Guided tour

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

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

From US$ 71.66 per person

Skip the long lines at the iconic Doge’s Palace and visit St. Mark’s Basilica. Admire beautiful mosaics and impressive artworks and learn the history of the dukes of Venice.

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Duration options: 2 - 4 hours
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  • 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 see its famous bronze horses
  • Admire a beautiful view of Saint Mark's Square from the basilica's terrace
  • Follow an expert guide and learn about rich history of the iconic buildings
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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 learn about the times where the Doges ruled this famous floating city. 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.
  • Doge's Palace, Saint Mark's Basilica, Piazza San Marco, Venice guided tour
  • Access to Doge's Palace
  • Access to New Prisons, Doge's Palace
  • Access to Bridge of Sighs
  • Access to Saint Mark's Basilica
  • Access to Piazza San Marco, Venice
  • Live tour guide
  • Access to Pala d'Oro
  • Access to St. Mark’s Museum
  • Access to Piombi Prisons
  • Access to Pozzi Prisons

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    Meeting point

    Meet next to Ponte della Paglia, the bridge with the view of the Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs). You can find the bridge in front of Doge's Palace, facing the lagoon. GPS Coordinates are 45.433538 , 12.340747". Please arrive 15-minutes before the tour's departure time. Late arrivals or no-shows are not eligible for a refund.

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes

    Not allowed

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

    Know before you go

    • 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
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    4.5 /5

    based on 4044 reviews

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    Well organized tour with a very nice guide

    The tour was well organized on site. The meeting point was easy to find and the English-speaking guide could be understood perfectly. The tour was never boring, it was always run with wit and humor. The voice audio devices worked wonderfully, so that you could always understand everything the guide said. A tour that is recommended for anyone entering Venice.

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    April 5, 2015

    Tour met expectations

    A thorough well managed tour in a small group of 12 that covered what was promised. In my opinion slightly expensive given the group size and content but probably comparable with others. Essential that people on same tour locate meet point in advance and dress for all weathers as rain in Venice seems to be more common then other places in Italy. If your are late and miss the tour it's Eu15 to re-book. Ticket queues for ferries can create a delay travel time in Venice - buy tickets in advance. Tolerable for children under 10 but take something for them to do en route

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    August 28, 2014

    Our guide was very knowledgeable and kind.

    July 1, 2021

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