Guided Walking Tour of Venice's Must-See Sites: The Doge's Palace & Saint Mark's Basilica (priority access)

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Highlights

  • Priority-access to the sites

  • Stories and history of the Doge's Palace

  • The mosaics in Saint Mark's Basilica

  • The walk through the heart of Venice

Essential info*

  • Instant confirmation

  • Digital voucher accepted

Duration 3hrs30 mins

Languages
  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian

Starting time 9:00 AM

Departure point/location

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* All details will be sent to you upon reservation

Description

You will start your tour with a walk through the historic heart of Venice to discover the city's major sites, including:

  • Saint Mark's Campanile
  • The Clock Tower
  • The Procuratie
  • Campo Santa Maria Formosa
  • Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo
  • Marco Polo's House
  • The Malibran Theater

You will then head to Saint Mark's Square. With your priority-access ticket you can enter the Doge's Palace without delay and explore its luxurious interiors. Once inside, your guide will tell you all about the history of the building, the ancient seat of Venetian political power.

Admire the beauty of the Doge's Palace: the "Alleys of Power", the Golden Staircase with its ceiling decorated in white and gold, and finally the Piombi prison, where Casanova was once held.

Next, you'll make your way to Saint Mark's Basilica for a total immersion in Baroque and Byzantine art. Marvel at the walls adorned with golden mosaics as your guide leads you to the Treasury to admire unique Byzantine works of art!

The tour will end at Saint Mark's Square. Visitors may also opt to take a tour of an artisan glass blowing shop near Saint Mark's for free after the main tour has finished.

Options

The languages available for this activity vary depending on the day and period.

April to October

  • English, French, German and Spanish: Monday to Saturday
  • Italian: Saturday
     

November to March

  • English: Monday to Saturday
  • German: Monday and Friday
  • French: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
  • Spanish: Wednesday and Saturday

Good to know

  • Availability: Monday to Saturday (excluding exceptional dates)
  • Duration: approx. 3 hrs 30 mins 
  • Departure: Clock Tower in Saint Mark’s Square (the white building with the blue clock façade). The guide will wait for you with the sign tour
  • Comfortable footwear recommended
  • From april to october, the visit is only available in english
  • From november to march, it can be proposed in more than one language
  • For security reasons, backpacks and bags are not allowed inside the Saint Mark Basilica or the Doge's Palace, prior to your visit you must deposit them at Ateneo San Basso (St. Mark’s Square – Calle San Basso). The storage service is free of charge, but please allow sufficient time!
  • This is not a private tour; the activity is shared with other participants
  • This activity is not accessible for wheelchair users or people with reduced mobility
  • The glass blowing workshop visit is a special offer, and can not be reimbursed should it be cancelled for any reason
  • The glassblowing tour lasts approximately 20 minutes
  • Guides will explain to visitors how to partake in the tour
  • The tour does not operate in case of exceptional high tide or in case of unplanned religious functions (in these cases it can be postponed the day after otherwise it will be refunded)
Cancellation Terms & Conditions

No charges will be levied for cancellations made more than 7 days before the date of the activity (excluding special dates). After this, the following charges will be levied:
Between 7 and 4 days prior: 50% of the price
After this time and in case of a no-show: 100% of the price
Any reservation made for special dates cannot be cancelled, modified or refunded.

Cancellation policy terms and conditions

Price includes

  • The services of a tour guide
  • Priority-access ticket
  • Tour of the Doge's Palace
  • Tour of Saint Mark's Basilica and Pala D’oro
  • The walk through Venice
  • Audio receiver devices included in case of group over 10 people
  • Glass craftsman at work close to Saint Mark’s Square
  • Entrance ticket valid to visit by yourself the palaces around st. Mark’s Square (museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumenal Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana)

Not included

  • Any other extras
  • Tips (optional)

Customer reviews

133 reviews
  • Un grand merci à notre guide Barbara pour ses anecdotes et ses très bons conseils.
    VALERIE N.
    Aug 4, 2019
  • Guide très aimable, agréable d'effectuer une visite avec cette personne Donne de bonnes explications et conseils, parle bien le français
    Cyrille P.
    Jun 13, 2019
  • Bien organisé bon guide parfait
    Michel R.
    Jun 7, 2019

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