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

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

From $88.98 per person

Visit St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge's Palace on a 3-hour guided tour. Choose from a shared or private experience. Includes the terrace at St. Mark's, the Bridge of Sighs and New Prisons.

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2 - 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French, German, Italian
Private or small groups available

The Original experience

  • 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
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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.  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
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • We’re enforcing extra health and safety measures for GetYourGuide Originals
    • 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
    • All participants who are over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 15 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts

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      Not allowed

      • Luggage or large bags
      • Backpacks

      Know before you go

      • Shared group and private options do not always offer the same languages. Please check all languages of interest to find your preferred option type.
      • You are welcome to explore the Doge's Palace at leisure after the guided tour
      • 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

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      4.8 /5

      based on 863 reviews

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      Very well organized. Guide (Chiara) very good and lead the group in a good pace. She explained many details, was patient, spoke very good english and patient. The tour is great and worth. It was my second time in Venice and this tour gives a good idea of the power and history of the city.

      July 25, 2021

      Worth the experience, the guide was very knowledgable, good english and the earphones helped to hear clearly. Be at the meeting point on time. The Basilica access does not offer skip queue option for anyone, thus requires waiting in the queue. The guide continues to explain even during the Basilica queue. The Doge Palace has the skip queue option.

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      July 20, 2021

      detailed tour of the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica; very friendly tour guide who patiently answered all questions. It would be better to explain two pictures less in detail and allow 5 minutes more for the prison cells and the Bridge of Sighs. It was annoying that I had asked by phone before booking whether you can actually leave the Doge's Palace and come back later with the ticket, which was answered in the affirmative, but turned out to be wrong. But the tour guide cannot do anything about that.

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      July 11, 2021

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