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clock-o2 hours (Approx.)
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commentOffered in: English and 4 more

Overview

The Doge’s Palace and Saint Mark’s Basilica are two of Venice’s most beloved destinations, but the two landmarks can have ticket lines to match. See both landmarks with a private guide on a 2-hour tour that includes skip the line access, so you can make the most of your time in Venice.

 

  • 2-hour Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica tour
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Learn about local history and culture
  • Skip the line
  • Family friendly
Make your way to Saint Mark’s Square, where you’ll a guide for your first destination, the Doge’s Palace. Once the seat of the powerful Venetian government, the Doge’s Palace is an architectural masterpiece filled with lavish décor. Listen to stories about Venice’s golden age, and immerse yourself in the culture of medieval Europe as you explore the stuccoed halls and artwork.

Continue to the Basilica, once the private chapel of Venice’s Doges, which you’ll tour with a private guide from the Curia di Venezia. Learn the legend of the basilica, whose Byzantine domes date to the 10th century, and follow the story on a series of 13th-century mosaics. Discover the artistic and architectural highlights of the church, including the marble inlaid floor, where animals and geometric patterns are brilliant counterpoint to the painted ceiling.

This tour concludes at the Saint Mark’s Basilica, close to Venice attractions and public transport.

Reviews

Viator Traveller's Reviews

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L
, Oct 2018

Great tour, really well organised. Tour guide was informative and friendly. Tours last around 2 1/2 hours and skips all the queues. Great value for money.

P
, Feb 2018

Friendly and informative guide. Tour ran on time and was enjoyable

J
, Nov 2017

Worst tour we have ever had, and we travel a lot. When we got to the area, we searched in vain for the designated meeting spot. We had to ask many, many tour guides before finding out what to do. We could have dealt with that. Our tour guide was the main problem. Our group was large maybe 50 people. The guide seemed to only be concerned with the few people around him. Twenty or thirty of us had to run to keep up this was during the WHOLE TOUR. We could not hear half of the information because the audio did not work unless you were right by the guide. Many of us complained several times, but no changes were made. We could not enjoy what little we saw or even take photos as we ran through room after room to keep up. We paid a fair amount of money for nothing. We have used Viator in the past, but never again!

B
, Nov 2017

We enjoyed this tour.

G
, Nov 2017

The tour of the Palace and the Basilica were both excellent. It was always going to be busy, but our guide lady was good at finding a way round the crowds efficiently. She was knowledgable about the history of Venice and she did not bore us with superfluous historical facts, but provided the right level of detail with some humour thrown in. The tour, at about two and a half hours, was the right length.

s
, Nov 2017

What an amazing place. The tour team located under the clock in St. Mark's Square was just two people passing things out, so make sure you are early for your tour time. We had a great guide, but the people we were with that ended up in another group left early due to their guide.

J
, Oct 2017

The Palace itself gets increasingly difficult to manage,even with a good guide as provided by viator. She managed to avoid the worsts of the bottlenecks and to give us the maximum information with least possible hassle.

j
, Oct 2017

Wry good guide, even with a large group she held our attention. Her debi and background made her historical facts very interesting.
We would recommend this two part tour. Meeting location while lots,of tour groups meeting at the same time was pretty efficient.

A
, Oct 2017

Was a nice tour, but was chaotic at times. At one point we couldn't hear our guide talking since there was interference from another guide. But it was an amazing tour. I would recommend this tour!

G
, Sep 2017

I have had the pleasure of visiting Venice many Times, and it never let's you down.

It is simply magical and never ages, The Doves Palace is spectacular, as is the Basilica. Make sure that you pre book to avoid the long ques, and when booking with Viator it is easy and good value for money.


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