Guided tour

Venice: St. Mark’s Basilica with Terrace & Doge’s Palace

Activity provider: Walks of Italy

Venice: St. Mark’s Basilica with Terrace & Doge’s Palace

Activity provider: Walks of Italy
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From US$ 106.34 per person

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See St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace on a guided tour of Venice. With your guide, learn the history of the Venetian Republic and witness Renaissance masterpieces as you explore.

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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English

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Experience

Highlights
  • Learn about the doges of the Venetian Empire in the Doge's Palace
  • Walk across the Bridge of Sighs from the inside
  • See more than 4,000 square meters of stunning mosaics
  • Admire frescoes by Veronese and Tintoretto
  • Learn about some of the famous prisoners of the Doge's Palace
Full description

Immerse yourself in the history of Venice on a tour of the once-great maritime empire. Explore 2 of the floating city’s most important buildings: St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge's Palace.

Meet your guide in St. Mark’s Square, and step inside St. Mark’s Basilica. Get an in-depth look at how Venice built a mercantile empire that once spanned the entire Mediterranean.

Marvel at the priceless treasures within and enjoy special access to the 1st-floor terrace, where you can see the famous horses stolen from Constantinople during the 4th Crusade.

Skip the lines to the Doge’s Palace, and explore the political heart of the Venetian Empire. Admire the opulent apartments and Hall of the Great Council where laws were made under the stunning frescoes by Veronese and Tintoretto.

Tour the armory and prisons to learn how grim life was for anyone unlucky enough to be taken prisoner. Discover the secret behind the mysterious black veil and walk across the Bridge of Sighs.

Includes
  • Entrance to St. Mark's Basilica
  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Doge's Palace
  • Special access to the terraces in St. Mark's Basilica
  • Headsets (when needed)
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Backpacks

Know before you go

  • The tour cannot accommodate those in wheelchairs as the terrace of St. Mark's Basilica and the prisons and armory of the Doge's Palace are not wheelchair-accessible
  • St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace can be subject to unforeseen closures due to liturgical celebrations. In the event the venue is closed, you will be given explanations from the outside
  • Please remember that the Basilica is a holy place and attire must be appropriate: both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees
  • Backpacks are prohibited inside St. Mark's Basilica
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 1030 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Service
    4.7/5
  • Organization
    4.7/5

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Nico introduced us to the complex and interesting history of Venice in a nice, open and funny manner. He was very excited to show us around and could answer all of our culture- or history-related questions with ease and even gave me some thoughtful tips on how to spend the rest of my evening. 5/5 would book again! - Collin

January 23, 2023

This tour was a 10/10. Elena was such a wealth of knowledge and a great storyteller. She made the tour engaging and interesting. The pace of the tour was perfect, we had a short break for coffee and the bathrooms, and I didn't feel like it was too much information all at once. Great experience and well worth the price. Would definitely book again!

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December 14, 2022

I had a fantastic guide named Nico. Our guide could tell a lot about the basilica and the Doge's Palace. I could never have gotten all this information from a travel guide. Nico could tell about each work of art and its history extensively and very vividly. A tour that exceeded all my expectations!

October 30, 2022

Product ID: 56650