Walking tours

Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica with skip the line access

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Availability: Varied
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
Do this because
  • Discover the fascinating stories behind Venice's past with your guide
  • Explore the history of Venice that resides inside the Doge’s Palace
  • Marvel at St. Mark’s Basilica and its dazzling architecture
What to expect

This Doge’s Palace and St. Mark's Basilica tour is perfect for visitors who want to get a true taste of the city. In just a few hours, you'll be taken to two of Venice's most iconic sites, venturing inside St, Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace.

The tour starts at one of Doge’s Palace. Once home to the Duke of Venice and the city’s courts, it is the center of Venetian history (and as one of the world’s oldest republics, that’s quite a history). You’ll explore all the best sights of the palace open to the public, from spectacular works produced on demand by artistic masters Tintoretto and Veronese, to the evidence of the genius checks and balances that made the republic so successful.

Next, you'll admire the heart of Venice, St. Mark’s Square. One of the highlights of this tour comes at the end when skip the line access takes you straight into St. Mark’s Basilica, saving precious vacation time that would otherwise have been wasted in line. Marvel at the diversity of Venetian culture, where eastern architecture and western design have blended to create a structure with an onion dome, before following your guide through the beautiful frescoes inside the basilica.

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What's included
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of 25 people or less
  • Skip the line access and entrance ticket to the Doge’s Palace
  • Skip the line access to St. Mark’s Basilica
What's not included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Gratuities
Reduced price
  • Children (0-3 years old): Free of charge
  • Children (4-14 years old): Reduced
Where

S. Marco, 1, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Meeting point:

Please meet your guide next to Ponte della Paglia, the bridge with the view of the Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs), in front of the Doge's Palace, facing the lagoon. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour.

What to remember
  • Maximum 25 people per group
  • St. Mark's Basilica is subject to closure without notice. When this occurs, guests are offered an extended tour of the basilica and St. Mark’s Square from outside. While we undertake to tell tour groups ahead of time if there are any planned disruptions to Basilica opening hours, this is not always possible and in these cases, we are unable to provide refunds or discounts
  • This tour is, unfortunately, unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance
  • Strollers or baby carriages are not allowed on this tour
  • Photography is permitted throughout most of the tour; however, photography is prohibited in St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Some sites visited lack shade and can be hot under direct sunlight. We recommend bringing a hat, sunscreen and a bottle of water in warm weather. Please note that many sections of the Doge’s Palace are not air-conditioned
  • Strollers or baby carriages are not allowed on this tour
  • Comfortable shoes are recommended
  • This service ends inside St. Mark’s Basilica.
  • The terraces are not included in the guided tour, however can be visited on your own buying the ticket in cash on the spot.
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When
  • Please check the calendar to find this tour's availability
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Provider
City Wonders
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100 % refund if you cancel up to 1 day before the activity begins.
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