Guided tour

Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with Pala d'Oro Access

4.6 / 5

21 reviews

Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with Pala d'Oro Access

From US$ 184.90 per person

Skip the long lines at Doge’s Palace and visit St. Mark’s Basilica to see its opulent Pala d’Oro altar. Admire beautiful mosaics and impressive artworks alongside an expert guide.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund
Duration options: 2 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, German, Italian
Private group
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
  • 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
  • View the Pala d’Oro altar decorated with thousands of gems and precious stones
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 and magnificent interiors and admire the beauty of the gem-encrusted Pala d’Oro altar. 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. Lastly, view the opulent Pala d’Oro, the high altar of the basilica, decorated with thousands of gems and precious stones.
  • Pala d'Oro entry ticket
  • Bridge of Sighs entry ticket
  • Saint Mark's Basilica visit
  • Pala d'Oro visit
  • Doge's Palace visit
  • New Prisons, Doge's Palace visit
  • Chamber of the Great Council visit
  • Bridge of Sighs visit
  • Live tour guide
  • Access to Piombi Prisons
  • Access to St. Mark’s Museum
  • Access to The Doge’s Apartments
  • Access to Pozzi Prisons

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Meeting point

Meet your guide between the two columns in St. Mark's Square

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 21 reviews

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Very good experience, the guide is a genius, kind, cheerful and with a lot of knowledge. He made the excursion a fantastic history lesson.

April 30, 2022

It was Informative. We were expecting more of a city tour not just Doge’s palace. Would have liked to of learned more about the different parts of Venice and surrounding.

March 5, 2022

Very friendly and passionate guide. It is never more than an entry to the Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica that is charged 5 times the price. While buying our entries for the secret route we had the same access as buying this pass except the basilica and the guide may be reviewing the price? Excessive price for the service. 50€ entry per person who are billed to us 160€ per person …

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February 17, 2022

Product ID: 397199

VA ID: 397199