Venice: Tour of Doge Palace & St Mark's Basilica

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Venice: Tour of Doge Palace & St Mark's Basilica

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Take an unforgettable tour to enjoy Venice in all its beauty. Participate in a guided tour of the Doge’s Palace and Golden Basilica and then visit Rialto and San Marco areas at your own leisure.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 2 hours
Starting time 10:45 AM
Skip the ticket line
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Live tour guide
English, German, Spanish, Italian, French


  • Skip the line to the Basilica and Doge Palace with your tour guide
  • Admire the marvelous Basilica with its golden mosaics
  • Discover the magnificent halls of power of the Doge's Palace
  • Create your own customized route to take in the Saint Mark and Rialto areas
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Covid-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

Enjoy a guided tour in Palazzo Ducale and discover its splendid rooms, immersed in hundreds of masterpieces. Explore the halls of power where the Doge ruled the ancient Republic of Venice. Cross the Bridge of Sighs to reach the cold Prisons Palace, where many important figures were imprisoned, including Casanova. Visit the museum in Saint Mark’s square at your own leisure. Head to the Basilica of Saint Mark, known also as the Golden Basilica, thanks to its magnificent mosaics adorned with pure gold. Learn about the history and meaning of the many artworks decorating the church. Witness, and even assist in, a glass demonstration in an ancient furnace near Saint Mark's Square. A glass craftsman will create a unique item in front of your eyes. See the best of Venice, day or night, on a self-guided tour of San Marco and Rialto areas. This mobile app includes a map which guides you through the city, letting you decide what to see. Listen to the automatic audio narration of the city’s highlights. Take in 31 attractions on the route, including the glorious La Fenice theater, Rialto Bridge with its local markets and the majestic Accademia Bridge. Enjoy commentary on the audio guide that takes you through the thousand-year-old history of St. Mark’s Square.
  • Skip the line guided tour of Doge's Palace and Basilica of San Marco
  • Audio-receivers for groups of 10
  • Mobile app with commentary for self-guided tour of Rialto & San Marco square
  • Hotel pick-up
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers must bring their own headphones
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

St Mark's Square, the white building with the blue clock facade. The assistant will wait for you for with a signboard saying "TOUR". Customers are advised not to go to the Bell Tower.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • On Sundays, the visit to the Basilica will be done from the terrace (due to Mass). The Pala D'Oro is not included
  • You will receive an e-mail with the QR and instructions to active the Rialto & San Marco self-guided tour
  • You can use the mobile app anytime by night and by day however many times you want
  • For security reasons suitcases, backpacks or large bags are not allowed inside the Basilica and inside the Doges’ Palace, so a free storage service is provided
  • The app won’t use up any data connection as it runs on GPS only
  • You have to download the app on your mobile phone
  • Unfortunately this tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities
  • You will receive the app by e-mail, no later than 10:00 AM on the day after your reservation, otherwise, you can come to Venice tours office (San Marco 1130) for assistance and download the mobile app
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 41 reviews

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We missed our train on the original day. They were very helpful and we were able to do the tour the next day. I truly enjoy the tour, there were many people there, but our group was small, so I felt like we got to see everything I wanted to see.

March 26, 2019

Spannende Tour mit leidenschaftlichem Guide

Wir haben mit unserem deutschsprachigem Guide Natalie eine sehr interessante Reise durch den Dogenpalast und den Markusdom unternommen. Die wichtigsten Fakten und Anekdoten zu Palast und Dom hat sie in unserer Gruppe mit etwa 20 Personen sehr leidenschaftlich und mit dem Blick für das Besondere übermittelt. Die technische Ausstattung per Headset war notwendig und angemessen (Funkreichweite könnte etwas erhöht werden). Alles in allem sehr empfehlenswert!

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May 26, 2019


to avoid

We had to come back to re-visit the doges and the basilica. The guide although courteous made us visit for the doges and the basil not even half of the sites. We took for the review the audioguide is well to visit everything and in addition it is very clear. I strongly advise against this guided tour which is absolutely not worth the price we paid. Go directly to visit with audioguide.

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May 7, 2019

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