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Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with City Walking Tour

Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with City Walking Tour

From US$ 123.49 per person

Explore the most important places in Venice on an immersive walking tour alongside an expert guide and skip the lines at the iconic Doge’s Palace and St. Mark's Basilica.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund
Duration options: 3 - 5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Japanese
Private group available
Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Water

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Baby strollers
  • 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
  • Marvel at the masterpieces of art in the beautiful Doge's Palace
  • Admire the impressive mosaics of pure gold inside St. Mark's Basilica
  • Go on a guided walking tour in the historical center of Venice
  • See the most iconic monuments and buildings around St. Mark's Square
  • Discover hidden gems and walk through picturesque squares and alleys
Full description
Discover the best of Venice on a walking tour with skip-the-line access to St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. See impressive monuments, marvel at magnificent interiors, and soak up the atmosphere of St. Mark’s square. 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. Admire the city's main monuments such as the Clock-Tower, Procuratie Vecchie, and the Bell Tower around St. Mark’s Square. Explore the elegant Castello residential area and stroll through the famous Mercerie, one of the city’s main shopping districts. Walk past the famous Santa Maria Formosa square, the house of Marco Polo, The Church of San Giovanni and Paolo, and the Rialto Bridge with its traditional market. Wander through small alleys and discover picturesque squares where Venetians gather to socialize. Find hidden gems and learn interesting facts about the places you visit.
  • Rialto Bridge visit
  • Doge's Palace visit
  • New Prisons, Doge's Palace visit
  • Chamber of the Great Council visit
  • Bridge of Sighs visit
  • The Doge’s Apartments visit
  • Pozzi Prisons visit
  • Saint Mark's Basilica visit
  • Pala d'Oro visit
  • St. Mark’s Museum visit
  • Piazza San Marco visit
  • Correr Museum visit
  • Live tour guide
  • Access to Piombi Prisons
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

The meeting point is at the brown wooden newsstand with the yellow sign that says 'MEETING POINT', Calle Larga de l'Ascension, St. Mark’s Square, in front of the post office.

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 1024 reviews

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October 22, 2022

As others have mentioned, if you sign up for this you will have some info repeated. Our first guide seemed interested in sharing info with us, but not particularly knowledgeable when asked questions (ex. what were the primary industries of Venice before tourism. Only example given was glass...). Our second guide just repeated info in a monotonous tone. Recommend this tour to gain access to the spaces (St Marks was very interesting and beautiful, albeit packed with people; Doge's was less so unless you are particularly interested in the style of art shown there) without waiting terribly long but not for engaging experience.

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October 10, 2022

Highly knowledgeable. Open to questions.

April 13, 2022

Product ID: 397197

VA ID: 397197