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Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour

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Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered 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. 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.
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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
Gratuities
Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off

Departure Point

P.za San Marco, 76, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Correr Museum (Museo Correr) in Piazza San Marco. Meet under the portico just outside the entrance of the museum.

Departure Time

2:00 PM

Return Details

Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

In St. Mark's Square.

  • 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
  • From August 6th 2021, all Italy sites we visit will require clients and guides alike to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test completed within 48 hours prior to entry. They will also require a legal form of ID matching the vaccination or test results. More info on the Italian Government website
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Tour in English only
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Walks - Italy, Spain & Greece

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

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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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 and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour?
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
See all safety measures taken by Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour.

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star-5
Memorable experience in grandiose buildings!
Henri_d
, Sep 2021
Andrea was very kind and enthusiastic, we’re happy to have done the tour! If you have to do only one tour in Venice, do this one :)
star-5
The tour guide was great....
Matthew_F
, Sep 2021
The tour guide was great. There isn’t much else to say but there is a 100 character minimum. So there you go.
star-4
History and beautiful art!
Diane_S
, Sep 2021
Good way to see the top 2 in Venice. Nice to get the back stories on the artworks. Matteo spoke very clearly.,
star-5
Your is a must
Marilyn_D
, Sep 2021
Elena knows her history! She is passionate educated and answered all our questions. Best tour guide ever!
star-5
Great Tour - Great Guide
Rosalie_T
, Sep 2021
Great tour!!!! We loved our guide. Great presentation and very helpful!!!! Two of us had mobility issues and she gave us alternatives to make the most of the tour. Great time!!!!
star-5
Outstanding tour
Kathleen_C
, Sep 2021
An outstanding tour - our guide Pamela was wonderful! I can’t imagine trying to visit the Basilica and Doges Palace without an expert guide!
star-5
Do it
Cristina_T
, Sep 2021
For sites like these it's totally wort getting a guided tour. There is so much history and information on both St. Marc's and the Doge's Palace that it makes it the experience that much better having someone there to walk you through it. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and she did a great job of keeping things moving. Highly recommend purchasing this tour.
star-5
Wonderful guided tour in Venice
Steven_G
, Sep 2021
Absolutely fascinating 3 hour tour of Doge’s Palace and Basilica in Venice conducted by Mark. He was extremely knowledgeable, witty and engaging. Excellent organisation - worth every penny!
star-3
Two magnificent buildings
William_C
, Sep 2021
Both the palace and the basilica are well worth seeing. Amazing structures that took unimaginable time and labor to complete. Using the “skip the line” tour was well worth the money. Our guide was very good. Our only complaint was that 3 hours was a little long for us. 2 hours would have been better.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hi William, thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. Legendary Venice is one of our top-selling and best-reviewed tours. I am sorry to hear you found 3 hours too long. We aim to provide our clients with the best experience possible and the best value for money - this directs us in terms of time and content. Walks do offer shorter tours in most of our destinations and I sincerely hope we have the opportunity to host you again on a tour that suits your duration preference. Thank you.
star-5
Enjoyable pace, but also a time saver!
Victoria_M
, Sep 2021
Alessandro was an excellent tour guide! Very passionate about the art and history of Venice. We skipped the line and walked right into both St. Mark’s and Doges Palace. Our group had 14 people and everyone wore masks and it was a nice experience. We had a break at Doges Palace to use the bathroom and grab a snack. We also walked over the Bridge of Sighs. Highly recommend!

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