Guided tour

Venice: St. Mark’s Basilica with Terrace & Doge’s Palace

Activity provider: Walks of Italy

Venice: St. Mark’s Basilica with Terrace & Doge’s Palace

Activity provider: Walks of Italy
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See St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace on a guided tour of Venice. With your guide, learn the history of the Venetian Republic and witness Renaissance masterpieces as you explore.

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English

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Experience

Highlights
  • Learn about the doges of the Venetian Empire in the Doge's Palace
  • Walk across the Bridge of Sighs from the inside
  • See more than 4,000 square meters of stunning mosaics
  • Admire frescoes by Veronese and Tintoretto
  • Learn about some of the famous prisoners of the Doge's Palace
Full description

Immerse yourself in the history of Venice on a tour of the once-great maritime empire. Explore 2 of the floating city’s most important buildings: St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge's Palace.

Meet your guide in St. Mark’s Square, and step inside St. Mark’s Basilica. Get an in-depth look at how Venice built a mercantile empire that once spanned the entire Mediterranean.

Marvel at the priceless treasures within and enjoy special access to the 1st-floor terrace, where you can see the famous horses stolen from Constantinople during the 4th Crusade.

Skip the lines to the Doge’s Palace, and explore the political heart of the Venetian Empire. Admire the opulent apartments and Hall of the Great Council where laws were made under the stunning frescoes by Veronese and Tintoretto.

Tour the armory and prisons to learn how grim life was for anyone unlucky enough to be taken prisoner. Discover the secret behind the mysterious black veil and walk across the Bridge of Sighs.

Includes
  • Entrance to St. Mark's Basilica
  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Doge's Palace
  • Special access to the terraces in St. Mark's Basilica
  • Headsets (when needed)
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
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

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Meeting point

Meet your guide just outside the entrance of the Correr Museum on Piazza San Marco, 30124. On St. Mark's square at the opposite side of the Basilica you will find the Correr Museum entrance underneath the portico.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • 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
  • The tour cannot accommodate those in wheelchairs as the terrace of St. Mark's Basilica and the prisons and armory of the Doge's Palace are not wheelchair-accessible
  • St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace can be subject to unforeseen closures due to liturgical celebrations. In the event the venue is closed, you will be given explanations from the outside
  • Please remember that the Basilica is a holy place and attire must be appropriate: both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees
  • Backpacks are prohibited inside St. Mark's Basilica
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 947 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Service
    4.7/5
  • Organization
    4.7/5

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We really enjoyed this tour. Very easy to locate and they provided a headset to amplify the guide’s voice, which was great. Good pace and just enough detail to keep it interesting, yet not so drawn out that our teens lost interest. Our guide Roberta was very personable and informative.

July 29, 2022

If in Venice seeing the Basilica and Doge's Palace is a must. Both beautiful sites full of art and history. Because the admission to the Basilica is a limited amount of people per day, booking a tour is highly recommended. We didn't have to wait in line, and were able to see and enjoy both places.

July 5, 2022

St Marks Basilica was unfortunately restricted due to the floods in past years however the main part of our trip was to Dolges palace which did not disappoint. My mother is 79 and was able to use an elevator in the palace to get to the top floor and bridge of sighs. Our tour guide could not do enough for us and was really good at commenting on all of the local history and culture.

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June 29, 2022

Product ID: 56650