Guided tour

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

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

Activity provider: Walks In Europe
Likely to sell out
Likely to sell out

From € 95 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.

About this activity

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

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 of 12 people or less, 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.

  • Small group or private tour for 3 hours for a personalized experience
  • Pre-reserved tickets for the Doge's Palace
  • Pre-reserved tickets for Basilica of St. Mark
  • Professional guide for local expertise
  • Transport to the meeting spot
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • If you book the "Private Tour with Flexible Hours," the local partner will contact you at a set time
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 110 reviews

Review summary

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Cristina is a very competent and charming guide. We are thrilled - how motivated she explained the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica to us and thus also gave an insight into the history and development of the city of Venice. Cristina was not a question too many and she could answer everything. Many thanks again to Cristina.

May 3, 2022

My daughter and I had a wonderful time with our guide Elizabeta (hopefully spelled correctly). She was very passionate about Venice and made the tour fun and interesting. She was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica, and even came to find us when we got lost on the way there. She was contentious about how we were doing and took a few small breaks so we were not standing for too long. Her presentation was easy to follow and not too formal, and she seemed to genuinely care about our experience.

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April 20, 2022

Absolutely exciting tour with a great tour guide. There were only four of us in our group and we were able to ask many questions. Without waiting we went to St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace with the Bridge of Sighs. The 3 hours were absolutely entertaining and could have lasted longer.

April 3, 2022

Product ID: 388071