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Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica tour

Based on 373 reviews
Availability: From Monday to Saturday
Duration: 2 hours
Language: English, Italian, French, Spanish, German
Mobile voucher accepted
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  • Discover the Palazzo Ducale with its splendid rooms and masterpieces
  • Explore the Golden Basilica, a masterpiece of byzantine art
  • Enjoy a privileged entry to avoid the queues: skip the line
  • Take part in a guided tour to learn more about the history of Venice
What to expect

The Doge's Palace tour

The Palazzo Ducale represented for centuries the seat of the Venetian political power. In his splendid rooms, plastered and immersed in hundreds of masterpieces of painting, the Duke and his Council controlled the fate of a thousand-year history republic.

You’ll live it together with a guide that will show you the halls of power, plunging you in a very particular historical context: the European Middle Ages and the immediately following centuries. You’ll be surprised of the rich details of the gold staircase, of the realism of the scenes depicted by many artists who have decorated this building, you will relive the anguish of the prisoners crossing the famous Bridge of Sighs, and entering the Venetian prisons, famous for hosting Giacomo Casanova. An unforgettable tour not to be missed!

Saint Mark's Basilica or Golden Basilica tour

For you a guided tour in one of the most incredible cathedrals of the world. On this tour, escorted by a tour guide, you will enjoy a full visit of this masterpiece of byzantine art. You'll have the pleasure to discover beautiful gold mosaics and marble inlays of the floors, sitting comfortably while our guide will show you the represented biblical scenes, the history and the particularities of this ancient basilica.

Admire The Pala d'Oro, an exquisite example of the byzantine art, with its thousands of gems and precious stones; enjoy the view of the Treasury, a splendor of the religious art collected along the centuries.

The privileged entry and the special collaboration with the Curia of Venice allow you to avoid the queues! Audio-receiver device are included.

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What's included
  • Tour guide
  • Privileged entry to avoid the queues at Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica
  • Audio-receiver devices for groups of 10 or more people
Reduced price
  • Child 0-5 years old: free of charge
Where

S. Marco, 146, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Meeting point:

In front of Yex Exchange office under the Clock Tower in St. Mark's Square (please refer to the map attached).

What to remember
  • The curia decided to increase the prices for a special authorization we have inside the Basilica: ours are the only tours allowing people to stay an entire hour inside the Basilica admiring the mosaics sitting in the central nave
  • Skip-the-line tickets allow you to skip the line at the ticket purchasing counter. However, everyone must pass through the newly imposed security checks. Waiting times depend on the amount of people present.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before departure.
  • Winter season (until 31st March): Monday - English and German | Tuesday - English and French | Wednesday - English and Spanish | Thursday - English and French | Friday - English and German | Saturday - English, French and Spanish
  • Summer season (from 1st April): from Monday to Friday: English, French, Spanish and German | Saturday - English, French, Spanish, German and Italian
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When
  • Summer season: From Monday to Saturday at 11.15am
  • Winter season: From Monday to Saturday at 10.45am
  • Meeting time: 15 minutes before departure time
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Provider
Gray Line Venice
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100 % refund if you cancel up to 1 day before the activity begins.
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