Guided tour

Venice: Walking Tour, Doge Palace, & St. Mark's Basilica

Activity provider: Very Viva Venice Srl

Venice: Walking Tour, Doge Palace, & St. Mark's Basilica

Activity provider: Very Viva Venice Srl

From US$ 123.06 per person

Explore medieval Venice on this 3.5-hour tour of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. Marvel at the magnificent interiors of the buildings, and revel in the atmosphere of St. Mark’s square. Enjoy a walking tour to see significant Venetian monuments.

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Duration 3.5 - 4 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Live tour guide
English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Japanese
Private group available


  • Soak up the atmosphere of St. Mark's Square
  • Explore the Doge's Palace, including the prison cell of Giacomo Casanova
  • Marvel at the interior of St. Mark's Basilica
  • Enjoy a walking tour of St.Mark's Square and S. Maria Formosa, with its lively "Campo", one of the most popular squares in Venice
  • Walk through the famous Mercerie, Venice’s main shopping district
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Skip the long lines to enter 2 of the most popular and spectacular buildings in Venice, the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. Enjoy the ambiance of this charming part of Venice, and learn about its from your expert guide.

Start your tour at the Doge’s Palace, the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Here you will hear the history of how the Duke and his council made decisions that controlled the fate of this 1,000-year republic. 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, and experience the inside of the prison cell that once hosted Giacomo Casanova. After your guided exploration of the Doge’s Palace, you will be taken on a tour of the inside of St. Mark's Basilica. The Cathedral displays some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world, and is the only cathedral of its kind in Italy. Take in the beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Learn about the Basilica's history, and discover the Biblical symbolism behind the Cathedral’s art. Admire the Pala d’Oro, the high altar of the Basilica, decorated with thousands of gems and precious stones. During the walking tour you will see The Church and Campo of SS. Giovanni e Paolo - the "Pantheon” of Venice, the great charitable Scuola and the heroic deeds of the famed Captains of fortune; Marco Polo’s house and Teatro Malibran - where ancient and recent history meet in this wonderful corner of Venice.

  • Tour guide
  • Entry to the Doge's Palace
  • Entry to St. Mark's Basilica
  • Walking tour
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • 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
    • In addition to proof of vaccination, all participants who are over 18 years old must present a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, etc)

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    Important information

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    • Please be aware that due to security checks, you may have to queue to get inside the attractions
    • Groups up to 35 people
    • From November to March, tours can be bilingual
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    based on 872 reviews

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    It was an activity in Venice that consisted of 3 parts. A walking tour through Venice (starting point St. Mark's Square), a visit to the Doge's Palace and a visit to St. Mark's Basilica. We had excellent guides who spoke German very well and were very familiar with the (art) history of Venice and the current situation in Venice. I am always very curious and ask the “most impossible” questions. All could be answered to me. It was just a shame that we had to change our guide after the walking tour. Why only GYG knows, in any case we did not understand it. The size of our group was appropriate. The group was smallest on the walking tour, larger on the visits to the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Church, but it was still possible to see what the guide was pointing out without standing too far away.

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    December 22, 2019

    Cristina, our guide, very good. We took a walk through the city and he explained to us how Venice was created, its history, the customs of the locals, what daily life is like in Venice, the Palaces, the Squares, the infrastructures, the most significant monuments and answered any questions. Then the Basilica of San Marcos, the Doge's Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and the Prison. Spectacular places by themselves and very good explanations from Cristina, give meaning to everything you see. You get a very good idea of what Venice was like at that time and what day-to-day life is like in Venice today. Highly recommended.

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    November 3, 2019

    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

    Product ID: 11344