Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace


Piazza San Marco

86.30 USD

1 - 10

3 hrs


in Piazza San Marco
From $86.30 USD
per person

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Overview
  • Delve into Venetian history on a tour showcasing the city's most iconic structures. Let an expert Venetian guide shed light on the stories behind St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace. Enjoy skip-the-line access to both of these popular attractions. Inside the legendary St. Mark's Basilica wander the mosaic-clad interior and peek into secret spaces, with exclusive access onto the balcony overlooking Piazza San Marco - reserved for only a chosen few! Then continue to the Doge's Palace, exploring the political heart of a powerful Empire. See the New Prisons, all the regalia of Venice, and then walk across the Bridge of Sighs.

Location
  • Around:
    • Piazza San Marco
    • Doges Palace
    • San Marco, 1
    • Piazza San Marco
    • Venice, Italy
  • Pickup: P.za San Marco, 76, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Categories
  • Artsy Historical & Heritage Tours
  • Artsy Cultural Tours
  • Landmarks category Half-day Tours
  • Walking biking icon Walking Tours

Time of Tour
  • Departure at: 2:00 PM
  • Duration: 3 hrs

Additional
  • Price per person: $86.30
  • Size: 1 - 10 people
  • Discount: 0%
  • Languages:

Inclusion
  • Local English-speaking guide.
    Skip-the-line ticket for St. Mark's Basilica.
    Headsets when necessary.
    Exclusive access to the balcony of St. Mark's Basilica.
    Pre-reserved ticket to the Doge's Palace.
    Entry/Admission - Basilica di San Marco.
    Entry/Admission - Doge's Palace.
    Entry/Admission - Ponte dei Sospiri.
    Guaranteed to skip the lines

Exclusion
  • Gratuities.
    Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off

Cancellation
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience

Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice Italy

We begin in the world-famous St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco), sharing a few breath-taking moments to appreciate the space laid out in front of us. Your guide will lay the foundation for your experience engaging all your senses and establishing the course of Venetian history under the famed arched portico.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Basilica di San Marco, Piazza San Marco 328, 30124 Venice Italy

Get special access, skipping the long lines into the pristine St. Mark's Basilica. Wander the interior in the company of a local guide - skilled at reviving the past through storytelling and expert knowledge. Sight the mosaics, the opulence, and then take a walk out onto the balcony for a once-in-a-lifetime view overlooking Piazza San Marco, the Doge's Palace, and the Venetian Lagoon.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Doge's Palace, Piazza San Marco, 1, 30124 Venice Italy

Weave your way through the Doge’s Palace, where pre-reserved tickets once again get us past the lines and inside what was the political heart of the empire for hundreds of years. Walkthrough the Doge's private apartments and learn how politics and crime went hand in hand, even in medieval Venice.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Ponte dei Sospiri, Piazza San Marco, 1, 30100 Venice Italy

Finally, like many other (unlucky) Venetians before you, you’ll wander over the Bridge of Sighs and learn why this romantic icon is a little grimmer than you have probably heard.

Duration: 15 minutes

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Additional Information

Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour..
Please remember that the basilica is a holy place and attire must be appropriate: Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress. Backpacks are prohibited inside of St. Mark's Basilica..
Backpacks are prohibited inside St. Mark's Basilica..
Not wheelchair accessible.
Near public transportation.
From August 6th 2021, all Italy sites we visit will require clients and guides alike to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test completed within 48 hours prior to entry. They will also require a legal form of ID matching the vaccination or test results. More info on the Italian Government website.
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level.
Tour in English only.
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.
Face masks required for travelers in public areas.
Face masks required for guides in public areas.
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff.
Social distancing enforced throughout experience.
-Group size and/or tour duration may be reduced. -It is not possible to bring large backpacks on the tour -St Marks Basilica may be subject to visit restrictions, your tour will be amended on the day to offer you the most comprehensive experience available.

Reviews

4.7 stars, based on 1597 reviews
Larry B
Larry B
Our guide was excellent. He provided great insight to the history and life of Venice with an extra touch of humor. He was very accommodating for pictures and allowed for time to soak in the tour. Great way to see Venice- highly recommend it!
29/11/2021
wim_g
wim_g
Exellent guide with much knowledge and details. Smal group, leaving on the hour. Audio foreseen so everybody can hear the guide at all times
28/11/2021
Laurel_C
Laurel_C
Tour was great! Our guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend to friends and family!
26/11/2021
Elizabeth_J
Elizabeth_J
Susan was a wonderful guide, her many years in the city and her interest in it was very evident, cannot recommend enough.
26/11/2021
Barbara_J
Barbara_J
Our guide Susan was vibrant and engaging as she provided context for what we were viewing throughout the tour. Her enthusiasm channeled a positive experience for all.
25/11/2021
Daniel A
Daniel A
The tour was spectacular. We did the 3 hour tour, but it felt more like 30 minutes with Susan. She is clearly very well studied in Venetian history and it shows throughout her tour. We were lucky to have gone during a slow season as both the Basilica and Doge’s palace were nearly empty and it felt like a private tour.
25/11/2021
Paul_B
Paul_B
The tour was very good, our tour guide was excellent taking her time to explain, perfect English, experiencing such a wonderful place and having a guide to detail explain everything was genuinely brilliant would recommend.
24/11/2021
Rendi_W
Rendi_W
Susan was a fabulous, thorough and entertaining tour guide. Beautiful and rich history. Even my 14-yr-old son enjoyed it!
20/11/2021
Michael_P
Michael_P
Susan was our guide. She has raised in Venice for 25 years and teaches art history. Couldn't have asked for a better experience.
18/11/2021
Ann_C
Ann_C
Loved the attention to detail our guide gave, her knowledge of the history of Venice and the buildings was excellent
18/11/2021
A1010PAginah
A1010PAginah
Highly recommend. Whole family agreed that this was one of the best parts of the trip as it gave a true sense of Venice and the history which helps as you walk around and discover it's layers beyond the tourism of today. Moses was a great tour guide and provided fantastic information specific to the tour of the church & palace but overall Venetian life throughout the various time periods. This tour also gives you access to some special areas for great photos & views. We were worried that 3 hours may be too long and get boring, this was certainly NOT the case.
12/11/2021
Gail_B
Gail_B
Visiting St. Mark’s basilica, Very informative. The tour was wonderful and the guide’s English was excellent. Thank you Nicolette 🙂
12/11/2021
Madeleine_F
Madeleine_F
Our Guide, Pamela, was excellent - very interesting and she has a lovely voice that is easy to listen to. Even though the tour is 3 hours, it did not feel that long. It was great skipping the lines also.
07/11/2021
Patricia
Patricia
We had an amazing tour guide! Eleanor was incredibly knowledgeable, passionate and friendly. Our group ended up being overbooked, and we had a particularly difficult family touring with us, but Eleanor handled everything perfectly and was patient until the very end. Highly recommended!
01/11/2021
Alex_R
Alex_R
Wow great! We had Pamela and she did a great job of explaining everything! Exactly as advertised. We did one day in Venice and this tour allowed us to see everything we needed to!
01/11/2021
shanrock007
shanrock007
Our tour guide was wonderful, lots of great detail and very nice. The tour is 3 hours, and there is a very short break between doge’s palace (2 hours) and the basilica (about 50 minutes). Good chance to grab a coffee and sit for a moment. Our guide did a great job of engaging everyone (including our kids 9 & 12 years old) and kept us on time, too. Brava! They hand out a little receiver device and wired earphones so you can hear the tour guide as you go on the tour. The earphones aren’t great quality (and were too big for my kids), so if you have headphones with a wire that you like I’d recommend bringing them. Overall it was great - highly recommend!
28/10/2021
Sharon_G
Sharon_G
Our guide was excellent! He was so amazingly knowledgeable and enthused about all aspects of the tour. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is that it was quite long and was very tiring by the end…maybe a longer break for coffee (and sitting) before the tour of the Doge’s Palace wd help.
28/10/2021
JavaMama58
JavaMama58
Skip the line tours are so worthwhile. We don’t have the patience or the stamina to stand in line for hours for anything. So we normally chose the small group skip the line options which allow for more tour time and immersion. You can also better enjoy the points of interests. Our guide was patient and informative. She provided enough information without letting it get boring.
27/10/2021
Janice M
Janice M
It was a good tour. Instructions about getting a ticket ahead of time are wrong. We wasted a lot of time trying to find the place to get the tickets. Finally about time to go we saw tour guides show up. The address is correct and you meet the guide under the arch at the correr museum.
26/10/2021
BRIAN_A
BRIAN_A
The guide was fantastic, knowledgeable and funny! Good coverage of St. Mark’s and the Doge Palace. Strongly recommend
26/10/2021
Blithn_S
Blithn_S
Moses was a fantastic guide, he has much knowledge and shared it so well with us, adding a perfect amount of historical context to the buildings. I feel I know a lot about the history of Venice now and this really enriched my experience here.
26/10/2021
Joe_H
Joe_H
Susan was very clearly spoken and easy to understand. She had a good knowledge of the subject and was quite witty at times.
26/10/2021
Scott_m
Scott_m
The guide was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. We learned a lot. I would recommend this for all ages.
26/10/2021
Julie_D
Julie_D
Our tour guide, Nicolette was delightful! She shared great stories and much history with us! Touring these incredible buildings was educational…
26/10/2021
Alan J
Alan J
Our tour was led by Pamela who was very engaging, well informed and communicated well. This was a very good way to experience 2 of Venice's outstanding treasures. There is so much to see in each of them that it's not possible to appreciate everything in each in one visit. A return is required! This tour also has the advantage of skipping the queue, which can be long.
25/10/2021
Minerva_O
Minerva_O
The experience was awesome, Daniela our guide was informative but entertaining. I highly recommend this tour. Perfect timing with the sun shining on the domes of St Marks.
24/10/2021
PriscillaS464
PriscillaS464
Marie Theresa is an amazing guide. She is funny, insightful and very knowledgeable of the city. It was amazing to see the world‘s best Basilica and to understand the story behind it and the whole city. Highly recommended tour to take when you are in Venice and ask for Marie Theresa, I am sure 3 hours seems very short time with her as our guide.
23/10/2021
Deborah_R
Deborah_R
The depth of knowledge and enthusiasm Susan had was infectious. The total tour was 3 hours and she kept it alive the whole around. Totally recommend.
22/10/2021
ShortBuzz
ShortBuzz
The guide was very knowledgeable but her Italian accent made it difficult to understand. If you’re an art lover, you’ll enjoy the explanations on all the paintings on the ceilings. Our “small group” was 16 people. Not what I expected.
22/10/2021
robert_c
robert_c
The three hour tour was excellent. The basilica history and art are worth the tour alone. The Doge Palace and prison were fantastic. The Venetian history that the Palace represents was something we did not really know. Our guide Susan brought everything to life and was extremely knowledgeable. We were very fortunate to have her as our guide Note there is a great deal of walking and stairs on this tour. A couple of persons were able to get an elevator in the Palace thanks to the guide
21/10/2021
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