Guided tour

Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access Tour

Activity provider: Bucintoro Viaggi

Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access Tour

Activity provider: Bucintoro Viaggi
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Visit St Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace on a group or private guided tour. See the Bridge of Sighs and New Prisons and, if the basilica is closed, the San Zaccaria Church or the Correr Museum.

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Duration 2 - 3 hours
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Live tour guide
French, English, German, Italian, Spanish
Private or small groups available

The Original experience

Highlights
  • Immerse yourself in the history of the Floating City with the help of your expert local guide
  • Miss the hordes with priority entrance for the Doge’s Palace
  • Choose from a private or shared group experience
  • See Venice’s Lagoon from the usually off-limits terrace at St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Hear anecdotes about how and why Venice was built on a lagoon in the 5th century and other fascinating facts
Full description

Delve deep into Venice’s history with a 3-hour guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge's Palace, either as a private tour or shared group experience. Take in two of the city’s most important landmarks while discovering the history of the one-time mercantile capital of the Mediterranean.  Start by exploring St. Mark's Square with your guide before heading into the cathedral. From the first-floor terrace you’ll be able to admire views across the lagoon and see the famous bronze horses up close. Hear how they traveled all the way to Paris and back in Napoleon’s time.

St. Mark's Basilica sometimes closes to visitors without warning. If this happens, visit the Church of San Zaccaria or the Correr Museum instead, depending on availability. Take a tour of the beautifully ornate 15th-century church and its flooded crypt or learn about the art and history of Venice. Next, you’ll use the priority entrance to reach Doge's Palace, formerly the residence of the leader of the Republic of Venice. Enjoy visiting the Chamber of the Great Council and courtrooms among other things. Highlights include frescoes by Tintoretto and the Giants’ Staircase.  After this, cross the infamous Bridge of Sighs that links to the New Prisons. Learn how the bridge got its name and the purpose for its construction in the 17th century as you take in the amazing views of the canals. At the end of your tour, feel free to stay and explore the Doge’s Palace with tips from your guide.

Includes
  • Guided tour with expert guide
  • Priority entrance to the Doge's Palace
  • St. Mark's Basilica first floor and terrace access ticket
  • Church of San Zaccaria and its crypt entry or Correr Museum entry (if St. Mark's Basilica is closed)
    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

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Passport or ID card

    Not allowed

    • Luggage or large bags
    • Backpacks

    Know before you go

    • People with mobility impairments should be aware that the stairs to the upper part of the Basilica (Museum and Terrace) are steep and at times uneven
    • Shared group and private options do not always offer the same languages. Please check all languages of interest to find your preferred option type
    • St. Mark's Basilica is sometimes closed to visitors at short notice. If this is the case, you will visit the 15th-century Church of San Zaccaria and its crypt or the Correr Museum to learn about the art and history of Venice
    • You are welcome to explore the Doge's Palace at leisure after the guided tour
    • The Doge's Palace is asking visitors over 13 years old to show their passport/ID
    • As St. Mark’s Basilica is a holy place, people are asked to wear clothing that covers the shoulders and knees
    • Backpacks or large bags are not allowed inside St. Mark's Basilica
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 3695 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.9/5
    • Value for money
      4.4/5
    • Service
      4.7/5
    • Organization
      4.5/5

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    The guide was wonderful: she has a really good balance of information, humour and professionalism. We are grateful for the administrator at the booth for sorting my tickets which were inaccurate- and I spent more than two hours on the home trying to get the correct vouchers for the next day organised- I don’t k KA if it was yours or my fault but it was so bbious we had paid to visit on the same day but they came for different days??!!.

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    September 23, 2022

    My husband and I had an amazing time on this tour thanks to our guide, Federica. She was so welcoming and even taught us some Italian :). With her expert knowledge of the history of the beautiful Basilica and the Doge's Palace, she took the time to point out little details and why things were done the way that they were. Truly, Federica made this experience so interesting. Thank you also for providing headsets so that we could hear her over all the rest of the crowds. Overall, would definitely recommend!

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    September 22, 2022

    Federica was amazing! We learned so much from her and she made sure that each and every one of us was able to experience everything before we moved on to something else. Federica is extremely knowledgeable and professional while also making us laugh all the time. She even made sure to get photos of each family in our group at the top of the Basilica. We HIGHLY recommend her and this tour. The architecture was breathtaking and the history behind it all is so fascinating. 10/10.

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    September 16, 2022

    Product ID: 234117