Guided tour

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

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

From US$ 95.89 per person

Enjoy fast access to the most emblematic monuments of Venice: the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. Marvel at the impressive halls in the palace, the golden mosaics in the basilica and visit the prison crossing the famous Bridge of Sighs.

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish, French, German, Italian
Small group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Skip the lines to enter the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica without delay
  • Pass through impressive halls where the doges ruled the Most Serene Republic of Venice
  • Walk over the famous Bridge of Sighs
  • Admire the golden mosaics and other treasures of St. Mark’s Basilica
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Covid-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

See the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica, two of the most iconic sites in Venice, on a guided tour.

For centuries, the destiny of the Most Serene Republic was decided in the majestic halls of the Doge’s Palace. Walk through the magnificent halls and marvel at the well-conserved priceless treasures, art masterpieces, and frescos.

Visit the prison, passing over the celebrated Bridge of Sighs, so called because prisoners often sighed while looking at their beloved lagoon and freedom for the last time before reaching their cells.

Among the famous guests of the Doge’s Palace prisons was Giacomo Casanova, the celebrated seducer and adventurer who managed to escape from the prison in 1756.

Next, head to St. Mark’s Basilica, one of the world’s most stunning churches. As the name suggests, this cathedral is bound tightly to Venice’s patron, St. Mark, and the saint's remains are in fact here.

Admire the breathtaking golden mosaics covering the high walls, and see the Pala d’Oro, an altarpiece made from hundreds of pieces of enamel on a golden leaf.

Includes
  • Skip-the-line entry to the Doge's Palace
  • Entrance ticket to the Museum and the Terrace of the Basilica
  • Guide
  • Headphones (to hear the tour guide better)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants who are 12 years and older must present a Reinforced Green Pass that is valid in the EU and has a verifiable QR code. Reinforced Green Passes can only be obtained by uploading either proof of full vaccination or proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months to either the Green Pass or Covid Certificate app

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Meeting point

Meet by Calle Larga Ascensione, in front of the post office next to St. Mark's Square. Go to the wooden stand with the yellow sign that reads "Meeting Point".

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

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

Know before you go

  • Entrance to the Venice Museums is allowed only with the Green Pass and ID (except for minors under 12 years of age). Customers who cannot show a Green Pass and ID upon entry to the Doge's Palace and the Basilica will not receive a refund
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 2549 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.1/5
  • Service
    4.5/5
  • Organization
    4.3/5

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The guided tour of San Marco and the Doge's Palace was a gift / surprise to our Parisian friends very well thanks to the guide assigned to us (I'm too happy and now his name escapes me). In love with the Serenissima, she made us dream and study at the same time with a lot of professionalism and with that lightness that is needed when you study the most important places in a city like Venice.

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December 5, 2021

The organization is excellent. You will be welcomed at the agreed place in front of the basilica and divided into a group. our guide was a lady who speaks english very well and tells very enthusiastically about the history and everything you want to know about the basilica and then the doge's palace. It's alright

November 18, 2021

Easy booking. Meeting point easy to find and well organized. Our guide Nathalia explained everything well, not too much and not too little, with a lot of love for Venice. No queuing at the Doge's Palace and only a relatively short time at St. Mark's Basilica! This saved us a lot of time and that in the off-season!

October 25, 2021

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