• Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)
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Skip the line for entrance to one of the most important symbols of Venice, the Doge's Palace, during this 1-hour guided tour. Walk through the impressive structure, once the first sight greeting ships coming in from the lagoon, full of gold staircases and paintings by masters like Tintoretto and Veronese. Admire examples of Byzantine and Oriental architecture as you listen to your guide's commentary on an included headset. Entrance fees included.


  • 1-hour tour of the Doge's Palace
  • Skip-the-line entry
  • View eclectic architecture and important Italian masterworks
  • Learn about the history of the rulers of the Most Serene Republic
  • Audio headsets to hear your guide clearly
  • All entrance fees included

What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Guided Tour in Venice

Doge's Palace Tour Venice

Meet your guide at the entrance to the Doge's Palace, where you can skip the line for express entrance. Don your provided audio headset to hear your guide clearly and embark on a 1-hour educational tour of one of Venice's most important buildings. 

The Doge's Palace, an architectural masterpiece marrying Byzantine and Oriental styles, once greeted all ships entering the lagoon. Listen to your guide's commentary outlining the role of the building in the Duke's reign over the Republic of Serenissima. Today, this impressive building still represents the seat of Venetian political power. 

Go back in time as you walk through the lavish rooms, up the gilded staircases and by important masterpieces by Veronese, Tintoretto and other artists of the time. Imagine the suffering of Venetian convicts as they crossed the Bridge of Sighs toward their imprisonment. 

Your tour concludes at its departure point after 1 hour.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Conflict forced us to miss this tour

Gerard P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

We did indeed skip a long line. Had to wait maybe 20 seconds. The guide was very interesting and imparted a lot of good information.
Will do again.

Fiona S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

A must see, Excellent guide,

Phil B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

This place is just amazing. Adjoining the Basilica, it takes your breath away. Everything about Venice is magical but this tour was spectacular. The tour guide spoke perfect English and made the tour even more interesting with her humour. Crossing the Bridge of Sighs was an unexpected treat as well. If you get a chance to do this tour, do it, you will not regret it.

Archana S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The guide explained quite well in English.

Samantha W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

I downloaded the Viator app and organised this tour 2 hours prior to commencement which in itself was efficient and easy to organise. Meeting place easy to find and a pleasant welcome from guides . Tour was excellent with a well informed interesting guide. She bought history alive with interesting facts and the pace was good . I thoroughly enjoyed my tour of the Doges Palace

Eric H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

As with most tours, this was really helpful in cutting through the chaos of too much, paring down to what is digestable. Bring your own headphones.

Robert A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The guide made history come alive! Having the little transmitters with earphones ensured that no mater how close or far the guide was, you could hear what was being said in your native language. She added humor and was very considerate of people like myself with limited mobility and allowed time for me to keep up with the group and rest on benches inside the building at all levels. Excellent tour and the skip a line was awesome!

Shayne V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent tour our local Venetian guide was excellent and the tour very well run. If you've only got a short time in Venice and want to learn a little of the back story then this is the way to do it. We saw the main highlights of the Doge's Palace, the interior of the Bridge of Sighs, and the prison, and learned some of the history of the Venetian Republic's secrets to how it was so successful for so long.

Jenny M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

perfect amount of time for our first afternoon in Venice after little to no sleep. Guide was knowledgeable and friendly. Tour was one of the highlights of our time in Venice and was a welcome reprieve from the heat and crowds outside

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