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Venice: Doge's Palace & Basilica Tour with Optional Gondola

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.

Venice: Doge's Palace & Basilica Tour with Optional Gondola

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.
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Likely to sell out

From US$ 77.18 per person

Skip the long lines to enjoy fast-track entry to the Doge’s Palace in Venice and discover a magnificent combination of Byzantine, Gothic, and Renaissance architecture. Later, explore the magnificent St. Mark's Basilica.

About this activity

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Benefit from skip-the-line entry to St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace
  • Admire the stunning mosaics of St. Mark's Basilica
  • Marvel at masterpieces from artists such as Tintoretto and Veronese
  • Upgrade your experience with a 30-minute gondola ride
  • Enjoy an intimate, small group tour with a maximum of 15 participants
Full description
This 3.5-hour walking tour takes you to two of Venice's most iconic highlights, with a few secret gems thrown in for good measure. With skip-the-line access to the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s, you will cut out the long waiting times, and whisk from one highlight to the next. Enjoy a tour of St. Mark's Basilica, and marvel at the diversity of Venetian culture as your guide points out where eastern architecture and western design combine. In a rare extended tour, learn how St. Mark’s remains arrived illegally, and see countless treasures, some made in Venice and others plundered during the Crusades. Finally, tour the Doge’s Palace, where Casanova was held in an attic prison before his escape. Admire ceiling frescoes by Tintoretto and paintings by Veronese in the exquisite rooms.
Includes
  • Skip-the-line access to St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Skip-the-line-access and entrance to the Doge’s Palace
  • Local expert guide
  • Headsets where necessary
  • Gondola tour, if option selected
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • 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 are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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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". Late arrivals or no-shows are not eligible for a refund.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Non-folding wheelchairs
  • Tripods
  • Umbrellas

Know before you go

  • Until further notice, entrance inside St. Mark’s Basilica is not possible due to ongoing restoration work. Tours will visit the basilica's Terrace and its Museum instead
  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking and steep staircases
  • Entrance into churches requires appropriate dress. Shoulders and knees must be covered. Entry may be refused due to improper dress
  • Please do not bring large bags, tripods, non-collapsible umbrellas, or backpacks on this tour. They are not permitted in St. Mark’s Basilica and must be checked into the luggage storage area off-site. You may miss a portion of the tour for this procedure.
  • Please note, the Gondola ride (if selected) is a shared experience. This means that you might enjoy the ride with other customers
  • Government-imposed COVID restrictions for entering countries and venues (e.g. booster shot, negative COVID test, vaccine certificate with a QR code) may change at short notice
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 163 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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The meeting point was not on the bridge as indicated on voucher and app. Eventually we found the tour guide but many people were late trying to find her. Tour guide was amazing! Also you should be clear that backpacks are not allowed. Information says large bags not allowed so we were surprised with normal small backpacks were not allowed.

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June 17, 2022

Sandra was a very good tour guide. She gave us a lot of interesting information about the culture, the history, the drawings and the painters. Only that we could not go to the cathedral San Marco that was a pity. Without that I would not have booked the tour. Thanks to Sandra that we got some information about the Mosaics anyhow.

June 4, 2022

Our Guide was very knowledgeable. I especially thought it good we were using head sets to hear our guide, especially with us all wearing masks, it'ssometimes hard to hear. Having a head set allows you to hear the information the guide is talking about, without necessarily having to stand right with the guide, one can walk around and enjoy the sites at a closer range.

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May 4, 2022

Product ID: 20426