Guided tour

Special Early Entrance Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica

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73 reviews

Activity provider: Wander Italy

Special Early Entrance Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica

Activity provider: Wander Italy
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From US$ 92.96 per person

Likely to sell out

Beat the crowds on a guided tour of the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. Enter the Palace early, skip the line at the Basilica, and see Venice from above from the Basilica's terrace.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
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  • Experience the luxurious life of the Venetian upperclass in the Doge's Palace
  • Get into the Doge's Palace before the crowds with an early entrance ticket
  • Learn about the Doge's Palace, the Bridge of Sighs, and St. Mark's Basilica
  • Enjoy a beautiful view of Piazza San Marco from St. Mark's Basilica's terrace
  • Walk across the infamous Bridge of Sighs and learn where the name originated
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Experience two of Venice's most iconic buildings on a guided tour. Visit the Doge's Palace before the building opens to the public, skip the line at the stunning St. Mark's Basilica, and enjoy a panoramic view of Venice from the Basilica's terrace.

Begin your guided tour with an early visit to the Doge's Palace. Enjoy exploring this massive building without the usual crowds. See the Giants' Staircase and marvel at the paintings by Paolo Veronese. As the light changes, so does the color of the luxurious marble- and gold-covered palace.

After admiring the interior of the palace, walk across the famous Bridge of Sighs to reach the new prisons. As you walk, learn about the anguish of the historic prisoners who walked across this bridge, giving it its poetic name. Continue to St. Mark's Basilica, where you can skip the line.

Inside the famous Basilica, admire the stunning architecture and golden mosaics. Before heading upstairs to the terrace, glance down at the intricate 11th-century floor covered in geometric and animal designs. Learn about the Basilica's rich history as a centerpiece of Venetian life from your guide.

Continue up to the terrace and take a spectacular view of Venice. See Piazza San Marco, the island of San Giorgio, the Campanile, and the Clock Tower spread out before you.

  • Entrance and reservation fees for the Doge’s Palace and the St. Mark’s Basilica + Rooftop
  • Local guide
  • Headsets
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Meet your guide in front of the Columns of San Marco, under the column of the Lion.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
  • Water
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • FFP2 mask

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • Visitors must cover their shoulders and knees to enter St. Mark's Basilica
Customer reviews

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4.8 /5

based on 73 reviews

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Great tour, our guide was perfect. Line to St Marks is hours long so the skip the line was awesome, and great to learn the history. We did the tour at 8:30am in October and I’d highly recommend as there was no one out at that time and many of our photos have no people in them!

October 25, 2022

Great entry level tour to help you get your head around the 100’s of years of history. Went on the 8:30 tour so Doge palace was pretty empty / quiet which was nice. Only criticism is the Doge palace aspect obviously can’t see everything but would have liked a little more time to appreciate the surroundings / chambers.

October 8, 2022

Can’t stress strong enough to pre book this tour and to chose an early morning slot as we were the first group into the Doge’s palace and an empty St Mark’s Square so taking photos was a delight. Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. On the whole I was happy with how the tour was pitched as there is lots and lots to learn about the different symbolism of the artworks and architecture.

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September 26, 2022

Product ID: 414963