Guided tour

Venice: Skip-the-Line Doge’s Palace and Basilica Tour

Venice: Skip-the-Line Doge’s Palace and Basilica Tour

From US$ 94.43 per person

Immerse yourself in the history of Venice with an expert guide as you visit St. Mark's Basilica and skip the line when visiting the imposing Doge's Palace.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Italian, French, German, Spanish
Wheelchair accessible


  • Enjoy skip-the-line entry
  • Cross the famous Bridge of Sighs and reach the prison cell of Giacomo Casanova
  • Visit Saint Mark's Basilica first floor museum and see the famous horses
  • Admire Saint Mark's Square from the Basilica's terrace
Full description

Discover the magnificent buildings of Venice. Take a walk through the imposing Doge's Palace and explore the impressive Basilica.

Start at the Doge's Palace. For more than 800 years it has been the seat of the Doge and the Government of the Venetian Republic. Admire the halls of power in which a part of Europe's history was written during the Middle Ages.

Learn all about the intrigues and lies told behind the walls of the palace. In the second part of the tour, visit the basilica. The church is an excellent example of the Byzantine style.

Admire the golden mosaics that earned the basilica its nickname the "Golden Basilica", and learn all about the myriad of art treasures from the western and eastern worlds.

At the end of the tour, keep your Doge's Palace ticket to visit the Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana in Saint Mark's square at your own pace.

  • Fully qualified guide
  • Personal audio system and headset for tour commentary
  • Admission fees
  • Skip-the-line entrance
  • Live tour commentary provided in English, Italian, German, French and Spanish
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips
  • Visit to Pala d'Oro
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
  • 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
  • All participants who are 12 years and older must present a Reinforced Green Pass that is valid in the EU and has a verifiable QR code. Reinforced Green Passes can only be obtained by uploading either proof of full vaccination or proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months to either the Green Pass or Covid Certificate app
  • All participants over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 22 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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Meeting point

Meet 15 minutes early at Calle larga de l’Ascension 1256 - 30124 next to the post office San Marco (opposite side of the Saint Marks Basilica). Look for the yellow Meeting Point sign on the wooden kiosk.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Backpacks
  • Pets
  • Baby strollers

Know before you go

  • Until further notice, entrance inside St. Mark’s Basilica is not possible due to ongoing restoration work. Tours will visit the basilica's Terrace and its Museum instead
  • For safety reasons, no backpacks are allowed inside
  • Children up to 5 years go free (document required). From the age of 6 they must pay the full ticket.
  • Shoulders and knees must be covered inside the church
  • The basilica is seen from the outside only
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 167 reviews

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I can only judge the visit to the Doge's Palace as the one to the Basilica unfortunately had been moved in the afternoon and I could not participate (among other things, they have already reimbursed me, super !!!). The visit to the Doge's Palace was very pleasant and interesting and the guide (Massimo) was very prepared and available to our questions. The part of the prisons is unforgettable.

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November 13, 2021

The tour of the Doge's Palace is very nice. Not very detailed but I understand that there are so many things to see and already in this way the tour has an “important” duration. A few more details in the basilica of San Marco would have been appreciated. My overall rating is still very good. Recommended

June 26, 2021

The anticipation was already very high, attentive staff welcomed us. The tour in the Doge's Palace was extremely skillful - an excellent guide who sprayed a lot of good information with charm - the Doge's Palace - simply great Then it went to St. Mark's Basilica - here the joy of the tour continued. Just the eye was amazed, then the excellent information on details, the story - I can only praise it. For me and my husband I can only say that a good tour enriches your days in Venice. thanks

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February 16, 2020

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