Guided tour

Venice: Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour

Venice: Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour

From $92.68 per person

Enjoy fast access to the most emblematic monuments of Venice: the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. Marvel at the impressive halls in the palace, the golden mosaics in the basilica and visit the prison crossing the famous Bridge of Sighs.

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Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German, Spanish, French, Italian
Small group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Skip the lines to enter the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica without delay
  • Pass through impressive halls where the doges ruled the Most Serene Republic of Venice
  • Walk over the famous Bridge of Sighs
  • Admire the golden mosaics and other treasures of St. Mark’s Basilica
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For centuries, the destiny of the Most Serene Republic was decided in the majestic halls of the Doge’s Palace, where the Doge and his Council used to meet to rule the Republic. Walking through the magnificent halls and marvel at the well-conserved priceless treasures, art masterpieces, and frescos. Visit the prison, passing over the celebrated Bridge of Sighs, so called because prisoners often sighed while looking at their beloved lagoon and freedom for the last time before reaching their cells. Among the famous guests of the Doge’s Palace prisons was Giacomo Casanova, the celebrated seducer and adventurer who managed to escape from the prison in 1756. Next you’ll visit St. Mark’s Basilica, one of the world’s most stunning churches. As the name suggests, this cathedral is bound tightly to Venice’s patron, St. Mark, and the saint's remains are in fact here. Admire the breathtaking golden mosaics covering the high walls, which together with gold, silver, glass, and precious materials combine to create one of the major treasures of the Basilica. See the Pala d’Oro, an altarpiece made from hundreds of pieces of enamel on a golden leaf.
Includes
  • Skip-the-line entry to the Doge's Palace
  • Entrance ticket to the Museum and the Terrace of the Basilica
  • Admission tickets
  • Experienced tour guide
  • Headphones (to better hear the tour guide)
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
    • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts

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    Meeting point

    Under the arches beside the White Clock Tower with the big blue clock in St Mark's Square.

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    What to bring

    • Passport or ID card
    • Comfortable shoes

    Not allowed

    • Pets
    • Shorts
    • Luggage or large bags
    • Short skirts
    • Sleeveless shirts

    Know before you go

    • Please note that entrance to the Venice Museums is allowed only with the Green Pass and ID (except for minors under 12 years of age). Customers who cannot show a Green Pass and ID upon entry to the Doge's Palace and the Basilica will not receive a refund
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.6 /5

    based on 2308 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.7/5
    • Value for money
      4.1/5
    • Service
      4.5/5
    • Organization
      4.3/5

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    Great tour. Complete and with the chance to skip the line which, for the Basilica, was huge. The guide, Marco, was perfect. With a great sense of humor, spoke perfect English, talked all the time to explain everything but without being boring not even for a second. Perfect overall experience.

    September 6, 2021

    Booked the night before through the app, very well organized tour, we were a group of 6 people, we skipped the whole line, the Christian guide was very kind and professional, very well prepared, we visited the rooms of the ducal palace, the prisons, the basilica of s. Marco and the terrace. Beautiful tour, 2 hours that pass quickly full of interesting explanations. I highly recommend this tour. Thanks to the beautiful Venice and the getyouguide app that made us appreciate it beautifully. I will come back and do other guided tours.

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    July 26, 2021

    The Doges palace was larger and more impressive in real life than expected. St.Marks was closed on the ground floor due to flood damage from last November, but the interior could be viewed well from the upper balcony. The tour guide Monica was excellent, very clear, knowledgeable and considerate. It is worth booking a small tour to skip the ticket queues, as everyone still has to queue for security checks as well. We were also offered a free admission into a glass factory nearby at the end of the tour which was great.

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    August 31, 2020

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