Guided tour

Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with Terrace Access

Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with Terrace Access

From $93.72 per person

Skip the long lines at Doge’s Palace and get stunning views of Venice from the terrace of St. Mark’s Basilica. Admire beautiful mosaics and impressive artworks alongside an expert guide.

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Duration options: 2 - 3 hours
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English, Italian, German, French, Spanish
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Highlights
  • Enjoy skip-the-line entry to Doge's Palace an see its art masterpieces
  • Cross the Bridge of Sighs and reach the prison cell of Giacomo Casanova
  • Visit Saint Mark's Basilica and see its famous bronze horses
  • Admire a beautiful views of Saint Mark's Square from the basilica's terrace
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Discover two of Venice’s most iconic buildings on a guided tour with skip-the-line access to the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. See impressive artworks and magnificent interiors and admire panoramic views of Venice from the basilica’s terrace. Meet your expert guide and enjoy priority access to Doge’s Palace, the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Immerse yourself in the European Middle Ages and see masterpieces of art adorning the walls of the palace. Relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the Bridge of Sighs at the palace and experience the inside of the prison cell that once hosted Giacomo Casanova. Step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Witness beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder. Lastly, go up to the basilica’s terrace and take in stunning panoramic views of the lively St. Mark’s Square and its surrounding monuments.
Includes
  • Saint Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace guided tour
  • Access to Saint Mark's Basilica
  • Access to St. Mark’s Museum
  • Access to Doge's Palace
  • Access to Bridge of Sighs
  • Live tour guide
  • Access to Pala d'Oro
  • Access to Piombi Prisons
  • Access to Pozzi Prisons
  • Access to The Doge’s Apartments

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Meeting point

Meet your guide just outside the entrance of the Correr Museum on Piazza San Marco, 30124. On St. Mark's square at the opposite side of the Basilica you will find the Correr Museum entrance underneath the portico.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Backpacks

Know before you go

  • Tours will not enter the basilica until further notice. When possible, tours will visit the terrace and the museum instead
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 788 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Service
    4.7/5
  • Organization
    4.7/5
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Our guide was good explaining the inside of the church , the hitting of the bells on the clock tower. Explaining about the horse statue on the balcony. We learnt a lot . I wished that I have more time during the visit if the Doge’s Palace. Need more time to admire the paintings inside the rooms. On the whole, I enjoyed my tour very much. It was a good tour. Our guide tried to explain everything to us.

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November 12, 2019

We went for an inside tour of the Doge's Palace and Basilica. We saw many exquisite Renaissance paintings, and beautiful statues and mosaics inside. I learned a lot about the history or Venice, and I would thoroughly recommend this tour to anyone who is interested in learning more about the city. However, our tour of the church was rushed because we had to leave the church by five o'clock, and we had spent a bit too much time in the palace prisons. I would recommend that the guide and tour operator allow more time for tourists to see the church.

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November 5, 2019

I took a 3-hour tour of St Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace. The tour was comprehensive and very informative, and an ideal introduction to Venice. The guide, Andrea was great - engaging, interesting and enthusiatic. I would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to find out more about the beautiful city of Venice.

November 1, 2019

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