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VIP Secret Itineraries Doges Palace Tour with St. Marks Basilica

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Venezia, Italy

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

No visit to Venice is complete without taking in the Doge’s Palace, but this Gothic masterpiece has vast sections that most visitors never see. With this tour, enjoy VIP access behind the scenes to explore the palace’s secret archives, torture chambers, and attic prison cells with a guide. Afterwards, enter St. Mark’s Basilica with skip-the-line tickets to admire the mosaics before taking a turn through St. Mark’s Square and past the Bridge of Sighs.
  • Exclusive access to the secret itineraries of the Doge’s Palace
  • Skip-the-line tickets to the palace and St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Guided visits of the palace, church, and St. Mark’s Square
  • See the legendary Bridge of Sighs during a guided walk
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Special access to the Doge’s Palace Secret itineraries
Skip-the-Line Tickets to St. Mark’s Basilica
Tickets & reservation fees
Expert tour guide
Small groups of 20 or fewer
Headsets
Gratuities
Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off

Departure Point

St. Mark's Square, Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Departure Time

12:30 PM

Return Details

Piazza San Marco, P.za San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Please remember that St. Mark's Basilica is a holy place and for your visit there attire must be appropriate: both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Your tour guide and sales agent cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress.
  • Backpacks are prohibited inside of St. Mark's Basilica.
  • Due to Doge's Palace regulations, children under the age of 6 are not permitted inside the secret itineraries and therefore cannot take this tour.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • The prisons and secret itineraries are not wheelchair-accessible, nor is the route suitable for those with walking disabilities or for pregnant women.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Walks - Italy, Spain & Greece

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 VIP Secret Itineraries Doges Palace Tour with St. Marks Basilica?
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
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by VIP Secret Itineraries Doges Palace Tour with St. Marks Basilica.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during VIP Secret Itineraries Doges Palace Tour with St. Marks Basilica?
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
See all safety measures taken by VIP Secret Itineraries Doges Palace Tour with St. Marks Basilica.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during VIP Secret Itineraries Doges Palace Tour with St. Marks Basilica?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by VIP Secret Itineraries Doges Palace Tour with St. Marks Basilica.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during VIP Secret Itineraries Doges Palace Tour with St. Marks Basilica?
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
See all safety measures taken by VIP Secret Itineraries Doges Palace Tour with St. Marks Basilica.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during VIP Secret Itineraries Doges Palace Tour with St. Marks Basilica?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by VIP Secret Itineraries Doges Palace Tour with St. Marks Basilica.

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  • "If it is hot out, bring a personal fan as there is not a lot of airflow in some places." See review

Reviews

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Great sounding tour but way too much information
Roving87670
, Nov 2019
The tour itinerary sounded great and covered all the main sights of Venice along with skip the line access that we wanted. However, the tour could have been condensed down, the guide was very nice and knowledgeable but we felt overwhelmed by too much information describing every picture on the walls and ceilings and as the tour went on you could see everyone just looking bored and wanting to end the tour which some people did and left the tour before the end.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Hello Roving87670, Thank you so much for your feedback from your recent VIP Secret Itineraries Doges Palace Tour, we appreciate that you took the time to share your thoughts with us. While we take great care to create the most interesting and fun tours possible for our guests, we recognize that sometimes our tours just aren't for everyone. We always love to discuss our clients' needs and interests before booking a tour, as we truly want to find the best possible match. Feel free to contact us anytime in the future, as we would be happy to help you pick the right tour for your next vacation! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
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Missed tour
Road560134
, Nov 2019
We missed the tour, couldn’t find the tour guide, so can’t really review it . We went on a different tour instead
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Hello Road560134, Thank you for sharing your feedback with us, we really appreciate your thoughts! It is such a shame to hear that you were unable to attend our VIP Secret Itineraries Tour as we would have loved for you to join us in Venice. We do our utmost to ensure that each of our guests is provided with clear information regarding the meeting location and request that everyone joins us 15 minutes before the start time to avoid missing out on the experience. Please feel free to contact us on info@takewalks.com with your booking details if you feel that you were not given the necessary information, as we are keen to look into this further for you. We look forward to hearing from you soon! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
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star-5
VIP Secret Itineraries
gplalonde
, Nov 2019
This tour was excellent. Our guide was very knowledgeable in the history and culture of Venice and it’s surroundings. Would highly recommend this tour!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Hello gplalonde, Thank you for your review and recommendation! It is wonderful to learn that you enjoyed our VIP Secret Itineraries Doges Palace Tour. We strive to provide 100% customer satisfaction on all of our tours, and we are glad we achieved this with you! We look forward to sharing more walks with you! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
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star-5
Worth it alone for the Torture Room!
William C
, Oct 2019
From a historical perspective, not gruesome or grotesque. Wonderful tour guide (Paulina, sp?) who answered every question we had and provided tons of background information. Tour starts strong with an in-depth tour of the prison cells and the class system in which it was based on. Plenty of stairs, sometimes quite narrow, but all on the Tour made it without a problem or hindrance. Some started to fade towards the end, but all smiles and accolades none the less.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hello William C, We are so glad that you found our VIP Secret Itineraries Doges Palace Tour to be so fascinating, and that our wonderful guide Paulina was able to share her enthusiasm and knowledge with your group! We hope to see you again on another exciting walking tour very soon! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
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star-5
Excellent experience
gwggwggwg
, Oct 2019
Sophia Was amazing Informative detailed interesting engaging easy to understand very pleasant and patient A true asset to your company Dr green
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hi gwggwggwg, Thank you for sharing your feedback from your recent VIP Secret Itineraries Tour, it is much appreciated. We truly love to hear that our guides are doing a great job, as we know they are the key to our guests having a wonderful time with us! Thank you for joining us in Venice, we are delighted that you found the experience to be so excellent! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
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star-5
Highly recommended!
jlgaw
, Oct 2019
We enjoyed this tour very very much. Iole, our tour guide, was exceptional and the perfect hostess for our afternoon together. We learned SO much and she encouraged us to ask questions and take pictures. Among many other things, she told the story of Casanova and showed us all of the places where he left his mark. When we visited the church, she kindly asked us to respect the no photo rule, which we did. She was very informative about the interesting facts of the church and its history. If you are looking for a interesting and informative tour of these beautiful places in Venice, don't look any further. And ask for Iole - she is great.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your tour! We work very hard to create good, memorable experiences for all of our guests and we are pleased that Lole helped make it that way for you.
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star-5
Interesting Intrigue
J8252EPmonicar
, Sep 2019
Guide was very informative and made the tour interesting by describing the activities of the Doges and imprisonment of Casanova.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Hello J8252EPmonicar, Thank you for leaving us your feedback from your experience on our VIP Secret Itineraries tour! We are so thankful that you took some time to do so, as we value all feedback that we receive from our guests. We are thrilled to know that you found your guide informative, and that you thought the tour of the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica was interesting. We consider customer satisfaction to be our main priority here at Walks, and so hire only the best guides for our carefully thought out itineraries - it is amazing to hear that our hard work pays off for our guests! Thank you again for sharing your experience from your time with us in Venice! We look forward the the day that you find yourself in another of our markets, hopefully you will choose us again for another fantastic time! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
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star-5
Great Tour!
mc2244
, Aug 2019
Mose was an excellent tour guide and made the information interesting not only to us but to our 2 teenagers as well. We loved hearing about Casanova and how he escaped. This tour takes you within the Bridge of Sighs and to see the darker side of Doge Palace while still allowing to see all the normal highlights. If it is hot out, bring a personal fan as there is not a lot of airflow in some places.
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star-3
Too much info
Stewart M
, Jun 2019
For average tourist there was too much info and many of the group started to drift off and talk amongst selves much of time could not hear tour leader. Lets keep to main facts and story, more to next item when group starts to drift. Very knowledgable leader but too much info leads to fast talking and kills the feed back.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Hi Stewart M, We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us. We strive to create tours that are both informative and interesting, and sorry to hear that you didn’t get to fully enjoy your time with us, as your guide was less engaging than we would have liked. We aim to partner with the best guides who are not only knowledgeable, but also personable and able to connect with everyone in the group. Unfortunately, it seems as though on the day of your tour, your guide was more absorbed than giving information than inviting questions and curiosity from everyone. We appreciate your response about this matter and will pass this feedback along to our guide manager, who will be in touch with his team about how better to serve our guests. Thank you again, All the best, The Walks Team
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star-5
Brilliant experience
lindutton1
, Jun 2019
The lovely Julia took our tour, and we were very fortunate to be a small group of four. It was amazing, Julia was very friendly and informative and we had a wonderful experience.
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