Doge's Palace & Prisons Tour

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From $75.54

351 reviews   (4.46)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 2 hours

Departs: Venice, Venice

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Skip the lines at the iconic Doge’s Palace in Venice and uncover its highlights and secrets on a 2-hour tour. Walk right past the main entrance queues with your knowledgeable guide, and delve into the magnificent palace’s history as you explore its lavish public chambers. See prized Italian Renaissance artwork by Tintoretto and Veronese, and learn about the dark deeds of the city’s former rulers and secret service. Then, wander across the world-famous Bridge of Sighs and end your tour with a visit to the New Prisons.

What's Included

Headset to hear the guide clearly when there are more than 8 participants in the group

Local expert English-speaking licensed guide

Skip-the-line tickets to the Doge's Palace

What's Not Included

Food and drinks


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 6
  • CHILD: Age: 7 - 12
  • ADULT: Age: 13 - 99

Additional Info

  • Beginning Friday 6 August 2021 and until further notice, access to the Doge’s Palace and all related areas will be permitted only to those in possession of a Green COVID-19 Certification (Green Pass or equivalent certificate). Please remember to also brin
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • At times, Doges Palace can close without notice. No refunds are available as these events are beyond our control.
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

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.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers

What To Expect

Doge's Palace
Enjoy a 2 hrs in depht tour of the Doges Palace and visit the famous Prisons.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Included

Scala dei Giganti di Palazzo Ducale
While standing in the courtyard as your guide will introduce you to the Doges Palace architecture and history, see and learn about the Giant Staircase leading up to the Palace and used for formal entrances.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Ponte dei Sospiri
Walk over the famous Bridge of Sighs connecting the Doge's Palace to the Prisons and learn why it was given this name.

• Admission Ticket Free

Porta Della Carta
Learn about the Main entrance of the Doges Palace, the paper door that links the Doges Palace to St Mark's Basilica.

• Admission Ticket Free


Great guide
Michael_T, 22-10-2022
Fantastic tour. Ariana was so passionate about Venetian history and added plenty of fun personal anecdotes! Loved hearing about what makes Venice so distinct and the intriguing tensions (captured in art) that existed between the Doges and the Vatican
Engaging Tour Guide = Spectacular Tour
Tara_H, 16-10-2022
I am not a history buff. It was always my least favorite subject in school. It never grabbed my interest. However, this tour and our tour guide, Andreas, pulled me in from the first minute. Andreas was engaging, animated, knowledgeable, and funny. He made me enjoy a history lesson!! Everyone that was on the tour with us said it was the best tour they’d been on and I agree. This was our first, but have been on other since - and this one was hands down the best. The tour guide makes the tour and Andreas is an amazing guide!!!
Enjoyable and Educational
lmg04005, 15-10-2022
Our tour with Cristina on 14th October was excellent. She was informative without being dry, enthusiastic, and considerate of the group. The tour was very interesting even for my mother who is not particularly interested in history. Highly recommend!
Tour longer than necessary.
Lynn_M, 19-10-2022
The tour spent too much time outside the Palace. The meeting place was a little difficult to find, and quite far from the Palace. It took
Us about an hour to finally reach the interior and the tour was much better then. Our tour leader obviously loves her subject.
Good value for money
north_rhino, 16-10-2022
Excellent communications and guide was well prepared, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the venue.

Interesting place to visit but not as good as many in Rome

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