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Venice Skip the line Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica guided Tour

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Venezia, Italy
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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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Multilingual tour provided in: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
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Departure Point

1: Torre dell'Orologio, P.za San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
2: Calle larga de l'Ascension, 1256, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Departure Time

10:45 AM

Return Details

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 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Venice Events srl

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 Venice Skip the line 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 Skip the line Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica guided Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Venice Skip the line 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 Skip the line Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica guided Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Venice Skip the line 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 Skip the line Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica guided Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Venice Skip the line Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica guided Tour?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Venice Skip the line Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica guided Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Venice Skip the line Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica guided Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Venice Skip the line Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica guided Tour.

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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.
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Dear Sarah, we thank you for this positive feedback and we hope to have you back in our wonderful city Best regards from Venice
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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.
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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.
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Friendly and informative guide. Tour...
Phillipa D
, Feb 2018
Friendly and informative guide. Tour ran on time and was enjoyable
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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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The tour of the Palace and the...
Grant A
, Nov 2017
The tour of the Palace and the Basilica were both excellent. It was always going to be busy, but our guide lady was good at finding a way round the crowds efficiently. She was knowledgable about the history of Venice and she did not bore us with superfluous historical facts, but provided the right level of detail with some humour thrown in. The tour, at about two and a half hours, was the right length.
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What an amazing place. The tour...
sharoncpa
, Nov 2017
What an amazing place. The tour team located under the clock in St. Mark's Square was just two people passing things out, so make sure you are early for your tour time. We had a great guide, but the people we were with that ended up in another group left early due to their guide.
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The Palace itself gets increasingly...
Jane S
, Oct 2017
The Palace itself gets increasingly difficult to manage,even with a good guide as provided by viator. She managed to avoid the worsts of the bottlenecks and to give us the maximum information with least possible hassle.
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Wry good guide, even with a large...
jb2ab2
, Oct 2017
Wry good guide, even with a large group she held our attention. Her debi and background made her historical facts very interesting. We would recommend this two part tour. Meeting location while lots,of tour groups meeting at the same time was pretty efficient.
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Was a nice tour, but was chaotic at...
Ann E
, Oct 2017
Was a nice tour, but was chaotic at times. At one point we couldn't hear our guide talking since there was interference from another guide. But it was an amazing tour. I would recommend this tour!
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