Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour


Piazza San Marco

89.41 USD

1 - 10

3 hrs


in Piazza San Marco
From $89.41 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: $89.41
  • 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 and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour

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 experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
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 699 reviews
Matthew
Matthew

The tour guide was great. There isn’t much else to say but there is a 100 character minimum. So there you go.

18/09/2021
Marilyn
Marilyn

Elena knows her history! She is passionate educated and answered all our questions. Best tour guide ever!

13/09/2021
Rosalie T
Rosalie T

Great tour!!!! We loved our guide. Great presentation and very helpful!!!! Two of us had mobility issues and she gave us alternatives to make the most of the tour. Great time!!!!

11/09/2021
Wickie
Wickie

Both the palace and the basilica are well worth seeing. Amazing structures that took unimaginable time and labor to complete. Using the “skip the line” tour was well worth the money. Our guide was very good. Our only complaint was that 3 hours was a little long for us. 2 hours would have been better.

08/09/2021
Victoria M
Victoria M

Alessandro was an excellent tour guide! Very passionate about the art and history of Venice. We skipped the line and walked right into both St. Mark’s and Doges Palace. Our group had 14 people and everyone wore masks and it was a nice experience. We had a break at Doges Palace to use the bathroom and grab a snack. We also walked over the Bridge of Sighs. Highly recommend!

08/09/2021
Hiwot Z
Hiwot Z

The St. Mark Basilica and the Doge’s Palace are beautiful places to visit but the tour took more than 3 hrs and both me and my friend and even other people in the group were exhausted from the walk and the load of information. Because of that mine and others’ experience wasn’t fun. This is a great tour for someone who wants to know every detail of history about these places. I would have been okay if the tour guide gave me a much condensed information about the place than spending 5 to 10 mins in every room. There are lot of rooms and arts in the palace. However, our tour guide was very much passionate and proud about the history of these monuments so I can see her reason to want to spend a lot of time explaining. She was very much knowledgeable as well. My suggestion, there should be 2 options to these tours, a shorter version and a longer version this way the experience is pleasant depending on the need of the tourist.

28/07/2021
Alvina B
Alvina B

Our guide was late. The contact on the phone said he left. 30 minutes late we were told tour guide was there. We paid for a private tour . The guide shied your with 25 people. Likely we were added to another tour. Before tour started guide said he would take a 20 minute coffee break. We left. It was the worst experience.

25/07/2021
Raymond P
Raymond P

The tour guide Martina was fantastic. The history and information she was able to provide made the tour amazing.

19/07/2021
Carolyn B
Carolyn B

Our guide Martina was knowledgeable and personable! We learned so many fascinating details about the Duomo and The Doge’s Palace. This is a must do for a first time visitor to Venice!

19/07/2021
Heidi
Heidi

Our tour guide was great! She kept the tour interesting, engaging, and entertaining. We enjoyed both parts of the tour. The tour ran almost 3 hours but we appreciated the time she took to explain everything important.

15/07/2021
Michael C
Michael C

Our tour guide Alessandro was a saint. Even though Viator took my money and gave all kinds of confirmation numbers, we were not on the list. Alessandro made multiple calls and took us anyway. He was informative and passionate. Read the fine print. ONLY the Doge’s Palace is Skip the Line. We waited in an extremely long line to get into St. Mark’s. The tour itself was wonderful and Alessandro was great.

06/07/2021
judybell46
judybell46

Everything was perfect from the start. Guide was on time and very friendly. Marco knew a lot about both sites we visited and made the tour very interesting. He has a good sense of humor which just
added to our enjoyment.
Highly recommend both guide and tour.

20/06/2021
judybell46
judybell46

Everything was perfect from the start. Guide was on time and very friendly. Marco knew a lot about both sites we visited and made the tour very interesting. He has a good sense of humor which just
added to our enjoyment.
Highly recommend both guide and tour.

20/06/2021
Lisa K
Lisa K

The tour was the perfect length and Martina was a fabulous guide - interesting, personable, and attentive. She provided a combination of broad historical background with tales about individual lives. Her enthusiasm for what she shared with us was contagious. If only all tours were this good!

10/06/2021
Lisa K
Lisa K

The tour was the perfect length and Martina was a fabulous guide - interesting, personable, and attentive. She provided a combination of broad historical background with tales about individual lives. Her enthusiasm for what she shared with us was contagious. If only all tours were this good!

10/06/2021
Guy
Guy

Excellent, thorough tour with a very, very knowledgeable guide. No problems with the meeting point or tickets. Lots of opportunities to ask questions and loads of interesting information that really added to the whole experience. We got so much more from the visit than if we had gone without a guide or just used our guidebook. V good value for money

19/02/2021
Guy
Guy

Excellent, thorough tour with a very, very knowledgeable guide. No problems with the meeting point or tickets. Lots of opportunities to ask questions and loads of interesting information that really added to the whole experience. We got so much more from the visit than if we had gone without a guide or just used our guidebook. V good value for money

19/02/2021
Ian
Ian

Our guide, Mose, was very knowledgeable and passionate about his subject. He kept us entertained for the full 2.5hr tour and explained the unique history of Venice which made our stay more meaningful. Venice was lovely without the huge crowds and no queues during the pandemic.

05/10/2020
Ian
Ian

Our guide, Mose, was very knowledgeable and passionate about his subject. He kept us entertained for the full 2.5hr tour and explained the unique history of Venice which made our stay more meaningful. Venice was lovely without the huge crowds and no queues during the pandemic.

05/10/2020
VALERIE M
VALERIE M

Francesca was an excellent and helpful guide, her knowledge of art and the history of the Doge’s palace was outstanding. A most informative tour. I was impressed that she tailored her talk to include and engage the young member of the group as well as the adults.

03/09/2020
VALERIE M
VALERIE M

Francesca was an excellent and helpful guide, her knowledge of art and the history of the Doge’s palace was outstanding. A most informative tour. I was impressed that she tailored her talk to include and engage the young member of the group as well as the adults.

03/09/2020
Dominik L
Dominik L

Elena is a great host, bringing history to life with wit and insight. We did the long tour through Basilika San Marco and Palazzo Ducale.

13/08/2020
Dominik L
Dominik L

Elena is a great host, bringing history to life with wit and insight. We did the long tour through Basilika San Marco and Palazzo Ducale.

13/08/2020
Gary
Gary

Guide was on time and the headphone system to hear his tour worked great. It was hot in Venice that day. Really knowledgeable tour guide on the art history of the paintings/murals and learned a lot about Venice, St. Marco’s square, the Basilica San Marco, the Duke and Governance of Venice over a millennia. The Doge visit was really good. Likely didn’t need to ‘skip the line’ given the lack of people, but over all a well executed tour. Worth the expense and our group was only approx 10 people.

13/08/2020
Zena B
Zena B

Susan our guide met us at the time and place as arranged. She was very friendly and informative. We thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent seeing these wonderful sights in Venice.

24/02/2020
Nasry A
Nasry A

We had our tour on Feb 6th, It was an amazing experience, the radio was clear, and the tour was well organized. I would like to thank our amazing guide, Martina, who was very helpful , very informative and passionate about telling the history of the place. Not only she was very professional, but she made our tour enjoyable in every possible way with our 1 year old baby with us.
If I come again to Venice I would definitely ask for her as a guide. I strongly recommend her.
Thank you so much for making our day.

24/02/2020
Warwick K
Warwick K

5 stars isn’t high enough for this tour. Susan our tour guide was so knowledgeable and involved all the people in the tour, children and adults alike. Value for money.

24/02/2020
Kelsey B
Kelsey B

This was a fantastic tour! Our guide, Martina, was super knowledgeable and very friendly. She definitely made it a one of a kind experience! I would highly recommend it!

24/02/2020
Zena B
Zena B

Susan our guide met us at the time and place as arranged. She was very friendly and informative. We thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent seeing these wonderful sights in Venice.

24/02/2020
Howard M
Howard M

Excellent tour. Rather expensive (£57) but fascinating experience, not to be missed. These are the two essential locations to visit in Venice.

21/02/2020
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