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Gale E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

absolutely a great tour! Lots of stairs to climb from cellar to roof but fascinating stops to see the prison cells and hear the stories of how Venice was ruled. To be in the rafters and to understand the age of the place through the fascinating tales brought the Palace to life. Our guide was great. So happy we didn'tr miss this one!

John B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

This was a great tour of the prisons. Our guide was very informative and I would certainly recommend the tour to others. The cost also got you into the palace in general so you could wander around the rooms after the tour ended.

Olwyn M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

A most interesting tour of the back-of-house areas and the attics. The guide had excellent English and was most knowledgeable. The tour was conducted in a small group of about 15 people. Following the 'secret' tour we were able to continue and view the magnificent public rooms.

Jennifer W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

So much fun to see the prison cells, old archive rooms, attic, Casanova's cell, the torture room, and trial rooms in Doge's Palace. The guide was great and very helpful.

Salvatore D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

excellent and wonderful guide. highly recommended

JACQUELINE C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

We definitely enjoyed this tour. The guide was wonderful. She was very knowledgeable and did a great job presenting the information. she spent time answering questions at the end. After the Secret Itineraries tour we were left to see the Palace on our own. This was perfect. I would not miss the Secret Itineraries part, it's very special and well worth the time.

Mickey K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

Very informative, learned much about Venice's history and its secularism.

Robert D L USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

This tour was the highlight of our stay in Venice. The behind the scenes areas that were shown to us were rich in history and intrigue. Our guide showed a real knowledge of the palace. The small group size added to the enjoyment.

Jane P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

My husband and I took this tour in 2000. When I returned to Venice this September with my daughter, I encouraged her to do the same. She was as impressed as we had been! The architecture, the art, the history as explained by the knowledgeable guide . . .all contributed to a fascinating morning. Well worth arising early on our first morning in Venice!

Maureen R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Highly recommend this tour. Excellent guide with right amount of information and humor to keep all age groups interested. Guides are easy to locate pre tour. Would use this tour company again. Maureen

Kirsten N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Elena was so much fun! She was a wonderful storyteller, and was enthusiastic about what she was describing to us. The Secret Tour was a great choice for my family and I. We highly recommend this tour!

Taghreed O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Amazing tour! Our guide was so engaging and fun!

catherine w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Great tour! I believe our tour guide was named Margo and she was the perfect combination of lots of knowledge and inside scoop while having a bit of fun with the group. Not a tour for anyone with mobility issues! Lots of stairs.

Molly B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

This tour was very interesting and informative!

Claire A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

This tour was brilliant! Having access to the cells for both peasants and nobility and the court room was very interesting and our guide was great, full of anecdotes, wit and good humour. The system of earpieces was invaluable with all the winding stairs and passageways so nobody missed out. It was fascinating to see behind the scenes and hear about the Doge.

Carl T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

The secret itineraries tour was excellent value for money, it was very interesting well organised the guide was very informative we really enjoyed it and would highly recommend.
Cathy and Carl Taylor UK

R Thomas H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Guide was enthusiastic and informative. Everytrhing we hoped the tour would be.

Christine M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

I was so impressed with this tour. I really enjoyed our guide who was actually filling in for someone else. Unfortunately, I don't remember her name...she normally gives tours in French. She completely held my attention and had so many interesting stories to share. I highly recommend this tour very well done.

Deborah C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Excellent experience. The guide spoke very good english and was a medieval archeologist. We were the only 2 people on the tour. There is no doubt I would do this again. Wish that there was a tour option that would add the regular area of the palace.

Christine H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Our tour was so interesting. The tour guide, whose name I unfortunately cannot remember was fantastic! Having the ability to see where the secret hallways and rooms where gave us a different perspective of the Doge. I highly recommend this tour!

Atul K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Our guide was knowledgeable and did a great job. Tour was a bit on the pricey side for what it included.

IAN B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Really enjoyed this tour. The prison cells were very interesting and the ceilings in the palace were out of this world. Daniella our guide was very informed and an excellent narrator.

RUI M R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Great tour

Linda K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

We easily found the group and our guide was super and funny with excellent English. We went at a good pace. It was well worth the money.

Katherine E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

super - well worth the money and time. Our guide was excellent. It is hot up the top of the building in the summer and that is why it is arranged early in the morning, so be grateful for that early start!

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