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Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour

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Venezia, Italy
Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more

Overview

Visit two of the most popular attractions in Venice on this guided tour of the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. Listen to your guide's commentary clearly with provided headsets and avoid hours-long queues with skip-the-line admission tickets. Entrance tickets to the Doge's Palace are also included for a hassle-free tour.
  • Skip-the-line guided tour of the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica
  • Explore the seat of the once-powerful Venetian Republic on a guided visit to the Doge's Palace
  • Admire the largest painted canvas in the world inside the palace
  • Marvel at the gorgeous Byzantine mosaics in St. Mark's Basilica
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Qualified guide
Personal headsets
Skip the line ticket to the Doge's Palace
Terrace and Museum of St. Mark's Basilica
Skip the line ticket to St. Mark's Basilica
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
On Sundays visit of St. Mark's Basilica (ground floor)

Departure Point

P.za San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Meet our staff (holding the sign "TOUR") in front of the arches on the left side of the blue Clock Tower in St. Mark's Square

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • For security reasons, backpacks and bags must be left at the free deposit in Calle San Basso; they are not allowed in the basilica
  • No refund will be given for no shows or late comers.
  • Wheelchair partially accessible, due to structural reasons some areas of the Doge's Palace are not accessible, so the tour may be limited. If assistance is required, passenger must provide their own carer.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • The tour will be provided rain or shine, though may be cancelled if tides are exceptionally high. In this case we'll provide a full refund
  • Masks are required, please bring your own
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Park Viaggi

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Do NOT try to do these sites without a tour like this!" See review
  • "Doing this early was a good idea and we got in and around very quickly and were not rushed nor was it too crowded." See review
  • "Viator needs much specificity (like the cruise lines do on their tours) about difficulty walking, distance walking and if there are a large number of stairs." See review

Reviews

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star-5
The tour Guide was fun...
LuisErnesto_D
, Aug 2021
The tour Guide was fun and with a lot of knowledge. You can skip the line and enjoy scenery. Both the San mark church and dodge palace are worth visiting
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star-5
Tall tales of Venice with Raphael
Grady_P
, Aug 2021
We absolutely enjoyed the tour with Raphael. He should be in the movies. Both the Doge and basilica. He had great perspectives we enjoyed on the historical and theological significance of Venice. Multo bene
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star-5
Worth every penny!
Allison_D
, Jul 2021
The Doges palace should NOT be missed! It is spectacular and being able to skip the line was great. The tour guide was wonderful and helped us to understand what we were seeing.
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star-5
Well done tour
Mike_K
, Jul 2021
The guide was excellent; very knowledgeable of Venice and the history behind it. The skip the line at the Doge's palace was valuable, but recent COVID restrictions made the skip line line impossible for St. Mark's Basilica (for all tour guides in town). Still, the wait to get into the Basilica was not long, and felt even shorter as our guide continue to provide us information during the wait. I would book again if I return to Venice.
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star-3
Still deciding if it was worth it. But no regrets.
Kristin_W
, Jul 2021
Wonderful sights to see. Worth it. But guide was repetitive and a bit militant. I’ve been to school and don’t need to be treated like a kid in school again. But not unpleasant. Still have to wait in line for St Marks so really NOT skipping the line.
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star-4
condensed tour
Mark_H
, Oct 2020
This tour is strange under covid conditions but great efforts were made to keep people safe with windows open, one way systems etc. The guide was vary clear and covered well what was a big subject. At 90 minutes this was an ideal condensed tour for people who do not have time for the usual longer one and do not want too much detail.
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star-5
Great Tour despite COVID - questions answered!
Amanda_R
, Jul 2020
The experience was very nice - our teens ages 12 & 14 also enjoyed it. It was a good experience - our tour director was very patient with the rules instituted due to COVID. We were glad to be with a tour guide to make our way through the Doge's palace - as they kept us moving very smoothly through it all. She gave great information and answered all of our questions. The Basilica was not open in the main floor - we were only able to go directly upstairs to view the main floor from the balcony. We did not have to wait long at either site.
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star-5
Interesting and informed
Jane_M
, Feb 2020
Excellent trip in small group. Historical detail .lenty of space . Easy to hear and understand . Pleasant guide
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star-3
Hurry up and wait
Amy
, Feb 2020
We were running behind and missed the tour by 5 mins. Totally our fault. Called and was told to catch the next tour in an hour. Great! We bummed around but the next tour got started nearly 30 mins late. And we weren’t told on the phone that we would not have a guide for Doge’s Palace. We would have to come back tomorrow if we wanted to see it guided. Well, can’t do because we have a different tour booked during that time. Also, the basilica tour only lasted 45 minutes. Was it rushed due to her being late? Or is this typical? Your guess is as good as mine! Our tour guide was pleasant and had some interesting stories but didn’t strike me as exceptional- which we generally feel after a tour. This tour was meh with all that happened.
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star-5
Highly Recommended for First Timers and Experienced Visiters
jccpope
, Jan 2020
Had a fantastic time on our tour. The guide was very knowledgable and was able to answer any questions I had (which was impressive given my prior knowledge on a lot of the subject matter). The perks of being able to cut the lines and being lead into areas that the general public aren't allowed access to cannot be overstated - it's a game changer. The group size wasn't too big, so it didn't feel like we were too encumbered and could make our way easily. Would certainly recommend anyone with an interest in visiting these two buildings to take this tour. Also, the Glass Factory demonstration at the end was a nice surprise and a great place to find a nice souvenir. My girlfriend loved that.
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