Guided tour

Venice: Tour of Doge Palace & St Mark's Basilica

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Venice: Tour of Doge Palace & St Mark's Basilica

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From $124.18 $99.35 per person

Take an unforgettable tour to enjoy Venice in all its beauty. Participate in a shared or private guided tour of the Doge’s Palace and Golden Basilica and then visit Rialto and San Marco areas at your own leisure.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 2 hours
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Skip the ticket line
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Live tour guide
English, German, Spanish, Italian, French
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Skip the line to the Basilica and Doge Palace with your tour guide
  • Admire the marvelous Basilica with its golden mosaics
  • Discover the magnificent halls of power of the Doge's Palace
  • Create your own customized route to take in the Saint Mark and Rialto areas
  • Compare modern Venice to historical views with the fascinating 2D map inside the app
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Covid-19 Update

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

Enjoy a guided tour in Palazzo Ducale and discover its splendid rooms, immersed in hundreds of masterpieces. Explore the halls of power where the Doge ruled the ancient Republic of Venice. Cross the Bridge of Sighs to reach the cold Prisons Palace, where many important figures were imprisoned, including Casanova. Visit the museum in Saint Mark’s square at your own leisure. Head to the Basilica of Saint Mark, known also as the Golden Basilica, thanks to its magnificent mosaics adorned with pure gold. Learn about the history and meaning of the many artworks decorating the church. Witness, and even assist in, a glass demonstration in an ancient furnace near Saint Mark's Square. A glass craftsman will create a unique item in front of your eyes. Admire the breathtaking view of St. Mark's square, the heart of Venice, from the terrace of the Basilica. See the best of Venice, day or night, on a self-guided tour of San Marco and Rialto areas. This mobile app includes a map which guides you through the city, letting you decide what to see. Listen to the automatic audio narration of the city’s highlights. Take in 31 attractions on the route, including the glorious La Fenice theater, Rialto Bridge with its local markets and the majestic Accademia Bridge. Enjoy commentary on the audio guide that takes you through the thousand-year-old history of St. Mark’s Square. While you explore the city, check the 2D map in the app to see how different Venice looked in the past. The map includes historical views of what Venice would have looked like between 1100 and 1700.
Includes
  • Skip-the-line guided tour of Doge's Palace and Basilica of San Marco
  • Private skip-the-line entry to Doge's Palace and Basilica of San Marco (if option selected)
  • Access to the terrace of the Basilica and St. Mark's Museum
  • Access to the Bridge of Sighs and Piombi Prisons
  • Audio-receivers for groups of 10
  • Mobile app with commentary for a self-guided tour of Rialto & San Marco square
  • 2D map within the app featuring historical views and a 360 panoramic video of the city from the Middle Ages to the 1700s
  • Hotel pick-up
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 15 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • On Sundays, festive days, and unscheduled religious celebrations, the visit is scheduled with direct access to the terrace and St. Mark's Museum on the first floor from where the mosaics can be seen partially
  • The local partner's staff will help you download the mobile app
  • You can download the app via free WiFi at the partner's meeting point
  • You can use the mobile app anytime by night and by day however many times you want
  • For security reasons suitcases, backpacks or large bags are not allowed inside the Basilica and inside the Doges’ Palace
  • Unfortunately this tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 77 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    3.7/5
  • Service
    4.1/5
  • Organization
    3.5/5

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Exciting tour with a passionate guide

We took a very interesting trip through the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica with our German-speaking guide Natalie. She shared the most important facts and anecdotes about the palace and cathedral in our group of around 20 people very passionately and with an eye for the special. The technical equipment via headset was necessary and appropriate (wireless range could be increased a bit). All in all highly recommended!

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May 26, 2019

We missed our train on the original day. They were very helpful and we were able to do the tour the next day. I truly enjoy the tour, there were many people there, but our group was small, so I felt like we got to see everything I wanted to see.

March 26, 2019

Leider mussten wir in der Kolonne zum Markus Dom ziemlich lange anstehen, obwohl bei der Buchung vermerkt war "Kein Anstehen", was den hohen Betrag für diese Führung eher berechtigt hätte. Der Führer wies dann darauf hin, dass wegen Cornona für den Dom der Eigang ohne Anstehen noch nicht offen sei (das hätte vermerkt sein müssen bei der Buchung und der preis entsprechend reduzuert werden müssen)

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July 17, 2021

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