Guided tour

Venice: Doge Palace & St Mark's Basilica Skip-the-Line Tour

Activity provider: VENICE TOURS S.R.L.

Venice: Doge Palace & St Mark's Basilica Skip-the-Line Tour

Activity provider: VENICE TOURS S.R.L.
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Take an unforgettable tour to enjoy Venice in all its beauty. Participate in a shared or private 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

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Duration 2 - 2.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Spanish, French, English, German, Italian
Private or small groups available


  • 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
  • Compare modern Venice to historical views with the fascinating 2D map inside the app
Full description

Enjoy a guided tour in Palazzo Ducale and discover its splendid rooms and its hundreds of masterpieces. Explore the halls 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 and head to the Basilica of Saint Mark, adorned in magnificent pure gold mosaics. Admire the breathtaking view of St. Mark's square, the heart of Venice, from the Basilica's terrace. Learn about the history of the artworks decorating the church. Witness, and even assist, a glass demonstration in an ancient furnace near Saint Mark's Square.

See the best of Venice, day or night, on a self-guided tour of the San Marco and Rialto areas. This mobile app includes a map that guides you through the city. Listen to the 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 Accademia Bridge.

Don't forget to check the 2D map to see how different Venice looked in the past. The map includes historical views of what Venice would have looked like between 1100 and 1700.

  • Skip-the-line guided tour of Doge's Palace and Basilica of San Marco
  • Private skip-the-line entry to Doge's Palace and Basilica of San Marco (if option selected)
  • Access to the terrace of the Basilica and St. Mark's Museum
  • Access to the Bridge of Sighs and Piombi Prisons
  • Audio-receivers for groups of 10
  • Mobile app with commentary for a self-guided tour of Rialto & San Marco square
  • 2D map within the app featuring historical views and a 360 panoramic video of the city from the Middle Ages to the 1700s
  • Hotel pick-up
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

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

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones

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Meeting point

The office is close to San Marco Square. Having the Basilica of San Marco behind you, stay on the right side of the square and go under the arches. Find Olivetti Museum, turn right passing under the archways, cross the little bridge and go straight on to “Campo San Gallo”, Venice Tours Office is in the square, San Marco 1093/B.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

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

Know before you go

  • On Sundays, festive days, and unscheduled religious celebrations, the visit is scheduled with direct access to the terrace and St. Mark's Museum on the first floor from where the mosaics can be seen partially
  • The local partner's staff will help you download the mobile app
  • You can download the app via free WiFi at the partner's meeting point
  • You can use the mobile app anytime by night and by day however many times you want
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 329 reviews

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Bit of disorganization at the start, we waited a while for the English guide (she was excellent btw) so actual tour started 30 minutes after the scheduled hour. Was told (via email exchange with the tour operator) that the tour would begin on the basilica and then move to doge palace but was the other way around. Keep that in mind if you wish to extend your visit at doge since once you leave you can't return.

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September 9, 2022

AMAZING!!! worth every penny! We had a little trouble finding our guide as the meeting point was different from what the paperwork said but after a few minutes we were taken to our guide as other staff around were very helpful. Elena our guide was top notch!! She made it so fun, was so knowledgeable, and enjoyable to be with while she lead us around. I would recommend this company and tour to everyone!

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August 11, 2022

Venice tours was very accommodating, after our flight was delayed and we requested to reschedule. Our guide, Elena could not have been sweeter. She provided her number and waited for us to arrive while we were running late to the new reservation. She came to meet us at the location with the tickets. Elena was extremely personable, and tailored the tour to meet our needs. Her wealth of knowledge and passion for her work was evident. She engaged everyone in our family, while including her own personal Venetian background throughout tour. I would highly recommend this experience and request Elena as your guide.

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July 4, 2022

Product ID: 169822