Guided tour

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

Activity provider: Walks In Europe

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

Activity provider: Walks In Europe
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From US$ 72.63 per person

Likely to sell out

Enjoy 3 hours in Venice led by a scholarly guide to see the city’s major highlights, 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
English, German
Private group available


  • Join a 3 hour tour in Venice to see the Doge's Palace and the Basilica of San Marco
  • Enjoy pre-reserved tickets to make the most of your valuable time
  • Choose a group or private tour for a more personalized experience
  • 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

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. Choose a small group with local tour guides to tell you the stories behind these top attractions. Meanwhile, pre-reserved, skip-the-line tickets potentially save you hours of waiting in line.

  • Small group or private tour for 3 hours for a personalized experience
  • Pre-reserved tickets for the Doge's Palace
  • Pre-reserved tickets for Basilica of St. Mark
  • Professional guide for local expertise
  • Transport to the meeting spot

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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

Know before you go

  • If you book the "Private Tour with Flexible Hours," the local partner will contact you at a set time
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 163 reviews

Review summary

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Definitely recommended to avoid the huge queues. Everything is explained to you in detail. As a visitor without professional information, a visit is actually pointless. The entrance fee would then be too expensive. We had booked a guided tour for up to 20 people and had our guide all to ourselves. lucky!

August 30, 2022

Activity was perfect. We were a small group of three. St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace are a must-see. So much History. And beautiful too. The architecture, the paintings- just awesome. And our guide, Claire was just wonderful - very knowledgeable and pleasant. We had our value for the money/price.

August 14, 2022

This was an intimate tour for our group and it was great! We had the amazing Martina who shared her brilliance and passion for Venice with us. She provided so much richness on Venetian history and helped all of us understand it’s history of trade, political life, and religious development. The richness of the Doge’s Palace was incredible and without the tour we would have never gotten the information and knowledge. Following the palace we enjoyed the Basilica. Again, richness of history and knowledge. We loved it!

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August 10, 2022

Product ID: 388071