Guided tour

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

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

From US$ 94.88 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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Duration 2.5 hours
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French, English, Spanish, German

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
Full description

See the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica, two of the most iconic sites in Venice, on a guided tour.

For centuries, the destiny of the Most Serene Republic was decided in the majestic halls of the Doge’s Palace. Walk 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, head to 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, and 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
  • Guide
  • Headphones (to hear the tour guide better)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Meet by Calle Larga Ascensione, in front of the post office next to St. Mark's Square. Go to the wooden stand with the yellow sign that reads "Meeting Point".

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Important information

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

  • No refunds will be issued for latecomers or no-shows.
  • The tour will be provided rain or shine, in the event of exceptional high tide it might be cancelled and refund will be provided
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 3005 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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A must see with a guide to understand these 2 magical places in Venice. For the meeting point go to St Mark's Square and go opposite the Basilica and pass under the arches of the Correr Museum. The meeting point is near the kiosk and the post office on Calle larga de l'Ascension. Do you have a security gate m. It accepts small bags. You can deposit your backpacks in a specific place inside. I don't know if it's supervised there. Good visit

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September 26, 2022

Visit of the cathedral very good but too fast, no time to linger to see the many details in this place. Very interesting guide giving a lot of detail. The Doge's Palace is also quickly dealt with a multitude of information given by the guide but impossible to linger a little to appreciate the details

September 23, 2022

The palace and basilica are gorgeous and well worth exploring. And the tour operators, Gray Line Venice, were very helpful when our train was late and we were 5 minutes late for the tour. They quickly gave us the audio equipment and personally rushed along beside us to guide us to our tour group before they went inside the palace. They helped turn a potentially disappointing experience into a pleasant and memorable one instead, and we were very relieved and grateful. The guide was also quite friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Though the tour is expensive, I would certainly recommend this company!

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September 7, 2022

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