Experience the magnificence and mystery of the Doge’s Palace in Venice with this skip-the-line ticket. Head to the front of the queue with your guide, and then wander through the palace’s ornate public rooms as you learn the history of Venice’s powerful rulers. Admire magnificent interior artwork, including Renaissance masterpieces by painters Tintoretto and Veronese. Explore the palace’s darker side with a visit to the prison quarters and a walk across the notorious Bridge of Sighs.
2-hour tour of the Doge’s Palace in Venice, led by a knowledgeable guide
Skip the long lines and enjoy fast-track admission to the magnificent Venetian-Gothic palace
Explore the beautiful public chambers and see Renaissance artwork by Tintoretto and Veronese
Learn about the dogs of Venice who ruled the republic with iron fists
Walk across the Bridge of Sighs and tour the New Prisons
One of the architectural and cultural highlights of Venice, the Doge’s Palace was the seat of the Venetian Republic and its rulers for centuries. Meet your local guide at Venice’s Royal Gardens for a short walk to the palace in St Mark’s Square. Admire the magnificent Gothic exterior before heading to the front of the long queue with your skip-the-line ticket.
Wander through the palace’s awe-inspiring public rooms, decorated from floor to ceiling with gilded decor and elaborate murals. Admire masterpieces of Renaissance painting, including works by Tintoretto and the striking Juno Bestowing her Gifts on Venice by Veronese. As you explore, listen to your guide’s narration through provided headsets so all visitors can hear clearly.
See the Trial Chambers of the Council of Ten and learn about the powerful and secretive practices the mighty doges used to rule the Venetian Republic for centuries. Walk across the famous Bridge of Sighs that connects the palace to the adjoining New Prison complex, where convicts and enemies of the republic were confined. Walk in the footsteps of the condemned as you explore the foreboding hallways and cells of the prison. Your 2-hour tour concludes back outside the palace in the welcoming, open air of St Mark’s Square.
Directions of where to meet were absolutely terrible!! Not detailed at all! We ended up missing the tour even though we showed up almost min. prior because we never found the garden? Across from gondola dock or on the Southeast side of the Palace would have been a better description because there was construction in front what evidently was we think was the garden (even locals didn't know where garden when we asked was or other tour operators or palace ticket staff!!) so we walked all over, around & inside the Palace on all 4 sides in heavy rain looking for the meeting place. Phone number to call didn't work. We ended up having to purchase tickets all over again & see the Doge's Palace on our own over an hour later. We feel we should receive a refund because all other tours we went on came with excellent directions & the phone number when necessary worked fine. This was an awful way to start our trip in Venice & I would not recommend to anyone due to such poor directions.
Dear Client ,
I'm sorry you missed you tour and I wonder which number you called as our office is open from 8.30am during summer months . Generally we always wait for about 10 minutes for clients not showing up and then if they contact us , our tour assistant waits for them and accompanye them to the entrance of the doges palace , gives them the tickets and explains where to meet our guide . As for the meeting point , we 've had the same meeting point and directions on how to get to the meeting point for many years , and majority of clients find the meeting point and are able to joyn the tour .
This said , as this tour operates daily , if you had contacted us even after the start of the tour , we could have offered you the possibility of joying the tour the day after , or a subsitute tour , in case you did not want to take the same tour .
It is a pity you did not get in touch with us ,because we could have found a solution while you were still in Venice .
Kind Regards , Monica
This tour was amazing! Our tour guide, Fiona, shared a ton of information with us as she led us through this beautiful building. We learned so much about the history of Venice (and got to skip the huge line to get in!). Would definitely recommend this tour!
We stayed in Venice an additional day after our Trafalgar Tour just to take this tour inside the palace. To learn of the Doges is truly one of the most important aspects of the history of Venice that should not be missed. The guide was fabulous...interesting, knowledgeable and easily understood.
We arrived in the area of St Marks Square at 12.15 and had a soft drink overlooking the waterway between the Doge’s Palace and the Royal Gardens. At 12:40 we walked down to the Gardens, past the artists and couldn’t find the guide, we looked for some time and as we could not see the guide, walked back to the square and asked other guides if they had any knowledge of where the guide may be, they said they did not know but all tours started at the location we were at. As it was know 12.57 we went to the Doge’s Palace went through security and presented the voucher at the desk and was referred to the ticket office, it was now 1pm and we were refused admission. We went back outside and waited for a few minutes, then attempted to contact the office listed on the voucher, both the ordinary number and the Emergency number at 13.07 hrs, both were not answered.I then looked up the company on the internet and again telephoned the office, this time it was answered and we were informed that the guide had waited for us, apparently he had a board which he supposedly held in front of him, we saw no sign in the location but did see someone standing by the waterfront with people around him, but as he was standing by a jetty it appeared he was taking a tour to the islands.
Speaking to the representative she stated that we had missed the tour but could join the one the following day, we could not accept this as we had another tour booked for then, we were only in Venice for the weekend. It was then the person offered us admission tickets which we accepted as we really wanted to see the Palace, we then walked back to the Palace, paid extra for the audio tour and toured the Palace, it was spectacular and well worth visiting, highly recommended. It is a pity that the Guide did not make themselves know more effectively but I believe that will now be rectified after we spoke to the office representative.
Disappointed that the Guide was not more visible
Positive response from the office in offering another tour, or admission ticketstickets
Excellent guide - Andrea - so full of interesting details, history and intrigue. Really knew how to move us through crowds and maneuvering his group to have an open space to ourselves where we could see things well.
This tour was one of the very best we took while in Italy for three weeks.
Our guide was friendly and really enjoyed sharing and teaching us what we were look at.
This tour was worth every dollar we spent and then some.