Guided tour

Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Skip-the-Line Tour

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Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Skip-the-Line Tour

From $92.63 per person

While in Venice you must visit the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. With this tour, skip the long lines and enjoy a guided tour of these two famous landmarks.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3 hours
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Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Visit St. Mark's Basilica with the terrace and Doge's Palace
  • Save yourself time with skip-the-line tickets
  • Learn about the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica from your expert guide
  • See famous works of art, the Bridge of Sighs, the canals, and prisons
Full description
Gather around the entrance of the Doge's Palace with the other participants of this small-group tour and meet the guide. Skip the long line and visit the Basilica. You will go up to a panoramic terrace where you will have a look at the square 'Piazza San Marco' from above. The guide will then lead you to the mosaics and the famous Horses of Saint Mark. In the Doge's Palace, you will also talk about the most famous works of painters such as Tintoretto and Tiziano. You will pass on the Bridge of Sighs, to take a picture of the canals. Before ending the Tour, you will also visit the prisons. During this experience, the guide will talk about the Doge, the Council of the Ten and the Serenissima Republic of Venice.
  • Licensed guide
  • St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace skip-the-line ticket
  • Hotel pick up and drop-off
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • Masks are required while indoors
  • You must present physical or digital proof that you've been fully vaccinated with a FDA or WHO-approved vaccine administered at least 14 days before the performance date. Children under 12 years old and people with medical conditions or closely held religious beliefs that prevent vaccination must provide either a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the performance starts or a negative Covid-19 antigen test taken no more than 6 hours before the performance starts
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present proof that they have received at least one dose of a FDA or WHO-approved Covid-19 vaccine. Proof of vaccination may include the NYC COVID Safe App, Excelsior Pass, CDC Vaccination Card (or photo), NYC Vaccination Record, or official immunization record from outside NYC or the US

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Meeting point

The guide will wait for you in front of the entrance of the Doge's Palace

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Backpacks

Know before you go

  • A precise dress code for the Basilica entrance must be followed: shoulders, knees, and thighs need to be covered, so please avoid short dresses, tank tops, shorts, and hats (for men). Entrance is also prohibited with large bags, animals, weapons, lighters, and scissors.
  • This tour runs rain or shine.
  •  St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace can be closed to the public during high tides; in this case, you will be contacted and provide an alternative.
  • Underage customers must be accompanied by an adult.
  • St.Mark's Basilica can be subject to closures for liturgical celebrations; in this case, the explanation will be done outside.
  • This tour runs with a minimum of 2 participants.
  • We kindly inform you that the Skip the line service for St. Mark's basilica during certain periods of the year is not available
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 25 reviews

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We congratulate our guide Angela, who accompanied us for 3 hours, telling us the history of Venice through the halls of the majestic Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. A visit on weekdays is highly recommended to fully enjoy the wonders of the city. The view from the bridge of sighs is beautiful and unusual. The view from the terraces overlooking the Piazza di San Marco is wonderful.

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June 26, 2021

Thanks to the guide, I learned a lot about Venice and found myself in the old political center of this city! if I had looked at the rooms without a tour, I would have walked past many details and would not have noticed a lot. For example, the artwork of the inmates.

June 4, 2021

Lara was super great and the tour was amazing!

August 12, 2021

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