Guided tour

Venice: Skip-the-Line Golden Basilica Tour

Venice: Skip-the-Line Golden Basilica Tour

Activity provider: VENICE TOURS S.R.L.
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From US$ 41.74 per person

Skip the line and enjoy a guided visit of the five-dome cathedral, the Saint Mark’s Basilica. Full of gold and art-masterpieces, it is in the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1986.

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Duration 1 hour
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Spanish, French, Italian, German, English
Private or small groups available


  • Discover the Basilica and its precious golden treasures
  • Be guided to Saint Mark’s Treasury
  • Skip all the long lines the Cathedral
  • See Saint Mark's Square from the imposing terrace
  • Sit in the middle of the church– an exclusive feature of this tour
  • Customize your walking tour in Venice
Full description

Take a fascinating guided tour through the Golden Basilica of Saint Mark, with its famous golden mosaics. Skip the line and enter the majestic church with an expert guide who will narrate the history of this byzantine artwork and its meaning. You will be stunned in front of the five domes decorated by renowned artists. Discover the Saint Mark Treasury, a magnificent collection of relics and precious items collected along the centuries. Also, from the terraces, enjoy the view of St. Mark's Square, the heart of Venice, and the quadriga of St. Mark. After that, you can join a free and optional tour to visit a glass factory. Then, use the mobile app to discover the 5 districts of Venice with their best attractions and squares. Listen to the audio narration of the city’s highlights, with more than 120 points of interest including the glorious La Fenice Theater, Rialto Bridge, the Jewish Ghetto, the Arsenale, the majestic Accademia Bridge, and much more.

  • Shared guided tour with commentary by a qualified and experienced guide
  • Skip-the-line ticket to the Basilica and 1-hour inside the Basilica
  • Private skip-the-line to Saint Mark's Basilica (if option chosen)
  • Visit to the terrace and the Saint Mark Museum
  • Audio-receiver devices for groups with more than 10 people
  • Glass craftsman tour close to Saint Mark’s Square
  • Mobile app with commentary for a self-guided tour of the 5 districts of Venice
  • Pickup at your accommodation
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
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
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • 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

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Unfortunately, this tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities
  • For the visit of the Basilica suitable clothing is required (no shorts)
  • Due to security reason, it's not permitted to enter the Basilica with luggage or big bags
  • On Sundays, the visit takes place from the top of the Basilica due to the Holy Mass
  • You should receive, by email, the QR code and instructions to the active mobile app by 10:00 AM the day after booking. You will be able to contact our local partners for assistance
  • The app won’t use up any data connection after the installation as it runs on GPS only
  • The visit is always monolingual
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 165 reviews

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We had a nice afternoon in Venice. Unfortunately the skip the line line for the San Marco was so long that it was pointless to stand in it. Our guide Lorenzo told a lot about Venice, the history of the city and San Marco from the outside. We went to another church, the San Zaccheria, where a real Bellini hangs. Magnificent! We got the tickets for the San Marco and went inside ourselves later at a quieter moment.

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August 11, 2021

Nothing to say about the guide, very prepared and helpful, but not about the organizer. The guided tour was scheduled for 12 noon on Sunday, it is a pity that at that time the Basilica cannot be visited as it is the opening hours. so I paid Eu 32 to see nothing, just the museum and the terrace of the Basilica that overlooks Piazza San Marco. So it would be the case that the site does not propose times in which you can not 'make the visit, too bad that apart from 12 the site did not propose anything else. Being scammed like this is never nice. so very very negative, and I'm sorry because I have made many visits with get your guide even outside Italy but this time I was very disappointed

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June 22, 2021

A very interesting visit in French, with the illuminated basilica, private access to the center of the basilica and suddenly the possibility of admiring the ceilings for longer, be careful when you book, the basilica is only lit for one hour a day and its makes all the difference ... A jewel, too bad photos are prohibited, it is a must.

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February 24, 2020

Product ID: 184370