Guided tour

Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access Tour

Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access Tour

Activity provider: Bucintoro Viaggi
Likely to sell out
Likely to sell out

From US$ 83.35 per person

Visit St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge's Palace on a 3-hour guided tour. Choose from a shared or private experience. Includes the terrace at St. Mark's, the Bridge of Sighs and New Prisons.

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Duration 2 - 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Italian, French, German, Spanish
Private or small groups available

The Original experience

Highlights
  • Immerse yourself in the history of the Floating City with the help of your expert local guide
  • Miss the hordes with priority entrance for the Doge’s Palace
  • Choose from a private or shared group experience
  • See Venice’s Lagoon from the usually off-limits terrace at St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Hear anecdotes about how and why Venice was built on a lagoon in the 5th century and other fascinating facts
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Delve deep into Venice’s history with a 3-hour guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge's Palace, either as a private tour or shared group experience. Take in two of the city’s most important landmarks while discovering the history of the one-time mercantile capital of the Mediterranean.  Start by exploring St. Mark's Square with your guide before heading into the cathedral. From the first-floor terrace you’ll be able to admire views across the lagoon and see the famous bronze horses up close. Hear how they traveled all the way to Paris and back in Napoleon’s time.  Next, you’ll use the priority entrance to reach Doge's Palace, formerly the residence of the leader of the Republic of Venice. Enjoy visiting the Chamber of the Great Council and courtrooms among other things. Highlights include frescoes by Tintoretto and the Giants’ Staircase.  After this, cross the infamous Bridge of Sighs that links to the New Prisons. Learn how the bridge got its name and the purpose for its construction in the 17th century as you take in the amazing views of the canals. At the end of your tour, feel free to stay and explore the Doge’s Palace with tips from your guide.
Includes
  • Guided tour with expert guide
  • Priority entrance to the Doge's Palace
  • St. Mark's Basilica first floor and terrace access ticket
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users
    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

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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

    • Luggage or large bags
    • Backpacks

    Know before you go

    • Shared group and private options do not always offer the same languages. Please check all languages of interest to find your preferred option type.
    • You are welcome to explore the Doge's Palace at leisure after the guided tour
    • The Doge's Palace is asking visitors over 13 years old to show their passport/ID
    • As St. Mark’s Basilica is a holy place, people are asked to wear clothing that covers the shoulders and knees
    • Backpacks or large bags are not allowed inside St. Mark's Basilica
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 2637 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.9/5
    • Value for money
      4.3/5
    • Service
      4.7/5
    • Organization
      4.5/5

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    The ticket purchase, meet up and guided tour was very good. Glad to be able to skip the long lines and see parts of the Basilica and Doge's Palace not available through regular tickets. It is a lot of slow walking and standing in areas for periods of time while the guide explains things (somewhat repetitive at times). Although it is helpful to know the history of what you are looking at.

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    May 16, 2022

    The tour itself was great but it could have easily turned into an organizational disaster. At the meeting point we received the tickets with QR codes and once we lined up to enter the basilica, the group before us and our group too realized that the tickets are for two separate dates (My daughter and I got tickets for the chosen date and my husband for the day after). And the guide was saying there’s nothing he can do about it because the number of tickets for that day is already sold out. I mean, hello?!? Who’s fault is that? We paid 78eur per person and this is how they messed up?! Luckily there was this wonderful couple who agreed to replace their tickets for the day after since they were staying few more days. We have acquired tour tickets from Get Your Guide many, many times before and we have never been failed except this one time. In the end it all turned up well but only due to that couple that I mentioned.

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    May 15, 2022

    Our guide, Marco, was exceptional! In addition to doing an excellent job of telling the history of Venice and the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica, he also was able to add humor and relate the history to contemporary days. The pace was just right-not too fast nor too slow. We never felt rushed. One of the best tours I have had.

    May 13, 2022

    Product ID: 234117