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Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with Gondola Ride

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Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with Gondola Ride

From US$ 126.23 per person

Skip the long lines at Doge’s Palace and visit St. Mark’s Basilica. Admire beautiful mosaics and impressive artworks and sail under the canals of Venice on a picturesque gondola ride.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Duration options: 3 - 8 hours
Check availability to see starting times.
Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Danish, Dutch
Optional audio guide
English, Spanish, Italian, French, German
Private or small groups available
Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Water

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Backpacks

Know before you go

  • Even though you have skip-the-line access, there could be a line for security check
  • In cases of religious ceremonies access to St Mark's Basilica may not be permitted
  • In case of adverse weather or a change in tidal conditions, the length or route of the tour is subject to change
Highlights
  • Enjoy skip-the-line entry to Doge's Palace an see its art masterpieces
  • Cross the Bridge of Sighs and reach the prison cell of Giacomo Casanova
  • Visit Saint Mark's Basilica and marvel at its famous bronze horses
  • Admire a beautiful view of Saint Mark's Square from the basilica's terrace
  • Go on a charming gondola ride and glide through Venice’s iconic canals
Full description
Discover two of Venice’s most iconic buildings on a guided tour with skip-the-line access to the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. See impressive artworks, marvel at magnificent interiors, and explore the waters of the floating city on an unforgettable gondola ride. Meet your expert guide and enjoy priority access to Doge’s Palace, the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Immerse yourself in the European Middle Ages and see masterpieces of art adorning the walls of the palace. Relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the Bridge of Sighs at the palace and experience the inside of the prison cell that once hosted Giacomo Casanova. Step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Take in the beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder. Finish your experience with a charming gondola ride. Let the gondolier transport you along the canals and be fascinated by the hidden corners of Venice as seen from the water.
Includes
  • Doge's Palace entry ticket
  • Saint Mark's Basilica entry ticket
  • The Doge’s Apartments entry ticket
  • Pozzi Prisons entry ticket
  • New Prisons, Doge's Palace entry ticket
  • Bridge of Sighs entry ticket
  • Piombi Prisons entry ticket
  • Chamber of the Great Council entry ticket
  • Access to Piazza San Marco, Venice
  • Access to Correr Museum
  • Access to Rialto Bridge
  • Access to The Doge’s Apartments
  • Access to Pozzi Prisons
  • Access to Pala d'Oro
  • Access to Bridge of Sighs
  • Access to Piombi Prisons
  • Access to St. Mark’s Museum
  • Live tour guide
  • Transport for activity duration: Gondola
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users

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    Meeting point

    Meet at Calle larga de l’Ascension 1256 - 30124 next to the post office San Marco (opposite side of the Saint Marks Basilica). Look for the yellow sign "Meeting Point" on the wooden kiosk.

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    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.5 /5

    based on 90 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.6/5
    • Transportation
      4.1/5
    • Value for money
      4.1/5
    • Safety
      4.7/5

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    Whilst we arrived in plenty of time, others didn’t & continued to then lag behind or ask if we could wait for their family members to arrive… not a great start & felt sorry for our guide but felt she should have carried on rather than several times waiting… There’s a lot of walking which for us was fine, wouldn’t recommend this to anyone who is not good wary walking. Several over weight people in our group who said they were struggling & either we had to wait or they missed out.. Fabulous commentary when we did get going & an easy way to get to know the history.

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    May 28, 2022

    Well organized tour with the main sights.

    July 17, 2019

    Excellent

    Had a fantastic experience with our guide who was so knowledgeable and ensured that we were looked after and kept her group moving at a comfortable pace. Very informative and you certainly would not get this experience doing it on your own.

    July 1, 2019

    Product ID: 397198

    VA ID: 397198