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Doges Palace & St. Marks Skip the Line Venice Tour

4.4 / 5 total 16 reviews
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Tour ID: 2493
Overview

The Doge's Palace & the St. Mark's Basilica are among the major symbols of Venice and once you stand in front of them it's not difficult to understand why.

But beside their stunning beauty and majesty, what really makes these places special are the stories and legendary characters behind them.

This is the heart of this tour, you will not only see Venice but really understand it thanks to a passionate, experienced guide who will take you on a journey among the symbols of Venice and the characters that made its history. For centuries, the destiny of the Most Serene Republic was decided from the majestic halls of the Doge’s Palace, where the Doge and his Council used to meet and rule the Republic.

Stepping through the magnificent halls will be like going back to the time of the Republic of Venice, where priceless treasures, art masterpieces and frescos can still be admired today.

Do you know that during the era of the Most Serene Republic every citizen had the opportunity to denounce other inhabitants’ sinful behaviour by anonymously slipping letters through a “Bocca della Verità” (Mouth of Truth)?.

This creative “letter box” will also be encountered during the tour. This walk across time will proceed with a visit to the Prisons. A narrow corridor will take you there, by passing through the celebrated “Bridge of Sighs”; without too much imagination, this name does evoke prisoners’ sighs while looking at their beloved lagoon (and freedom) for the last time before reaching their cell.

Among the famous guests of the Doge’s Palace prisons we can find Giacomo Casanova, the celebrated seducer and adventurer who managed to escape from the prison in 1756.

Follow this with a visit to one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world: the St. Mark’s Basilica. As the name suggests, this cathedral is bound tightly to Venice’s patron: St. Mark. Here, in fact, shield the Saint’s remains. But how did they end up here and why?

Another example of Venetians’ sharpness. Besides the legendary stories surrounded the Basilica, this is an extraordinary example of Byzantine art as well as the living symbol of Venice’s bound with the East.

The Basilica embodies a mixture of Byzantine, Roman and Venetian styles giving birth to a breathtaking architectural masterpiece. And how about the interiors? They are as stunning as the facades. The Golden Mosaics covering the high walls are breathtaking, together with gold, silver, glass and precious materials that make up the St. Mark’s treasure.

One of the highlights of the visit will be the Pala d’ Oro (“Golden Pala”), an altarpiece made from hundreds of pieces of enamel stuck onto a golden leaf. If you are eager to learn about the charming history of the Most Serene Republic and the glorious past of Venice, this tour will not let you down.

Highlights
  • Discover the history and legends from your expert guide when you enter Doge's Palace
  • See the priceless treasures, art masterpieces and frescos found in the Palace
  • Pass through the celebrated “Bridge of Sighs” to reach the Doge's Palace Prison
  • Learn the legendary stories which surround St Mark's Basilica
  • The Basilica is a mixture of Byzantine, Roman and Venetian styles and an architectural masterpiece
  • The Golden Mosaics covering the high walls are breathtaking, together with gold, silver, glass and precious materials that make up the St. Mark’s treasure
  • See Pala d’ Oro (“Golden Pala”), an altarpiece made from hundreds of pieces of enamel stuck onto a golden leaf.
Good to Know
  • Languages offered on activity/tour Languages offered on activity/tour: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Duration Duration: 2 to 3 hours
  • Skip the Line Skip the Line
  • Printed Voucher Accepted Printed Voucher Accepted
  • The starting time for the tour is 10.45am, clients need to be at the meeting point by 10.15amThe starting time for the tour is 10.45am, clients need to be at the meeting point by 10.15am
  • Live Guide Live Guide
    English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Easy Cancellation Easy Cancellation
    Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a full refund
  • Instant Confirmation Instant Confirmation
  • Cut-off TimeCut-off Time
    Available to be booked until 1 hours before the tour starts. We reserve the option to confirm the tour or not due to availability.
Inclusions
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • Skip the line ticket
  • Personal headphones to hear the guide better
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup/drop off
Meeting Point
Under the Clock Tower (the one with the blue clock) in St Mark's Square Please be sure to get there at least 15 minutes prior to tour starting time
Know Before You Go
  • Please wear appropriate clothes to enter the Basilica (no bare knees or shoulders)
  • For security reasons backpacks are not allowed into the Basilica (free deposit available in Calle San Basso)
  • No refund will be accepted for no shows or late arrivals.
  • The tour will take place also with rain, in the event of exceptional high tide it might be cancelled and refund will be provided
  • Because of safety reasons all visitors have to get through metal detector checks, which might lead to a short line to enter the palace even if having a skip-the line access
  • Languages: From Monday to Saturday in English, German, French and Spanish / Italian: Saturday
  • The tour will NOT take place on the following dates: April 25th, August, 15th
  • The starting time for the tour is 10.45am, clients need to be at the meeting point by 10.15am
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Reviewed by Holly US   April 06, 2018
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A wonderful way to see Venice. This was our second visit to Venice but first time inside Doge's Palace. 5 stars
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Reviewed by Lynn NZ   April 06, 2018
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We saw all of the most important historic sites on this tour. Loved seeing the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica, and walking the streets.
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Reviewed by Davina GB   April 01, 2018
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On the walking tour we were given some wonderful insights into the local culture and the history of Venice. Well worth the money.
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Reviewed by Carol2 PT   March 30, 2018
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The Doge is amazing! Highly recommended and massive. Excellent guide and great knowledge, very entertaining as well.
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Reviewed by Vikki SE   March 24, 2018
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GREAT TOUR OF VENICE! GREAT GUIDE....VERY INFORMATIVE!
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Reviewed by Corneliu RO   March 21, 2018
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The palace and basilica were stunning. Our guide was awesome. She was very knowledgeable and kept the entire group interested with the details.
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Reviewed by Gwen Peters US   March 17, 2018
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The use of listening devices with head phones was perfect. We were able to see and hear it all. No questions went unanswered and all answers were clearly expressed. My only complaint would be with the crowds in both those locations. Clearly the tour helped with that as we skipped the lines.
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Reviewed by T ACHTERBERG ZA   March 15, 2018
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We signed up for this tour since we were only in Venice for a couple of days and wouldn't have had enough time to spread it out. The tour of the Doge's Palace was our favourite. A great tour if you are only visiting for a short time.
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Reviewed by Bruce9 CA   March 10, 2018
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Our guide made the history of Venice come alive! We found the history added hugely to our appreciation of the architecture and experience of Venice.
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Reviewed by Мария RU   March 08, 2018
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WE HAD A GOOD GUIDE AND WE WOULD HAPPILY HAVE HER GUIDE US AGAIN!
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Reviewed by John and Mary Staniszewski US   March 01, 2018
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We only had 4 days in Venice and had spent the previous day roaming around and getting quite lost. This tour helped us get our visit back on track. The tour was well organized, the guide knowledgeable, and the sites were amazing. Highly recommended!

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Reviewed by R Tannous SD   February 26, 2018
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very good tours with good tour guide. knowledgeable and friendly.
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Reviewed by Ali Gonsalez ES   February 20, 2018
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The guide and the tour was outstanding. The information given was so interesting and it was not boring at all. One of the best walking tours I have ever taken.
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Reviewed by Adéla SK   February 15, 2018
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This tour was amazing! The palace and St. Marks are both incredible. LOVED IT
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Reviewed by James US   February 09, 2018
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BEST WAY TO SEE VENICE.
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Reviewed by Pat Jenkins GB   January 28, 2018
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The only way to tour. Did not know how great Skip the line was, until we did it. Not only skipping the line but having the remote headphones was like having a small group individual tour. Tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, and able to answer many extra questions. It was an excellent tour!
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