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Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with City Walking Tour

Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with City Walking Tour

From US$ 114.95 per person

Explore the most important places in Venice on an immersive walking tour alongside an expert guide and skip the lines at the iconic Doge’s Palace and St. Mark's Basilica.

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Duration options: 3 - 5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese
Optional audio guide
English, German, Spanish, French
Private group available
  • Marvel at the masterpieces of art in the beautiful Doge's Palace
  • Admire the impressive mosaics of pure gold inside St. Mark's Basilica
  • Go on a guided walking tour in the historical center of Venice
  • See the most iconic monuments and buildings around St. Mark's Square
  • Discover hidden gems and walk through picturesque squares and alleys
Full description
Discover the best of Venice on a walking tour with skip-the-line access to St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. See impressive monuments, marvel at magnificent interiors, and soak up the atmosphere of St. Mark’s square. 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. Admire the city's main monuments such as the Clock-Tower, Procuratie Vecchie, and the Bell Tower around St. Mark’s Square. Explore the elegant Castello residential area and stroll through the famous Mercerie, one of the city’s main shopping districts. Walk past the famous Santa Maria Formosa square, the house of Marco Polo, The Church of San Giovanni and Paolo, and the Rialto Bridge with its traditional market. Wander through small alleys and discover picturesque squares where Venetians gather to socialize. Find hidden gems and learn interesting facts about the places you visit.
  • Pala d'Oro, Doge's Palace, Saint Mark's Basilica guided tour
  • Access to Doge's Palace
  • Access to Chamber of the Great Council
  • Access to Bridge of Sighs
  • Access to Piombi Prisons
  • Access to Saint Mark's Basilica
  • Access to Pala d'Oro
  • Live tour guide
  • Access to Pozzi Prisons
  • Access to The Doge’s Apartments
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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    Meeting point

    Meet at the Yex Change office in St. Mark’s Square, under the arcades of the Clock Tower.

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Water

    Not allowed

    • Shorts
    • Baby strollers
    • Luggage or large bags
    • Short skirts
    • Sleeveless shirts
    • Backpacks

    Know before you go

    • In cases of religious ceremonies access to St Mark's Basilica may not be permitted
    • In case of adverse weather or a change in tidal conditions, the length or route of the tour is subject to change
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.6 /5

    based on 974 reviews

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    It was an activity in Venice that consisted of 3 parts. A walking tour through Venice (starting point St. Mark's Square), a visit to the Doge's Palace and a visit to St. Mark's Basilica. We had excellent guides who spoke German very well and were very familiar with the (art) history of Venice and the current situation in Venice. I am always very curious and ask the “most impossible” questions. All could be answered to me. It was just a shame that we had to change our guide after the walking tour. Why only GYG knows, in any case we did not understand it. The size of our group was appropriate. The group was smallest on the walking tour, larger on the visits to the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Church, but it was still possible to see what the guide was pointing out without standing too far away.

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    December 22, 2019

    Sehr schön

    Der Rundgang mit einer echten Venezianerin auf Deutsch war super und sehr schön. Sehr viele interessante Informationen zum Leben in Venedig. Die zweite Reiseführerin im Dogenpalast und Markusdom sprach auch gut Deutsch und hatte ein sehr großes geschichtliches Know-how. Allerdings war sie etwas resolut: Sie hatte nicht vorher gesagt, dass man sich im Dom verhüllen musste, die Taschen hatten wir vorher abgegeben, als ich nochmal zurück musste um meinen Schal zu holen, war sie genervt. Insgesamt aber ist die Tour lohnenswert.

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    June 21, 2019


    Very dedicated tour guide! It was fun and we learned interesting, partly surprising things about the history and significance of Venice! Highly recommended tour.

    July 9, 2021

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    VA ID: 397197