Venice: Skip-the-Line Doge’s Palace and Basilica Tour

Venice: Skip-the-Line Doge’s Palace and Basilica Tour

From $95.96 per person

Immerse yourself in the history of Venice with an expert guide as you visit St. Mark's Basilica and skip the line when visiting the imposing Doge's Palace.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2 hours
Starting time 10:45 AM
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Live tour guide
English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
Wheelchair accessible
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Enjoy skip-the-line entry to Doge's Palace
  • Cross the famous Bridge of Sighs and reach the prison cell of Giacomo Casanova
  • Visit Saint Mark's Basilica first floor museum and see the famous horses
  • Admire Saint Mark's Square from the Basilica's terrace
Full description
Discover the magnificent buildings of Venice. Take a walk through the imposing Doge's Palace and explore the impressive basilica from the exterior Start at the Doge's Palace. For more than eight hundred years it has been the seat of the Doge and the Government of the Venetian Republic. Admire the halls of power in which a part of Europe's history was written during the Middle Ages, and learn all about the intrigues and lies told behind the walls of the palace. In the second part of the tour, visit the basilica. The church is an excellent example of the Byzantine style. Admire the golden mosaics that earned the basilica its nickname the "Golden Basilica", and learn all about the myriad of art treasures from the western and eastern worlds.
  • Fully qualified guide
  • Personal audio system and headset for tour commentary
  • Admission fees to the Doge’s Palace
  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Doge's Palace
  • Live tour commentary provided in English, Italian, German, French and Spanish
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips
  • Visit to Pala d'Oro during the afternoon tour
Covid-19 precautions

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

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Backpacks

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
  • For safety reasons, no backpacks are allowed inside
  • Children up to 5 years go free (document required). From the age of 6 they must pay the full ticket.
  • Shoulders and knees must be covered inside the church
  • The basilica is seen from the outside only
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 112 reviews

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Nice visit with a very friendly guide

Too bad we were unable to visit the basilica because there was a celebration that day. Visit postponed to the next day but we could not do it because day of our departure. But a small part of reimbursement was made so thank you for the gesture and thank you to get your guide which was related to my reimbursement request. Thanks to Sanaepour his speed in examining the reimbursement problem

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April 26, 2019

What a wonderful experience! The tour guide Natalia was wonderful. She shone with charm and honesty (she told us what interests her and not any year). And so it was. You got a multifaceted impression of the history of the city, the life and death in old Venice. Definitely recommendable. The general procedure: Photography in the Palazzo Ducale is allowed, but without a flash (so bring a bright lens). Backpacks are given directly in the courtyard of the palazzo, the tour guide takes care of it. Photography in the Basilica di San Marco is strictly forbidden (even if some Querolanten do it), backpacks must also be handed in. There is a depot nearby for this.

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August 18, 2018

Die gebuchte Tour musste auf Grund des Hochwassers in Venedig verschoben werden. Ich habe aber rechtzeitig per Mail eine Info bekommen und wir hatten zum Glück Spielraum um zu verschieben. Das klappte dann reibungslos. Jeder hatte ein Empfangsgerät mit Kopfhörer, so dass wir "coronafreundlich" nicht an den Guide ranrücken mussten. Ich konnte dadurch auch mal Fotos für mich machen und habe trotzdem verstanden, was gerade erklärt wurde. Die Tour war sehr interessant und lohnenswert. Dank der deutschen Führung gab es viele Informationen. Am Ende war die Zeit doch ein wenig knapp, so dass wir innerhalb der Seufzerbrücke und im Gefängsnisbereich nur noch schnell durchliefen. Den Verkaufsladen im Dogenpalast hätten wir auch gerne für 10 Minuten besucht, ging aber nicht, weil es dann schon in den Markusdom weiterging. Insgesamt aber trotzdem klasse und sehr zu empfehlen.

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October 12, 2020

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