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Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica tour

4.5/5
Excellent
Based on 454 reviews
Free cancellation
Duration: 2 hours
Language: English, Italian, French, Spanish, German
Mobile voucher accepted
Safety measures applied

Do this because

Discover the Doge's Palace with its lavish rooms and masterpieces

Explore the Golden Basilica, one of the most incredible cathedrals in the world

Avoid the queues with your skip-the-line tickets

What to expect

Come and visit the beautiful Doge's Palace and the wonderful St. Mark's Basilica with an expert local guide!

The Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace) has represented the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. In its opulent rooms, plastered and immersed in hundreds of masterpieces of painting, the Duke and his Council controlled the fate of a republic with a thousand-year history.

You'll be amazed by the rich details of the golden staircase and the realism of the scenes represented by many artists that decorate the palace. You'll get to relive the sensations experienced by the prisoners crossing the famous Bridge of Sighs as well as visiting the prisons where the famous Giacomo Casanova was held prisoner.

Then, you will go on to visit Saint Mark's Basilica, also known as the Golden Basilica, one of the most fascinating cathedrals in the world. You'll have the pleasure of discovering the beautiful gold mosaics, the marble inlays of the floors, the biblical scenes that are depicted, all the while learning about the history and special features of this ancient church.

During this tour, your guide will take you through the first floor of the Basilica, where you will visit the Terrace and the Museum. From the above, you will admire the golden mosaics, which are perhaps the most famous feature of the cathedral.

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COVID-19 information

The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.

Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds

The experience complies with government regulations

What’s included

Expert tour guide

Skip-the-line entrance to the Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica

Entrance tickets to Museum and Terrace of the Basilica

Earphones

Location

Calle Larga Ascensione, Venezia, VE, Italia

Meeting point:

Calle Larga Ascensione, in front of the Post office just next to St. Mark's Square. Go to the wooden stand with the yellow sign "Meeting point". Please arrive 15 minutes before tour starting time.

Provider

Gray Line Venice

Cancellation policy

Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the activity begins.

Important to know

  • On some days, due to liturgical events or exceptionally high tides, access may not be possible. In this case, you will be contacted to arrange another visit on a different date, or you will be reimbursed
  • Kindly note that during the visit to the Basilica it will not be possible to stop for explanations on the ground floor. The guided visit will be on the upper floor (Terrace and Museum)
  • Due to new security controls, waiting times are also possible for customers with priority entry or skip-the-line tickets
  • For security reasons backpacks are not allowed

What people say about this experience

Excellent

4.5/5

Based on 454 reviews from verified customers

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Safety

4.6/5

Service

4.6/5

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4.6/5

Value for money

4.1/5

  • Anonymous

    From Italy - October 2022

    Great

    Overall rated

    4/5

  • Rudolf

    From Germany - September 2022

    Travelled as a couple

     

    45 - 54 years old

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

    Sehr kompetente Guide...sehr anschauliche Erklärungen...

  • Anonymous

    From Italy - September 2022

    Great

    Overall rated

    4/5

  • Anonymous

    From Italy - September 2022

    Great

    Overall rated

    4/5

    Guida molto competente e visita complessivamente esaustiva, sia in termini di durata che di approfondimenti. Molto apprezzabile la puntualità. Nonosta ...

  • Anonymous

    From Germany - September 2022

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

    Alle meine Fragen und auch die anderer Teilnehmer wurden beantwortet. Es gab viele interessante und ausführliche Hintergrundinformationen.. Ich würde ...

  • Anonymous

    From Germany - September 2022

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

    Hat alles sehr gut geklappt. Kompetenter Reiseführer, funktionierende Technik und keine Wartezeiten.