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Loved this tour. Moses our tour guide was so interesting and knowledgeable. We would never have noticed the specifics that he pointed out and would have missed out on so much of the history behind St Marks and the Doges Palace had we chosen to go it alone rather than on this tour. Walking was easily manageable and the pace was good. Highly recommend.
This was our first tour with Viator and, based on our experience, it will not be our last. This was a very good small group tour with only 14 people and included St. Marks Basilica, the Doges Palace and the New Prison. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and headsets were provided so that we could hear his commentary.
Our tour started with a walk across the square to St. Mark's Basilica. We had been there the day before for mass and we saw a very different perspective of St. Mark's during the tour. Our guide explained many of the features and artwork. We were also able to visit the upper level to see the original bronze horses and go outside for a different view of St. Mark's Square. The stop outside was timed so that we could see and hear the giant figures strike the hour on the bell. Be aware that the steps to the upper level are very steep and very narrow and it can be difficult to go up and down.
The next portion of the tour was the Doge's Palace. We visited the antechambers where people were forced to wait hours for an audience and the various chambers where meeting were held. One very interesting part of the tour was when the guide pointed out the difference between the original mineral based painted frescos and the later plant based painted additions. The mineral reds were still bright and vibrant while the plant based reds were badly faded. We then walked from the Doges Palace across the Bridge of Sighs to the New Prisons before our very enjoyable more than two hour tour ended.
Suzi Mildern Australia
A wonderful way to see Venice. This was our second visit to Venice but first time inside Doge's Palace. Walking across the Bridge of Sighs and through the gaol was eerie but respectful. Loved the 1 hour boat tour around the canals too. Well paced walking tour around Venice. Thoroughly enjoyed
This tour was great! The Doge's Palace was amazing, but the best part was taking our time in St. Mark's, without the crowds. Worth every Euro!
Really good tour, would highly recommend this. Bring your walking shoes, the tour guide was very friendly, knowlegeable. Doges Palace was excellent and really enjoyed it. Went in winter so place was not packed with tourists, so waiting time to get into places was not long at all.
Brilliant guides very informative, gave us information that's not found in the guide books. Well worth doing especially the Doge's Palace which was stunning.
The secret tour of the Doges Palace was remarkable and revealing, all at the same time. We were able to appreciate a very different side of this very well known architectural landmark, right in the centre of Venice, than we had ever managed in several previous trips over the last few decades. The tour took us to the small private offices of the Doges' chief advisers, the meeting rooms of the highest officials and the attic level prison cells where only the worst offenders, including Giacomo Casanova, were imprisoned, before we crossed the Bridge of Sighs, looking out at the tourists floating past below on their gondola rides. Excellent value.
Cheryl and Graham, Sydney
This was an amazing tour. Although we had visited Venice previously had never actually toured the Doge's Palace. The guide was excellent and provided a vivid interpretation of the history. He was an excellent speaker and kept the audience motivated with his stories and explanations.
Doing what: Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Ticket and Tour
Great way to see these attractions. Small groups after hours means no lines and no crowds. Doge's palace was beautiful and in many ways similar to other famous palaces in Europe. Entered St. Marks after the evening mass and there were only around 25 people. Superb way to see this beautiful church. Paintings, mosaics, and statues were very impressive. Did not get upstairs which was the only thing that was disappointing.
We enjoyed the tour.Missed the Doges Palace due to a late vaparetto .The walking tour and St Mark's Basilica was interesting, but very fast paced and I have no problems with walking.The Grand Canal boat tour was my favorite part ,more relaxing interesting and informative.
Doge's Palace is a must see! Great tour - great guide, definitely worth it.
John F United States of ...
Really enjoyed our guide Freddie. She was a local and lived right in the neighborhood we were touring. She gave it a real personal feel. It was really interesting to learn what used to go on in Doges Palace and San Marco's Basilica was beautiful/
Amazing! My favourite part was seeing Doge's Palace. The tour guide, Anthony, said that this was his favourite place, and you could tell. He really made me want to spend more time there and see and learn more about Venice and Venisian history. He really made the tour worth going on. Thank you!
These were three tours tours in one day with 3 different tour guide, each of whom were native born in Venice. We started with the 9 AM Doges Palace tour and it was a trip into the seat and history of the old government and some of how they handled criminals. I enjoyed the painting and how they tried to keep power from being concentrated in too few hands.
We then took lunch and rejoined the tour of St Marks and the Venice Walking Tour. Our hotel was within 20 minutes of St. Marks Square so we knew the restaurants between the two places, The Venice walking tour was my favorite part as we walked the streets and learned how the locals really live, what are the challenges of living in this unique city.
The latter part of the afternoon was the Grand Canal boat ride. This one was good for pictures of St. Marks Square from a water view and the brides, houses on the Grand Canal. Our guide was pleasant and kept up a good flow of what we were seeing. My favorite part was at the end of the Grand Canal and the canals on the way back where we could see the back streets of the city where few tourists tread and even the gondola building shops!
If you are going to be in Venice for a short time, these tours are a great way to see and understand the city.
We enjoyed our tour of San Marco and Doge's Palace. Our tour guide, Valerie kept us well informed and moving.
We missed the Doge's Palace by 5 minutes and could't get to do another tour of it due to time constraints. St Mark's Basilica Tour was really very informative and so interesting if you enjoy all the history which I do!.
The Morning tour was awful , the lady tour guide had no clue what she was saying and we ended up not doing the doge tour with her since she was unorganized and could barely translates things in english ... The part two tour with Marco was great. He was very funny and very informative and would much rather have him tour us for both part of the deal. The boat tour was also a great part of the deal. You get to see the grand canal and the local side of the island. If it wasn't for the tour guide in the morning, the tour would have been perfect.
Interesting tour. One of my distant relatives was mentioned in the Doge's palace. It was nice to walk around Venice with a guide for a while. That helped us find our way around town later quite a bit.
The tour turned out to be a complete fiasco. This tour was to be three part tour - Doge's Palace tour followed by St Mark's Basilica tour followed by a ride down the Grande Canal. It was to estimated to be a 5-6 hour tour. We arrived early and were told by the tour coordinator that our Doge's Palace tour would begin promptly at 9:00AM but that the St. Mark's tour wouldn't begin until 2:00 PM. Others in the group were able to get a noon tour - but we were told that 'scheduling issues' issues resulted in our group of four being at 2:00. This meant that we would have nearly 3 hours between the Doge's Palace tour and the St Mark's. We talked it over and, because the ST Mark's portion of the tour was the biggest reason we were on the tour in the first place, decided to go along with the coordinator's instructions and return at 1:45 to the meeting place to begin the St Mark's tour. We did the Doge's tour it was excellent and our guide, Julia was wonderful and walked around for nearly 3 hours before returning to the meeting place for the St Mark's portion. When we arrived we were informed that the Basilica was now closed for a special event and we would just do a walking tour. I know that the closing of the Basilica is beyond the control of the tour companies - but if we had been in the earlier slot we would have been able to have the tour as the others from our group who got the earlier slot were in fact able to take the tour. I don't know whether our coordinator knew that at 9:00AM but if he did he did not say so. Then to add insult to injury we were informed that the ride on the Grande Canal would be at 5:00 - meaning that the 5 hour tour would in fact be over 9 hours. Apparently the 4:00 Canal ride was booked. This was unacceptable to us as we had made dinner plans for 7:00PM based on the tour's advertised approximate length of 5 hours. Our tour company in Rome, City Wonder's, also did Doges/St Marks tours we saw them at the meeting place and we wish that was the company we had in Venice. The company we had was Aventura Belissimo and they were not well organized and our tour coordinator was not very friendly or helpful and we are not sure he was completely honest with us. Needless to say it was the low point of our entire vacation and I would not recommend this tour to anyone if the tour company was Aventura Belissimo.
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Doge palace was amazing, the walked tour guide was hot and the boat tour only had 4 couples with the guide.
If you do one tour in Venice, this should be it. I would make sure to do the optional Doge's palace portion too. It was so nice to have a tour with a personable guide who knew what she was talking about. We were able to get really great pictures and not feel overwhelmed by hoards of crowds since it was after hours and few people were inside other than our small group. When they turned the lights on at the Basilica it was just breath taking.
This is a must when you visit Venice. I particularly liked that our tour on these two incredible landmarks was split. We visited the Doge's Palace in the morning then returned at 2pm to tour St. Mark's and do a Venice walking tour. We also had different guides on each tour. Both guides were good but the gentleman conducting the tour of the Doge's Palace had a Venetian accent and was a little difficult to understand at times. The lady conducting the tour of St. Mark's was excellent. Both were very knowledgeable.
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