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Skip the Line St. Mark's Basilica Guided Tour

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Venezia, Italy

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Overview

See the magnificent St. Mark's Basilica with one of the most in-depth guided tours of the Byzantine jewel. Enjoy skip-the-line access to avoid the often-long queues outside the cathedral. Learn about the incredible history behind St. Mark's from a knowledgeable guide during this 1-hour tour. See the treasures inside the basilica, including the Golden Pall and the altar.
  • 1-hourin-depth tour of St. Mark's Basilica in Venice
  • Enjoyskip-the-line access to the basilica to avoid the long queues thatoften form
  • Learnabout the centuries of St. Mark's history from an expert guide
  • Seethe main attractions inside the cathedral, including the Golden Pall
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Skip the Line access to St Mark’s Basilica
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Departure Point

Torre dell'Orologio, Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Departure Time

12:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please arrive at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before the tour departure time.
  • At the tour departure point you will meet a representative who will check your vouchers and give you information to do the tour.
  • During the winter period (from November 1st to March 31st) the tour is bilingual, so explanations are provided in two languages if the audience provenience is mixed.
  • Access to the Basilica is only permitted to visitors with suitable attire (no shorts or vest or tops) and backpacks are not allowed for safety reasons.
  • The Procuratoria di San Marco reserves the right to PROHIBIT VISITS and access to the basilica at any time and without notice for reasons of force majeure (e.g. high water) and/or safety reasons
  • In cases of extra liturgical ceremonies, exceptional high tides or other special occasions, access to St Mark's Basilica may not be permitted and therefore the tour will not take place.
  • No credit or refunds will be given in the case of a no show (if you don't show up at the meeting point at the time indicated on your voucher)
  • This is a collective tour, which means there might be other participants going on the tour with you.
  • Please note that, due to the particular morphological structure of Venice and the logistic problems resulting from it, we cannot guarantee that the whole tour is accessible to people with limited mobility. This means that people with walking difficulties and wheelchair users could not be able to access some parts of the itinerary.
  • From November 1st 2015 to March 31st 2016: Bilingual Tour (explanations are provided in two languages if the audience provenience is mixed): English: from Monday to Saturday; Spanish: Wednesday, Saturday; French: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday; German: Monday, Friday.
  • From April 1st to October 31st 2016: English: from Monday to Saturday; Spanish: from Monday to Saturday; French: from Monday to Saturday; German: from Monday to Saturday; Italian: Saturday.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY Insidecom srl

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

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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  • "A phenomenal place to visit and skip the line is a must as it was packed, not just for the queue outside but to navigate the crowds inside." See review
  • "Be aware this is a cathedral and so dress code is strict but if you are stopped they sell black shawls for 2euro so you dont just get turned away and lose out!" See review

Reviews

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Wasted money
felicewilliamsburg
, Oct 2019
There is no wifi at the Basilica ! And no signage for Viator tour & no phone & no way to troubleshoot... so we arrived, could not bring up ticket & missed the entire experience!
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star-5
Well organised and thorough tour
mcummings89
, Aug 2019
Very good tour, well organised with easily identifiable guides at meet point. Guide was very knowledgeable and by being on tour we bypassed main que of over an hour and ques inside basilica. Be aware this is a cathedral and so dress code is strict but if you are stopped they sell black shawls for 2euro so you dont just get turned away and lose out!
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star-4
Nice tour
Companion18472922817
, May 2019
This tour was nice but meeting your guide was not easy. Almost missed our time. Guide was new but she did fine. A little hard to understand English.
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Don't waste your money!
507theresef
, Sep 2018
I know the guide thought he was speaking English, but you could have fooled me. His accent was so thick you would need a chain saw to cut through it. Also, the microphone system only worked half of the time and the other half the crackling was so loud you could not hear anything. My recommendation is to get in line early and do the audio guide. At least you will be able to understand that guide
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Badly organized, not very interesting
smithjp3
, Jul 2018
Skip the line yes. But we still head to wait in a long line and it was super crowded. There was probably 40 people on the tour so it was hard to keep everyone together. Tour was only marginally interesting. Had been here before with out a tour and just a guidebook and it was more interesting.
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star-5
A phenomenal place to visit and skip...
Ashley D
, Apr 2018
A phenomenal place to visit and skip the line is a must as it was packed, not just for the queue outside but to navigate the crowds inside.
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We have had other tours with this...
PAUL M
, Apr 2018
We have had other tours with this company that were great, but this one was not good. The tour guide was not enthusiastic or engaged and his accent was way too thick to understand. I caught maybe 20 of what he said.
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star-4
This Basilica is a most see if you...
Cathy L
, Apr 2018
This Basilica is a most see if you are in Venice. Tour guide was very informative. only complaint were the crowds.
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Actually, I'd give no stars if...
Kaye K
, Dec 2017
Actually, I'd give no stars if possible as we were never able to find the guide so we got no special tour. We got there 30 minutes early to be able to find the guide. Our tour was supposed to be at noon on 11/7/17. It was raining and there was significant flooding so the risers were in use making the logistics even more tricky than usual while trying to get to the appointed meeting place Clock Tower, not Bell Tower. The only good news was there was no line to get into St. Mark's, partially because of the weather/flooding I'm sure. We also asked the Guards at the doors a few minutes later and they hadn't seen the tour guide either--and as we wandered around inside we never saw a group that looked like they belonged to this tour. Of the 8 Viator tours we took in Oct/November of 2017 this was the only one that was a disappointment.
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The tour was to start at 12.00, we...
Jill S
, Nov 2017
The tour was to start at 12.00, we stood around for at least 15 minutes waiting for something to happen, the tour leader then went off with backpacks so another 5 minutes gone. We then stood near the entrance and tour leader says hopefully we can skip the line - we shall just have to wait and see. Apparently and according to the tour leader the only way we got in had something to do with another backpack. This tour is SKIP THE LINE: St Mark's Basilica Guided Tour supposed to be for 1 hour. We were ushered out at exactly 1pm, very poor will not recommend this tour EVER. NO PHOTOS ALLOWED INSIDE ST MARK'S. I have tried to book other tours on line through Viator and have really been messed around, won't bother with this company again.
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