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Good tour, pretty short. The meeting pojt with the guide was hard to find as it was not described adequately
The tour guide was very knowledgeable but rushed us through the tour.
Was very difficult to understand the guide and therefore sure we missed a fair bit. The queue was not all that long so value for money to skip the line probably not there.
However once inside having a guide is of some use.
This tour was also provided by the same company as our Doge's Palace tour. We had a great guid, it was just unfortunate that the headsets they used were substandard
Great to jump the line, some interesting facts. The directions to find them where alittle loose.
The guide was very knowledgable about St. Marks square. However, due to a lot of static, it was difficult to hear her at times.
This tour was quite short. The guide is very knowlegeable but the tour was very short, didn't seem like good value for the money. The advantage of paying for the tour is that you can avoid the long lines.
The guide was hard to hear and hard to understand. Because the group was large, when we were inside St Mark's we sometimes could not get close enough to hear him. When we did, however, the information was interesting with just the right amout of detail.
The company itself was good and the ladies who met us were lovely. The guide however was far from it. She seemed to be in a hurry, and rushed through the tour with all information given about the basilica beginning with 'of course, as you know..' um no we don't know; that's why we are doing a tour
OK - only wish the guide could speak English well enough to understand and also spend less time telling us how good it was getting past all the queues and how good it is to have a guide - not once but at least 4 times - long and laboured. Got stung and extra 4€ a head entrance fee when the ticket price was 2€
The lady guide's English was incomprehensible and it was further muffled by the poor sound equipment which seems not to work from time to time. But her English was really poor. I was annoyed by the fact that the tour company had not told us that there was an extra 4 Euro to enter the basilica. This should have been highlighted on the website or on the ticket, or included in the upfront purchase ticket. Secondly we were not told about backpacks, so I had to find a secure location to leave mine which meant I wasted time on the tour. This should be made very clear to customers right at start. However, the tour itself was ok as we got to go inside the Church without having to wait in a long queue.
The guide was very knowledgeable, but the interference on the audio made it difficult to understand him.
Charming, knowledgable guide but very hard to hear or less you were very close to her. The sound system wasn't adequate enough in such a busy environment. Slightly frustrating.
The tour was all about the Church and was very boring. I wanted to see the church and the square, not to get a detailed lecture about every picture in the church and nothing about the square.
Our guide was knowledgeable but the audio was difficult to understand not sure if it was the equipment or the microphone. There was a lot of background noise and the sound was not clear to understand and get full value of the tour.
Good tour however very hard to understand guide and to follow her. She did not have a flag or something to identify her. We needed to rush fast to ensure we would not loose her. Plus, hard to understand her due to her accent. She even answered her cell during the tour. Not sure if I would recommend this tour.
Our tour guide into St. Mark's was good. I appreciated the Skip the Line aspect, as the line was very long, however she took us on a quick circuit of the church and then out. I would have liked to stay and see the upper parts. Also, the entrance fee is not included and the guide from the service requested 3 Euros each for entrance. When we got to the counter, the sign clearly stated an admission fee of 2 Euros each.
Because of flooding in St. Mark's square the "skip the line part" was not available --- everyone used the same door --- while this was unavoidable most of tour time was spent waiting to get in. Although we had head sets our guide's English was still difficult to understand and hard to "follow". She wanted to be successful but the tour was disappointing.
I'm sure if there weren't a million people in Venice the week we were there (film festival etc. going on) this might have been a better tour. As it was we couldn't hear our guide, St. Mark's Square was flooded from the thunder storm the night before so we just gave up and left. This may not be a fair review due to the conditions but the group was far too large and if you can't hear, what's the point? Perhaps a different time of year it may be better.
The main value of this tour is skipping the line. Otherwise you could probably do this on your own with the help of a downloaded audio tour or travel books. The guide shared useful information however we spent very little time actually in St. Marks Basillica. Also, when the tour concluded it really should have ended inside the basillica rather than in the square. This would have given others not going on to the Doge's Palace tour a chance to really appreciate St. Mark's. Once we left we were unable to enter again without paying and standing in line. Photos were not permitted inside the basillica, so we would have liked to visit the church gift shop to purchase post cards. We couldn't find any other place that sold pictures of the basillica's interior. Staying inside the basillica was never given as an option. If you do decide to go into the church, be sure to pay the extra few euros to go back behind the altar. It's worth a look!