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  • Location:Venice, Italy
  • Duration:7 hours (approx.)

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

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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.

Highlights

  • 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

Mary Sue K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Fantastic tour! The guide was very knowledgable and informative the skip the line feature was a huge advantage.

George A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

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.

Sheena M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

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.

Russell W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Happy with the tour guide and the tour presentation.

Christine M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

A great day. Both tours interesting and tour leaders really knew their material. Highly recommended.

Gina W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

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.

cinroadking

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was a very good tour worth the money to get all of the history.

dorothy c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

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.

Tanya K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

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Warren S T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

I did the tour on Sept 10th. The tour meeting point was nearby and easy to find. Our guide for the Doge's Palace was Arianna. The tour was very informative and Arianna provided the right amount of info so it was easy to understand the history of the building, the palace and the art. It was good to get into the prison area. Great Art pieces.
In the afternoon I went on the 2nd part of the tour to St Marks Basilica. Our guide was Maria. The tour was very informative, whilst not over the top. Inside is amazing. A must see. The Skip the Line ticket is a must as the queues had 2-3 hour waits. Overall, a very good way to see 2 of the top attractions in Venice.

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