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Tour code: 2635DOGESMARKPALA

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Book this tour and save 10% compared to booking each attraction separately!

See two of Venice’s most iconic attractions and save 10% when you book them together with this Super Saver. Head to the front of the long queues with skip-the-line access to the famed Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Basilica. Learn the history behind these architectural wonders from your local guide, and explore some of Venice’s lesser-known sights on a walking tour. Complete both tours in the same day with a 3-hour break in between to spend at your leisure.


  • Combine two best-selling Venice tours at a discounted price
  • Skip the line at two top Venice attractions: Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica
  • Explore the opulent public rooms of Doge's Palace, see Veronese paintings and walk across the Bridge of Sights
  • Learn all about the Doges of Venice who ruled the Republic of Venice until the late-18th-century
  • Admire the extravagant interiors of St Mark’s Basilica and see the Pala D’Oro canopy
  • See St Mark’s Square as well as hidden gems such as San Zaccaria Church on a walking tour

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What You Can Expect

Venice Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica Tours plus Venice Walking Tour

Enjoy your walking tour around St Mark's Basilica!

Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Tour (2 hours):
After meeting your guide outside the Royal Gardens in central Venice, walk to the nearby Doge’s Palace at St Mark’s Square. Admire the magnificent Gothic exterior, and then skip straight to the front of the queue so you can head inside and start exploring. Follow your guide through the palace’s ornate public rooms adorned from floor to ceiling with gilded decor and murals, including paintings by Renaissance masters Tintoretto and Veronese.

As you explore, your guide will share details about the powerful doges who ruled the Venetian Republic for centuries. Hear about their fearsome governing tactics, and then step across the famous Bridge of Sighs into the connected prison network where enemies of the republic were locked up. After you’ve emerged back into the daylight of St Mark’s Square, enjoy a 3-hour break at your leisure before your next tour begins.

Skip the Line: Small-Group Venice Walking Tour with St Mark’s Basilica (2 hours):
Meet your tour back in St Mark’s Square and learn about the crown jewel of this piazza — the Italo-Byzantine St Mark’s Basilica. Head to the front of the line and step inside the awe-inspiring cathedral. Admire the soaring golden domes, marble mosaics and intricate murals of the lavish interior. Your tour includes access to the dazzling Pala d’Oro altar, which was created by generations of Venetian goldsmiths. You’ll have approximately 40 minutes inside the Basilica to explore.

Next, escape the crowds of St Mark’s Square and follow your guide through lesser-known backstreets. Learn about some of Venice’s hidden gems, such as the Gothic San Zaccaria Church, as your guide shares tales of the city’s colorful characters and history. Your tour concludes back at the original departure point in St Mark’s Square. 

See the 'View additional info' link below for a map of the start point for your first tour.

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Customer Reviews

Richard L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We had two great guides for the tour. Both had exceptional knowledge of art, architecture and history and spoke great English. The meeting places were easy to find and close to San Marco Square.

Deborah M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was a great tour with an excellent and knowledgeable guide who provided lots of interesting facts and history. The first portion in Doge's palace was a very large group but the radios worked well and we saw lots of the palace. It was extremely hot and sticky inside so was nice we had 3 hours until the next part of our tour to pick up some lunch and head back to our hotel around the corner to eat and relax in the air conditioning. We met at the same place for the afternoon portion which is very easy to find Royal Gardens and this tour was much smaller group which was even better. St Mark's is definitely worth seeing with a guide to get the information - it is so beautiful with all the mosaics the only disappointment is you can't take pictures to remember. The walking portion at the end was also interesting as we got information and history about alleyways and squares we had encountered the day before


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Venice without Doge and #39;s palace has no meaning

Ashley D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Joseph R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

A must do for the quick and highly enjoyable history of Venice.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour guide was knowledgeable and funny


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The two tours were both well organized and informative. Having headsets for listening to the tour guide are a great plus! Ariana did a wonderful job with the Doges Palace. The paintings in the palace are amazing and the jail was interesting. Sylvia also did a wonderful tour of San Marco Basilica. Very beautiful inside! We will be booking tours for Athens through Viator.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Wonderful! So informative and interesting. Really embellished my enjoyment of Venice. The tour guides on each tour were equally thorough and personable.

I am so pleased I did this tour. Thank you.

5m17hy Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was 2 different tours. The Doge's Palace tour was excellent and the guide was amazing. The Basilica was also excellent and the guide was good, but she tended to only talk to those in front of her and didn't worry if fo were well behind on the walking tour.

Wendy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Our tour guide was excellent and easy to hear as we had headsets. The tour of the Doges palace was interesting and we were pleased to get the same tour guide for the afternoon tour of St Marks and Venice Walking. A really lovely day. We don and #39;t usually do tours but really felt we gained a lot.

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