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 $118.08 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.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration options: 3 - 5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese
Private or small groups available
  • 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.
  • Doge's Palace, Saint Mark's Basilica guided tour
  • Access to 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 St. Mark’s Museum
  • 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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Important information

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

4.5 / 5

based on 934 reviews

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Fantastic tour with so much information

What a great tour this is Our guide was so informative in fact I don't think she hardly stopped talking giving us interesting facts about sites we visited & the history of Venice Dogo's place is absolutely fascinating & Basilica is mesmerising Brief history around some of the streets of Venice just made the tour complete Make time to do this tour you won't be disappointed

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September 24, 2017

Excellent Overview Tour

Really good tour of the two main sites. We thought the pace was good, spoken english of the guide was excellent and she kept the group together well. It was a warm day (28c) when we visited last week and I thought that the 3.5/4 hours was just enough when started at 09:00. It was also very quiet in the Doge's Palace when we entered. That was a bonus! The Basilica was very busy but again, the guide marshalled the group well. Very happy with the value on this for two.

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June 12, 2017


Fantastic tour - apart from the end where we walked around the alter, there was only one person on the turnstile & a big traffic jam of people. The tours should have been allowed through & not have to line up with people validating/paying for tickets. Our guide was wonderful

May 21, 2017

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