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4.5 star rating: Recommended 241 Reviews

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  • Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration:  85 minutes (approx.)

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

The tour was excellent and well-organized. A small enough group to permit easy movement throughout the rooms and cells and hallways. Our guide (whose name I cannot remember at the moment) was absolutely wonderful. She was well-spoken, easy to understand and very charming, a natural storyteller as she relayed more than just facts and figures of the history of Doge's Palace. I would definitely recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

I liked this tour. I thought it was well done. I appreciated that the tour guides waited for us, because one of the members of my group was running late. It would be great if the tour combined part of the Doge's apartment as well.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

We have been to Venice several times and wanted a different experience this visit. The tour was excellent- well organized, informative and interesting. Our guide spoke flawless English and obviously had researched the topic well beyond the usual tour book narrative. Well worth the time and highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

great guide and great tour guide...highly recommend

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

was fantastic our guide really knew the history and it was her first tour as a guide would recommend to anyoneIt

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

This tour i highly recommend. Our guide had a great knowledge of the palace and her history of the dungeons and torture area was fabulous.She was in london for some time therefore her english is exceptional.Her name unfortunately i have lost.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

This was a great behind-the-scenes tour of the Doge's palace, taking us into and past the cells, then up to the higher levels to view the offices. Our guide was very knowledgeable and pitched her information at just the right level. Probably the best part was that we were the only group going through this tour, so we had plenty of space to enjoy our surroundings, as we moved from room to room and up and down the narrow stairways. Definitely one of the best tours we've ever done.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

I do not know whay anyone would want to stand in line for any attraction. It is definately worth it to purchase skip the line tickets for everything. The Secret Itineraries tour shows you the areas that are not included with the general admision ticket, which makes the tour of the Doge's Palace more enjoyable. It includes the upper floors of the prision and the armory collection. This ticket also includes the areas of the general admission ticket. Tickets are less expensive if you purchase them directly thru the Palace, but you need to book early for larger groups and English guides are limited to just a few tours each morning. Definately go in the morning becuase the upper floors can be hot/cold, depending on the weather outside.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

With only 2 and a half days in Venice, we decided to do 2 guided tours early on Saturday morning, and we are sure glad that we booked the Secret tour of the Doge's Palace! We had a great young tour guide, (who I can't remember her name!) who was very helpful and answered all our questions. Did not know the story of Casanova and how he escaped from the prison! The earpieces were helpful in listening to her speak, but as we were in some of the small narrow stairwells, and if we were at the back, the sound cut-out and in a fair bit, so missed some of her commentary. We just informed her and she repeated what she had shared. We carried on after the tour was over and walked through all the amazing gigantic rooms! Would not have missed this beautiful building. Thank you!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

The tour was great. The guide was good, but it was difficult to understand her and, therefore, we probably ("probably" because we could not understand her English) missed many of the important points.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

Our guide was an Art Historian and grew up in Venice. She was dynamic and personable. Great true stories that brought Venice's history to life.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

Very interesting but too much to see in one day

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

This was an interesting tour. The tour guide did a great job. I'm sorry I can't recall her name to give her kudos. It's not a royal palace like you would think with all the decadent decorating of that era but a place where the politicians worked. We toured all the prison cells and heard stories of how prisoners were housed as well as hearing Cassanovas story of his imprisonment which was quite interesting. We walked across the bridge of sighs and toured the palace and courtyards. The palace is huge! The morning we went on the tour was still cool I think it would be awful to try to tour the private upstairs areas if it were a hot day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

This was an outstanding tour! The guide was excellent and very thorough!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

THis is very instructive and I have taken it twice. However, it is confusing to do this and then be offered a "regular" tour. Perhaps the differences between the two could be fully explained..

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