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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
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

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Traveler Tips


  • "I would recommend bringing a hat or sunglasses and water." See review
  • "We recommend an early morning tour (9am), as crowds really build throughout the day." See review
  • "Keep in mind, at cafe there (15 min break) you must inform them if you plan to sit down w/ your drink or food." See review

Reviews

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star-1
Missed the whole thing!
Anonymous
, Oct 2021
We went to the square but could not find our tour guide. There were hundreds of people in the square plus a graduation. We were not able to locate a meeting place. We just stood in line for the cathedral & paid 3.50 euros. Sad we missed all the history.
star-5
Doge Palace & Cathedral a must visit!!
Bruce_M
, Oct 2021
Elena our tour guide was very engaging and really brought the tour to life for us! They are two fascinating pieces of history, and definitely worth your time and money to get a sense of Venetian history.
star-5
Truly amazing
Thomas_P
, Oct 2021
Our guide was excellent. She was extremely knowledgeable and the church and duomo were amazing. The intricacies of how these buildings were built is astonishing
star-2
Slow and lost attention
Jennifer_A
, Oct 2021
She was very very slow and didn’t keep Our attention. Ran over 30 minutes over and many left early as it was very burning at times.
star-3
Time consuming
Eric_H
, Oct 2021
The tour guide was kind enough to wait as I was 5 minutes late. The tour was exhausting as there is so much to see. The tour seemed to drone on and I felt the frustration from other guests. I finally broke away and finished on my own.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Flooding didn’t stop our awesome tour.
Janet_P
, Oct 2021
So The square and the basilica flooded the afternoon of our tour but our guide, Marie-Therese still managed to give us an excellent tour. She is very knowledgeable about all of the history, architecture and art and she was a very engaging tour guide. She even added extra little tidbits that made the experience even more enjoyable.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great tour and even better tour guide
Lilit_S
, Oct 2021
Marie-Therese was amazing!!! She provided us with so much interesting information that was both funny and memorable, we honestly wished that she could teach us about everything in Italy. She’s a gem of a tour guide and an amazing person. We enjoyed every minute of this tour! Expect to walk a lot of steps but worth it to see these beautiful places!
star-5
Venice for our first time
JulieLovesTravel
, Oct 2021
We loved our guide Marco, he was the perfect combination of humor and information. This is a great way to see St Mark’s Basilica.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great guide
claudine_d
, Oct 2021
Marie-Therese our guide was brilliant, unfortunately the skip the queue line was cancelled but she kept us entertained throughout the wait explaining the exterior of buildings. She was very enthusiastic about the history and what she was telling is
star-5
Our guide was friendly...
Elisabeth_G
, Oct 2021
Our guide was friendly and knowledgable. It was a perfect introduction to Venice and two of the most important monuments.

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