Private tour

Venice: Saint Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Private Tour

4.6 / 5

70 reviews

Venice: Saint Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Private Tour

From US$ 338.47 per group up to 1

Skip the long lines to 2 of the most important buildings in Venice on a 2-hour guided tour. Marvel at the golden interior of St. Mark’s Basilica, and see awe-inspiring mosaics. Explore the corridors of the Doges’ Palace, and walk over the Bridge of Sighs.

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French, Italian, Spanish, German
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Experience

Highlights
  • Skip the long lines to St. Mark's Basilica and the Doges' Palace
  • Walk over the Bridge of Sighs
  • See masterpieces by Tintoretto, Titian, and Veronese
  • Go to the prison cell where Casanova was imprisoned until his escape
  • Marvel at the work of the Venetian goldsmiths
  • Travel back in time to the days of the Venetian Empire
Full description
Travel back to the days of the Venetian Empire on a walking tour of 2 of the most important buildings in Venice. Go inside St. Mark's Basilica and the Doges’ Palace and admire their opulent interiors. First, skip the long lines to St. Mark’s Basilica, which enshrines the city’s history and the relics of saints. See stunning mosaics and gold work. Your guide will tell you the history of the cathedral and how it was built. Admire the masterpieces by Venetian goldsmiths. Next, skip the lines to the neighboring Doges’ Palace, the ducal seat of power during the Venetian Republic. Admire its Byzantine architecture, passing through decorative chambers to see paintings by Tintoretto, Titian, and Veronese, to name a few. Continue down a very small passageway to cross the Bridge of Sighs from the inside, and descend into the prison cells where Casanova was incarcerated until his legendary escape.
Includes
  • Opportunity to visit all the Saint Mark's Square museums with the same ticket (Museo Correr, Biblioteca Marciana, and Museo Archeologico)
  • Guide
  • Tour in English, Italian, French, German, or Spanish
  • Entrance to the upper floor of Saint Mark's Basilica
  • Pala d'oro
  • Food and drinks
  • Hidden itineraries in the Doge's Palace
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 22 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

Meet under the arches at the entrance to Saint Mark's Square and the Correr Museum. Your guide will be waiting with a sign with your name on it. Directions by boat (Vaporetto): Take Vaporetto No. 1 or 2 to the “Valleresso” boat stop. Walk directly down Calle Valleresso, passing Harrys Bar on your right and the Hotel Monaco and Grand Canal on your left. At the end of the street, turn right and walk towards Saint Mark's Square. Before you pass under the arches, bear left and then go right under the arches in front of the post office, making your way onto the square. Here you will find the entrance to the Correr Museum and see the tour assistant holding an orange umbrella at the entrance to the square. Directions on foot: Make you way into Saint Mark's Square. The Correr Museum is at the opposite side of the church on the other side of the square under the arches.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card for children

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Shorts
  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Backpacks

Know before you go

  • Please note that shoulders and knees must be covered when entering Saint Mark's Basilica
  • Rucksacks are not allowed into Saint Mark's Basilica
  • This tour is not recommended for people with walking difficulties. You must be able to walk up the stairs inside the Doges Palace and cross a bridge
  • Please note, on rare occasions, Saint Mark's Basilica may be closed without warning. On these days, the Basilica and the Square will be done externally only and the Doge's Palace will be 1.5 hours; total length of tour (Basilica + Doge's Palace) 2 hours
  • Children 5 years old or younger enter for free.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 70 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.5/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Service
    4.6/5
  • Organization
    4.5/5

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The tour was very interesting and the guide very competent. There was no waiting at the entrances to Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. The meeting point was easy to find, but the staff did not wear orange umbrellas and the boards described were very small, making it difficult to find the right people. Many groups start from the same meeting point - a note that the channel on the radio receiver (audio guide) is also the number of the tour would be helpful.

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October 28, 2019

Matteo was very personable as a person and very knowledgeable as a guide. He steered us through the crowds with great skill. He seemed to have sufficient time to allow for toilet breaks and for the backpack cloakroom procedures (backpacks not allowed inside the basilica and the palace). We met at the Correr Museo end of St. Mark's square and approached the basilica and palace at an easy pace, stopping on the way now and again. On entering the basilica, we had to remember to keep moving but nevertheless managed a few stops when Matteo pointed out key sights within. We progressed outside and walked around the basilica and into the palace next door. Here there was more time to stop, listen to Matteo and contemplate the history and art of this unique place and of Venice itself. The two hours spent was sufficient and we would highly recommend this activity. An added bonus was that the palace entry ticket allows its bearer to re-visit this and other museums for free over the next 3 months

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May 18, 2018

Everything started great – we easily and quickly met who we thought was our guide as was requested 15 minutes before our tour. We were then asked to wait and it took 21 minutes after our tour was supposed to start to meet the actual guide! While the guide got us into the palace and Cathedral with ease the lines inside were terrible and the tour, because we started late, took 2 1/2 hours. It also didn’t feel very VIP – there were 25 people on the tour plus our guide and trying to maneuver with that many people was not a great experience. Would not recommend although the guide had great information it felt like a cattle call. You might as well do an audio guide as he was not that open to questions.

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August 14, 2019

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