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Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace

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  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Delve into Venetian history on this tour that showcases two of the city's most iconic structures and sheds light on the stories behind them both. Enjoy skip-the-line access to both popular attractions. Your first stop is legendary St. Mark's Basilica. Wander around the mosaic-covered interior and Byzantine treasures while a local guide fills you in on how this collection came to be. Enjoy the stunning view on Piazza San Marco with your special access to St Marks' balcony, then continue to the Doge’s Palace to explore the former political heart of Venice.
  • Skip-the-line access and tours of St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace
  • Explore two of the floating city's most iconic sites and learn the stories behind them
  • Visit the opulent apartments and the Hall of the Great Council at Doge's Palace with a guide
  • Take a walk over the Bridge of Sighs
  • Enjoy special access to the first floor terrace of St. Mark's for panoramic views over the city

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Take in amazing views from the St. Mark’s Basilica terrace—a panorama that most visitors never see.

What's Included

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Skip-the-line ticket for St. Mark's Basilica
  • Headsets when necessary
  • Exclusive access to the balcony of St. Mark's Basilica
  • Pre-reserved ticket to the Doge's Palace
  • Exclusive Early Entry to the Doge's Palace (8 AM only)
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Museo Correr
    P.za San Marco, 52, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

    Correr Museum (Museo Correr) in Piazza San Marco. Meet under the portico just outside the entrance of the museum. Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure

Return Details

  • St. Mark's Square
    Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

    In St. Mark's Square.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.
  • Please remember that the basilica is a holy place and attire must be appropriate: Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress. Backpacks are prohibited inside of St. Mark's Basilica.
  • Backpacks are prohibited inside St. Mark's Basilica.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Walks complies with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to Italy government guidelines for the most up to date information
  • Tour in English only
  • • St. Mark's Basilica can be subject to unforeseen closures due to liturgical celebrations or high tides. In this event, your guide will give the tour from the exterior of the Basilica or we will contact clients as soon as possible to arrange a suitable alternative.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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 Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace ?

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

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace ?

A:The policy on sanitization is:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace ?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

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Traveler Tips


I would recommend bringing a hat or sunglasses and water.
We recommend an early morning tour (9am), as crowds really build throughout the day.
Keep in mind, at cafe there (15 min break) you must inform them if you plan to sit down w/ your drink or food.
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The tour guide was nice...
Vanessa_S, Aug 2022
The tour guide was nice but the tour was boring. She was fascinated with the mosaics but most in the tour were not. Some areas we lingered a bit too long and tired quickly of the fresco explanations. Especially by the 50th one. Glad we had a timed break and enjoyed the scenery. Not sure I’d do this particular tour again for the price. Our group was large as well.
Excellent Tour
Tonda_E, Aug 2022
Our guide was WONDERFUL! Her English was great and her knowledge of the Basilica and Doge's Palace was amazing. I would highly recommend this tour!
Wonderful, informative tour.
Bonnie_O, Aug 2022
The guide was excellent at giving a detailed history of the palace and Basilica. Very memorable experience.
A great experience
Marios_P, Aug 2022
The guide was excellent, spoke excellent English very clearly, was knowledgeable answered numerous questions cheerfully and took care of everybody with great consideration e.g. anticipated difficult parts of the tour and gave timely warnings such as difficult stairs or uneven floors etc Score 11/10 !!..
Pamela was an excellent...
Amanda_K, Aug 2022
Pamela was an excellent and very knowledgeable guide. One of the best experiences I’ve had. Very enjoyable tour
Nico was perfection. I highly recommend this tour.
mark, Aug 2022
Nico was a fantastic guide! This tour is well paced, and totally worth seeing Doge's palace with only your group. We were the first ones there, so there were only 15-20 people in the room. We got to not only tour but to learn a bit about the history. This tour does not include lengthy discussion about what building materials were used. Instead it was a story. Nico was perfect. We didn't waste time, but also had a short break for drinks and restroom. I would skip several tours I went on in Italy. This is not one I would skip. If you want to get the whole story and a tour that doesn't suck, this is it!
100% Awesome
Aaron_R, Aug 2022
100% great experience. Nico was knowledgeable, friendly and patient with our group. The early access to the palace was the best way to go and the Basilica was amazing. Loved this, would recommend it to anyone!
Good tour. Very knowledgeable guide.
jayantwade, Aug 2022
Tour guide was very knowledgeable. She had lot of knowledge about everything related to palace and church. That is admirable. She must have done lot of study for the tour. Being said that, I understand tour guide's desire to be sarcastic to make tour more interesting. But lot of times it went too far in making fun of the church. We are not that religious. But we would never use sarcasm to make fun of other's religion. I think tour guide should go easy on sarcasm and be more serious sometimes. That will bring more substance to the tour.
Skip the Line is Worth It!
Shauna_C, Aug 2022
This was a wonderful tour, getting to see the beautiful and historic Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. We spent just the right amount of time at each place. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and easily understood. We would absolutely recommend this tour for it's skip-the-line entry alone. The lines for both were very long in the hot summer sun, and we got to walk right in. This tour was well worth the price.
Excellent Tour
Reba_R, Aug 2022
Mose was the best tour guide- easy to understand and the way he shared his knowledge was enjoyable. Getting into the Doge Palace and skip the line into St Marks is the only way to go.
Highly recommend
Daniel_K, Aug 2022
Great tour. Mose was a fantastic guide and he made the tour of the Doge Palace and St. Mark both educational and fun.
Disappointed
Ricardo_A, Aug 2022
Not worth it. We were expecting more flexibility from the organisers for a 350$ spend. Good luck if you buy it.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great tour
marianne_p, Aug 2022
We loved that this tour was early in the morning. Perfect before the day was too hot. Nico is a great tour guide - knowledgeable and friendly.
"Small Group Tour" is NOT small!! Title deceiving!
Nisha_Y, Aug 2022
Our tour guide, Mose, was excellent and super animated and informative. However, this was NOT a small group tour. 25 people was a herd!! Though Mose led the tour in an excellent manner, with such a large group, it was not conducive for asking any questions or interaction. I felt misled by this description!
1 traveler found this review helpful
5 Stars
Sandy_B, Aug 2022
Juliana made this tour one of the best experiences! His knowledge of Venice as well as his presentation and humor made for a perfect tour! Thank you Juliano!!!
Excellent tour
Michel_S, Aug 2022
Tour guide Marie-Thérèse was very friendly and knowledgeable. Gave lots of anecdotes. Showed everything that was of relevance.
First time in Venice!
Nashonda_H, Aug 2022
Absolutely fantastic! The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and considerate. St. Mark's Basilica mosaics were gorgeous. Doges Palace was beyond words and walking the Bridge of Sighs was monumental. Wonderful tour if you are visiting Venice.
Excellent tour, great guide, great attraction
Mark_M, Aug 2022
Tour with Nico was great. Very knowledgeable and kept the interest of the group throughout, very hard considering the heat of the afternoon. Would highly recommend. Easy to find and started on time.
Superb Tour, Phenomenal Guide
Helen_R, Aug 2022
What a guide, Mose was knowledgeable, engaging, attentive and added a great sense of humour to our tour of St Marks Basilica and the Doge’s palace. With this tour you gained a real insight into the history of Venezia, it’s origins, it’s politics and it’s importance in world history as well as getting some phenomenal photos opportunities across this beautiful Piazza. As I mentioned our tour was made by our guide Mose who had some much detailed insight into Venetian history that we could have easily listened to his stories for hours on end. I highly recommend this tour but definitely recommend our Guide.
Great tour and excellent guide
Rob_S, Aug 2022
The tour and our guide Ariana were excellent. Ariana was very informative and pleasant, and we had some spectacular views from the basilica terrace. It might be a bit strenuous for anyone who has difficulty with stairs, and during the summer expect that many of the indoor areas will be hot. Even with those issues, the tour was still worth it.
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