Venice Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica Skip-the-Line Tour

Venice Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica Skip-the-Line Tour

From $93.35 per person

Join this 2-hour walking tour that covers the most significant highlights of St. Mark’s Square, with skip-the-line entrance to the Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica.

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese
Wheelchair accessible
Private group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy priority entrance to the Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica
  • See the impressive halls of Sala del Maggior Consiglio
  • Walk over the Bridge of Sights
  • Admire the amazing Gold Mosaics and the gem-encrusted Pala d'Oro
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Covid-19 Update

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Meet your guide at St. Mark’s Square and head for Doge's Palace, the extraordinary palace that served as the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Enter the splendid rooms, hung with hundreds of painted masterpieces . Explore where the Duke and his Council controlled the fate of a 1,000-year republic. Travel back to the Middle Ages as you discover the rich details of the magnificent gold staircase, and relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the famous Bridge of Sighs. Enter the notorious Venetian prison, famous for hosting Giacomo Casanova and many others. Next, tour St Mark’s Basilica and enjoy a comprehensive guided tour of this masterpiece of Byzantine art, and savor beautiful gold mosaics and marble floor inlays. Admire the Pala d'Oro, an exquisite example of Byzantine art with thousands of gems and precious stones, and enjoy the art treasures in the Treasury, collected over many centuries.
Includes
  • Guided tour
  • Entrance ticket to Doge's Palace
    Covid-19 precautions
    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
    • All participants who are over 6 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

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      Not allowed

      • Shorts
      • Short skirts
      • Sleeveless shirts

      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
      • Tours will not enter the Basilica until further notice. Tours will visit the Terrace and the Museum instead.
      • Maximum 35 people on each tour
      • From November to March, tours can be bilingual
      Customer reviews

      Overall rating

      4.5 / 5

      based on 3910 reviews

      Review summary

      • Guide
        4.4/5
      • Value for money
        4/5
      • Service
        4.5/5
      • Organization
        4.2/5
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      Missed important sections as not wheelchair accessible

      Our guide was very knowledgeable and we thoroughly enjoyed listening to all the information she was giving us. However it says it’s wheelchair accessible- in a way it was but you had to split up from your tour group and go to different areas to get lifts so you missed chucks of the tour as your headset went out of range. Including the bridge of sighs

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      September 20, 2019

      The guide was friendly and informative. The tour took us through a great deal of Doge’s palace however there was little opportunity to explore inside the basicalla. We were walked round one path, being asked to stand for quite a while. It would have been nice to have seen more of it including accessing the outside area to see across the square,

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      September 8, 2019

      Good overview but hard to understand

      Maybe 15 people in this tour. Meeting place was fine, we all got receivers to hear the guide which was critical due to the crowds. Unfortunately the audio was not great and the guide was difficult to understand due to her heavy accent. She had good information to share however. It was good to skip entrance line and walk through the basilica to hear some details but it was crazy-crowded- tourists all packed in to the church.

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      July 26, 2019

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