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Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour

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Overview

Delve into Venetian history on this tour that showcases two of the city's most iconic structures and sheds light on the stories behind them both. Enjoy skip-the-line access to both popular attractions. Your first stop is legendary St. Mark's Basilica. Wander around the mosaic-covered interior and Byzantine treasures while a local guide fills you in on how this collection came to be. Then continue to the Doge’s Palace to explore the former political heart of Venice.
  • Skip-the-line access and tours of St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace
  • Explore two of the floating city's most iconic sites and learn the stories behind them
  • Visit the opulent apartments and the Hall of the Great Council at Doge's Palace with a guide
  • Take a walk over the Bridge of Sighs
  • Enjoy special access to the first floor terrace of St. Mark's for panoramic views over the city

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Take in amazing views from the St. Mark’s Basilica terrace—a panorama that most visitors never see.
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Local English-speaking guide
Skip-the-line ticket for St. Mark's Basilica
Headsets when necessary
Exclusive access to the balcony of St. Mark's Basilica
Pre-reserved ticket to the Doge's Palace
Gratuities
Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off

Departure Point

P.za San Marco, 76, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Correr Museum (Museo Correr) in Piazza San Marco. Meet under the portico just outside the entrance of the museum.

Departure Time

2:00 PM

Return Details

Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

In St. Mark's Square.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.
  • Please remember that the basilica is a holy place and attire must be appropriate: Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress. Backpacks are prohibited inside of St. Mark's Basilica.
  • Backpacks are prohibited inside St. Mark's Basilica.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • From August 6th 2021, all Italy sites we visit will require clients and guides alike to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test completed within 48 hours prior to entry. They will also require a legal form of ID matching the vaccination or test results. More info on the Italian Government website
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Tour in English only
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Walks - Italy, Spain & Greece
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour.
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What is the social distancing policy during Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "I would recommend bringing a hat or sunglasses and water." See review
  • "We recommend an early morning tour (9am), as crowds really build throughout the day." See review
  • "Keep in mind, at cafe there (15 min break) you must inform them if you plan to sit down w/ your drink or food." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Great tour!
Scott_m
, Oct 2021
The guide was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. We learned a lot. I would recommend this for all ages.
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star-4
Engaging
Joe_H
, Oct 2021
Susan was very clearly spoken and easy to understand. She had a good knowledge of the subject and was quite witty at times.
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star-5
Knowledgeable and smart guide - definitely take this tour
Blithn_S
, Oct 2021
Moses was a fantastic guide, he has much knowledge and shared it so well with us, adding a perfect amount of historical context to the buildings. I feel I know a lot about the history of Venice now and this really enriched my experience here.
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The guide was fantastic,...
BRIAN_A
, Oct 2021
The guide was fantastic, knowledgeable and funny! Good coverage of St. Mark’s and the Doge Palace. Strongly recommend
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Fun informative day in Venice
Minerva_O
, Oct 2021
The experience was awesome, Daniela our guide was informative but entertaining. I highly recommend this tour. Perfect timing with the sun shining on the domes of St Marks.
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Totally worth the time to get to know history of Venice
Deborah_R
, Oct 2021
The depth of knowledge and enthusiasm Susan had was infectious. The total tour was 3 hours and she kept it alive the whole around. Totally recommend.
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Disappointing cancellation.
Eugene_L
, Oct 2021
We waited over an hour for our tour guide, even asked the police, a security guard and another tour guide to help us find them. Nobody had seen them. It was too late to join another tour plus we had already spent our money with Viator. We only had that afternoon. When we got back to the US we saw a text from the guide that they had cancelled the tour because the Basilica was not open but that was not true, there were other groups going in . Currently requesting refund from Viator.
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star-5
Great tour
Olga_K
, Oct 2021
Our guide was terrific and kept us interested the whole time. For those who complain that the tour is too long - shame on you! There is so much to learn about Venice!!
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Amazing!
Tracy_O
, Oct 2021
Our tour guide Iola was amazing! So kind and helpful Saw so many wonderful things She shared so much history
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Fantastic tour with a great guide
robert_c
, Oct 2021
The three hour tour was excellent. The basilica history and art are worth the tour alone. The Doge Palace and prison were fantastic. The Venetian history that the Palace represents was something we did not really know. Our guide Susan brought everything to life and was extremely knowledgeable. We were very fortunate to have her as our guide Note there is a great deal of walking and stairs on this tour. A couple of persons were able to get an elevator in the Palace thanks to the guide
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