Private tour

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

4.6 / 5

14 reviews

Activity provider: ItalianVista

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

Activity provider: ItalianVista
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From US$ 220.71 per person

Experience the grandeur and history of Venice on this private tour of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. Skip the long lines at both attractions with priority access, so you don't waste a minute of precious vacation time.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • Skip the long lines with priority access
  • Learn the significance behind the golden mosaics and altars of St. Mark's Basilica
  • Explore the private apartments, government chambers, and prison of the Doge's Palace
  • Explore two of Venice's most famous attractions with an art historian guide
Full description
Take your pick of different daily tour times to suit your sightseeing schedule. Meet your private guide at St. Mark's Square in the heart of the city. Learn about the history and significance of Venice’s grand public piazza, which is home to some of the city's most iconic and important monuments. Make your way to the opulent, Italo-Byzantine exterior of St. Mark’s Basilica, and bypass the long entrance lines with priority access. Marvel at the cathedral’s intricate, gold-plated mosaics and glittering altars while your guide shares the history and symbolism of their religious motifs. Continue on to the nearby Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), once again skipping the line (entrance ticket not included). Hear stories and scandals about the powerful doges who once ruled over the Venetian Republic as you make your way through former government chambers and private apartments. Admire rich historic furnishings and paintings by Italian masters like Tintoretto, Titian, and Veronese, and then experience the palace’s darker side as you cross the notorious Bridge of Sighs into the prison complex. After emerging back into the daylight, you can continue exploring St. Mark's Square on your own or return to your original departure point with your guide.
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Private tour
  • Entry ticket to Basilica di San Marco
  • Entry ticket to the Doge's palace
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Meet at Piazza San Marco, by the column with a lion on the top

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Oversize luggage
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Backpacks
  • Shorts

Know before you go

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk being refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Children under 18 years old must provide valid ID to have reduced price to museums
  • Pictures inside St Mark’s Basilica are not allowed and in the Doge’s Palace they are only allowed if flash is off
  • Food and drinks are not allowed in the museums or churches
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 14 reviews

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Great time, with a top guide who knew how to adapt to the children and kept them interested until the end of the visit. We learned so much in 3 hours

April 10, 2022

Rossana is passionate and exciting. His love for Venice and its history captivated us. She is calm and knows how to guide her travelers perfectly. Gentle, gentle and temperate, she has fair and moderate opinions. Would highly recommend. Thank you again for this moment of sharing.

December 25, 2021

We recommend. Everything worked great, from booking to execution. We had a very nice guide and it was a very interesting day.

November 7, 2021

Product ID: 208281