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Doge's Palace: guided tour & skip the line ticket

Venezia, Italy
Doge's Palace: guided tour & skip the line ticket

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Tour the Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale), the seat of political power in Venice throughout several centuries, with a guide's engaging commentary. Then, wrap up your tour with tickets to three other area museums (Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana), as well as an optional Murano Island glass factory tour.
  • Guided tour of the Doge's Palace
  • Learn about Venetian political power throughout the centuries
  • Tickets to three other St. Mark's Square Museums
  • Optional Murano Island glass factory tour
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Skip the Line”: Doge’s Palace guided tour with commentary by a qualified and experienced guide
Entrance to the Bridge of Sighs and Piombi Prisons
Mobile Audio guide with commentary for a self-guided tour of the 5 districts of Venice
Glass craftsman at work close to Saint Mark’s Square
Skip the line ticket to visit by yourself Museo Correr, Biblioteca Marciana & Archeological Museum
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Departure Point San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

The Clock Tower is located in Saint Mark’s Square. Once by the Bell Tower, go straight on leaving the Basilica on your right and you will find the assistant waiting for you with the signboard TOUR under the Clock Tower.

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Departure Point

Calle larga de l'Ascension, 1257, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

ONLY FOR PRIVATE TOUR! If you have chosen the private option, please come to Venice Tours Assistance Point. The newsstand is between Fendi Boutique and Poste Italiane (Post Office). You'll see a sign "VENICE TOURS - ASSISTANCE POINT". It's close to Museo Correr, in St.Mark's Square.

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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Tour does not operate in case of exceptional high tide (in these cases it can be postponed the days after; otherwise, it will be refunded)
  • For security reasons suitcases, backpacks or large bags are not allowed inside the Doges’ Palace, the storage service is free of charge.
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • You must download the audio guide with digital map on your mobile phone
  • You will receive the audio guide with digital map by e-mail. If you have any problems with this, please come to Venice Tours office (San Marco 1130) for assistance.
  • From Aug. 6th to enter the Doge's Palace you need to have the Green Pass + ID card, you cannot enter the venue without it (if you don’t have it or forgot it and are not allowed to enter the venue, the tour will not be refundable)
  • The customers health is the most important matter for us, the tour operates in according to the Covid-19 National directives in order to guarantee the experiences in a safe environment.
  • All customer touchpoints are frequently cleaned, and the tour will leave with small groups.
  • We only ask the kindness to bring the own mask in case you need to wear it.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Doge's Palace: guided tour & skip the line ticket?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Doge's Palace: guided tour & skip the line ticket?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Doge's Palace: guided tour & skip the line ticket?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Doge's Palace: guided tour & skip the line ticket?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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  • "In the heat (end of May and already humid - dress appropriately)." See review


26 Reviews
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Reviews by Viator travelers

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Superb tour!
, Jul 2020
What an excellent and informative tour! We even got entry into the prisons (which wasn't anticipated). The tour guide was very knowledgeable and her English was excellent and easy to understand. Highly recommended.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Dear, thank you very much for the nice review. Best
fascinating place, good tour guide
, Jun 2019
Doge's Palace is a fascinating place! The paintings and the artwork,the gold gilding, amazing! Our guide was very informative and answered questions well. Glad to have someone explain the history and details of the place. I have only two complaints. One minor complaint is that the earbud headset for listening was uncomfortable in my ear (hard and too large). Fortunately, I had my own set of earbuds with me, so I used that (recommended). The other complaint/comment I have is that the whole skip-the-line thing is a bit of a misnomer. Sure, we didn't have to stand in line to buy tickets, but we still had to wait in line outside with other tour groups to get inside. In the heat (end of May and already humid - dress appropriately). Still well worth it! We didn't have time in our schedule to visit the other museums, so I can't comment on those.
Chaotic to locate ... but.. our tour guide was so good !
, Oct 2018
We visited on 12th October 2018, 10.45amTrying to find our Tour Guide was nothing short of a maze of confusion.A Viator guide directed us to an Official in a blue jacket.. we had to wait in a long queue with people jumping in... eh for us Brits no. Then given tickets to meet a young lady who then pointed us to our guide. By this time we loosing the plot.. really but...Our guide was the most knowledgeable, patient and unassuming person, who really knew anything and everything about his subject and answered questions with his superior knowledge and understanding of Venice and it's history. I would have given this 5 stars easily, but the chaos beforehand was so stressful.Our guide... made up for this. He was truely 5 stars
This tour was a good value for the...
Linda H
, Mar 2018
This tour was a good value for the money. Our guide inside the Doge's Palace was very knowledgeable her English pronunciation was at times difficult to understand, but she made up for it in content, explaining key people in paintings and history. I loved walking across the Bridge of Sighs wish I could have lingered longer, though. The palace was VERY crowded, so we needed to keep moving. The Correr Museum was great to visit, as well. The other 2 were good, and worth visiting.
Well done! Our tour guide for the...
Kathleen B
, Mar 2018
Well done! Our tour guide for the Doge Palace was remarkable! Very knowledgeable and full of energy! We throughly enjoyed our tour and wish we had added on the guided tour of the Basilica as well!
We booked this with great...
Tim C
, Oct 2017
We booked this with great expectations but realized when we arrived for the tour that actual tickets were 16 which equals 19 USD and we paid 43.30 per ticket. Much to our dismay, everyone else that bought tickets thru other venues also got entrance to St Marks Cathedral. Very disappointing.
Groups for this tour should first...
, Jul 2017
Groups for this tour should first meet in the shade during hot summer months! The meeting for this tour was stated on the ticket to Meet under the clock tower at 1030. It was shady and cool under the clock tower. We met out in the full and blazing sun NEAR the clock tower. There were many different tours and hordes of people meeting in the same place. It was confusing. Our very old and very short guide, Gabriel, finally showed up a bit late and we were group 34 and had channel 34 on our Vox units so we could hear him. He did a test and people could hear him and all I heard was static. Need a new earpiece he says. No - he just needed to take the microphone out of his pocket and hold it up to his mouth! Then I could hear fine! Got lots of history about St. Mark's Square and everything else. We finally went to the Doge's Palace. I think our guide was a retired art teacher. The rooms in the Doge's Palace were gorgeous and there was one immense room built to hold 900 people for hearing cases/grievances. All very interesting except for the extended art lectures. Walking over the Bridge of Sighs and seeing where people were imprisoned was very interesting. This guided tour took 1.5 hours. We were told we had up to three months to tour the three museums in St. Mark's Square on our own. I wish we'd known that ahead of time because we would have scheduled this tour our first day in Venice and not our last. The museums are Correr Museum, Archeological and Biblioteca all within the Correr Museum at the far end of St. Mark's Square. I loved all the fancy rooms of the Prince and Princess in the Correr. The Archeological Museum had a lot of statues and busts. The Bibliotecta had an exhibit of jewelry in a stunning room. We had lunch in the cafe of the Correr and had a table overlooking the square. Overall, we were pleased with the tour but are both ignorant about art so the extensive lectures about the paintings and artists were lost on us.
Slightly disappointing. When I went...
Ian L
, Jun 2017
Slightly disappointing. When I went on the tour, there was a lot of other tours taking place at the same time, on occasion 3 parties trying to occupy 1 room. This resulted in not having much time or actually being able to see everything. To add to this, our guide was leaving stragglers in 1 room, whilst talking about another. A couple of times she was so far away, that my headphone started to cut out! I know that the tours are built around time, but a little patients and co-operation between parties, would of resulted in a better experience for all.
Lehrreiche Führung
, Sep 2020
Sehr kompetente Führung mit Silvana durch den Dogenpalast. Die Informationen rund herum haben mir sehr gut gefallen, ich habe in kurzer Zeit viel gelernt.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Dear, thank you very much. Best regards
Philippe B
, Apr 2019
Bonne présentation de l'endroit et de son histoire avec une conférencière connaissant son sujet.Mais groupe trop important et visite au pas de charge

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