Best of Venice Walking Tour including St. Mark’s Basilica & the Doge’s Palace with Skip the Line Access

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Piazza San Marco, Venice
Doge Palace in Venice
Doge Palace Facade View
Doge Palace Bal Room
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On this essential Saint Mark's Basilica Venice guided walking tour, you will be intrigued by the fascinating history of La Serenissima and discover what it is like to live in this unique city.

The Doges Palace "Palazzo Ducale" is a magnificent combination of Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance architecture, the centre of the Venetian Empire and the seat of the Venetian Government.

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Venice Walking Tours

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  • Duration: 1 hour.
  • These tours are available everyday.
  • Meeting point Saint Mark's Square (all details will be listed on your voucher)
  • Saint Mark's Basilica Tour departure is at 11:15AM Mondays thru Saturdays and 14:00PM on Sundays.
  • Doge's Palace Tour departure is at 12:15PM Mondays thru Saturdays and 15:00PM on Sundays.
  • Skip the lines for both tours
  • Languages: English.
  • Ticket delivery: Voucher issued online (no tickets needed).
  • Rate is per person including taxes and services. Entrance fees not included (see detailed description below)
  • Free 30-day access to online Italian lessons

Detailed Description

Saint Mark's Basilica

Walking around this open air museum the informative guide will take you to the external sights of Saint Marks square, the Doges palace, the Sansovino library, the Bell tower, the incredible legends of the Clock tower and the Bridge of sighs and its adjoining prisons. You will discover the extraordinary architectural master pieces and why they were built that way.

Learn how Venice lost out on the trade routes and when the new World was discovered, leaving Venice medieval forever.(avoiding the public queues with our special pass) You will enter inside Saint Marks Basilica, which majestically symbolizes the lagoon and enshrines the city’s history and Saints relics. With its awe – inspiring gold mosaics the guide will walk you through to one of the main highlights of the Saint Marks Basilica, the “Pala d’Oro” (Golden altar), with masterpieces by generations of Venetian Goldsmiths, universally recognized as one of the most refined and accomplished works of Byzantine craftsmanship and the most precious treasure in the Saint Marks Basilica.

Take advantage of the expert guide, hear anecdotes about this remarkable city and its historical characters, Casanova, Marco Polo to name two. This walk is an absolute must for the first time visitor, leaving you knowing so much more about this not so practical but precious city.

Important Note about Saint Mark's Basilica Tour:

  • Entrance fees not included: Basilica (2 Euros/person) Pala d'Oro (2 Euros/person).
  • Please arrive at the meeting point 10 minutes prior to the tour.
  • Dress code: Shoulders and knees must be covered to enter St. Mark’s Basilica. Large bags and rucksacks are not allowed into the church.
  • Guide has microphone during this tour.
  • The tour operates rain or shine.
  • St. Mark’s Basilica is sometimes closed to the public due to high water or ceremonies in the church. During high water periods the tour will take place, but it may be modified because of conditions.

Doge's Palace Tour

It was once the residence of the Doge, the elected ruler of the city. Listen to the informative guide as you pass through its lavish chambers, which display masterpieces by Tintoretto, Titian, Veronese and Bellini.

Hear about the different roles played by the Doge and his counsellors, be entertained by our informative guide and learn about the history of the Venetian legends as you walk through the eerie, narrow passageways towards the prison cells whilst learning about the prisoners and of course, Casanova, perhaps Venice's most famous and intriguing escapee.

If you wish to spend more time inside the Doge's Palace independently after the tour your museum pass will allow you to do so.

Important Note about Doge's Palace Tour:

  • Entrance fees not included: 15 Euros/Adult, 8 Euros/Student-Senior.
  • Please arrive at the meeting point 10 minutes prior to the tour.
  • The tour operates rain or shine.

Order Options

Your ticket (voucher) will be delivered online. Paper tickets are not required. Your voucher is the proof of booking and settlement. You must print it and present it at the address or meeting point listed on your voucher. You will have access to our voucher desk through a secure link provided in your order confirmation email.

Terms and Conditions and Cancellation Policy

Terms and Conditions and Cancellation Policy

Booking cancellations are VALID only when made through us by email at You can change your reservation date at no charge if you notify us at least fifteen (15) days before service. If you cancel your reservation and you notify us at least nine (9) days before service, there is a 20% cancellation fee. Between 4 and 8 days before service, 75% cancellation fee. Less than 3 days: no refunds can be made. Cancellation fees will not be waived for any reason, however, they may be covered by travel insurance. We *highly* recommend that you have insurance with *adequate* coverage, including Force Majeure.

Additional Information

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