4-Hour Venice guided walking tour with Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica

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Duration: 4 hours

Departs: Venice, Venice

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

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Enjoy this combined guided walking and the best way to see Venice, part of our tour is off the beaten track and away from the main tourist sites giving you a great overview of the city, also included on the tour are two of the most important monuments in Venice, we skip the line into Saint Marks Basilica and the Doges Palace.

A combined walking city tour that allows you to discover the most important historical places and buildings of Venice.
This guided tour is divided into three parts.
The tour starts with a historical introduction of St. Marks’s Square, and its architectural delights.
You will be lead then by a professional guide through the most characteristic places around the areas of Saint Mark's Square and Castello.
After this walk you will visit the the Doge's Palace, once the seat of the power of the Republic of Venice, and to conclude, a visit to the interiors of Saint Mark's Basilica, with is golden mosaics and its byzantine history.

What's Included

4-h guided tour with a local and professional guide

Entrance fees and skip the line

Live tour commentary in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Personal audio system and headset for tour commentary

What's Not Included

Food and drinks


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Pala d'oro

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 5
  • CHILD: Age: 6 - 14
  • ADULT: Age: 15 - 99

Additional Info

  • For all late arrivals or no show, NO REFUND.
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Large bags or ruck sacks are NOT allowed on this tour;
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • For all late arrivals or no show, NO REFUND.
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Large bags or ruck sacks are NOT allowed on this tour;
  • Public transportation options are available nearby

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Piazza San Marco
Starting in Saint Mark’s square, this atmospheric walking tour will then whisk you away from the crowded streets into the treasure filled pockets of the Castello area.
A qualified guide will walk you through the hidden squares, winding canals and historical buildings providing you with a perfect introduction to the origins, symbols, traditions, architecture, and life in current day Venice.

The tour starts with a historical introduction of St. Marks’s Square, and its architectural delights, allowing you to discover the history of the majestic St. Mark’s Basilica, the illustrious Doge’s Palace, once the seat of the power of the Republic of Venice, and the extraordinary, renaissance clock tower.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Campo Santa Maria Formosa
Leaving the square, you will be guided into the residential Castello area, allowing you to discover this part of Venice in all of its elegance, through its labyrinth of narrow alleys - “calli”, many bridges, winding canals and wide picturesque squares - “campi”.

You can expect to discover campo Santa Maria Formosa, one of the largest squares in Venice with its church, named after its visitation of the Holy Virgin.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo
Campo Santi Giovanni and Paolo where you will be able to admire the famous church, the resting place of several Doges; and the equestrian monument of Bartolomeo Colleoni, an Italian mercenary Captain.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Casa di Marco Polo
The former residence of Marco Polo in Corte Seconda del Milion, probably the most famous Venetian merchant.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

Teatro Malibran
The Malibran theatre (only external) is also part of the itinerary.
The theatre of San Giovanni Grisostomo was built in only four months at the end of 1677.
It was renovated many times and the renovation of 1919, gave us the theatre, as we know it today.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

Doge's Palace
Our guide will accompany you to the Doge’s Palace, which dominates Saint Mark's Square, the heart of Venice, standing out for its size and its extraordinary structure, where Byzantine, European and Oriental architecture collide. Immediately entering the Palace you will pass through the great courtyard and admire the wealth of detail on the famous Golden Staircase.
Once inside the Palace, you will visit the halls where the Duke (Doge) and his Council controlled the fate of the Serene Republic, whilst surrounded by hundreds of artistic masterpieces and discover the political history of Venice and its people. You will be able to admire the paintings realised by some of the most important artists of the Italian Renaissance, amongst them, the world's largest oil painting by Tintoretto. Passing through the famous Bridge of Sighs, you will reach the new prisons. The bridge was given its name by the English poet Lord Byron, probably referring to the last breath of the prisoners, who had their last view of the lagoon and of Venice from the window of this bridge, before they were to be imprisoned.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Basilica di San Marco
During the second part of the tour you will visit the Basilica, once the private chapel of the Doge of Venice, and the only one of its kind in Italy, thanks to the sumptous golden mosaics and impressive marble inlay flooring.
During the tour you will be able to sit down in the church and absorb the atmosphere whilst listening to your guide who will describe the biblical scenes represented throughout the building, together with history and particularities of this ancient Basilica.
The tour includes the visit of the famous Pala d'Oro, an altarpiece made of gold and silver and an exquisite example of Byzantine art with a myriad of gems and precious stones.

45 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Museo Correr
At the end of the tour, keep your Doge's Palace ticket to visit on your own: Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana in Saint Mark's square, opposite side of the Saint Mark's Basilica.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Included


Backroads of Venice
pedidentalasst67, 31-01-2020
Rosanna was great and extremely informative..on our 2nd part of the tour we had another guide whose name was similar to Rosanna and she was just as fabulous!!! Highly recommended to take you off the beaten path and learn about Venice...they were also born and raised in Venice and truly enthusiastic about their birthplace!!
Doge’s and St Marks
munio1, 13-10-2019
Great tour guide. We learned a lot. She answered all of our questions and was very engaged. We would recommend this
St. Mark's and Doge's tour
LeticiaM686, 25-09-2019
Awesome tour and tour guides. Need to be a little more organized in the beginning getting everyone signed in.
Great tour very informative,value for money
axel3569, 23-09-2019
Great t guide very informative, saw parts of Venice tgat I would not have found on my own. Was fabulous to skip all of the line. Highly recommend this tour the company were very organised.
Fun tour!
Angela M, 27-12-2022
This was a nice way to see some of the highlights around Venice and St Mark's square. The walking tour was a nice way to start and get a feel for the city. St. Mark's Basilica is amazing and our guide was very knowledgeable. The Dodge's palace is really beautiful and it was cool to learn the history of the palace and walk across the bridge of sighs. This is a faster paced tour in terms of the walking, so make sure you wear good walking shoes. We had a nice time!
Venice City Tour
Mike C, 20-11-2022
We discovered a lot about Venice with this tour. Very informative about the different areas of Venice and history of the city.

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