Our tour guide was enthusiastic and passionate about both doges palace and st marks basilica. An Italian English speaking guide, at times she was hard to understand but overall her knowledge and pronunciation was great.Enough time given to have full tour of both.Would highly recommend for newbies to Venice!
You can’t skip this, even if you only have 1-2 days in Venice. I love the insider view of these amazing buildings, the information. We had a small group, but she kept us moving. I wish we would have had free time in St. Mark’s Basilica at the end of the tour.
We booked the high speed train to Venice for the day, and had limited time to see everything. We wanted to see the sites, but also have time for a Gondola ride, shopping and eating too. I booked this tour so that we would at least be able to get into the sites quickly and see the "highlights." Our guide had a very heavy accent and at times, was difficult to understand. However, the tour accomplished what we wanted - to be able to see the hightlights and "must see's" of both sites without having to wait in line all day. We were very pleased, got to see everything and would recommend this tour.
Silvia was e excellant. She was engaging and knowledgeable. We were never bored during our 2.5 tour. We has been to Venice several times, but never learned as much as from this tour. The Doges palace was stunning as well as St. Mark's. Skip the line was well worth it. The lines of non toured were enormous. We just walked to the head of the line.
I took this tour reading rave reviews ,wanted to hear those unheard Doge rulers stories and what not. But quite frankly didn't find it that engrossing.Now I feel I could have spent the money on something else
Now if you are really a student of History and more so of Roman History and know your Doges then this may be for you.
But history isn't your fancy and the words Gothic and Renaissance mean nothing to you, then just skip this.If you really want to spend your money get the tickets to Doge Palace St Marks is free entry for 20 Euros.Or even just take pictures from outside and save some bucks for the Gondola ride.
Our Guide was good and knowledgeable and had lot of information, so have nothing against him and thanks to him at least I gained some information. You do get to see a lot of art work and of course World's largest oil painting canvas, the jail, the bridge of sighs etc.
So think about it, what you want of your visit to Venice, knowledge or some striking pics for Instagram.If its the first then go for it ,if its the later then don't bother about it.
Doge's and the Basilica were great, the skip the line worked well. However I must rate the tour low as the guide kept going forward and leaving half the tour! We never heard anything about the bridge of sighs as he never got the group together before going that way . I was extremely disappointed about that. There were 8 of us all without a guide and had to find him!! It was very frustrating .I tried to contact Viator to voice my concern before rating this which was even worse! There contact me has no way to message them. When I tried to pull up the booking from yesterday it said it didn't exist. Sorry but due to a poor guide that didn't keep his group together I can't rate this as a good your .
The tour was fine. However one of our party has trouble climbing huge numbers of stairs and so was stressed. Viator needs much specificity (like the cruise lines do on their tours) about difficulty walking, distance walking and if there are a large number of stairs.
Super knowledgeable and expertly guided tour - quite literally. Great humor, really well executed. Couldn't ask for much more given the chaos in peak season. Really REALLY worth the money and the small groups. Do NOT try to do these sites without a tour like this!