Guided tour

Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-The-Line Tour

Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-The-Line Tour

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.

From US$ 78.18 per person

Skip the long lines at the iconic Doge’s Palace and visit St. Mark’s Basilica. Admire beautiful mosaics and impressive artworks and learn the history of the dukes of Venice.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Duration options: 2 - 4 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese
Private or small groups available
Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

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

Know before you go

  • In cases of religious ceremonies access to St Mark's Basilica may not be permitted
  • In case of adverse weather or a change in tidal conditions, the length or route of the tour is subject to change
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 view of Saint Mark's Square from the basilica's terrace
  • Follow an expert guide and learn about rich history of the iconic buildings
Full description

Covid-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

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, marvel at magnificent interiors, and learn about the times where the Doges ruled this famous floating city. 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. Take in the beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder.
Includes
  • Access to Doge's Palace
  • Access to New Prisons, Doge's Palace
  • Access to Bridge of Sighs
  • Access to Saint Mark's Basilica
  • Access to Piazza San Marco, Venice
  • Live tour guide
  • Access to Pala d'Oro
  • Access to Piombi Prisons
  • Access to St. Mark’s Museum
  • Access to The Doge’s Apartments
  • Access to Pozzi Prisons

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Meet next to Ponte della Paglia, the bridge with the view of the Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs). You can find the bridge in front of Doge's Palace, facing the lagoon. GPS Coordinates are 45.433538 , 12.340747". Late arrivals or no-shows are not eligible for a refund.

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 4296 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Transportation
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.1/5
  • Service
    4.5/5

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One of the best guides we have had on a tour. Rita (Tostello) was an amazing guide armed with incredible information and knowledge making the tour thoroughly enjoyable and informative

May 19, 2022

May 18, 2022

Our guide Sandra gave a great tour with humour and concern for all those in the group. Ducale Palace and the Basilica are both wonderful and stunning. Wholly recommend this tour.

May 18, 2022

Product ID: 397201

VA ID: 397201