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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!!
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.
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.
This was an outstanding tour! The guide was excellent and very thorough!
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.
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..
Very interesting ! We saw a lot of hidden places inside the doge's palace.
We even saw the cell of the famous Casanova.
The guide was excellent and knew a lot of things about the palace and Venice in general.
The tour was on time. The tour guide was very good. The Doge's Palace is truly grand, and the secret tour was very informative.
Well worth the extra money to see all the hidden rooms etc the other tourists with normal admission ticket didn't get to see
this was very good, a very knowledgeable guide spoke good English. a very interesting tour well recommended
Nice behinds the scenes tour to parts of the palace not available to others, then access to what they got to see. Guide forgot to exchange our coupon for tickets which caused a bit of fuss at the gate.
Very interesting insight into the history of Venice and the figurehead role of the Doges.
The guide was very knowledgeable and engaging.
Very informative and fun tour. Lots of steps but lots of information and "inside" sights. Our guide was terrific!!! We recommend this tour!
Skipping the line at the Doge's Palace alone was worth the price of this tour. Added to that, we had an excellent, knowledgable and informative guide who gave a great introduction to the palace in general and the parts of it that most visitors never see in particular. If, like me, you like to see everything in an attraction, then I recommend allowing the whole day to complete this tour and then take an audio guide to see the rest of the palace: it really is a fabulous place.
Fascinating tour and our guide was incredible! She told such vivid stories about the Doge's and Casanova, I'll remember this tour forever! Highly recommend!
This was a very interesting tour. I learned quite a bit of new history from the guide. It helped put other historical pieces into place for me. My boys loved the bridge of sighs.
The meeting point and start of tour easy to find. Excellent tour guide and you get to see parts of the palace not available to a normal entry ticket. You do get to enter in a separate line however as the tours offered are at 8.30 and 9 am there were no queues and it was Easter Monday, so not sure about the validity of skipping the line given our previous days experience with the Basilica tour.
More should be advised about not allowing back packs as the start of the tour was held up by individuals having to go off to store their packs.
Also be reminded that once the secret itineries part of the tour finishes you are then left to tour the Doges Palace by yourself with no guide.
Alessandra, our guide was informative and charming. She brought the living history of the palace to life. After the tour we were left to our own devices and were able to then explore the main areas at our leisure.