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Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace

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If you want to submerge yourself in the incredible history of Venice’s once-great maritime empire, this Venice tour is the perfect excursion for you. Take access of two of the floating city’s most important buildings: St. Mark’s Cathedral, and the Doge’s Palace. As you explore these jaw-droppings spaces, your expert local guide will bring them to life with the histories and stories of how they were built and the human dramas that played out inside. History buffs and casual visitors alike will love the way this tour brings the stones of Venice to life.
Highlights
  • Guarantee entry to the often sold-out Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica
  • Save hours waiting in line with skip-the-line entry to two top Venice attractions 
  • Enjoy special access to the first-floor terrace of St. Mark's Basilica 
  • Discover hidden details that are often missed when exploring alone
What to Expect
Greet your guide in central Venice and head straight to your first stop, St. Mark’s Basilica (Basilica de San Marco) to bypass the long lines often in excess of two hours. Inside your guide reveals hidden details and leads you to the first-floor terrace not usually open to the general public. The next stop is Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), where skip-the-line tickets allow you to avoid waiting in line once again. Visit the opulent Hall of Great Council, home to frescoes by the likes of Veronese and Tintoretto, and discover the palace’s dark history in the Armory and New Prisons. Your tour culminates with a walk across the Bridge of Sighs, where you bid your guide farewell.
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Departure Point
St. Mark's Square, Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
Duration
3h
Return Details
St. Mark's Square, Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
Inclusions
  • Venice walking tour including local Venetian guide
  • Special access to the terraces of St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Headsets when necessary
  • Expert English-speaking guide
  • Tickets to St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Skip the line access tickets at the Doge’s Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Ponte dei Sospiri
  • Entry/Admission - Doge's Palace
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.
  • Please remember that the basilica is a holy place and attire must be appropriate: Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress. Backpacks are prohibited inside of St. Mark's Basilica.
  • The terrace of St. Mark's Basilica, the prisons and the armory of the Doge's Palace are not wheelchair-accessible, as a result of which we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on this tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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All reviews excellent tour doge's palace mark's basilica informative tour bridge of sighs head phones early tour skip the line come alive meeting point was easy to find spoke english very well correr museum hour tour money well spent three hours guide susan well worth the money
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Reviewed today via mobile

An excellent tour and our tour guide Julio was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Highly recommend this

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank F812VQjuliar
Reviewed today

Great tour! Lots of good information. But I wish we could have stayed longer in the Basilica with the guide. We were, however, able to go back in on our own for a few more days.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Lynne D
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Made great by our guide Juliano. Knowledgeable, humorous and passionate. The sights of course speak for themselves. Expect crowds and some steep steps but our guide looked after everyone and kept us well informed of breaks etc. highly recommended.

Thank nangustown
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Highly recommend this tour. Rich in historic information and stories. Nico our guide was knowledgeable, friendly and fun. Do this tour, for sure. Skipping lines is a must.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank carolynb01
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Best tour guide ever, unbelievable place to check out. History was out of this world. I will be back again.

Date of experience: September 2019
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cl12345718
20 September 2019|
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Response from Vinny6 | Reviewed this property |
In a far corner of St.Marcos square.
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damhaigh
16 September 2019|
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Response from Kaeleigh M |
The Doge's Palace has large staircases in order to get to the main parts of the palace, I'm not positive if there is an elevator but the large majority of the tour would be missed if not. The prison would be very difficult... More
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Roberto D
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Response from Vinny6 | Reviewed this property |
It will state on your ticket. Usually 9 a.m.
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