Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica tour
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Attractions & guided tours

Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica tour

based on 373 reviews
Free cancellation
Language: English , Italian , French , Spanish , German
Availability: Monday to Saturday
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: 2 hours
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Discover the Doge's Palace with its lavish rooms and masterpieces
  • Explore the Golden Basilica, one of the most incredible cathedrals in the world
  • Avoid the queues with your skip-the-line tickets
What to expect

Come and visit the beautiful Doge's Palace and the wonderful St. Mark's Basilica with an expert local guide!

The Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace) has represented the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. In its opulent rooms, plastered and immersed in hundreds of masterpieces of painting, the Duke and his Council controlled the fate of a republic with a thousand-year history.

You'll be amazed by the rich details of the golden staircase and the realism of the scenes represented by many artists that decorate the palace. You'll get to relive the sensations experienced by the prisoners crossing the famous Bridge of Sighs as well as visiting the prisons where the famous Giacomo Casanova was held prisoner.

Then, you will go on to visit Saint Mark's Basilica, also known as the Golden Basilica, one of the most fascinating cathedrals in the world. You'll have the pleasure of discovering the beautiful gold mosaics, the marble inlays of the floors, the biblical scenes that are depicted, all the while learning about the history and special features of this ancient church.

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

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • Temperature screening is compulsory for all visitors
  • What's included
    • Expert tour guide
    • Skip-the-line entrance to the Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica
    • Earphones
    Reduced price
    • Children (6-14 years): reduced
    • Infants (0-5 years): free
    Where

    S. Marco 146, 30124 Venice VE, Italy

    Meeting point:

    In front of the Yex Exchange office under the Clock Tower in St. Mark's Square. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the tour starting time.

    What to remember
    • This tour gives you the exclusive opportunity to spend a full hour inside the Basilica admiring the mosaics sitting in the central nave. For this reason, prices may be higher than other Basilica tours
    • On some days, due to liturgical events or exceptionally high tides, access may not be possible. In this case, you will be contacted to arrange another visit on a different date, or you will be reimbursed
    • Due to new security controls, waiting times are also possible for customers with priority entry or skip-the-line tickets
    • For security reasons backpacks are not allowed
    • Due to covid safety measures, the visit of St.Marks' Basilica includes the first floor with the museum and the Terrace instead of the ground floor (that could still be seen from above) and the Pala d'Oro. During the week days only, it is possible to pass by the ground floor while going upstairs
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    When
    • Monday to Saturday at 10.45am
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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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