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Venice Icons: St. Mark’s Basilica & Doge’s Palace Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

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Explore two of Venice's most iconic attractions with priority access; St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace led by a professional guide.

Highlights

  • Waltz into the Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica with your fast-track entry tickets, allowing you to skip the infamous queues.

  • Enjoy a 1.5 to 3-hour guided tour with an exemplary guide narrating interesting facts, important fragments of history, and gripping tales.

  • From the intricacy of the biblical sculptures of St. Mark's Basilica to the scary hallows and dingy prisons of Doge's Palace, this experience has it all.

  • Carry the exploratory spirit to museums of St. Mark's Square with access to the Royal Palace Museum and National Archeological Museum.

  • Fun fact: The National Archaeological Museum houses intriguing artifacts, like an ancient Roman toilet seat made of marble and Egyptian mummies!

Inclusions

  • Guided tour of St. Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace with skip-the-line entry

  • Expert English, Italian, German, Spanish or French-speaking guide

  • Headsets for groups of 10+ people

  • Access to Museo Correr

  • Access to the Archaeological Museum

  • Access to Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Marciana

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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Guests from United States, France, United Kingdom and over 28 countries have loved this experience
Lafond Sandrine

Lafond

3/5

May, 2024

the guide was very good. but we didn't see everything that was indicated in the brochure (torture chamber for example).
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Elisabeth Boyer

Elisabeth

5/5

May, 2024

The lady who conducted the guided tours managed with great cordiality, high historical and art-historical knowledge, great rhetoric and sparkling humor that so many people could stay attentive for so long and remember the most important milestones of the cathedral (construction, art, religion) and the Doge's Palace (architecture, history, politics, art). Thank you very much! They were really entertaining hours. Rarely have I experienced such a good guided tour!
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Krista Cain

Krista

5/5

May, 2024

Our guide Elena was wonderful and related some really interesting stories about the history of Venice along with the Basilica & Palace
David Moser

David

5/5

May, 2024

Very easy to use, reasonably priced, tour guide and tours were very informative and the guide was exceptionally thorough in all aspects.
Kirsten Mostue

Kirsten

5/5

May, 2024

The guide: Donna/Donatella guided us throgh history and art with a lot of knowledge in a nice and educational way. My young grandson and I enjoyed the tour.

With this tour, you will get to visit two of the most emblematic attractions of Venice; St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace with priority access and a tour guide.

Politics of Doge's Palace

The Doge's Palace is located in St Mark's Square and is one of the most fascinating and culturally rich monuments in Venice. Having been the seat of political and administrative power of the Venice Republic from its birth to its end, the Palazzo Ducale is a statement of the splendor of Venice. While you are here, devote all your attention to your guide as the halls and corridors of this building carry stories that will enthrall you no bound.

Explore opulence in St. Mark's

After the palace, walk into Venice’s most majestic cathedral; St Mark’s Basilica. Lay your eyes on masterpieces of Byzantine art, colorful marble installations, and shimmering gold mosaic art. Squinting your eyes when you enter the Basilica is only natural, thanks to the shimmering mosaics made with 24-carat gold leaves fused onto the back of the glass to exhibit divine light. Your tour guide is likely to conduct a session wherein you sit comfortably in a certain part of the church and he explains the biblical importance and peculiarities of this ancient basilica. Watch out for tales you may never have heard of before!

What's not allowed

  • For security reasons sacks, bags, or knapsacks are not allowed inside both Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. You can deposit your belongings for free at Doge's Palace.

St. Mark's Basilica

  • Strict dress code: All guests must wear clothing that covers their shoulders and knees to enter the basilica.

  • Keep your camera tucked away – photography is strictly not allowed at the venue.

Doge's Palace

  • Shutterbugs, take note: Flash photography, tripods, selfie sticks, and any type of commercial photography is a no-go inside the venue.

Accessibility

  • Both venues are wheelchair and pram/stroller accessible.

St. Mark's Basilica

  • A ramp is available at the Porta del Fiori (Door of Flowers) entrance on the left-hand side of the basilica.

  • The Museum on the upper floor of the basilica is served by both a lift and stair lifts.

Doge's Palace

  • Please note that the Secret Itineraries, Prisons and Armory are not wheelchair accessible.
  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Please display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point.

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the scheduled time of your tour to avoid any delays.

Meeting point

  • Please check your final voucher for the meeting point details and specific instructions.
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