Guided tour

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

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

Activity provider: Venice Events srl
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From US$ 93.91 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.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
German, English, French, Italian, Spanish
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Admire sweeping views Saint Mark's Square from the Basilica's terrace
  • 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
  • Avoid long waits with skip-the-line entry to the Doge's Palace
  • Learn about the intrigues and lies that make up the history of the palace
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.

Includes
  • Guide
  • Personal audio system
  • Headset for tour commentary
  • Entrance ticket to St. Mark's Basilica
  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket to Doge's Palace (including admission to Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana)
  • Live tour commentary
  • 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 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

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Meeting point

Meet at Calle larga de l’Ascension 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

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

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 195 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Service
    4.6/5
  • Organization
    4.3/5

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The skip-the-line ticket seems essential. Indeed, even in February (rather off-peak period), there was a long queue. Then, the visit may be quite quick and may be less interesting without any explanation. There are indeed a few legends in the Doge's Palace, but they remain succinct (one date only, for example). We enjoyed the visit to both sites as we rarely take a guide. The visit lasted about 2h30 and the ticket gives free access to the city museum and the library (on the same day). I therefore recommend the visit despite its rather high price. PS: our guide was very available and spoke French very well

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February 21, 2022

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

Product ID: 69745