Guided tour

Venice: Highlights Tour, St. Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace

Activity provider: Walks In Europe
Guided tour

Venice: Highlights Tour, St. Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace

Activity provider: Walks In Europe
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See Venice's major highlights with a guide. Visit the Basilica of St. Mark and the Doge’s Palace with pre-reserved tickets.

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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Live tour guide
German, English
Private group available


  • Choose a small group or private tour for a more personalized experience
  • Enjoy pre-reserved tickets to make the most of your valuable time
  • Join a 3-hour tour in Venice to see the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica
  • Explore Venice and get insider knowledge on major monuments with a local guide
  • Leave your tour and guide with enough knowledge to be independent in Venice
Full description

Discover two of Venice's top highlights on a small group guided tour including tickets. Visit the Basilica of St. Mark and the Doge’s Palace and soak up the splendor of these Venitian landmarks. Entry to the Correr Museum, National Archeological Museum, and Biblioteca Marciana is also included.

Meet your expert guide at St. Mark’s Square and start delving into the origins of Venice. See the most renowned public space in the city and find out its historical, social, and political importance. Learn about the Clock Tower and the Marble Lions. Continue to the Basilica of St. Mark and enter the cathedral with pre-reserved tickets. Savor its amazing sheer size and the fascinating golden mosaics. Learn about its opulent design and its status as a symbol of Venetian wealth and power. Bask in all the exotic elements of Venetian Renaissance Art. Listen to the story of the life-size horses of St Mark’s Basilica, and have all your questions answered. Follow your guide through Doge’s Palace at a relaxed pace. Acquaint yourself with the supreme authority and wealth of the ruling Venetian Doges in the palace’s Gothic architecture. Learn about the 14th-century sculptors that worked on the palace. Enjoy stunning views across the Lagoon as you explore this world-famous landmark.

Continue to the Old Prison that was part of the Doge’s Palace, learn why the New Prisons were built, and understand the significance of the Bridge of Sighs, another highlight of Venice. Listen to the extraordinary story of the famous Casanova and his life in Venice.

Your admission ticket also includes entry to the Correr Museum on St. Mark's Square. The building was originally designed as a residence for Napoleon, and later became the Venetian residence of the King of Italy. Entry to the National Archeological Museum and Biblioteca Marciana is also included.

  • Small group or private tour for 3 hours for a personalized experience
  • Pre-reserved tickets for the Doge's Palace
  • Pre-reserved tickets for the Basilica of St. Mark
  • Professional guide for local expertise
  • Entry to the Correr Museum, National Archeological Museum, and Biblioteca Marciana
  • Transportation to the meeting point
  • Guided tour of the Correr Museum, National Archeological Museum, and Biblioteca Marciana

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Meeting point

We meet at Saint Mark’s Square by the big column with the winged Lion at the waterfront. Your guide will have a signboard that says Walks In Europe

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

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

Know before you go

  • Acqua Alta (high tide) in Venice can cause delays in entering the Basilica
  • Religious authorities may decide to suspend skip-the-line priority, particularly during October, November, and December
  • If you take the 2:00 PM tour, the Correr Museum will be closed before your tour finishes. Therefore, you will have Correr tickets for the next day
  • The Basilica and Doge's Palace can be subject to unforeseen closures due to liturgical celebrations. In the event of these changes or closure your guides will give explanations from outside
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This tour is very informative. Meeting place was very well defined and easy to locate. There was a lot of art review and a lot of history given. Guide was easy to talk to, very knowledgeable and friendly! Very worth the price, if you want to learn more about the sites.

March 9, 2023

Loved Edy! She does such a thorough job of sharing her love of her own city! I felt the tour was the best amount of time to see the highlights of San Marco and then spend the rest of my time in Venice everywhere else! Great tour for the cost!

March 8, 2023

We booked guided tour and visited Doge’s palace as well as St. Mark’s basilica. Our guide was one of the best we ever come across explaining every detail. She was thorough, knowledgeable and professional. Her command over English was excellent. She gave us several bathroom breaks between the tour. The entire tour was worth the money. I would highly recommend it.

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March 3, 2023

Product ID: 388071