Guided tour

Venice: Guided Tour of Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica

4.8 / 5

58 reviews

Activity provider: Wander Italy

Venice: Guided Tour of Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica

Activity provider: Wander Italy
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From US$ 77.52 per person

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Beat the crowds on a guided tour of the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. Enter the Palace early, skip the line at the Basilica, and see Venice from above from the Basilica's terrace.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Live tour guide


  • Experience the luxurious life of the Venetian upperclass in the Doge's Palace
  • Get into the Doge's Palace before the crowds with an early entrance ticket
  • Learn about the Doge's Palace, the Bridge of Sighs, and St. Mark's Basilica
  • Enjoy a beautiful view of Piazza San Marco from St. Mark's Basilica's terrace
  • Walk across the infamous Bridge of Sighs and learn where the name originated
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Experience two of Venice's most iconic buildings on a guided tour. Visit the Doge's Palace before the building opens to the public, skip the line at the stunning St. Mark's Basilica, and enjoy a panoramic view of Venice from the Basilica's terrace.

Begin your guided tour with an early visit to the Doge's Palace. Enjoy exploring this massive building without the usual crowds. See the Giants' Staircase and marvel at the paintings by Paolo Veronese. As the light changes, so does the color of the luxurious marble- and gold-covered palace.

After admiring the interior of the palace, walk across the famous Bridge of Sighs to reach the new prisons. As you walk, learn about the anguish of the historic prisoners who walked across this bridge, giving it its poetic name. Continue to St. Mark's Basilica, where you can skip the line.

Inside the famous Basilica, admire the stunning architecture and golden mosaics. Before heading upstairs to the terrace, glance down at the intricate 11th-century floor covered in geometric and animal designs. Learn about the Basilica's rich history as a centerpiece of Venetian life from your guide.

Continue up to the terrace and take a spectacular view of Venice. See Piazza San Marco, the island of San Giorgio, the Campanile, and the Clock Tower spread out before you.

  • Entrance and reservation fees for the Doge’s Palace and the St. Mark’s Basilica + Rooftop
  • Local guide
  • Headsets
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Meet your guide in front of the Columns of San Marco, under the column of the Lion.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
  • Water
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • FFP2 mask

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • Visitors must cover their shoulders and knees to enter St. Mark's Basilica
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 58 reviews

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We thoroughly enjoyed this tour and appreciated the interesting stories that the guide told us as we walked through both sites. We took the early morning tour and it was wonderful to be able to enter Doge's palace before the crowds and see most of the rooms without the presence of other tourists. Even the kids appreciated some of the stories although the significance of some of the artwork was a bit lost on them. I would definitely recommend this tour to others.

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September 25, 2022

Our guide Nicoletta was great and really friendly. The history through the Doge’s palace was very detailed and worth doing to properly understand the site. Skip the line for the basilica was also worth it as by the time we’d left the palace the queue was really long and moving slowly. Both are well worth seeing and having a live guide gave a really good insight.

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September 3, 2022

Well organized. she had us do the tour at 8:30 AM we got in to the Doge Palace before even the employees arrive and we got a personal private uncrowded quiet tour. We then went to the Saint Marcus Church And enjoyed getting directly in in front of the rest of the line so there were no wait times in line. Her insights and communication skills were excellent. She did stumble a little bit on questions. Overall this was an outstanding guided tour highly recommend it to anyone and everyone interested in touring the Doge Palace and Saint Mark Church

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July 16, 2022

Product ID: 414963