in Piazza San Marco, Doges Palace, San Marco, 1, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy

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


Piazza San Marco, Doges Palace, San Marco, 1, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy

91.63 USD

1 - 10

2 hrs 30 mins


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Overview
  • Due to Covid19, until the end of 2020, this tour will be amended to ensure your safety:
    - Group tours: Group size and tour duration may be reduced. This will be amended as as Covid restrictions relax in accordance with local regulations
    - St Marks Basilica may be subject to visit restrictions, your tour will be amended on the day to offer you the most best experience available.
    - It is not possible to bring large backpacks on the tour.

    If you want to submerge yourself in the incredible history of Venice’s once-great maritime empire, this Venice tour is the perfect excursion for you. Take access of two of the floating city’s most important buildings: St. Mark’s Cathedral, and the Doge’s Palace. As you explore these jaw-droppings spaces, your expert local guide will bring them to life with the histories and stories of how they were built and the human dramas that played out inside. History buffs and casual visitors alike will love the way this tour brings the stones of Venice to life.

Location
  • Around:
    • Piazza San Marco
    • Doges Palace
    • San Marco, 1
    • Piazza San Marco
    • Venice, Italy
  • Pickup: St. Mark's Square, Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Categories
  • Artsy Historical & Heritage Tours
  • Artsy Cultural Tours
  • Walking biking icon Walking Tours

Time of Tour
  • Departure at: 2:00 PM
  • Duration: 2 hrs 30 mins

Additional
  • Price per person: $91.63
  • Size: 1 - 10 people
  • Discount: 0%
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Inclusion
  • Venice walking tour including local Venetian guide.
    Special access to the terraces of St. Mark’s Basilica.
    Headsets when necessary.
    Expert English speaking guide.
    Tickets to St. Mark’s Basilica.
    Skip the line access tickets at the Doge’s Palace.
    Entry/Admission - Ponte dei Sospiri.
    Entry/Admission - Doge's Palace.
    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

Pass By: Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice Italy

We start in the world-famous St. Mark’s Square, taking a moment to appreciate the space before diving into St. Mark’s Cathedral. Here you will get a deep look at the way that Venice built a mercantile empire that once spanned the entire Mediterranean.

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

Finally, you’ll wander over the Bridge of Sighs and learn why this romantic icon is a little more grim than you have probably been taught.

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Get special access to the terraces of St. Mark’s Basilica with spectacular views over Venice.

Duration: 20 minutes

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

Next it’s off to 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.

Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes

Pass By: Walks, Corte Sant'Antonio 1, 30122 Venice Italy

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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..
The terrace of St. Mark's Basilica, the prisons and the armory of the Doge's Palace are not wheelchair-accessible, as a result of which we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on this tour..
Not wheelchair accessible.
Near public transportation.
Due to Covid19, until the end of 2020, this tour will be amended to ensure your safety: Group size and tour duration may be reduced. This will be amended as as Covid restrictions relax in accordance with local regulations. 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. Please also note that it is not possible to bring large backpacks on the tour.
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level.
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 10 travelers.
Face masks required for travelers in public areas.
Face masks required for guides in public areas.
Face masks provided for travelers.
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

5.0 stars, based on 160 reviews
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
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
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
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
Jacqui U
Jacqui U

Fantastic afternoon spent exploring St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace .
Our guide Mose’ was informative , funny and organised the tour well with a short break between the two buildings .
A good sized group and we were kitted out with headsets which although occasionally suffering from interference, in general worked well.
Would recommend this tour to any one wanting an excellent introduction to two of Venice’s iconic buildings.

21/02/2020
Sarah T
Sarah T

Pam was fantastic, very knowledgeable and gave us so much information about Venice and it’s history. She was also very personable and funny. Would highly recommend this trip

19/02/2020
Curlywebb
Curlywebb

This was probably one of the best tours I have ever been on. Our guide, Mose, was engaging, interesting and funny. So many amazing details, much much more than we heard that others learned from their similar tours of St Marks Church, Tge Doges Palace, Bridget of Sighs and the adjacent prison. Three full hours and was not bored once. Mode was great. I felt like I understood what I was seeing and everything was put into the context of the time. Fascinating tour. Worth every cent!

14/02/2020
Cory W
Cory W

Our guide was incredible! We felt like we learned so much. The 3 hours went by so quick. Wish we had more time.

11/02/2020
Carlene W
Carlene W

Great tour - our guide Francesca was very informative and made our tour most enjoyable. Strongly recommend.

10/02/2020
Carolyn G
Carolyn G

Incredible tour, highly recommend. Gives you so much information on the history of Venice. Our guide provided so much information and was highly knowledgeable.

04/02/2020
Cheryl W
Cheryl W

Depth of k owl edge was outstanding. Brought the sites to life. Highly recommend Susan. You will not be disappointed if you are looking for a perspective of an art historian.

31/01/2020
Mercy M
Mercy M

The tour was well organised: meeting location was easy to find by the Museum Correr and registration swift. Our guide was well informed (is an archeologist) and imparted a wealth of information (fact, fiction and opinion). I enjoyed the time spent in the Doge’s Palace. The timing worked well as the sun was at its highest - good time to visit the Basilica and view its golden interior (and avoid any crowds). The tour was educational. Warning - while the tour is in the palace and basilica, it is cold inside. Wrap up warm.
Worthwhile - to queue jump

13/01/2020
Amanda S
Amanda S

We had a sizable group of about 25 people. Our guide Andrea had a background in architecture, so he was very thorough in explaining how Venice is build, how the flood affected the buildings/the city, etc. We learned a lot about the history of St Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace. A good investment of time and money overall.

07/01/2020
Andrea O
Andrea O

Romy was very knowledgeable and did a great job keeping things moving without it feeling rushed. Her expertise and pride in Venice was obvious.

30/12/2019
alan4dee
alan4dee

Excellent, very well informed guide, professional and efficient. Would definitely book another to these guided tours.

18/12/2019
Nelson J
Nelson J

My sister and I were only in Venice for less than a day, so I wanted to make sure we were able to see the main attractions. This 3-hour walking tour gave us access to everything in St. Mark's Cathedral and Doge's Palace, including the Bridge of Signs. Our tour guide, Martina, was AMAZING, and I learned so much about the history of Venice. She also gave great recommendations on where to eat after the tour! Because it was December, it was very cold and rainy, so don't forget to bundle up and bring an umbrella! Thanks so much!

16/12/2019
Daniel S
Daniel S

The experience was great. It is hard to imagine how detailed and wonderful their work is. For how rough and awkward their tools to produce the quality of work.

10/12/2019
Brian C
Brian C

I really enjoyed St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace tour. Our guide Susan was fantastic. You could tell from the very beginning how passionate she was about this tour. Thank You. Brian.

03/12/2019
Katherine B
Katherine B

We were extremely lucky and blessed on our tour. Majority of the tourist had canceled due to the flooding. However, the water was not an inconvenience at all. All of the attractions were open, and ever areas that weren't normally open were opened. There were zero crowds when touring the Doge Palace. Our tour guide did a great job of taking her time and allowing us to truly soak in the immaculate views since we weren't rushed by people. I definitely I would recommend. I would also like to point out that our tour guide did have a difficult family and remained kind and patient the entire time. I was very impressed, not many people would be able to do that.

03/12/2019
christinejackson12
christinejackson12

A most enjoyable experience with an local guide who was both friendly and knowledgeable. Everything was explained in a most interesting manner with humour and the time simply melted away.
Well worth booking on this tour as worth every penny. Thank you

02/12/2019
David L
David L

Great tour of the Basilica and Doge's Palace. Tour guide was very thorough and gave visitor chances to ask questions.

18/11/2019
Carolyn C
Carolyn C

Our tour guide was very informative and provided a great tour of both St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace. I would high recommend this experience to others!

14/11/2019
Danielle A
Danielle A

My mom and I took this tour on a Saturday morning on our first full day in Venice. I was first impressed by the organization when a representative from the company arrived at 8:30am and proactively started organizing the group. We were a full tour of 24 people. Our tour guide was Giuseppina and she was fantastic. She knows so much about Venice and its history and explained things really well and made important historical connections and insights to position Venice within a world context. There was Aqua Alta and she did a great job maneuvering a large group through the catwalks at a busy time. This was my first time to Venice and this tour offered an excellent backdrop to really understand Venice and its history before seeing the rest of the city.

11/11/2019
Connie L
Connie L

Loved this tour of St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace. I learned so much beyond what I would have gotten from a book or on my own. Francesca was very knowledgeable and entertaining. She was able to weave history, culture and political influences into her commentary which made the destinations even more remarkable and memorable beyond the magnificence of the architecture and artistry. There was lots of walking and standing and climbing steep stairs. I was worried that my husband who had knee replacement surgery 6 months ago would not be able to make it. But he did. We did have a 15 minute stop and places to take a seat so the 3 hours wasn't too long or short. It was just right. I highly recommend!!

11/11/2019
Arvind S
Arvind S

It started pretty strangely with a lot of time wasted on random talk - how this is late season, not many people are visiting and so on so forth. However, it became clear later on that our guide knew her stuff.
She was a bit quirky though.

11/11/2019
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