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Venice Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica guided Tour

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Venice Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica guided Tour

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Overview

The Doge’s Palace and Saint Mark’s Basilica are two of Venice’s most beloved destinations, but the two landmarks can have ticket lines to match. See both landmarks with a private guide on a 2-hour tour that includes skip-the-line access, so you can make the most of your time in Venice.
  • 2-hour Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica tour
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Learn about local history and culture
  • Skip-the-line access ensures a speedy entrance
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Guided tour of Doges Palace, Saint Marks Basilica and Saint Marks square
Entrance fees
Multilingual tour provided in: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
Personal audio system and headset for tour commentary
Saint Mark's Basilica first floor museum and the terrace
Gratuities
Pick up & Drop off
Food and drinks
Pala d'oro
  • Torre dell'Orologio , P.za San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

    MORNING MEETING POINT: 15 min before in front of the clock tower (the blue one with the bell on top) next to the YEX change office in St. Mark's Square, Venice. Please look for the white "TURIVE TOUR" sign. Meeting point address: Piazza San Marco 125, 30124, Venice, Italy

  • Calle larga de l'Ascension, 1256 , Calle larga de l'Ascension, 1256, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

    AFTERNOON MEETING POINT: 15 min before in front of the post office in Calle Larga Ascensione 1256, San Marco (behind the Correr Museum in Saint Mark's square). Please look for the white "TURIVE TOUR" sign.

  • Carta Gate , P.za San Marco, 1, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
    Make your way to Saint Mark’s Square, where you’ll a guide for your first destination, the Doge’s Palace. Once the seat of the powerful Venetian government, the Doge’s Palace is an architectural masterpiece filled with lavish décor. Listen to stories about Venice’s golden age, and immerse yourself in the culture of medieval Europe as you explore the stuccoed halls and artwork.

    Continue to the Basilica, once the private chapel of Venice’s Doges, which you’ll tour with a private guide from the Curia di Venezia. Learn the legend of the basilica, whose Byzantine domes date to the 10th century, and follow the story on a series of 13th-century mosaics. Discover the artistic and architectural highlights of the church, including the marble inlaid floor, where animals and geometric patterns are brilliant counterpoint to the painted ceiling.

    This tour concludes at the Saint Mark’s Basilica, close to Venice attractions and public transport.
    Itinerary
    Stop At:  
    Piazza San Marco
    Our guide will accompany you to the Doge’s Palace, which dominates Saint Mark's Square, the heart of Venice, standing out for its size and its extraordinary structure, where Byzantine, European and Oriental architecture collide. Immediately entering the Palace you will pass through the great courtyard and admire the wealth of detail on the famous Golden Staircase.
    Duration: 15 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Doge's Palace
    Once inside the Palace, you will visit the halls where the Duke (Doge) and his Council controlled the fate of the Serene Republic, whilst surrounded by hundreds of artistic masterpieces and discover the political history of Venice and its people. You will be able to admire the paintings realised by some of the most important artists of the Italian Renaissance, amongst them, the world's largest oil painting by Tintoretto.
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Ponte dei Sospiri
    Passing through the famous Bridge of Sighs, you will reach the new prisons. The bridge was given its name by the English poet Lord Byron, probably referring to the last breath of the prisoners, who had their last view of the lagoon and of Venice from the window of this bridge, before they were to be imprisoned.
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Basilica di San Marco
    During the second part of the tour you will visit the Basilica, once the private chapel of the Doge of Venice, and the only one of its kind in Italy, thanks to the sumptous golden mosaics and impressive marble inlay flooring. During the tour you will be able to sit down in the church and absorb the atmosphere whilst listening to your guide who will describe the biblical scenes represented throughout the building, together with history and particularities of this ancient Basilica. The tour includes the visit of the famous Pala d'Oro, an altarpiece made of gold and silver and an exquisite example of Byzantine art with a myriad of gems and precious stones. This 2 hour combined tour concludes outside the Basilica, in Saint Mark's Square.
    Duration: 40 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Museo Correr
    At the end of the tour, keep your Doge's Palace ticket to visit on your own: Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana in Saint Mark's square, opposite side of the Saint Mark's Basilica.
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Included
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
    • Back packs are not allowed inside the Basilica and the Doges Palace
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • In case of high tide, the tour will not be able to enter inside the Basilica (the tour will not be cancelled, the guide will describe the inside of the Basilica to you from the outside)
    • From the 1st of November to the 31st of March there is no skip-the-line entrance to the Basilica.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Venice Events srl
    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.

    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 Venice Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica guided Tour?
    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
    See all safety measures taken by Venice Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica guided Tour.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Venice Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica guided Tour?
    A:The policy on sanitization is:

    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    See all safety measures taken by Venice Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica guided Tour.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Venice Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica guided Tour?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

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

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    See all safety measures taken by Venice Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica guided Tour.

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    star-5
    Doge's palace tour was...
    Adrian_V
    , Oct 2021
    Doge's palace tour was quick and informative. Tour guide was nice and patient. St. Mark's basilica was canceled due to flooding, but got a refund.
    icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
    Dear Adrian, thank you for your review. We are really sorry for the inconvenience about the Saint Marks Basilica. Have a nice day Kindest regards Venice Events team
    star-5
    Great insights
    Stephanie_G
    , Sep 2021
    We were really impressed by literally everything we saw on this tour. And trust me, you have to walk a lot. But it is totally worth it. From the Doge’s palace and its prison to the Basilica. Great piece of history and great explanation. Must see when in Venice.
    icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
    Dear client, thank you for your positive review and we hope to have you back in our wonderful city again. Best regards from Venice
    star-5
    Great way to see Venice treasures
    Carol_R
    , Sep 2021
    Fantastic tour. Ana was so passionate and educated about Venice. Loved it! Small group, skip the lines and a great introduction to Venice.
    icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
    Dear Carol, we really appreciate that you have enjoyed our tour! thank you for your feedback. Kindest regards Venice Events
    star-1
    German tour skipped to English last minute
    Claudia_H
    , Sep 2021
    We booked a german tour but immediately before the tour started we got the information that there is no guide who speaks german. The whole German group - it was a small group of 7 persons which was great - had the option to join a english tour or to cancel. Everyone decided to join but the guide was very hard to understand. I think the Guide is a very experienced Italien guide with a lot of historical knowledge but it was hard to understand his Italian style English. We made several English guided tours in different countries which were all much better. Due to fact that the German tour was canceled last minute and compared to other english guides we cannot recommend this tour. Even if the guide was very sympathetic.
    star-2
    Misleading saying only 10 max per tour
    Justin
    , Jul 2021
    Very disappointed in Viator. They promised a tour 10 people maximum and we were part of 17. The guide herself was very accommodating and no issue with her at all, but Viator let us down and misled us to believe it would be a smaller more intimate tour. We paid a premium for this. Their response was a $25 credit on another tour. Think twice before doing it.
    star-5
    Very informative tour
    Sarah_K
    , Aug 2020
    We really enjoyed our skip the line tour. It was very informative to go through with a guide. It was also worth skipping the queue of people waiting in the sun. I would definitely advise taking this tour.
    icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
    Dear Sarah, we thank you for this positive feedback and we hope to have you back in our wonderful city Best regards from Venice
    star-5
    Big group but good quality
    Vacation64711274679
    , May 2019
    There was a big group of us, probably about 30 people but the guide was very informative. Spoke clearly and had no problems speaking English. A good last minute tour.
    star-5
    Doges Place & St Marck's
    Lizamirv2018
    , Oct 2018
    Great tour, really well organised. Tour guide was informative and friendly. Tours last around 2 1/2 hours and skips all the queues. Great value for money.
    star-4
    Friendly and informative guide. Tour...
    Phillipa D
    , Feb 2018
    Friendly and informative guide. Tour ran on time and was enjoyable
    star-1
    Worst tour we have ever had, and we...
    James H
    , Nov 2017
    Worst tour we have ever had, and we travel a lot. When we got to the area, we searched in vain for the designated meeting spot. We had to ask many, many tour guides before finding out what to do. We could have dealt with that. Our tour guide was the main problem. Our group was large maybe 50 people. The guide seemed to only be concerned with the few people around him. Twenty or thirty of us had to run to keep up this was during the WHOLE TOUR. We could not hear half of the information because the audio did not work unless you were right by the guide. Many of us complained several times, but no changes were made. We could not enjoy what little we saw or even take photos as we ran through room after room to keep up. We paid a fair amount of money for nothing. We have used Viator in the past, but never again!

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