It was a pleasure walking past the long lines, meeting our tour and experiencing the palace at a relaxed pace. Then we had the rest of the day to explore on our own.
Great tour. Very interesting to see the secret rooms, including the upstairs prisons, and Casanova's room and his escape! And it was cool to end the tour coming out of a hidden cupboard where you rejoin the normal walk on your own tour.
One of the best tours we did in Italy. We learnt so much about the history of Venice and how it was administered. A very interesting and informative tour and one I would recommend to everyone
Although expensive was a fantastic tour! Was recommended by a friend who went a few weeks ago. It was really interesting and nice to get away from the crowds as we went to parts of the Palace that no one else had access too. Learnt the story of Casanova's stay and escape from the prison. Highly recommend.
Great tour - really interesting and skipping the queue in such a busy place was really wonderful. The guide was very informative, it was terrific.
An excellent tour providing an interesting insight into the history and workings of the Doge's Palace. Our guide was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. There are lots of stairs to climb so recommended only for those who are able?
We received the e voucher straight away, giving us all the details of the excersion.We arrived just before the trip and were greeted straight away. The tour started on time and was well worth doing.
Great guide and tour. Would recommend. Triple the price the museum offers, but we couldn and #39;t get an English speaking guide. Would suggest other tourists try to book on the museum Venice website and this is a good backup if you don and #39;t mind paying.
We really enjoyed this trip. Getting to see the prisons in the cellar and attic were amazing... Be warned there are a lot of steps. Loved the palace as well, but as we were left to our own devices we kept getting lost!
Really enjoyed the Doge's Palace. The tour was the perfect length and was able to see the entire building. Only complaint was that our guide's English wasn't ideal for a tour guide, but she was patient and wanted to make sure we understood her content.
We really enjoyed this tour. Our guide was very entertaining and informative. Since the tour is early we were able to enjoy the Doge's Palace for a few minutes before the crowds. The Secret Itineraries takes you to areas not open to the general public. We were glad we booked this tour.
Super knowledgeable tour guide on the particulars and history of the Palace and Venice. Entrance to Doge's Palace is ahead of official opening to the line that began wrapping around the entrance. Our group was a dozen or so people.
A look and historical information on the nuances of the palace and prisons. Free time after allows for actual going crossing within the Bridge of Sighs not part of the tour but part of your entrance ticket to the palace and absorbing the remainder of the huge property. As an FYI , this is more about the secrets not the well known portions - i.e. does not show/explain the Golden Staircase or some of the important parts of the palace itself.
Our guide, Marie Therese, was very good - informative but not in a dry way - she was a lot of fun. It was great to get to see the parts of the Palace which you wouldn't see ordinarily old prisons, Casanova's cells, administration rooms and also meant that we were able to skip the queue to get in. We arrived early at the meeting point which was very easy to find. We were given our audio bits and were then allowed into the palace to wait for the rest of the tour. It was a small group, around 15 of us, which was just right. After the tour we were able to look around the rest of the Palace at our leisure, walking over the Bridge of Sighs and seeing all the formal rooms and the new prison. My only complaint would be that the audio equipment did not work too well for some in the group, including my husband. We were told that it was brand new equipment that day but there was quite a lot of interference and picking up of other tours. However this did not detract from our enjoyment as being as it was such a small group the audio almost wasn't needed. Definitely recommend this if you have the time.
Awesome Guide, very knowledgeable and pleasant. Meeting place was specific enough in a mob of tourists.
This was a grand tour of the Palace and it took us places that the regular tours are not able to go -- skipping the line is essential -- it gets huge. Our guide was knowledgeable and her English was fine. We used those little radio devices which can be annoying, but are really necessary in the crowds if you want to hear anything. The guide was there when she said she would be and all went smoothly. Highly recommend this tour over Cruise Line tours which are much larger and less informative.
We were grateful to book this tour at the last moment, and our guide, Aga, made it worth every penny. She was funny and enthusiastic, and she was kind enough to pay special attention to the kids in the group without dumbing anything down. This was a very enjoyable tour.
Great behind the scene tour, Guide was great and brought the past to life. Small group made it easy to hear everything and ask questions. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for something more than just a tour of the palace
This was a very interesting tour. The guide was entertaining to listen to. The audio equipment did not work well, but it was not needed in the quiet area that we toured.
Brilliant tour - very knowledgeable guide with good sense of humour and only 12 in group so plenty of interaction. Tour takes you through the back routes and hidden passages for about 1hr 30mins before leaving you to wander the rest of this amazing site - we spent just over 3hrs in total.
Would highly recommend both for description of the site and the history of Venice.
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