Guided tour

Venice: Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica Terraces Tour

Activity provider: Venetoinside - Insidecom

Venice: Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica Terraces Tour

Activity provider: Venetoinside - Insidecom

From US$ 101.91 per person

Immerse yourself in the history of Venice on a 2-hour guided visit to the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica and its museum and panoramic terrace.

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Duration 2 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, Italian, French, Spanish, German


  • Skip the line and quickly access the Doge’s Palace alongside an expert guide
  • Explore the palace that once was the residence of the Doge of Venice
  • Cross the famous Bridge of Sighs and visit the prisons of the palace
  • Admire St. Mark’s Square from the panoramic St. Mark’s Basilica terrace
  • Marvel at the sight of the four majestic original bronze horses
Full description
Discover the rich history of Venice on a 2-hour guided tour to visit the most prestigious attractions of the city: the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. See artistic masterpieces and enjoy stunning panoramic views of the city from the basilica’s terrace. After meeting your guide under the Clock Tower in St. Mark’s Square, start your tour with a visit to one of the most breath-taking buildings of Venice: the Doge’s Palace, the residence of the Doge and seat of local magistrates until the fall of the Serenissima, the Venetian Republic. Admire up-close the palace’s many extraordinary masterpieces like the Giants’ and the Golden Staircases and “The Paradise” canvas by the famous painter Jacopo Tintoretto. You will also cross the Bridge of Sighs and tour the New Prisons where, during the Serenissima, criminals were detained. Afterward, your guide will take you to St. Mark’s Museum located inside St. Mark’s Basilica and to the terrace, from where you will have the opportunity to admire St. Mark’s Square from above and take wonderful pictures.
  • Guided tour
  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket to the Doge’s Palace
  • Access to St. Mark’s Museum
  • Access to St. Mark’s Terrace
  • Access to the ground floor of the Basilica
  • Entrance to the Treasure and Pala d’Oro
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Meet your '' guide at the TURIVE kiosk, located in Calle Larga de L'ascension, behind Correr Museum, next to the post office.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Backpacks

Know before you go

  • To access St Mark’s museum and terrace you have to climb up several stairs, therefore this tour is not recommended for people with walking difficulties
  • To visit St Mark's Museum it's necessary to dress appropriately (no overly revealing clothing) and backpacks are not allowed for safety reasons
  • This is a shared tour, which means there might be other participants going on the tour with you.
  • Access to the ground floor of St Mark’s Basilica is not possible due to restoration works
  • Unfortunately you cannot be refunded (neither totally nor partially) if you do not show up at the meeting point at the time indicated on the voucher, or if you decide to leave before the end of the tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 217 reviews

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Perfect tour - our English speaking guide (Diana?) Was excelleent and struck the perfect balance of providing enough detail yet keeping the pace good. We did the 2 hour version and it was just right. We had two 16 year old with us as well and they enjoyed it too which is the highest testimony!

October 18, 2022

It is worth paying the slightly higher price and booking a guided tour. Our guide Elisabet, who speaks German very well, gave us very interesting information about the cathedral and the Doge's Palace that you would not have gotten without a guided tour. Despite a 2-hour tour, it was very entertaining. We recommend.

June 8, 2022

Superb unmissable visit to Venice. The guide spoke French very well and was able to adapt her comments to several children present in the group (13 people). Pleasant surprise to have also had a visit to the interior of Saint Mark's Basilica, which was not provided for in the description.

July 11, 2021

Product ID: 389244