Private Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica Walking Tour

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42 reviews   (5.00)

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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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With this Exclusive Experience you will enjoy a comprehensive and engaging Tour of Venice's two most famous sites, Saint Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace, and all of it in your very own Private Group with your very own Private Guide!
Savor the privileges of an intimate and personalized tour, which affords you the possibility of going at your own pace, and asking all the questions you wish! Enjoy Skip-the-line access to one of the world's most famous basilicas and to Venice's most important and historical Palazzo.
Highlights include the tens of thousands square feet of Golden Mosaics adorning the interior of the Basilica, breathtaking views from Saint Mark's terrace, the Bridge of Sighs, and the scary prisons of the Doge's Palace, its impressive Gun Room and magnificent Hall of Great Council.

What's Included

Admission to Palace Great Halls, Prisons and Weapon Collections and Bridge of Sighs

Exclusive Skip the Line Access into Saint Mark's Basilica

Exclusive Skip the Line Access to Doge's Palace

Private Tour Guide

What's Not Included

Food and Drink


Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 2
  • CHILD: Age: 3 - 17
  • ADULT: Age: 18 - 99

Additional Info

  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • This tour operates within current local COVID-19 protocol. We are not responsible for any persons who do not adhere to regulations, and in said circumstances will result in loss of the tour without refund.
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • This tour operates within current local COVID-19 protocol. We are not responsible for any persons who do not adhere to regulations, and in said circumstances will result in loss of the tour without refund.

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.

What To Expect

Piazza San Marco
Your Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Tour will begin in beautiful Piazza San Marco, where you will meet your Private Tour Guide.
Begin your adventure into two of Venice's most famous sites in this most iconic and picture perfect square, learning all about its architecture, history and anecdotes.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Basilica di San Marco
Your first official stop will be Saint Mark's Basilica. Enjoy exclusive and privileged skip the (long) line access, and enter straight into what is also known as the Golden Basilica. Here, your Private guide will show you and guide you through the interior of this incredible church, musing on its history, anecdotes, and the many eras it has seen in its hundreds of years of existence. You will surely be stunned by the thousands and thousands of square feet of pure golden mosaics that completely cover the basilica's interior. There is quite literally no other place like this!

50 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Doge's Palace
Exit the Basilica, and continue your tour by enjoying once again exclusive skip the line access to the Doge's Palace, the seat of Venice's government for centuries.
You will be amazed by the secret stories your guide shares as you walk through the Doge’s private, luxurious apartments and powerful halls, such as the Hall of the Great Council.

Then, continue to explore the palace with a visit to the scary, dark and gory prison. After seeing the impressive collection of weapons, you will stop at the notorious Bridge of Sighs. Enjoy the view and snap some perfect pictures for your album at home.

50 minutes • Admission Ticket Included


topiarygal, 15-11-2022
Fabulous tour, easy access to the sites, really engaging guide and a perfect way to learn so much about Venice's history!
Wonderful place, wonderful Guide
Susan_M, 15-10-2022
Great tour. Pamela was a fantastic tour guide with a wealth of knowledge about San Marco Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. She is also fun to be around. Both sites are so interesting and you learn so much of historical significance when you have someone like Pamela to share with you.
EXCELLENT Tour, by THE BEST Host Nicola
Dmac16, 14-10-2022
We enjoyed a private tour of St. Marks and Doge's Palace with our host Nicola during our visit to Venice. Nicola (Nic), quickly recognized what our interests were and adapted our tour to ensure is personalized to us. His explanations and our discussions about the history, art, architecture, symbolism and allegory of these beautiful buildings was excellent, and his knowledge, and passion for these two iconic, must see, Venitian landmarks was incredible. While the tour was only 2.5 hours, we never felt rushed to get to the next talking point, nor did we feel we missed anything. In a word it was PERFECT!
Learn about Venice and skip the lines
Maribeth_S, 06-10-2022
See Venice with a native. Sarah was a wonderful guide who knew so much history and the colorful background stories of the Republic of Venice. You will miss so much if you try to do this on your own.
The perfect tour with the perfect guide!
R4222RJmikeg, 06-10-2022
Maria-Teresa gave us an in-depth tour of Basilica San Marco and The Doge’s Palace using her knowledge as an History and Art-history Major, which helped us to understand what is behind the history of these 2 incredible buildings and of Venice. She was also engaging, funny and personable. We felt like friends. Take a tour with Maria-Teresa. EXCELLENT!
Exceptional Doge’s palace guided tour!!
Inspiration612557, 23-12-2022
Nico was such an excellent guide! He was very knowledgeable, patient and passionate about the history of Venice. My kids were also very engaged during the tour. We all also loved the dungeon visit, as well as all the tales surrounding the imprisonment and escape of Casanova!

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