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Skip-the-Line: Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica Guided Small-Group Tour

Venice, Italy

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  • 2 hours (approx.)
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  • Offered in: English


The entrance lines at Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica can sometimes feel like they last forever. Bypass the annoyance of waiting in long queues by prebooking this Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Skip-the-Line Small-Group Tour. Perfect for those with a limited time in Venice, you’ll visit both big attractions with a guide leading the way and loading you with historical info you wouldn’t hear otherwise.
  • Get special, skip-the-line access to Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica
  • Avoid large tour groups with this small-group tour of up to 15 people
  • Audio headsets are provided so you don’t miss your guide’s commentary
  • Choose from a morning or afternoon tour time depending on your preference

What's Included

  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Skip the line Access and entrance ticket to the Doge’s Palace
  • Skip the Line Access to St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Small groups of 15 people or less
  • Audio headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide
  • Food/Beverage
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Ponte della Paglia
    30124 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

    Next to Ponte della Paglia, the bridge with the view of the Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs), in front of the Doge's Palace, facing the lagoon

Return Details

  • Doge's Palace San Marco, 1, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

    This tour ends inside Doges' Palace.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Operated by City Wonders Ltd

Cancellation Policy

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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skip-the-Line: Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica Guided Small-Group 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
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Skip-the-Line: Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica Guided Small-Group Tour?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

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176 reviews
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ParisHighlights, Aug 2022
Small group tour of about 35 was not expecting it to be that large over packed way too crowded couldn’t hear clearly on the devices that they gave us had to end the tour halfway through because we couldn’t go in one of the facilities because we didn’t have our shoulders covered but nothing about that I would like a full refund and do not recommend this
23 people in small group?
Winston_D, Aug 2022
The description says “ Small groups of 15 people or less” however there were exactly 23 people which is a breach of contract. The tour guide did a wonderful job despite the over crowded and impossible situation .
Very informative!
Kirsten_S, Aug 2022
Finding the tour was our only concern with the amount of people in the area, however the guide was right where they said they would be. Rita did an amazing job. She was extremely knowledgeable about the topics.
Viator is the worst.
Katherine_H, Aug 2022
Victor is a complete and total scam and I’m disputing it with my credit card company. Save your money.
Wonderful tour!...
daniel_v, Aug 2022
Wonderful tour! Knowledgeable guide. It was in fact skip the line! We did not wait anywhere. Monica was very nice and answered all questions.
Salvatore_C, Aug 2022
Nice experience..the cattedrale is magnificent..all mosaic in the roof astonished...and the rooms in palazzo Ducale are full of paintings.. Recommended
Rita was a great guide...
Grant_W, Aug 2022
Rita was a great guide for these can’t miss Venezia destinations. Her knowledge, historical storytelling ability, and passion for the history of the city was great.
Fantastic Tour
John_W, Aug 2022
The tour was fantastic. Our guide Rita really knew her history and made the experience so interesting and enjoyable. Well recommended.
Wow — wonderful.
Steve_D, Aug 2022
This was surely a fantastic tour. Our host, Jole, was very nice. She was well informed, easy to understand, caring, and fun! We toured S. Mark’s Basilica first and that was spectacular. Jole explained so much to us it was wonderful. We next toured the Doge’s Palace and again Jole’s explanations were very nice and very informative. I highly recommend this tour and Jole as a guide. Grazie!!
Learned a lot
Luis_S, Aug 2022
Rita was very friendly and professional. We had lots of fun learning about Venice and the many years of culture. Thanks and blessings
Stephen_K, Aug 2022
I appreciated skip the line but the guide was not very knowledgeable. That’s about all I want to say.
All of it! Two very...
Bev_B, Aug 2022
All of it! Two very awe-inspiring buildings with rich histories. Even though it was my third visit, I thoroughly enjoyed the tour
Worth the money!
Stephanie_I, Aug 2022
I really enjoyed our guided tour. The last I visited, I didn't use a guide. There was so much information that I missed without a guide. I highly recommend it. Our guide, Rita, was very friendly and knowledgeable.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Good Day!
Martha_G, Jul 2022
The guide knew her history well and was very good at pointing out interesting facts while on the tour in the Dodge's Palace. She was also great at sharing history in the church or St. Mark's as well and was able to keep the kids entertained which discussing its history.
Excellent guided tour
Robert_S, Jul 2022
Iole was an excellent guide! When we got stuck a few times due to crowds, she offered us more information. We were encouraged to ask questions and take photos. Very informative - skip the line is the way to go!
Doges/ St. Marks Basilica
RICHARD_G, Jul 2022
Our tour guide Rita or Rida not sure of the spelling was terrific. Very helpful and informative. Took time to show and explain the Doges and St. Marks. She was understanding of the weather and tried to make the experience as comfortable as possible. She did a great job !!!
Failed Booking
Divina_T, Jul 2022
We arrived early @12 Noon for the 2:30pm tour but we we cannot locate/find despite of all our efforts to look for City Wonders Ltd tour guide!!! It was with great disappointment Please make sure to refund my payment! Thank you! Analina
Tour guide left without...
Chadwin_F, Jul 2022
Tour guide left without us and called on our local number. Left the meeting point before the tour was meant to start and viator did not assist at all
Iole was amazing and very informative
sabimeg, Jul 2022
iole was amazing and very informative! The tour was just the right amount of time. Our family loved the experience
Worth the price
Carol_H, Jul 2022
Def worth the skip the line as queues were horrendous and it was so hot. Our guide Rita was great. No hassle. Best way to see everything.
1 traveler found this review helpful


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