Guided tour

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

Activity provider: Very Viva Venice Srl
Guided tour

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

Activity provider: Very Viva Venice Srl

From US$ 102.37 per person

Join this 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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Duration 2.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese
Private or small groups available


  • 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
  • See the Museum and the Terrace of the Basilica of St.Mark's
Full description

Set off on a guided walking tour of St. Mark’s Square, the Doge's Palace, and St Mark's Basilica with skip-the-line entry.

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, with hundreds of painted masterpieces.

Explore where the Duke and his Council controlled the fate of a 1,000-year republic and admire the details of the medieval gold staircase. See the famous Bridge of Sighs. Enter the notorious Venetian prison that held Giacomo Casanova.

Visit St Mark’s Basilica and enjoy a guided tour of this Byzantine masterpiece, with its beautiful gold mosaics and marble floor inlays. See the treasure and the terrace of the Basilica of St.Mark's

  • Guided tour
  • Entrance ticket to Doge's Palace
  • Entrance to the St.Mark's Basilica with access to the museum and terrace

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    Meeting point

    Please meet next to Piazza San Marco in Calle dell'Asciensione, between Museo Correr and the Post Office.

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    Important information

    Not allowed

    • Shorts
    • Short skirts
    • Sleeveless shirts

    Know before you go

    • The tour will enter inside St. Mark’s Basilica. Tours will also visit the basilica's Terrace and its Museum
    • A maximum of 20 people are permitted on each tour
    • From November to March, tours can be bilingual
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.5 /5

    based on 4309 reviews

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    Excellent tour and glad we were able to skip the line as we were there during Carnival and it was very crowded. Not sure this is necessary if the crowds are down but having an English speaking tour guide that knows so much about the art work and history was invaluable.

    February 25, 2023

    The tour was very interesting and good value, thus the four stars. However, the joining instructions could have been clearer as we turned up the meeting point well in advance but only realised just minutes the tour was about to start and no-one had appeared to check us in (as had been the case for our waling tour the day before) that the queue at one of the souvenir stalls was actually a line of people checking in for ours and a number of other tours. We could easily have missed out on the tour if we had not noticed. The joining instructions just said to meet at the meeting point and no mention of having to check in and obtain other tickets. As it was, our guide was expecting 24 people in the group but there ended up being only 12 of us and so I suspect some or all of the others who had booked missed out due to the above.

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    February 21, 2023

    Amazing tour ! Very informative and mind-baffling to see how the huge hall was built. Especially the underground prisons are an interesting sight to behold. The guide was very friendly too. You can easily skip the hour-long line for both the Doge’s Palace and the Saint Mark’s Basilisk, which is a big plus.

    January 11, 2023

    Product ID: 6503