St. Mark’s Basilica with Terrace & Doge’s Palace

Explore Venice’s top attractions, St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, on this small group guided tour. Save time with skip-the-line tickets and VIP access.
Group
3 hours
Group size up to 12 persons
Mobile ticket
Full refund for cancellations up to 24 hours
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English

What to expect:

Combine the top two sights in Venice on one extraordinary tour led by a local guide. With pre-reserved tickets and skip-the-line access, head straight into St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace for a guided experience. Select the 8 AM tour to enjoy exclusive early entry to the Doge's Palace and have the door opened exclusively for your group an hour before the general public arrives.

First, step inside Venice's most important church—St. Mark's Basilica—and gain a full appreciation for its east-meets-west architecture and breathtaking gold mosaics. In the company of a local guide, get up close with some of the basilica’s greatest treasures, such as the millennia-old Quadriga of four gold horses. Have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to admire beautiful views from the balcony over St. Mark's Square. At every step of the way, you’ll hear the fascinating story of how most of the basilica's prized possessions ended up here by less-than-honest means.

The second stop on your itinerary is no less beautiful. The Palazzo Ducale, or Doge's Palace, was home to the doge, or duke, of Venice and his seat of government. Skip the long line with pre-reserved tickets and walk straight inside to explore huge council chambers, incredible audience rooms, and a stunning ballroom with larger-than-life works by renowned Venetian masters such as Veronese and Tintoretto. Hear the intriguing history of this building that housed the world's oldest republic—as well as its fascinating government and even an incarcerated Casanova.

To finish your morning of discovery, walk in the footsteps of many a less-fortunate Venetian from centuries past. Head over the Bridge of Sighs from the inside and into the grim New Prisons—a stark yet fascinating contrast to the opulent halls and galleries that lie within the palace just across the narrow canal.

Important to know:

• Unfortunately, sections of St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace are not wheelchair accessible, therefore wheelchair users or strollers cannot be accommodated on this tour
• The tour complies with all local government regulations. Please refer to Italy government guidelines for the most up-to-date information
• Due to the religious nature of the Basilica, all individuals regardless of gender must cover their shoulders and knees. A scarf or shawl is acceptable. The activity provider cannot be held responsible for those denied entry

Not suitable for:

• People with mobility impairments
• Wheelchair users

What to bring

• Weather-appropriate clothing
• Long pants
• Long-sleeved shirt

Not allowed

• Shorts
• Luggage or large bags
• Short skirts
• Sleeveless shirts
• Backpacks

€98
per person
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Online Booking
Price
Adult (Age 15-99)
€98
per person
Children (Age 2-14)
€93
per person
Infant (Age 1 and younger)
€0
per person
For any payment method you must book a ticket through the booking form below and receive confirmation by e-mail and (or) SMS.
What is included in activity

• Local, English-speaking guide
• Skip-the-line ticket for St. Mark's Basilica
• Exclusive access to the balcony of St. Mark's Basilica
• Pre-reserved ticket to the Doge's Palace
• Headsets (when needed)

What is not included

• Gratuities
• Hotel pick-up and drop off
• Lunch

Activity schedule

See the calendar

What places you will see

• The Doge's Palace
• St. Mark's Basilica

Activity book period
You can book tour up to 1 hour in advance.
Languages in what activity is performed
English
Directions to meet your guide

P.za San Marco, 52, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

How long your tour will be
3 hrs
Photos
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Reviews by travellers
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Bailey D.
Full of stores. And guide- best sense of humour. 10 stars goes to guide! I suggest early morning tour.
3 days ago
Evie G.
The tour was excellent thanks to the wit and wisdom of Francesca who kept us well informed in a light hearted and amusing manner. I highly recommend this tour and hope you are fortunate enough to have Francesca be your guide. Even with all the information to be had, the tour was never tedious or boring.
10 days ago
Camille N.
This was a tremendous tour! It was clear where and when we were supposed to meet and highly organized when we arrived. We promptly began our tour with a guide who is highly knowledgable. She spoke slowly and clearly and answered our questions as we explored and listened. When a couple sets of ear buds quit working she quickly changed those out. At the end she gave us a tip to wait on the terrace to see the clock work on the hour. Highly recommend this tour!
12 days ago
Stanley R.
Guide was fabulous! So knowledgeable and interesting! Wish we could have her again!
13 days ago
Sidney R.
Martina was an exceptional guide. very knowledgeable and very interesting. Managed the group well and made the tour amazing. Definitely recommend doing the tour as learnt so much more then if just wondered around.
16 days ago
Jakayla D.
Immeasurable wealth and incredible works of art. Just walking past the long lines is worth every euro. But that's not all - the guide's explanations and explanations were very good. Any time again, perfect organization. Thanks!
about 2 months ago
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