Luggage or large bags
    • Smoking

    Know before you go

    • This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities
    • Tour does not operate in case of exceptional high tide or in case of religious functions (in these cases it can be postponed the day after otherwise it will be refunded)
    • The tour is not considered private but it is shared with other guests not belonging to the same part
    • Due to security reasons, luggage and big bags are not allowed inside the Basilica
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 22 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.8/5
    • Value for money
      4.3/5
    • Service
      5/5
    • Organization
      4.5/5

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    Our guide Luigiana was excellent. Easy to understand, relaxed and informative. The tour was as expected, the walk through Venice was a lot of fun. This was followed by a tour of the St. Mark's Church and the Doge's Palace, where we were admitted without long queues. All tickets were included in the price.

    September 9, 2021

    Incredibly good guides! The tour is divided into three parts: 1. approx. 1:45 for a tour of the city, then 1:30 for the Doge's Palace and then approx. 1:15 for St. Mark's Basilica! So if you book this tour, you will be on the road for about 4.5 hours. But it doesn't matter, because both Silvana and the really eloquent Elisabeth entertain while waiting at the entrance. The information was well presented and current developments were incorporated and you could ask at any time. Through the audio guide, i.e. radio, you can always hear the guides, even when walking through the winding rooms in the prison. If you want detailed information and are interested in the history and art of Venice, this is the right place. (I would not recommend the long tour with children, but it can also be booked individually. It is also not suitable for people with disabilities.)

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    August 28, 2021

    Great

    The morning begins with a walk with explanations around the Rialto and St. Mark's Square, very interesting in terms of architecture and history. Visit the basilica with Pala d'Oro very informative as the palace of the Doges. We see everything that is important with a good rhythm and a guide speaking French perfectly.

    October 8, 2019

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