Doges Palace and St. Mark's Basilica skip-the-line and guided tour

S. Marco, 1, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy, Venice, Italy
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What To Expect

This Doge’s Palace and St. Mark's Basilica tour is perfect for visitors who want to taste the city. In just a few hours, you'll be taken to two of Venice's most iconic sites, venturing inside the Basilica di San Marco (St. Mark’s Basilica) and the Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace).The tour starts at the Palazzo Ducale. Once home to the Duke of Venice and the city’s courts, it is the center of Venetian history (and as one of the world’s oldest republics, that’s quite a history). You’ll explore all the best sights of the palace open to the public, from spectacular works produced on demand by artistic masters Tintoretto and Veronese to the evidence of the genius checks and balances that made the republic so successful.Next, you'll admire the heart of Venice, Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square). One of the highlights of this tour comes at the end when skip-the-line access takes you straight into the Basilica, saving precious vacation time. Marvel at the diversity of Venetian culture, where eastern architecture and western design have blended to create a structure with an onion dome, before following your guide through the beautiful frescoes inside the basilica.

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Important info

  • Please note that the Municipality of Venice will implement an Access Fee on specific dates in 2024. To ensure a smooth experience, it is recommended reviewing the official guidelines and registration procedures via the official registration website of Venice
  • St. Mark's Basilica is subject to closure without notice. When this occurs, guests are offered an extended tour of the basilica and St. Mark’s Square from outside. The tour provider will try to tell you ahead of time if there are any planned disruptions to Basilica opening hours, but this is not always possible. In these cases, there are no refunds or discounts
  • The terraces are not included in this guided tour, but you can visit them on your own. You can buy a separate ticket in cash on the spot
  • Due to uneven and steep surfaces, the activity is unsuitable for anyone with walking difficulties or wheelchair users. Strollers or baby carriages are also not permitted
  • This activity ends inside Doges' Palace
  • Please note that the itinerary may sometimes differ from the advertised order of destinations. Any changes made to the tour itinerary are carefully planned and intended to enhance your overall experience
What's included
Skip the line access and entrance ticket to the Doge’s Palace. Skip the line access to St. Mark’s Basilica. Headsets (to hear the guide). Tour guide. Small group experience
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Discover the fascinating stories behind Venice's past with your guide. Explore the history of Venice that resides inside the Doge's Palace. Marvel at St. Mark's Basilica and its dazzling architecture. Enjoy a personalized tour experience with a small group of around 15 people

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can-cancel You can cancel your tour until a day in advance
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Meeting Point

Please meet your guide next to Ponte della Paglia, the bridge with the view of the Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs), in front of the Doge's Palace, facing the lagoon. Your guide will be holding a City Wonders tour sign at the meeting point.