4.5 star rating: Recommended 222 Reviews

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  • Location:Venice, Italy
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Ticket and Tour

Skip the lines at the iconic Doge’s Palace in Venice and uncover its highlights and secrets on a 2-hour tour. Walk right past the main entrance queues with your knowledgeable guide, and delve into the magnificent palace’s history as you explore its lavish public chambers. See prized Italian Renaissance artwork by Tintoretto and Veronese, and learn about the dark deeds of the city’s former rulers and secret service. Then, wander across the world-famous Bridge of Sighs and end your tour with a visit to the New Prisons.


  • 2-hour tour of the Doge’s Palace in Venice, led by a knowledgeable guide
  • Skip the long lines and enjoy fast-track admission to the magnificent Venetian-Gothic palace
  • Explore the beautiful public chambers and see Renaissance artwork by Tintoretto and Veronese
  • Learn about the dogs of Venice who ruled the republic with iron fists
  • Walk across the Bridge of Sighs and tour the New Prisons

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Ticket and Tour

Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with Doges Palace

Meet your guide at the entrance to the Royal Gardens in Venice and stroll to Doge's Palace, the majestic Venetian-Gothic building from where the leaders of the former Venetian Republic ruled until the late 18th century.

Plug into your provided headset to ensure you can hear your guide’s commentary clearly, and then, with your skip-the-line ticket, bypass the main entrance queues and head inside. Begin by exploring the grandiose public chambers, whose walls are studded with masterpieces by Renaissance artists Tintoretto and Veronese.

See Juno Bestowing her Gifts on Venice, a vibrant ceiling panel in the Trial Chambers of the Council of Ten, and the slot where accusations of treason were passed to Venice’s feared secret service. Learn, too, about the extravagant doges and hear of the power and treachery that characterized their reign.

Then, wander across the world-famous Bridge of Sighs, which was built to connect the palace to the network of prisons established by the doges so they could keep a close eye on their foes. Look out over the historical waterways and pose for photos.

End your tour with a walk around the eerie New Prisons before bidding your guide a fond farewell outside the palace.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We were able to bypass a very long line. Our guide was very knowledgable. Great tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent. The arrangements for meeting were great. Our guide Frederika was passionate about Venice and most informative. The two hours we spent on the tour certainly enhanced our days in Venice.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Guide was excellent. A guided visit was definitely the way to go. It wouldn't have been half as good without the history and commentary

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

It was well organised, the guide was very interesting and entertaining. Definitely worth doing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Marco was an excellent guide who combined knowledge with enthusiasm.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The guide was knowledgeable, entertaining and connected very well with the group. This was by far one of our best tours during a three week vacation in Eurooe. My family of 5 all enjoyed the tour and we all walked away with a greater understanding of life during the Venetian times.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was a small group tour and the guide was very informed and patient with children's questions. The ear phones used is a great system as the guide can speak to you through the ear phones without bothering others.
The directions to the meeting point could be better. A highly recommended tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our tour guide was very well informed. She framed the palace within the historical perspective that it deserved. It is interesting to learn how the Doge was prevented from getting too much power. In one case, the Doge was killed by his own government for not remaining the leader of his equals.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Knowledgeable guide, great history that you wouldn't know about from school. We originally had no idea about this palace and what it meant along with the history that came with it. We showed up a little late and the guide was able to still get us in and up to speed.

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