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The beauty of its Gothic buildings and romance of its canals are just a few of the ways Venice charms travelers. However, its hype can often lead to crowds, especially in summer. Here’s how to make the most of your time in Venice with a skip-the-line tour.

Skip the Line at Doge’s Palace
Doge’s Palace, set inside St. Mark’s Square, was once the center of political life in ancient Venice. Today, hundreds gather to see the ornate interior and to walk the same Bridge of Sighs that prisoners walked for centuries. To avoid lines that often stretch around the square, opt for a guided tour of the palace that includes skip-the-line privileges.

Skip the Line at St. Mark’s Basilica
Because of its setting in St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Basilica is often combined with a tour of Doge’s Palace. You can skip the line at both attractions by booking a guided tour with fast-track entry or visit on an after-hours tour as another way to escape the crowds. Tour the crypt below the church, admire the famous mosaics, and experience the basilica’s golden magic without spending hours in line.

Skip the Line Combo Tours
While most tours of St. Mark’s Basilica are combined with Doge’s Palace, you can also combine skip-the-line tours to these two attractions with a walking tour, a gondola ride, or a cruise down the Grand Canal. Experience vintage Venice and make the most of your time in the city by waltzing right into its most visited sights without a wait.
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Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

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Visit Torcello, Murano, and Burano—three islands in the Venetian Lagoon—on this tour from Venice by motorboat. With a guide, watch glass being blown at a Murano glass factory, see historical cathedrals on Torcello, and admire exquisite handmade lace on Burano. This is a great way to see more than just the central sights of Venice and enjoy a cruise on the water. Select a departure time when booking.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$22.98
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Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace
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Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace

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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.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Venice Marco Polo Airport Link Arrival Transfer

Venice Marco Polo Airport Link Arrival Transfer

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Book a shared Venice Link arrival transfer from Marco Polo Airport to your Venice hotel, and enjoy a stress-free start to your trip. It’s a simple, cost-effective boat transfer that’s available through the week.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$36.80
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Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour

Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour

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Visit two of the most popular attractions in Venice on this guided tour of the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. Listen to your guide's commentary clearly with provided headsets and avoid hours-long queues with skip-the-line admission tickets. Entrance tickets to the Doge's Palace are also included for a hassle-free tour.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Classic 30-Minute Gondola Ride in Venice

Classic 30-Minute Gondola Ride in Venice

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Explore Venice's famous canals on a guided gondola ride through the city. Meander beneath bridges and along quiet, peaceful stretches in a traditional Venetian boat, taking in sights such as the Rialto Bridge and Campo Manin as you go. Join up to five others—along with your expert gondolier—in enjoying one of Venice's most leisurely and original pastimes, and don't miss this chance to experience the Grand Canal from the water.
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  • 25 to 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Grand Canal Boat tour

Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Grand Canal Boat tour

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See the best of Venice in a day on a tour that combines a guided walk with a cruise along the bustling Grand Canal. Hear the history of St. Mark’s Square and Rialto Bridge from a guide, and visit St. Mark’s Basilica with a skip-the-line ticket to beat the long admission lines. Discover the tucked-away treasures of Venice’s backstreets and charming canals, and then finish on a high note: a water taxi cruise on the Grand Canal.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$98.81
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Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

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Explore the famous sites and hidden charms of Venice on this walking tour, followed by a ride through the city’s canals on an iconic gondola. Follow your local guide through a romantic maze of surrounding backstreets to discover some of Venice’s lesser-known gems. Learn the fascinating history of Venice as you wander through narrow alleys and over stone footbridges, and then hop aboard a Venetian gondola for a leisurely ride along the Grand Canal.
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  • 2 hours 9 minutes to 2 hours 27 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Small Group Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
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St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Small Group Tour with Optional Doge's Palace

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See the wonders of Venice's St. Mark's Basilica without the crowds during this after-hours, small-group tour. Learn about the basilica's famed mosaics from your guide and explore the crypt below the church to see where St. Mark's remains are said to lie. Upgrade to see the Doge's Palace after the basilica and wander the former home of the Venetian Republic's government.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 3 hours 30 minutes
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Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade
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Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade

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Experience Venice in the most Venetian way possible: via a shared gondola ride while being serenaded. Choose between an afternoon or evening ride and then hop on the six-person gondola by a gondolier who is clad in traditional garb. Then begin the ride, as part of a group of eight different gondolas, with a singer aboard one of the boats. In addition to the song being sun to you, enjoy the sites of Venice's main landmarks, including the grand Canal and Palazzo Barberino.
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  • 30 minutes
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Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Ticket & Guide Book
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Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Ticket & Guide Book

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Well-suited to independent travelers, this do-it-yourself tour of Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Square includes a complimentary guidebook with handy background information on Venice’s most standout attractions. Beat the hours-long entrance lines with skip-the-line access, and tour the museums of San Marco at your own pace. Admission tickets also include entry to the Biblioteca Nazionale, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, and Museo Correr.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
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Skip the Line: Venice Accademia Galleries Ticket

Skip the Line: Venice Accademia Galleries Ticket

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Get your ticket in advance to visit the Accademia Galleries in Venice and avoid any lines at the entrance. See works of art by Italian masters like Tintoretto, Titian, Veronese, Bellini, Carpaccio, Giorgione, and more, from the 14th through the 18th centuries.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Skip the Line: Classical Music Concert in Piazza San Marco Ticket

Skip the Line: Classical Music Concert in Piazza San Marco Ticket

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A classical music concert is a relaxing way to cap off a day of sightseeing in Venice. At Doge's Palace, one of the main landmarks in Venice, listen to some of Venice's best classical musicians and opera singers perform a repertoire featuring music from Mozart's time to the 20th century. Concert music varies nightly, so choose the repertoire most appealing to you.
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  • 1 hour
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The Murano Glass Museum

The Murano Glass Museum

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The Murano Glass Museum was founded in 1861 when the darkest period in the history of Murano glassmaking had been overcome, following the fall of the Republic of San Marco (1797) and the subsequent years of foreign rule. The Murano Glass Museum collection is laid out chronologically on the first floor of the museum. Starting from an archaeological section on the ground floor, which contains noteworthy Roman works dating from the 1st to the 3rd century AD, it follows to the largest historical collection of Murano glass in the world, with pieces dating from the 15th to the 20th century, many of them world-famous masterpieces.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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Venice: Peggy Guggenheim Museum Private Tour

Venice: Peggy Guggenheim Museum Private Tour

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Explore one of Europe’s foremost museums of modern art at your own pace and see masterpieces from art styles such as Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism. Created by the American heiress Peggy Guggenheim, the collection was originally put on for the 1st post-war Venice Biennale. The following year, Peggy acquired the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, an unfinished 18th century palace on the Grand Canal. The collection was assembled with the help of distinguished artists and critics, such as Marcel Duchamp, Herbert Read, Nellie van Doesburg and Howard Putzel. Explore the museum with our expert guide to find art by Picasso, Ernst, Magritte, Calder and many other avant-garde artists. Take a stroll in the Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Sculpture Garden to see works by Arp, Duchamp-Villon, Fazzini, Giacometti, Holzer, Minguzzi, Mirko, Merz, Moore, Richier, Burri, de Kooning, Dubuffet, Rothko, Oldenburg, Stella, Twombly, Warhol and Kapoor.
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  • 1 hour
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Doge's Palace Fast-track Ticket with In-App Audio Guide

Doge's Palace Fast-track Ticket with In-App Audio Guide

The mobile app helps you explore the Doge's Palace with a private audio tour (included). You will have a fast-track access with a PDF ticket we will send to you. The audio tour has clean navigation, filled with exciting stories from professional guides. The tour with an in-app audio guide is for the one who wants to see breathtaking golden mosaics covering the high walls, the well-conserved art masterpieces, and frescos that can still be seen today. The audio guide on the mobile app is the best way to enjoy the tour at your own pace and be independent of a group tour. The mobile app is available on App Store and Google Play and works offline. Enjoy your party only!
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  • 2 hours
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Skip the Line Correr Museum Private Tour

Skip the Line Correr Museum Private Tour

Delve into the opulent history and culture of Venice with a private, skip-the-line tour of the Correr Museum. Explore highlights of the illustrious collection featuring artwork by Bellini, El Greco, Carpaccio, and other European masters, and feel the former grandeur of the city while strolling through lush apartments filled with period decor, costumes, and historical navigation tools. A private guide provides personalized attention and expert insight to make the most of your visit.
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  • 2 hours
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What people are saying about Skip-the-Line Tours in Venice

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Murano, Burano and Torcello Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
"The best experience for me and my family! My 11 year old son was absolutely fascinating from this places."..."
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Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace
"Our guide spoke great english and was very informative with facts, pointing out very interesting details and making very clear connection to the overall history."..."
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Venice Marco Polo Airport Link Arrival Transfer
"Amazing value and only three stops between our shared transfer. Definitely use these guys again! Thank you"..."
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Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour
"Well organized, incredibly informative, great guide and just the right length! So pleased we took the time to do a skip-the-line tour!"..."
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Classic 30-Minute Gondola Ride in Venice
"Fun shared gondola ride. Had the full 30 minutes along beautiful side canals and a few dramatic pop outs onto the grand canal. Good value only if there are only one or two of you."..."
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Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Grand Canal Boat tour
"Adriana was a knowledgeable local who provided a great introduction to the city. She helped us to add on to our experience based on our interest."..."
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Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride
"The tour meetup spot is easy to find. The tour guide was very informative and took us to areas we probably would not have seen or found on our own. The gondola ride was great, something everyone visiting Venice should experience. You do not get an individual gondola ride with this tour. You share the gondola with up to 5 other people."..."
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St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Small Group Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
"One of the Highlights of our trip to Venice! Such a fun, respectful and informative tour. So grateful we chose this after hours tour. St. Mark’s Basilica exceeded all expectations as did the tour. Highly recommend!"..."
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Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade
"This tour was amazing! We were in Italy for our honeymoon and we have always dreamed of taking a gondola ride in Venice. The musicians were great and we could not have asked for anything more romantic."..."
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Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Ticket & Guide Book
"It was a little confusing figuring out how to get the tickets but we called and they were very responsive, even to the point of coming to meet us to ensure we had what we needed."..."
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Skip the Line: Venice Accademia Galleries Ticket
"The Accademia is surely in the league of the top-top art museums of the world! The best, time permit, is to buy two tickets for two consecutive days to cover and absorb its wealth."..."
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Skip the Line: Classical Music Concert in Piazza San Marco Ticket
"Excellent value for money and exceptional pianist and opera singers. Really enjoyed the evening and thoroughly recommend."..."

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