Guided tour

Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-The-Line Tour

Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-The-Line Tour

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From US$ 77.98 per person

Likely to sell out

Skip the long lines at the iconic Doge’s Palace and visit St. Mark’s Basilica. Admire beautiful mosaics and impressive artworks and learn the history of the dukes of Venice.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund
Duration options: 2 - 4 hours
Check availability to see starting times.
Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese
Private or small groups available
Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Backpacks

Know before you go

  • In cases of religious ceremonies access to St Mark's Basilica may not be permitted
  • In case of adverse weather or a change in tidal conditions, the length or route of the tour is subject to change
  • Enjoy skip-the-line entry to Doge's Palace an see its art masterpieces
  • Cross the Bridge of Sighs and reach the prison cell of Giacomo Casanova
  • Visit Saint Mark's Basilica and see its famous bronze horses
  • Admire a beautiful view of Saint Mark's Square from the basilica's terrace
  • Follow an expert guide and learn about rich history of the iconic buildings
Full description
Discover two of Venice’s most iconic buildings on a guided tour with skip-the-line access to the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. See impressive artworks, marvel at magnificent interiors, and learn about the times where the Doges ruled this famous floating city. Meet your expert guide and enjoy priority access to Doge’s Palace, the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Immerse yourself in the European Middle Ages and see masterpieces of art adorning the walls of the palace. Relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the Bridge of Sighs at the palace and experience the inside of the prison cell that once hosted Giacomo Casanova. Step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Take in the beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder.
  • Chamber of the Great Council entry ticket
  • Pozzi Prisons entry ticket
  • The Doge’s Apartments entry ticket
  • New Prisons, Doge's Palace entry ticket
  • Piombi Prisons entry ticket
  • Bridge of Sighs entry ticket
  • Piazza San Marco visit
  • Doge's Palace visit
  • Chamber of the Great Council visit
  • New Prisons, Doge's Palace visit
  • Pozzi Prisons visit
  • The Doge’s Apartments visit
  • Piombi Prisons visit
  • Bridge of Sighs visit
  • Saint Mark's Basilica visit
  • Pala d'Oro visit
  • St. Mark’s Museum visit
  • Live tour guide

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    Meeting point

    Meet next to Ponte della Paglia, the bridge with the view of the Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs). You can find the bridge in front of Doge's Palace, facing the lagoon. GPS Coordinates are 45.433538 , 12.340747". Late arrivals or no-shows are not eligible for a refund.

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    4.5 /5

    based on 4845 reviews

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    Amazing experience, what a great tour. Our tour guide went above and beyond explaining the history of Venice, her story as a Venetian and both past and recent history of Venice. I felt like this was the only tour I needed in Venice. There were lines everywhere and we didn’t make a single line, I felt VIP entering the Basilica and Doge’s Palace. A MUST!

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    October 28, 2022

    Our tour and guide was excellent! Our guide was very knowledgeable and did not rush us. We would highly recommend this tour guide and company.

    October 11, 2022

    The guide was fantastic - all questions treated with interest and a good answer.

    October 8, 2022

    Product ID: 397201

    VA ID: 397201