Guided tour

Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with City Walking Tour

Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with City Walking Tour

From $116.11 per person

Explore the most important places in Venice on an immersive walking tour alongside an expert guide and skip the lines at the iconic Doge’s Palace and St. Mark's Basilica.

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Free cancellation
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Duration options: 3 - 5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese
Optional audio guide
English, German, Spanish, French
Private group available
Highlights
  • Marvel at the masterpieces of art in the beautiful Doge's Palace
  • Admire the impressive mosaics of pure gold inside St. Mark's Basilica
  • Go on a guided walking tour in the historical center of Venice
  • See the most iconic monuments and buildings around St. Mark's Square
  • Discover hidden gems and walk through picturesque squares and alleys
Full description
Discover the best of Venice on a walking tour with skip-the-line access to St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. See impressive monuments, marvel at magnificent interiors, and soak up the atmosphere of St. Mark’s square. 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. Admire the city's main monuments such as the Clock-Tower, Procuratie Vecchie, and the Bell Tower around St. Mark’s Square. Explore the elegant Castello residential area and stroll through the famous Mercerie, one of the city’s main shopping districts. Walk past the famous Santa Maria Formosa square, the house of Marco Polo, The Church of San Giovanni and Paolo, and the Rialto Bridge with its traditional market. Wander through small alleys and discover picturesque squares where Venetians gather to socialize. Find hidden gems and learn interesting facts about the places you visit.
Includes
  • Pala d'Oro, Doge's Palace, Saint Mark's Basilica guided tour
  • Access to Doge's Palace
  • Access to Chamber of the Great Council, Doge's Palace
  • Access to Bridge of Sighs
  • Access to Piombi Prisons
  • Access to Saint Mark's Basilica
  • Access to Pala d'Oro
  • Live tour guide
  • Access to Pozzi Prisons
  • Access to The Doge’s Apartments
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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    Meeting point

    Meet at the Yex Change office in St. Mark’s Square, under the arcades of the Clock Tower.

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Water

    Not allowed

    • Shorts
    • Baby strollers
    • 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

    4.6 /5

    based on 970 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.8/5
    • Value for money
      4.2/5
    • Service
      4.5/5
    • Organization
      4.4/5

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    Due guide davvero fantastiche! Sia la guida che ci ha accompagnato nel tour a piedi per la Piazza San Marco e le vie limitrofe, sia la successiva guida che ci ha portato all’interno del palazzo ducale e della basilica di San Marco. Davvero due persone molto competenti, alla mano, disponibili alle domande, ad ascoltare ed a dare consigli e suggerimenti utili! Spiegazioni esaustive e complete! Tour consigliato, soprattutto se fatto appena arrivati a Venezia, per avere un’idea generale della Città e raccogliere qualche consiglio su ciò che vi piacerebbe più vedere, anche le parti più nascoste e meno turistiche della Città.

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    April 21, 2018

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    Ottima guida e ottima esperienza.

    Un tuffo nel passato e nel presente di Venezia per niente banale grazie all'accompagnamento di due guide straordinarie. Tre ore e mezza intense e divertenti che ci hanno arricchito molto. Consigliato a tutti. Venezia è unica ed è impossibile conoscerla e capirla senza una guida adeguata. Un vero mondo a parte.

    September 11, 2016

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    Excellent, the guide was knowledgeable. It was worth the time.

    We arrived in Venice and we were only staying for a few days. We have found this service to be extremely helpful in maximizing our time in Europe. The tour in Venice was filled with a lot of information and I loved the personality of the tour guide.

    July 18, 2018

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    Product ID: 11344

    VA ID: 397197