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Skip the Line St. Mark's Basilica Guided Tour

  • Save hours of waiting in line with skip-the-line entry to St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Let a guide reveal easy-to-miss details on a guided tour 
  • Gain access to the Golden Pall, one of the world's most valuable objects
Skip the Line St. Mark's Basilica Guided Tour
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12 pm - English commentaryMost Popular
Bilingual tour operated by a multilingual guide from November to March. Monolingual tour from April to October.
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12 pm - French commentary
Bilingual tour operated by a multilingual guide from November to March. Monolingual tour from April to October..
From US$28.92
12 pm - Spanish commentary
Bilingual tour operated by a multilingual guide from November to March. Monolingual tour from April to October.
From US$28.92
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The long lines that St. Mark’s Basilica (Basilica of San Marco) attract are a testament to its popularity. Save hours of precious vacation time on a skip-the-line tour of Venice's famous cathedral. Inside, a guide reveals details that you may have missed if exploring independently, and provides commentary that brings the landmark’s rich history to life. Plus, your admission ticket includes access to the Golden Pall, too.
What to Expect

Greet your guide at a central Venice location at the departure time chosen at checkout. Please note your guide is multilingual, and this tour is bilingual.

With your skip-the-line admission ticket, bypass long lines often in excess of two hours and head straight inside the world-famous cathedral, St. Mark’s Basilica.

Alongside your guide, admire intricate Italo-Byzantine architecture characterized by golden mosaics. Visit the remains of St. Mark, and marvel at the Golden Pall, considered one of the most valuable objects in the world.

After your tour concludes, you can remain inside St. Mark’s Basilica to explore further if you'd like.

Reviews (46)
1 - 5 of 18 reviews
Reviewed 22 September 2018
Excellent tour and got into areas not open to the public

This was an excellent tour and well worth the money. Not only did we skip the line, we received a very informed tour and were able to go into areas not open to the general public. I highly recommend this. We also stayed longer and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Ana V
Reviewed 8 August 2018
Brilliantly timed to see the mosaics lit

It was easy to find the tour at the clocktower and there was no wasted time the organisers were very good. Our guide was a Venetian lady with super english and a great knowledge both of the basilica and wider points of interest in the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank K H
Reviewed 30 June 2018 via mobile
Interesting tour

Interesting guided tour by a very knowledgeable expert which was a treat. On completing the inside tour we were led outside and spoke about some items and then it was complete. What would have been so much better is to collect headset inside and then...More

Thank deaniw
Venetoinside, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Venetoinside, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2018

Dear deaniw, thank you for your feedback! Regarding your suggestions about the end of the tour, please consider that the guide concludes the explanations outside the Basilica because nobody can stop inside... Being St. Mark's Basilica one of the most visited attractions in Venice, the...More

Reviewed 27 May 2018
Nothing better than seeing the lights turned on in the Basilica at 11:30!

This is the second time I have taken the tour. Excellent and not waiting in line really helps. Thomas Madden has written a book on the history of Venice that will make you appreciate the Basilica even more. The tour was small (less than 20...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank MCS303318
Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile
Great value

Great way to skip the queues that were really long. The guide was very informative and funny. Once inside there is a dedicated seating area for tours where you can forget the stresses of rushing around in crowds and the guide covers many subjects regarding...More

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9 April 2018|
Response from CanadaChicas | Reviewed this property |
We only booked the skip the line portion which only gets you a reserved time to enter. The church itself is free, but there are very long lines. The tour is self guided, but there are other attractions to see once inside... More