Private tour

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

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

From US$ 192.44 per person

Skip the long lines to St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace on a private 2.5-hour sightseeing tour of Venice. Admire mosaics and marble in the Byzantine church, learn the history of the Venetian dukes, and revel in the chaos of St. Mark’s Square.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • Skip the lines to St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace
  • Marvel at gold mosaics, marble inlays, and the gem-encrusted altar of the Pala d'Oro
  • Learn how the Dukes of Venice ruled from the Doge's Palace
  • Cross the Bridge of Sighs like the prisoners of the Venetian Republic
  • Visit the cell where Casanova was incarcerated
  • Get panoramic views of Venice from the terrace of Saint Mark's
Full description
Discover 2 of the most important buildings in Venice on a private tour of Saint Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, skipping the long lines to both to save time and see more. Meet your guide on Saint Mark’s Square for an overview of the monuments from the outside. Take in the lively atmosphere of the street cafés, entertainers, and hundreds of pigeons! Then, go inside Saint Mark’s Basilica for a comprehensive tour of the marble and mosaic décor. Learn the Basilica's history, and discover the biblical symbolism behind the cathedral’s art. Admire the precious stones of the Pala d’Oro, the high altar of Saint Mark’s. Enjoy panoramic views of the city and lagoon from the terrace. Next, discover the seat of political power during the Venetian Republic at the Doge's Palace. Hear how the duke and his council controlled the fate of the 1.000-year Republic as you wander past masterpieces of art in the palace corridors. Relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the Bridge of Sighs, and experience the inside of the prison cell that was once home to Giacomo Casanova.
Includes
  • Skip-the-line entrance to St. Mark's Basilica
  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Doge's Palace
  • Reservation and administration fees
    Covid-19 precautions
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • All participants who are 12 years and older must present a Green Pass that is valid in the EU and has a verifiable QR code. Valid Green Passes can be obtained by uploading either proof of vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months, a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts, or a negative antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts to the Green Pass or Covid Certificate apps
    • Masks are required while indoors
    • In addition to proof of vaccination, all participants who are over 18 years old must present a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, etc). Participants under 18 may also use a school photo ID. Participants under 12 must be accompanied by an adult who meets the above requirements. Participants who do not comply with these requirements will be denied entry or asked to leave the theater
    • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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    Meeting point

    Meet your guide in front of the column with the winged lion (lion of Venice) on Piazzetta di San Marco. Your tour guide will hold a LivItaly sign.

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    Important information

    Know before you go

    • 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.
    • Dress code: Cover knees and shoulders (only necessary for Saint Mark's Basilica).
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