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Skip-the-Line Saint Mark's Basilica and Doges Palace Combined Tour

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Overview

Get an in-depth look at two of Venice's most popular attractions on this skip-the-line tour of St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace. See glittering mosaics inside the church and lavish rooms once inhabited by rulers of the Venetian Republic. Explore the fascinating history of La Serenissima in one combination tour.
  • Combination tour of St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace
  • See the shimmering mosaics inside the basilica and the beautiful golden altar
  • Explore the lavish halls and rooms of the Doge's Palace
  • Hear about famous Venetians, including the story of Casanova's famous escape from the Doge's prison
Begin your tour with a visit to St. Mark's Basilica, dedicated to Venice's patron saint and awash in golden mosaic tiles.

Walk through the church to the Pala d'Oro (Golden Altar), one of the treasures inside the church, representing the work of generations of Venetian goldsmiths. Experts consider the altar one of the best examples of Byzantine goldsmith craftsmanship.

Continue your tour with a brief walk to the Doge's Palace, or Palazzo Ducale, which is adjacent to St. Mark's Basilica. Admire the different architectural features on the exterior of the palace, with elements of the Byzantine, Gothic, and Renaissance eras.

Learn about the rulers who once lived in and governed from the Doge's Palace when this was the center of the Venetian Empire. Walk through ornately-decorated halls and rooms, some with artwork by famous Venetian painters—including Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese. Hear about the prison attached to the Doge's Palace, and about one of its best-known residents—Casanova—who famously escaped from this impenetrable building.

Use your ticket from the Doge's Palace to visit many other museums in the area including the Correr Museum, the National Archaeological Museum, and the Monumental Rooms of the National Library.

Enjoy a perfect introduction to Venice with tours of these two important landmarks.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Piazza San Marco
Be intrigued by the fascinating history of La Serenissima and discover what it is like to live in this unique city! Walking around this open air museum our informative guide will take you to the external sights of Saint Marks Square and the Doge's Palace, the Sansovino library, the Bell tower, the incredible legends of the Clock tower and the Bridge of sighs and its adjoining prisons.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Doge's Palace
First, skip the lines to the neighboring Doges’ Palace, the ducal seat of power during the Venetian Republic. Admire its Byzantine architecture, passing through decorative chambers to see paintings by Tintoretto, Titian, and Veronese, to name a few. Continue down a very small passageway to cross the Bridge of Sighs from the inside, and descend into the prison cells where Casanova was incarcerated until his legendary escape.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Basilica di San Marco
Next, skip the long lines to St. Mark’s Basilica, which enshrines the city’s history and the relics of saints. See stunning mosaics and gold work. Your guide will tell you the history of the cathedral and how it was built. Admire the masterpieces by Venetian goldsmiths.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Museo Correr
At the end of the tour, keep your Doge's Palace ticket to visit on your own: Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana in Saint Mark's square, opposite side of the Saint Mark's Basilica.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
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 Saint Mark's Basilica and Doges Palace Combined 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 Skip-the-Line Saint Mark's Basilica and Doges Palace Combined Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Skip-the-Line Saint Mark's Basilica and Doges Palace Combined Tour?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Skip-the-Line Saint Mark's Basilica and Doges Palace Combined Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Skip-the-Line Saint Mark's Basilica and Doges Palace Combined Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Skip-the-Line Saint Mark's Basilica and Doges Palace Combined Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Skip-the-Line Saint Mark's Basilica and Doges Palace Combined Tour?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Skip-the-Line Saint Mark's Basilica and Doges Palace Combined Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Skip-the-Line Saint Mark's Basilica and Doges Palace Combined Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Skip-the-Line Saint Mark's Basilica and Doges Palace Combined Tour.

Reviews

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Knowledgeable Guide
Roam02339249017
, Aug 2019
Our guide was very knowledgeable - one of the best that we had on this 2 week trip. The tour of St. Mark's was a whirlwind, get-in-and-get-out kind of thing, but in the peak of the tourist season I suspect that it is required of the tour operators to move their groups through. The tour of Doge's Palace was at a more relaxed pace and I felt that iwe saw most if not all of what it had to offer. Again, the narrative from our guide was very detailed and informed.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Dear Guest, Thank you for your awesome review about our Saint Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Tour. We are pleased the tour was informative and we look forward in seeing you again. Best regards, Venice Events Team.
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Skip the line St Mark's Basilica and Doges Palace
Daveboy24
, May 2019
The guide was very knowledgeable, however the administration was poor. The organiser turned up to the meeting point 15 minutes late. We also paid extra for 'skip the line' however we had to join a big queue for Doges Palace.
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Iole was very informative and gentle...
NIKOLAOS P
, Aug 2018
Iole was very informative and gentle. Both places are very interesting.
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Great tour
amyliar0se
, Aug 2018
Our guide Hazel was great and knowledgeable. The headsets for the tour were really helpful. I would have liked to have spent a little longer in the prison section of the Doge’s Palace. Overall, it was a really great tour.
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Very enthusiastic and knowledgeable...
d1c1b1
, Aug 2017
Very enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guide makes all the difference.
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The guide kept us outside standing...
sandra-gordon
, Aug 2017
The guide kept us outside standing on the concrete too long before we were allowed to enter Doges Palace. Also, the larger crowds made it hard to enjoy the tour to any extent although that was not the fault of Viator guide.
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Thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Saint...
Kari D
, Aug 2017
Thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Saint Mark's Basilica and Doges Palace. Our guide was knowledgeable and kept the tour interesting.
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The tour was well organized. It was...
drruth54
, Jul 2017
The tour was well organized. It was easy to find the meeting point. Our guide, Marco, was very good. He was interactive, informative and funny. We were navigated through the crowds easily. I would recommend this tour.
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Great tour!!! we loved our tour...
Denisse O
, Jul 2017
Great tour!!! we loved our tour guide-- we forgot his name, but he had medium brown hair, somewhat tall, thin frame, and spoke fast. However, he was awesome. We loved it! He flooded us with information that was very interesting and fun. I would definitely recommend to anyone that wants a great, fun informative tour about the Basilica and Doges Palace. Tour duration was just right. Thank you very much!
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Excellent. This was the highlight...
Douglas M
, Nov 2016
Excellent. This was the highlight of our time in Venice. Our guide was fantastic. Don't miss this tour.

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