Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace

Duration: 3 hours
Destination: Italy, Veneto, Venice
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  • 3 hours
  • Venice
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

If you want to submerge yourself in the incredible history of Venice’s once-great maritime empire, this Venice tour is the perfect excursion for you. Take access of two of the floating city’s most important buildings: St. Mark’s Cathedral, and the Doge’s Palace. As you explore these jaw-droppings spaces, your expert local guide will bring them to life with the histories and stories of how they were built and the human dramas that played out inside. History buffs and casual visitors alike will love the way this tour brings the stones of Venice to life.

Highlights

  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Led by a local guide
  • Instant Confirmation

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice Italy

We start in the world-famous St. Mark’s Square, taking a moment to appreciate the space before diving into St. Mark’s Cathedral. Here you will get a deep look at the way that Venice built a mercantile empire that once spanned the entire Mediterranean.

Stop At: Ponte dei Sospiri, Piazza San Marco, 1, 31024 Venice Italy

Finally, you’ll wander over the Bridge of Sighs and learn why this romantic icon is a little more grim than you have probably been taught.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Basilica di San Marco, San Marco 328, 30124 Venice Italy

Get special access to the terraces of St. Mark’s Basilica with spectacular views over Venice.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Doge's Palace, Piazza San Marco, 1, 30124 Venice Italy

Next it’s off to the Doge’s Palace, where pre-reserved tickets once again get us past the lines and inside what was the political heart of the empire for hundreds of years.

Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes

Pass By: Walks of Italy, Corte Sant'Antonio 1, 30122 Venice Italy

Walks of Italy

Inclusions
  • Venice walking tour including local Venetian guide
  • Special access to the terraces of St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Headsets when necessary
  • Expert English-speaking guide
  • Tickets to St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Skip the line access tickets at the Doge’s Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Ponte dei Sospiri
  • Entry/Admission - Doge's Palace
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
  • 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.
  • The terrace of St. Mark's Basilica, the prisons and the armory of the Doge's Palace are not wheelchair-accessible, as a result of which we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on this tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
Departure Point

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


Return Details

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

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

3 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

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Aaron K

Easy to find our guide, she was very knowledgable and a home frown Venetian which helped to really get the history and understand the local point of view. Doge' Palace was amazing, definitely take the time to go see the "war room," you wont be disappointed. Crossing the Bridge of Sighs, you'll get a quick glimpse of what is going on outside, as you pass through the palace prison cells. The real cant miss part of the tour is the basilica. The artwork and gold is simply amazing, climb to the outside balcony and enjoy Piazza San Marco from an aerial view.

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William M

Great overall experience. Much shorter lines with this tour. You will get to cross the Bridge of Sighs. I do wish our guide had not referred to the lesser artists and the horse statues outside as "Ugly" Perhaps she could change her language to "Of lesser quality".

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Venesa C

I would highly recommend this tour. Our guide, Francesa, was great! She was very knowledgeable and we had fun listening to her stories. We were able to skip all the lines and got great views/pictures of both locations. Our group wasn't too large but they did provide headphones since crowds outside can be quite large. I would recommend bringing a hat or sunglasses and water. It was foggy/cloudy/rainy in the morning when we left our hotel, but by noon it was hot and sunny outside.

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John H

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and a lot of fun to listen to. She took good care of our tour group and we used very little time standing in line at either attraction. A great way to learn about Venice and some of the unique history.

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daviddripchak

Our guide, Francesca did a great job in explaining the history of the Basilica and Palace. She organized the group very well allowing for adequate bathroom breaks. Her knowledge of both the Basilica and Palace was outstanding!!!

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The magnificent facade of the Basillica San Marco

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Photo opportunities from the balcony of the basillica

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Dodge's Palazzo

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the square inside Dodge's Palace

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inside Dodge's Palazzo, such a gorgeous interior

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