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See the magnificent St. Mark's Basilica with one of the most in-depth guided tours of the Byzantine jewel. Enjoy skip-the-line access to avoid the often-long queues outside the cathedral. Learn about the incredible history behind St. Mark's from a knowledgeable guide during this 1-hour tour. See the treasures inside the basilica, including the Golden Pall and the altar.

Highlights

  • 1-hour in-depth tour of St. Mark's Basilica in Venice

  • Enjoy skip-the-line access to the basilica to avoid the long queues that often form

  • Learn about the centuries of St. Mark's history from an expert guide

  • See the main attractions inside the cathedral, including the Golden Pall

What You Can Expect

Skip The Line: St Mark's Basilica Guided Tour

The Golden Pall

Customer Reviews

Andras V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It was not our first visit to San Marco, It proved worthwhile to do it with an expert guide who finally managed to put all infos into the right context. It was probably a mistake to do it on a Saturday though when the crowd was even more dense than usual.
But what else can you do than just awe...

pauline E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The tour met promptly and we had and extremely knowledgeable guide who spoke great English. Gave us a lot of information and included a little humour too. Thoroughly enjoyable experience and would highly recommend it

amberland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The queue for St Mark's is constantly long in the summer, if you want to save time this is definitely the ticket to get. The guide was good and really helped you appreciated the beauty of the Basilica.

Debra B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour was great! The guide was very knowledgeable and we got to see up close all the beautiful mosaics and gold leaf inside.

John E

4 star rating: Recommended July 2015

The tour guide was very knowledgeable. The problem was the heat, it was so hot and inside the Basilica it was like a steam room, no air . The Basilica was beautiful, but we really couldn't enjoy it because of the heat.

Harvey S

3 star rating: Worth doing July 2016

San Marco, of course, is magnificent and amazing to experience. Our guide was pleasant and well-informed -- but difficult to hear the radio system worked poorly, the heat was overwhelming, and the fact that this tour was a continuation of the previous tour of the Doge's Palace, which we weren't on, made for a somewhat disjointed experience for those of us who joined at San Marco. This could have been better done.

David B

3 star rating: Worth doing March 2016

Could barely understand the tour guide

Petra O

3 star rating: Worth doing October 2015

I found the guides not to be very organized. They did not have enough sound devices for everyone and we had to wait at least 30 minutes until they found more. It seemed that our guide was just running through the commentary without too much enthusiasm. Maybe it was burnout.

Despina D

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2015

The biggest advantage of this tour is skipping the line. Although we enjoyed the tour, the audio/sound wasn't that great so you couldn't always hear the guide very clearly. It was still worth doing.

Tiffany S

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better September 2015

This tour could work its way up to 4 or 5 stars with some better organization and audio sets. There was so much standing around and waiting, I think waiting in the line would have taken the same amount of time. We basically jumped into a tour group that had just completed the Doge's Palace and was working its way into the Basilica. That guide and the group were running behind so we had to wait for them to make their way from the Palace to the Basilica. Out of the 5 tours we took on our trip to Italy, this was the only one that was coordinating multiple tours in different languages, all at the same time and it felt chaotic. The staff were nice so nothing against them.

The guide was great, I really liked her and she was very informative. It was a shame the audio sets were so bad, I felt like I missed some of information. Also, while I felt like it was obvious the Basilica would have a dress code, others were in the dark and totally caught of guard so perhaps this tour should include a friendly reminder that shoulders should be covered and nothing showing above the knees. Overall, I'm still glad we did this tour, I hope they take people's reviews into consideration and improve where needed.

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