Book this tour and save 10% compared to booking each attraction separately!
- 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
Meet your guide at the entrance to the Royal Gardens in Venice and stroll to Doge's Palace, the magnificent Venetian-Gothic building from where the leaders of the former Venetian Republic ruled until the late-18th century. Head inside and explore the grandiose public chambers that the doges lavished with fine art and ornamentation. Masterpieces by Renaissance champions Tintoretto and Veronese adorn the walls and ceilings, framing the palace’s grand staircases and arcade statues.
Learn about the extravagant doges as you walk around, and hear of the power and treachery that characterized their reign. Ruling the republic with iron fists, the doges established a network of prisons at the palace so they could keep a close eye on their foes. Wander across the Bridge of Sighs, built to connect the palace to the fearsome prisons, and pose for photos against the backdrop of the palace. Your walking tour then finishes outside the palace, leaving you to enjoy a 3-hour break before your next tour starts.
Skip the Line: Small-Group Venice Walking Tour with St Mark’s Basilica (2 hours):
Leave St Mark’s Square and set off on your walking tour to discover some of Venice’s highlights — its top attractions and lesser-known sights. Soak up the hustle and bustle of St Mark’s Square, and head inside St Mark’s Basilica to admire its interiors. Marvel at the marble floors and ogle the gilded mosaics that blanket the walls and ceilings. The Pala D’Oro canopy over the high altar dazzles with gold and your guide will explain the Byzantine influences that helped Venice hone its distinctive architectural style.
After 40 minutes approx inside the St Mark's Basilica, head out and set off to discover the canal walkways and pretty bridges that many visitors don’t get to see. Stop for photos by San Zaccaria Church and admire its incredible façade with Gothic and Renaissance carvings. As you walk, listen to your guide’s tales of the city during the days of the Venetian Republic and the many colorful characters that have called Venice home throughout the ages.
After two hours exploring the city, work your way back to the start point at St Mark’s Square and finish your tour by the Bridge of Sighs.
See the 'View additional info' link below for a map of the start point for your first tour.
Really enjoyed the tour. The tour guide was knowledgeable and personable.
Had an excellent experience, loved the history surrounding Venice and the entire area.
The tour is well worth it the amount of information provided was very helpful in understanding the history of Venice.
We loved this tour and tour guide. It was everything and more.
Brilliant tour, guides were very knowledgeable and spoke very good English. In my opinion, having a guided tour of these sites is essential if you want to go to them. I wouldn't have appreciated them anywhere near as much without having a guide to explain their history and importance.
We had Stephania for the Doges Palace tour and Maria for our afternoon walking and Basilica. They were both excellent. They engaged us all with their knowledge. Thoroughly enjoyable!
We loved all that we saw and learned. Very knowledgeable tour guides answered questions and had so much interesting information to share. I would recommend this tour to everyone. Well worth the money spent!
This is a great tour! If you plan to visit Venice and would like to hear some history and learn something about this beautiful and charming city, you should consider this tour. I am very happy that I booked this tour before flying to Italy. Skipping the long lines, is definitely a plus. Mirco, our tour guide, is Venetian and a wonderful guide. He is very passionate about the history of his ancestors and his Venice. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing him talk about Venice.
The lines are long for Doge's Palace and the Basilica, so purchasing this in advance was well worth it. Doge's Palace is a must see with an experienced guide as we had. The tour of the Basilica was informative and we had a lovely walking tour of the neighborhood adjoining San Marco about life in Venice. As a bonus, the ticket included entry into the Correr Museum. We're not usually keen on museums, but this was great. It included the Imperial Rooms of the Royal Palace, as well as other rooms with artifacts from Venice. Just fabulous to see.
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