Guided tour

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

Activity provider:Bucintoro Viaggi
Guided tour

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

Activity provider:Bucintoro Viaggi
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From US$ 89.95 per person

Likely to sell out

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


  • 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.

  • 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

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Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

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

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Loved it!!! Francesca our tour guide was very friendly, funny and personable. She offered very insightful information and answered any questions we had. The tour was well run, we didn’t have to line up to get into the palace or the basilica. The meeting point was clear and It was easy to exchange our ticket. Tour starts and finishes in close proximity. Would definitely recommend!

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May 30, 2023

Really enjoyed the tour with our guide, forgot her name though 😅 But she was really informative and fun!! She suggested that we start the tour at the Doge's Palace so we can see St. Marks Basilica with open lights which was way better to view the ceiling. This tour is highly recommended 👍

May 30, 2023

Our tour was basically the highlights of St Mark's Square, St Mark's Basilica, and Doge's Palace. The guide was super energetic and kept the commentary interesting. We skipped the line for everything. We ended in Doge's Palace, so you can go back to see anything you would like. Plus, your ticket allows you to enter the St Mark's Museums and it does not have to be on the day of your tour.

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May 27, 2023

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