Venice: Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica Fast-Track Tour

Venice: Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica Fast-Track Tour

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Enjoy fast access to the most emblematic monuments of Venice: the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. Marvel at the impressive halls in the palace, the golden mosaics in the basilica and visit the prison crossing the famous Bridge of Sighs.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German, Spanish, French, Italian
Small group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Skip the lines to enter the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica without delay
  • Pass through impressive halls where the doges ruled the Most Serene Republic of Venice
  • Walk over the famous Bridge of Sighs
  • Admire the golden mosaics and other treasures of St. Mark’s Basilica
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For centuries, the destiny of the Most Serene Republic was decided in the majestic halls of the Doge’s Palace, where the Doge and his Council used to meet to rule the Republic. Walking through the magnificent halls and marvel at the well-conserved priceless treasures, art masterpieces, and frescos. Visit the prison, passing over the celebrated Bridge of Sighs, so called because prisoners often sighed while looking at their beloved lagoon and freedom for the last time before reaching their cells. Among the famous guests of the Doge’s Palace prisons was Giacomo Casanova, the celebrated seducer and adventurer who managed to escape from the prison in 1756. Next you’ll visit St. Mark’s Basilica, one of the world’s most stunning churches. As the name suggests, this cathedral is bound tightly to Venice’s patron, St. Mark, and the saint's remains are in fact here. Admire the breathtaking golden mosaics covering the high walls, which together with gold, silver, glass, and precious materials combine to create one of the major treasures of the Basilica. See the Pala d’Oro, an altarpiece made from hundreds of pieces of enamel on a golden leaf.
Includes
  • Skip-the line entry to the Doge's Palace
  • Admission tickets
  • Experienced tour guide
  • Headphones (to better hear the tour guide)
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
    • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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    Meeting point

    Under the arches beside the Clock Tower in St Mark's Square

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes

    Not allowed

    • Pets
    • Shorts
    • Luggage or large bags
    • Short skirts
    • Sleeveless shirts

    Know before you go

    • Until further notice, entrance inside St. Mark’s Basilica is not possible due to ongoing restoration work. Tours will visit the basilica's Terrace and its Museum instead
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.6 / 5

    based on 2128 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.6/5
    • Value for money
      4.1/5
    • Service
      4.5/5
    • Organization
      4.3/5
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    The Doges palace was larger and more impressive in real life than expected. St.Marks was closed on the ground floor due to flood damage from last November, but the interior could be viewed well from the upper balcony. The tour guide Monica was excellent, very clear, knowledgeable and considerate. It is worth booking a small tour to skip the ticket queues, as everyone still has to queue for security checks as well. We were also offered a free admission into a glass factory nearby at the end of the tour which was great.

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    August 31, 2020

    The tour was organized despite being a large group during a supposedly off season this December. We were given a comprehensive history of the Doges Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St Mark’s Basilica by the tour guide, Gina, who was, incidentally, the best part of the tour. Gina was passionate about the subject and seemed very well versed with the relevant aspects of architectural, historical, political, economic and cultural life in Venice. She kept us engaged, interested and by the end of the tour, well informed on why what we’re seeing mattered. In all, this tour is a must for all those who intend to visit this beautiful city.

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    January 5, 2020

    We met in St Mark's Square and it seemed like a confusing melee at first but they knew what they were doing and soon we were in groups of about 15 people. Sophia (?) is an excellent guide with a great sense of humour. It was just very unfortunate that my earpiece was not working well so I missed out on quite a bit. I replaced it at one point with another member of staff at entrance to the Basilica but it was just the same. Another lady on the tour experienced this also. The tour was brilliant though - and there is a lot of info to take in, so two hours was perfect for us just prior to heading to lunch. These two outstanding historic buildings are definitely a must-see in Venice - just spectacular, and with fascinating history recounted so well by Sophia. Highly recommended.

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    October 28, 2019

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