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
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.
Excellent tour of the Doges Palace with a very helpful and interesting guide. We skipped the line and went across the Bridge of Sighs to the prison.
Skipping the line in the afternoon for the Basilica tour was very helpful.
I would definitely recommend this tour
Fantastic tour! The guide was very knowledgable and informative the skip the line feature was a huge advantage.
Although it seemed a little steep, the card was worth it as we got a great young guide and we skipped the line into the Doge's palace. A real must do. If time is important to you, then get the card.
This was an excellent introduction to Venice. Both guides were informative and gave just the right amount of detail without overwhelming us. The ear pieces make a hugely positive difference. Barbara was particularly entertaining in the morning.
Happy with the tour guide and the tour presentation.
A great day. Both tours interesting and tour leaders really knew their material. Highly recommended.
Very interesting. Andrea (Andrew) was very knowledgeable and shared so much on the Doges Palace tour. Laura was an excellent guide as we went through St. Mark's Basilica and the Venice walking tour.
This was a very good tour worth the money to get all of the history.
The Doge's Palace was very well done interesting and a worthwhile tour. The meeting point in the gardens is a piece of cake if you arrive by vaporetto. St Marks is magnificent especially if you love byzantine gold. the mosaics are breathtaking. We visited behind the alter and saw the Pala d' Oreo a panel of gold embedded with gems commissioned in 976. Our guide answered questions about the occupation of Venice and purpose of the mask.
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