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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Duration 3 hours
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  • 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.

  • 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

Look for the 'Walks of Italy' 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 1022 reviews

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Booking advance was so easy and when we saw the queues on the day and subsequent days (Oct) we were very happy. It was easy to find the meeting point on the day and we reach had a wireless set and headphones, so we heard our guide without having to clamber around him. Excellent tour, knowledgeable guide and the English was really good. We may have paid a little more I dont know, but we got the best treatment and guide and why settle for less when for us it was a one time experience so we wanted the best

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October 7, 2022

Doce Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica are absolutely amazing and a must see tour for anyone coming to Venice regardless of how many days you are staying. Mose our tour guide was a very knowledgable man of many historical Venetian events. He was able to give information that was far beyond what we expected. His personality and humour came through in his information and all of the tour members appreciated his style. We have been to many Basilicas in Italy and we really enjoyed St. Mark’s Basilica. Over the centuries it took to build the Basilica and also keeping the continuity in tack is impressive. Also using the layered gold leaf in the glass mosaic tile is very creative and the result is glorious. Gold ceilings with stories imbedded in them. The Doce Palace was very regal. Each room we walked into took our breath away.All of it’s thick wooden engraved gold leaf frames around the paintings on the walls and ceilings showed the opulence of the day . Very impressive and stately.

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September 16, 2022

Nico, one of the best tour guides I have ever had, was so knowledgeable and passionate about what he does and explains in the most interesting and fascinating way. every details was exquisite, and we couldnt get enough of him! I am super thankful I booked this trip and had the chance to explore these monumental places with someone who knows them so well and even after he has guided this tour many many times - he makes it seem like like he is rediscovering these magical places with us all over again. we were privileged. Thank you Nicola

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September 15, 2022

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