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Venice: Doge's Palace & Basilica Tour with Optional Gondola

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Venice: Doge's Palace & Basilica Tour with Optional Gondola

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Skip the long lines to enjoy fast-track entry to the Doge’s Palace in Venice and discover a magnificent combination of Byzantine, Gothic, and Renaissance architecture. Later, explore the magnificent St. Mark's Basilica.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Benefit from skip-the-line entry to St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace
  • Admire the stunning mosaics of St. Mark's Basilica
  • Marvel at masterpieces from artists such as Tintoretto and Veronese
  • Upgrade your experience with a 30-minute gondola ride
  • Enjoy an intimate, small group tour with a maximum of 10 participants
Full description
This 3.5-hour walking tour takes you to two of Venice's most iconic highlights, with a few secret gems thrown in for good measure. With skip-the-line access to the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s, you will cut out the long waiting times, and whisk from one highlight to the next. Enjoy a tour of St. Mark's Basilica, and marvel at the diversity of Venetian culture as your guide points out where eastern architecture and western design combine. In a rare extended tour, learn how St. Mark’s remains arrived illegally, and see countless treasures, some made in Venice and others plundered during the Crusades. Finally, tour the Doge’s Palace, where Casanova was held in an attic prison before his escape. Admire ceiling frescoes by Tintoretto and paintings by Veronese in the exquisite rooms.
  • Skip-the-line access to St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Skip-the-line-access and entrance to the Doge’s Palace
  • Local expert guide
  • Headsets where necessary
  • Gondola tour, if option selected
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants who are 12 years and older must present a Green Pass that is valid in the EU and has a verifiable QR code. Valid Green Passes can be obtained by uploading either proof of vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months, a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts, or a negative antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts to the Green Pass or Covid Certificate apps
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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Meeting point

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". Please arrive 15-minutes before the tour's departure time. Late arrivals or no-shows are not eligible for a refund.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Until further notice, entrance inside St. Mark’s Basilica is not possible due to ongoing restoration work. Tours will visit the basilica's Terrace and its Museum instead
  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking and steep staircases
  • Comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Wheelchairs and strollers cannot be accommodated on this tour
  • It is the individual responsibility of all visitors to arrive at the tour departure points
  • Entrance into churches requires appropriate dress. Shoulders and knees must be covered. Entry may be refused due to improper dress
  • Please do not bring large bags, tripods, non-collapsible umbrellas, or backpacks on this tour. They are not permitted in St. Mark’s Basilica and must be checked into the luggage storage area off-site. You may miss a portion of the tour for this procedure.
  • Please note, the Gondola ride (if selected) is a shared experience. This means that you might enjoy the ride with other customers
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 79 reviews

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Daniela was fantastic.

We had the pleasure to spend 4 hours with our guide, Daniela. We had selected the French tour and were the only ones for that day. A personal journey through the streets of Venice...simply amazing. Tons of information. Lots of small anecdotes and details we would have missed if we were on our own in Venice. Highly recommend this tour.

July 18, 2016

Well organized tour with a very nice guide

The tour was well organized on site. The meeting point was easy to find and the English-speaking guide could be understood perfectly. The tour was never boring, it was always run with wit and humor. The voice audio devices worked wonderfully, so that you could always understand everything the guide said. A tour that is recommended for anyone entering Venice.

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April 5, 2015

Tour met expectations

A thorough well managed tour in a small group of 12 that covered what was promised. In my opinion slightly expensive given the group size and content but probably comparable with others. Essential that people on same tour locate meet point in advance and dress for all weathers as rain in Venice seems to be more common then other places in Italy. If your are late and miss the tour it's Eu15 to re-book. Ticket queues for ferries can create a delay travel time in Venice - buy tickets in advance. Tolerable for children under 10 but take something for them to do en route

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August 28, 2014

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