Guided tour

Venice: Highlights Tour, St. Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace

Activity provider: Walks In Europe

Venice: Highlights Tour, St. Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace

Activity provider: Walks In Europe

From US$ 76.94 per person

Enjoy 3 hours in Venice led by a scholarly guide to see the city’s major highlights, Basilica of St. Mark, and the Doge’s Palace with pre-reserved tickets.

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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Live tour guide
German, English
Private group available


  • Join a 3 hour tour in Venice to see the Doge's Palace and the Basilica of San Marco
  • Enjoy pre-reserved tickets to make the most of your valuable time
  • Choose a group or private tour for a more personalized experience
  • Explore Venice and get insider knowledge on major monuments with a local guide
  • Leave your tour and guide with enough knowledge to be independent in Venice
Full description

Discover two of Venice's top highlights on this guided tour including tickets. Visit the Basilica of St. Mark and the Doge’s Palace and soak up the splendor of these iconic Venitian landmarks. Entry to the Correr Museum, National Archeological Museum, and Biblioteca Marciana is also included.

Meet your expert guide at St. Mark’s Square and start delving into the origins of Venice. See the most renowned public space in the city and find out its historical, social, and political importance. Learn about the Clock Tower and the Marble Lions. Continue to the Basilica of St.Mark and enter the cathedral with pre-reserved tickets. Savor its amazing sheer size and the fascinating golden mosaics. Learn about its opulent design and its status as a symbol of Venetian wealth and power. Bask in all the exotic elements of Venetian Renaissance Art. Listen to the story of the life-size horses of St Mark’s Basilica, and have all your questions answered. Follow your guide through Doge’s Palace at a relaxed pace. Acquaint yourself with the supreme authority and wealth of the ruling Venetian Doges in the palace’s Gothic architecture. Learn about the 14th-century sculptors that worked on the palace. Enjoy stunning views across the Lagoon as you explore this world-famous landmark.

Continue to the Old Prison that was part of the Doge’s Palace, learn why the New Prisons were built, and understand the significance of the Bridge of Sighs, another highlight of Venice. Listen to the extraordinary story of the famous Casanova and his life in Venice. Choose a small group with local tour guides to tell you the stories behind these top attractions. Meanwhile, pre-reserved, skip-the-line tickets potentially save you hours of waiting in line.

Your admission ticket also includes entry to the Correr Museum on St. Mark's Square. The building was originally designed as a residence for Napoleon, and later became the Venetian residence of the King of Italy. Entry to the National Archeological Museum and Biblioteca Marciana is also included.

  • Small group or private tour for 3 hours for a personalized experience
  • Pre-reserved tickets for the Doge's Palace
  • Pre-reserved tickets for the Basilica of St. Mark
  • Professional guide for local expertise
  • Entry to the Correr Museum, National Archeological Museum, and Biblioteca Marciana
  • Transportation to the meeting point
  • Guided tour of the Correr Museum, National Archeological Museum, and Biblioteca Marciana

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Meeting point

We meet at Saint Mark’s Square by the big column with the winged Lion at the waterfront. Your guide will have a signboard that says Walks In Europe

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • Acqua Alta (high tide) in Venice can cause delays in entering the Basilica
  • The religious authority may decide to suspend skip-the-line priority, particularly during October, November, and December
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 220 reviews

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This tour was well explained and really good for all age. The wonderful guide, I think her name is Edi Conson, she gave us wonderful history behind the Doge palace and the St.Mark's Basilica and explained the details of every art and beauty of the palace and Basilica. She made us very comfortable and step by step showed us the beauty of Venice! She also gave me tips of going to Burano that afternoon, which was beautiful! Thankyou so much!

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October 28, 2022

Chiara, our guide, was lovely and very knowledgable. She was able to answer all our questions and made the experience enjoyable. She also recommended us a restaurant which was the best meal we had in Venice. The only issue was a technical problem with the tickets, but Chiara still made sure we had a good time while she resolved the issue. Would definitely recommend

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October 17, 2022

Christina was a great guide who had a wealth of knowlwdye on Venice's history. We had all kids under 10 and she was very much interacting with them and very Kid friendly. The kids learned a lot from her. We thoroughly enjoyed our interaction with her. You must have her as your guide to truly understand Venetians history.

October 14, 2022

Product ID: 388071