Doge’s Palace and St. Mark's Basilica skip-the-line and guided tour
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Doge’s Palace and St. Mark's Basilica skip-the-line and guided tour

4.7/5
Excellent
Based on 47 reviews
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£77.00
Free cancellation
language
Language: English
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Mobile voucher accepted
duration
Duration: 2 hours
Do this because
  • Discover the fascinating stories behind Venice's past with your guide
  • Explore the history of Venice that resides inside the Doge's Palace
  • Marvel at St. Mark's Basilica and its dazzling architecture
  • Enjoy a personalized tour experience with a small group of around 15 people
What to expect

This Doge’s Palace and St. Mark's Basilica tour is perfect for visitors who want to taste the city. In just a few hours, you'll be taken to two of Venice's most iconic sites, venturing inside the Basilica di San Marco (St. Mark’s Basilica) and the Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace).

The tour starts at the Palazzo Ducale. Once home to the Duke of Venice and the city’s courts, it is the center of Venetian history (and as one of the world’s oldest republics, that’s quite a history). You’ll explore all the best sights of the palace open to the public, from spectacular works produced on demand by artistic masters Tintoretto and Veronese to the evidence of the genius checks and balances that made the republic so successful.

Next, you'll admire the heart of Venice, Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square). One of the highlights of this tour comes at the end when skip-the-line access takes you straight into the Basilica, saving precious vacation time. Marvel at the diversity of Venetian culture, where eastern architecture and western design have blended to create a structure with an onion dome, before following your guide through the beautiful frescoes inside the basilica.

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What's included
  • check Skip the line access and entrance ticket to the Doge’s Palace
  • check Skip the line access to St. Mark’s Basilica
  • check Headsets (to hear the guide)
  • check Tour guide
  • check Small group experience
Where

S. Marco, 1, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Meeting point:
Please meet your guide next to Ponte della Paglia, the bridge with the view of the Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs), in front of the Doge's Palace, facing the lagoon. Your guide will be holding a City Wonders tour sign at the meeting point.
What to remember
  • Please note that the Municipality of Venice will implement an Access Fee on specific dates in 2024. To ensure a smooth experience, it is recommended reviewing the official guidelines and registration procedures via the official registration website of Venice
  • St. Mark's Basilica is subject to closure without notice. When this occurs, guests are offered an extended tour of the basilica and St. Mark’s Square from outside. The tour provider will try to tell you ahead of time if there are any planned disruptions to Basilica opening hours, but this is not always possible. In these cases, there are no refunds or discounts
  • The terraces are not included in this guided tour, but you can visit them on your own. You can buy a separate ticket in cash on the spot
  • Due to uneven and steep surfaces, the activity is unsuitable for anyone with walking difficulties or wheelchair users. Strollers or baby carriages are also not permitted
  • This activity ends inside Doges' Palace
  • Please note that the itinerary may sometimes differ from the advertised order of destinations. Any changes made to the tour itinerary are carefully planned and intended to enhance your overall experience
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Provider
City Wonders
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.

What people say about this experience

Excellent

4.7/5

Based on 47 reviews from verified customers

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Value for money

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  • Anonymous

    From United States of America - January 2024

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

    Valentina was great.

  • Anonymous

    From United States of America - October 2023

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

    Our tour guide Rita was simply amazing, very knowledgeable, helpful and attentive and kind to my mother who is disabled. Always made sure my mother ha ...

  • Anonymous

    From United States of America - July 2023

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

    Wonderful tour and tour guide!!!!

  • Anonymous

    From Belgium - November 2022

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

  • Stuart W

    From United Kingdom - October 2022

    Travelled as a couple

     

    18 - 24 years old

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

    Excellent guide. Clear, friendly and helpful. Very knowledgeable. An excellent experience, highly recommended

  • Sofie

    From Belgium - October 2022

    Travelled as a couple

     

    18 - 24 years old

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

    Onze gids Rita was echt een enthousiaste vrouw, die op elke vraag een antwoord had. Er zat een nogal betweterige man in onze groep, toch bleef ze stee ...

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