Guided tour

Venice: St. Mark’s Basilica with Terrace & Doge’s Palace

Activity provider: Walks of Italy
Guided tour

Venice: St. Mark’s Basilica with Terrace & Doge’s Palace

Activity provider: Walks of Italy
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From US$ 105.63 per person

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Explore Venice’s top attractions, St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, on this small group guided tour. Save time with skip-the-line tickets and VIP access.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Skip-the-line at two of Venice’s most visited sights
  • Join a local Venetian guide for an incredible tour
  • Go behind the scenes at St. Mark's Basilica
  • Step out onto the basilica balcony for an exclusive view
  • Visit the opulent Doge's Palace and the bleak New Prisons
Full description

Combine the top two sights in Venice on one extraordinary tour led by a local guide. With pre-reserved tickets and skip-the-line access, head straight into St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace for a guided experience. Select the 8 AM tour to enjoy exclusive early entry to the Doge's Palace and have the door opened exclusively for your group an hour before the general public arrives. First, step inside Venice's most important church—St. Mark's Basilica—and gain a full appreciation for its east-meets-west architecture and breathtaking gold mosaics. In the company of a local guide, get up close with some of the basilica’s greatest treasures, such as the millennia-old Quadriga of four gold horses. Have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to admire beautiful views from the balcony over St. Mark's Square. At every step of the way, you’ll hear the fascinating story of how most of the basilica's prized possessions ended up here by less-than-honest means. The second stop on your itinerary is no less beautiful. The Palazzo Ducale, or Doge's Palace, was home to the doge, or duke, of Venice and his seat of government. Skip the long line with pre-reserved tickets and walk straight inside to explore huge council chambers, incredible audience rooms, and a stunning ballroom with larger-than-life works by renowned Venetian masters such as Veronese and Tintoretto. Hear the intriguing history of this building that housed the world's oldest republic—as well as its fascinating government and even an incarcerated Casanova. To finish your morning of discovery, walk in the footsteps of many a less-fortunate Venetian from centuries past. Head over the Bridge of Sighs from the inside and into the grim New Prisons—a stark yet fascinating contrast to the opulent halls and galleries that lie within the palace just across the narrow canal.

  • Local, English-speaking guide
  • Skip-the-line ticket for St. Mark's Basilica
  • Exclusive access to the balcony of St. Mark's Basilica
  • Pre-reserved ticket to the Doge's Palace
  • Headsets (when needed)
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Backpacks

Know before you go

  • Unfortunately due to the nature of this tour, it is not suitable for guests with mobility impairments, or for wheelchairs or strollers. Please contact Walks to make alternative arrangements.
  • St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace can be subject to unforeseen closures due to liturgical celebrations. In the event the venue is closed, you will be given explanations from the outside
  • Please remember that the Basilica is a holy place and attire must be appropriate: both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees
  • Backpacks are prohibited inside St. Mark's Basilica
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 1043 reviews

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We enjoyed the tour very much and we would warmly recommend it, especially to visitors who do not have a lot of time in Venice like us. All the organization was excellent, even if you have any issues, like we did, the company will find a way to help you. The structure and duration of the tour was well planned and thought of. Our guide, Virginia, was knowledgeable, kind, calm, willing to explain or answer questions. We enjoyed a lot spending 3 hours with her and we also recommend her as well. Thank you very much for helping us make the most of the time we had in Venice.

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March 27, 2023

Nico introduced us to the complex and interesting history of Venice in a nice, open and funny manner. He was very excited to show us around and could answer all of our culture- or history-related questions with ease and even gave me some thoughtful tips on how to spend the rest of my evening. 5/5 would book again! - Collin

March 27, 2023

This tour was a 10/10. Elena was such a wealth of knowledge and a great storyteller. She made the tour engaging and interesting. The pace of the tour was perfect, we had a short break for coffee and the bathrooms, and I didn't feel like it was too much information all at once. Great experience and well worth the price. Would definitely book again!

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March 27, 2023

Product ID: 56650