Guided tour

Venice: Doge's Palace & Saint Mark's Small Group Tour

Venice: Doge's Palace & Saint Mark's Small Group Tour

From US$ 120.57 per person

Enjoy priority access to 2 important Venice landmarks on 1 tour! Visit Saint Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace in a small group with a knowledgeable guide. At the palace you’ll see the Bridge of Sighs, the gun room, the private apartments, and more.

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Duration 2 hours
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Small group
Limited to 6 participants


  • Enjoy privileged access to Saint Mark's Basilica and it terraces
  • Marvel at the Doge’s Palace, at one time the political center of Venice
  • See the private apartments in the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs
Full description
Skip the lines and visit Saint Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace on a 2.5-hour small group tour. This is an entertaining and educational way to learn about the history of Venice. You’ll have privileged access to the 2 main sites of this fascinating city, including the terraces of Saint Mark’s. The tour stars at Saint Mark's Square, where you’ll have a perfect view of spectacular Saint Mark’s Basilica. The basilica is connected to the Doge’s palace and was the Doge’s private chapel until the 19th century. With your priority access you’ll bypass the lines and enter the grand basilica that’scovered in golden mosaic. Saint Mark’s Basilica dates to the 9th century and has played a key role in the history of Venice. As you hear stories about the basilica you’ll come to know the history of the city. Explore the interior in a small group with your knowledgeable guide before proceeding to the terrace for spectacular panoramic views. Saint Mark’s Basilica may be the center of religious Venice, but when it comes to the city’s political center, then it’s the Doge’s Palace you want to see. You’ll have privileged access here also, skipping another potentially long line. For 7 centuries the palace housed the independent government of Venice, and its prisons and courts. Your guide will share some interesting stories as you walk through the Doge’s private, luxurious apartments and the Hall of the Great Council. Continue to explore the palace with a visit to the prison and to the gun room, with its impressive collection of weapons, and stop at the famed Bridge of Sighs.
  • Entry tickets
  • Reservation fees
  • Walking tour with guide
  • Administration fees
  • Transfers
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 15 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts
  • Masks are required while indoors
  • In addition to proof of vaccination, all participants who are over 18 years old must present a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, etc). Participants under 18 may also use a school photo ID. Participants under 12 must be accompanied by an adult who meets the above requirements. Participants who do not comply with these requirements will be denied entry or asked to leave the theater
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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Meeting point

Piazzetta di San Marco, in front of the column with the winged lion Your tour guide will be holding a LivItaly sign.

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Important information

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.
  • Be sure to bring proof of age/student status if you are purchasing a reduced-price ticket.
  • This is a small group tour with a maximum of 6 people, but it is not a private tour.
  • Dress code: Cover knees and shoulders (Only necessary for Saint Mark's Basilica).
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Sarah our guide was good excellent really knew her stuff - well worth the little extra

September 12, 2021

Francesca, pur Tour Guide was extremly competent and offerred us a richness of insights and explanations which made this private tour so great. She was very friendly and took care of our interests. And she did not work per the clock, She took the time we needed.

September 1, 2020

Excellent value! - The guide was very informative. Highly recommend!

October 6, 2019

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