Guided tour

All-Inclusive Tour: Doge Palace, St Mark's Basilica & Square

Activity provider: Venetoinside - Insidecom

All-Inclusive Tour: Doge Palace, St Mark's Basilica & Square

Activity provider: Venetoinside - Insidecom

From US$ 133.47 per person

Explore the most beautiful sights in Venice on a walking tour that includes Marco Polo’s House, the Piazza San Marco, and Santa Maria Formosa. Then visit the inside of the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica.

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Duration 4 hours
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Spanish, English, German, French


  • Discover where Marco Polo was born and raised
  • View art masterpieces at the Palazzo Ducale
  • Learn about the consequences of the Dukes' power at the Bridge of Sighs
  • Tour St. Mark's Basilica and see fabulous decorations of gold and marble
Full description
This walking tour will give you a comprehensive introduction to some of the most spectacular sights in the city, and includes a guided tour of both the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. Setting off from St. Mark’s Square, with views of the Grand Canal, you will head through the narrow streets, laced with lovely canals and crumbling, historic houses. Stop and pause at sights such as the Chiesa Santa Maria Formosa, where the Holy Virgin is alleged to have appeared disguised as a voluptuous woman. Visit the former home of one of the city’s most famous sons at Marco Polo’s House, and walk through the Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo, the second largest square in Venice. Return to San Marco through the Mercerie, and go inside the Palazzo Ducale, the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Walk through splendid rooms lined with masterpieces of art. Your guide will show you the halls of power and then take you to the Bridge of Sighs, where the harsh reality of that power will come to life. End your visit at St. Mark’s Basilica, one of the most majestic cathedrals in the world. View masterpieces of Byzantine art, savor the beauty of the cathedral’s gold mosaics and marble inlays, and admire fine examples of religious art in the Treasury.
  • Entrance fee to the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica
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    Meeting point

    Meet at the Turive kiosk, located behind the Correr Museum.

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    • The tour is not available on Sundays in some languages or during Catholic festivals.
    • The days for each language are as follows:
    • English – every day, except Catholic festivals
    • German – Monday and Friday
    • Spanish – Wednesday and Saturday
    • French – Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.5 /5

    based on 233 reviews

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    The tour was very worthwhile. During the tour at the beginning you learned a lot about the history of Venice, the construction of the buildings and other interesting things. The guided tours in the Doge's Palace with a walk over the Bridge of Sighs to the prison and in St. Mark's Basilica with the beautiful mosaic paintings were impressive. It was also great that we didn't have to queue. Our guide Max explained great. He took his time and we left overwhelmed and with our heads smoking.

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    May 12, 2022

    A quality visit with a guide (Gloria I think) remarkable! Absolutely mandatory visit if you do not want to miss many important details of the history of Venice. We start with a walk in the streets with exciting explanations. The same is true for the Basilica and the Doge's Palace. 4 hours of visit and no heavy or painful moment Exceptional really

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    April 30, 2022

    This was a great tour to get your feet wet and start to familiarize yourself with the city. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. I think there was a little confusion and disorganization right at the beginning because there were so many tours leaving from one place. But the tour itself was great!

    June 28, 2019

    Product ID: 11583