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

Duration: 3 hours
Destination: Italy, Veneto and Venice, 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

Start in St. Mark’s Square, taking a moment to appreciate the space before heading into St. Mark’s Cathedral. As you explore the inside, learn how Venice built a mercantile empire that once spanned the entire Mediterranean from your guide. You’ll also get special access to the first floor terrace where you can see the famous horses stolen from Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade as well as amazing views over St Mark’s Square and the city.

Next it’s off to the Doge’s Palace, where pre-reserved tickets once again get you past the lines and inside what was the political heart of the empire for hundreds of years. Visit the opulent apartments and the Hall of the Great Council where matters of state were decided under beautiful frescoes by Veronese and Tintoretto.

See the Armory and the New Prisons, where you’ll learn about the grim lives of those unlucky enough to be taken prisoner, and hear the secret behind the mysterious black veil that interrupts the official series of Doge’s portraits. Hint: it will make you not want to work in Venetian government.

Finally, you’ll wander over the Bridge of Sighs and learn the real story behind this romantic icon.

Venice is a beautiful city, but it doesn’t really come to life until you have a guide to take you deep into the area's history and lore. In a group of no more than 25 people, you'll be able to ask all the questions you want about one of the world’s most unique cities.

Sites Visited:
  • St. Mark's Basilica
  • St. Mark’s Square
  • Doge’s Palace (general access rooms)
  • New Prisons
  • Bridge of Sighs
  • The Horses of St. Mark
Inclusions
  • Venice walking tour including local Venetian guide
  • Special access to the terraces of St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Skip the line access tickets at the Doge’s Palace
  • Headsets when necessary
  •  Expert English-speaking guide

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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.
  • St. Mark's Basilica can be subject to unforeseen closures due to particular liturgical celebrations. In the case in which the basilica is closed, we will give you explanations from the outside.
  • 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.
  • This tour runs rain or shine. However, occasionally St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace are closed to the public, without previous notice, due to high tides or particular festivities. In these cases customers are contacted as soon as possible to arrange a suitable alternative.
  • Please note, the order of sites visited is subject to changes.
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
Departure Point

Central Venice


Return Details

In St. Mark's Square.

Voucher info

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

Duration

3 hours

Package is cancellable prior to three days from the commencement of the service.

User's Reviews

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nwells

We did a 3 hour tour with Donatella. It was marvelous. She is a native Venetian who speaks excellent English with a hint of a British accent. She knows so much and loves her city. We asked a lot of questions and each time we did, it was like we opened up a new box of wonders to talk about as we explored the city together. I was traveling with my parents (age 77) and she was very patient and considerate of them. I don't know if La Vacanza Travel always provides guides this good, but we've had nothing but wonderful experiences.

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avsumm

Mark was our guide and he was fantastic! We enjoyed everything and it was all very interesting and enjoyable!

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Kevin Irene

We were glad that we did this tour. They are definitely the must see's in Venice. That being said we felt the cost was a bit high for what we got. If we were to go back we would see these again but probably do on our own.

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Bill P

We started early, our group was small, and our guide was extraordinary. She was open and knowledgable, and kept track of us. Smooth sailing through the crowds was a plus!

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Katherine M

How wonderful to skip the lines for the magnificent sites of St. Mark's Basilica and the Doges Palace. Thank goodness for headsets as we could follow our guide and learn the history in this very crowded area.

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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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inside Dodge's Palazzo, such a gorgeous interior

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