Guided tour

Venice: Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour

Venice: Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour

From US$ 97.87 per person

Enjoy fast access to the most emblematic monuments of Venice: the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. Marvel at the impressive halls in the palace, the golden mosaics in the basilica and visit the prison crossing the famous Bridge of Sighs.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German, Spanish, French, Italian
Small group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Skip the lines to enter the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica without delay
  • Pass through impressive halls where the doges ruled the Most Serene Republic of Venice
  • Walk over the famous Bridge of Sighs
  • Admire the golden mosaics and other treasures of St. Mark’s Basilica
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Covid-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

See the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica, two of the most iconic sites in Venice, on a guided tour.

For centuries, the destiny of the Most Serene Republic was decided in the majestic halls of the Doge’s Palace. Walk through the magnificent halls and marvel at the well-conserved priceless treasures, art masterpieces, and frescos.

Visit the prison, passing over the celebrated Bridge of Sighs, so called because prisoners often sighed while looking at their beloved lagoon and freedom for the last time before reaching their cells.

Among the famous guests of the Doge’s Palace prisons was Giacomo Casanova, the celebrated seducer and adventurer who managed to escape from the prison in 1756.

Next, head to St. Mark’s Basilica, one of the world’s most stunning churches. As the name suggests, this cathedral is bound tightly to Venice’s patron, St. Mark, and the saint's remains are in fact here.

Admire the breathtaking golden mosaics covering the high walls, and see the Pala d’Oro, an altarpiece made from hundreds of pieces of enamel on a golden leaf.

Includes
  • Skip-the-line entry to the Doge's Palace
  • Entrance ticket to the Museum and the Terrace of the Basilica
  • Admission tickets
  • 2-hour guided tour
  • Live guide in English, Spanish, Italian, French, or German
  • Headphones (to hear the tour guide better)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • 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 who are over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 15 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

• Under the arches beside the White Clock Tower with the big blue clock in St Mark's Square • Please be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the tour’s starting time. Show your voucher to the staff representative (holding a TURIVE signboard)

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

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

Know before you go

  • Please note that entrance to the Venice Museums is allowed only with the Green Pass and ID (except for minors under 12 years of age). Customers who cannot show a Green Pass and ID upon entry to the Doge's Palace and the Basilica will not receive a refund
  • Until further notice, entrance inside St. Mark’s Basilica is not possible due to ongoing restoration work. Tours will visit the basilica's Terrace and its Museum instead
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 2442 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.1/5
  • Service
    4.5/5
  • Organization
    4.3/5

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Our guide was wonderful! She did not rush us through the palace and took her time to tell us not only about the history of the palace but also the political system and society. Very knowledgeable. Very insightful. Very interesting. Even for our sons aged 11 and 14. We would definitely recommend the tour. Unfortunately due to the high water level, the tour of the Basilica had to be canceled. We received a refund without fuss or delay.

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October 13, 2021

Great tour. Complete and with the chance to skip the line which, for the Basilica, was huge. The guide, Marco, was perfect. With a great sense of humor, spoke perfect English, talked all the time to explain everything but without being boring not even for a second. Perfect overall experience.

September 6, 2021

Booked the night before through the app, very well organized tour, we were a group of 6 people, we skipped the whole line, the Christian guide was very kind and professional, very well prepared, we visited the rooms of the ducal palace, the prisons, the basilica of s. Marco and the terrace. Beautiful tour, 2 hours that pass quickly full of interesting explanations. I highly recommend this tour. Thanks to the beautiful Venice and the getyouguide app that made us appreciate it beautifully. I will come back and do other guided tours.

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July 26, 2021

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