Guided tour

Venice: Historical Walking Tour and Doge's Palace

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Activity provider: Venice Events srl

Venice: Historical Walking Tour and Doge's Palace

Activity provider: Venice Events srl

From US$ 97.10 per person

Discover the most important historical landmarks of Venice on this guided tour, which is divided into two parts: Saint Mark's Square and the Castello area, plus a visit to the Doge's Palace. You can also skip-the-line and enjoy easy entry to the palace.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
French, English, German, Spanish


  • Learn about the history ducal of Venice
  • Skip the line at the Doge's Palace
  • Discover the architectural wonders of St. Mark's Square
  • Wander the romantic alleys and narrow streets of the Castello district
Full description
After meeting with your professional guide, you will begin your fascinating tour of the most characteristic places in Saint Mark's Square, focusing on the history and architecture of St. Mark's Basilica and the Renaissance-era clock tower. You will leave the square and head to the Castello area, strolling through its labyrinth of narrow alleys, bridges, winding canals, and picturesque squares. You will see Santa Maria Formosa Square, one of the largest squares in Venice, along with its church, named after its visitation of the Holy Virgin, the Saints Giovanni and Paolo Square (where several dukes doges lie buried in the church). You will also encounter the equestrian monument to Bartolomeo Colleoni, a mercenary captain, as well as the former residence of Marco Polo, probably the most famous Venetian merchant of all time. After this 1.5-hour walk, you will head to the Doge's Palace, once the seat of power of the Republic of Venice, for a 1-hour guided tour. Once inside the Palace, you can wander the halls where the duke and his council controlled the fate of the Serene Republic, while surrounded by hundreds of artistic masterpieces detailing the political history of Venice and its people. Admire paintings by some of the most important artists of the Italian Renaissance, including the world's largest oil painting by Tintoretto. You can also pass through the famous Bridge of Sighs, and see the new prison. Your guided tour concludes in the courtyard of the Doge's Palace, however you can linger in the Palace if you like, absorbing the history and mystery of days gone by.
  • Guided tour of the area covering Saint Mark's Square and Castello
  • Guided tour of the Doge's Palace
  • Admission fees and skip-the-line entry to the Doge’s Palace
  • Personal audio system and headset for tour commentary
  • Live tour commentary provided in English, French, Spanish, Italian or German
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drink
  • Gratuities
  • Hidden itineraries in the Doge's Palace
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet next to the San Marco post office on Calle larga de l'Ascension, opposite Saint Mark's Basilica. Look for the yellow sign on the wooden kiosk saying "Meeting Point".

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card for children

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Baby strollers
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Backpacks

Know before you go

  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible
  • Backpacks are not allowed inside the Doge's Palace
  • You should wear comfortable walking shoes
  • This tour operates rain or shine
  • From November 1 to March 31, there is no skip-the-line entrance to St. Mark's Basilica
  • Tour may be affected in case of high tides
  • Children up to 5 years old go free (document required). From the age of 6 they must pay the full ticket.
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We had booked a walking tour through major parts of the city, followed by a guided tour (and fast-lane queuing) for the Doge's palace. Our guide was engaging, very knowledgeable and had a good sense of humour. Such a great storyteller! We're sorry we didn't catch her name to send some extra kudos. Thanks to her we felt the tour was def. worth the money, without her we probably wouldn't have been too impressed by the palace. Great job!

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August 24, 2021

Obs! Aktiviteten kan også vare fra 09:00 til 13:30 - med en pause i midten. Rent teknisk, så er den store tur T1 (byvandring), T2 (Markusbasilikaen) og T3 (Dogepaladset). Ved utilstrækkeligt med tilmeldinger, så er der en guide til alle tre arrangementer. Derfor fik vi ca 10:45 at vide, at vi ville have en pause indtil 11:30 - og så blev det yderligere udsat til kl 12. Her blev vi koblet tilbage til den gruppe, som havde købt T1, T2 og T3. Rundvisningen bliver gennemført af en god guide, som orienterer sig omkring baggrunden for gæsterne og kompetent besvarer spørgsmål. Der udleveres envejs headsæt til samtlige deltagere. Dette holder man også på, mens man har en pause. Guiden håndterer deltagere med stok (afkortninger af ruten, brug af elevator for guides) samt rygsække (heldigvis havde kun 3 af 20 medtaget). Guiden giver også et indblik i, hvad de specialiserede rundvisninger indeholder - så man ikke bliver skuffet over hvilke nye ting man kommer til at se.

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October 20, 2022


August 16, 2019

Product ID: 195107