Skip-the-Line: Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica Guided Small-Group Tour

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From $78.82

300 reviews   (4.28)

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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Our Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica tour is perfect for visitors with only a limited time in Venice, who want to get a true taste of the city. In just a few hours we take you to the most famous sites of the city, seeing the Rialto Bridge and venturing inside St, Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace.

What's Included

Audio headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide

Expert, English-speaking tour guide

Skip the line Access and entrance ticket to the Doge’s Palace

Skip the Line Access to St. Mark’s Basilica

Small groups of 15 people or less

What's Not Included


Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 3
  • CHILD: Age: 4 - 14
  • ADULT: Age: 15 - 99

Additional Info

  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • 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.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
  • 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
There is so much to see and do in the incredible Floating City of Venice, so why should you spend your precious vacation time waiting in line? With Skip-the-Line Access to two of Venice’s unmissable sights, Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica, you can immerse yourself in Venetian history and maximize your time in Venice on this carefully curated tour.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Ponte di Rialto
In just a few hours your professional guide takes you to the most famous sites of the city, seeing the Rialto Bridge and venturing inside St, Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace.

• Admission Ticket Free

Doge's Palace
Once home to the Duke of Venice and the city’s courts, it is the center of Venetian history – and as one of the world’s oldest republics, that’s quite a history. We’ll explore all the best sights of the palace open to the public, from spectacular works produced on demand by artistic masters Tintoretto and Veronese, to the evidence of the genius checks and balances that made the republic so successful.
With your guide on hand to lead you through the most important rooms, to explain magnificent frescoes and to tell you the tales behind every nook and cranny, your visit to the Doge’s Palace will be the perfect way to wrap up your tour through the history and culture of Venice.

1 hours • Admission Ticket Included

Basilica di San Marco
Next we admire the heart of Venice – St. Mark’s Square, once pronounced the “finest drawing room in all of Europe” by Napoleon. With Skip the Line Access we’ll get straight inside St. Mark’s Basilica, saving precious vacation time that would otherwise have been wasted in line. Marvel at the diversity of Venetian culture, where eastern architecture and western design have blended to create a structure with an onion dome, before following your guide through the beautiful frescoes inside the basilica.

After the tour, at your own expense, you can also get the chance to climb up to the first floor terraces, which offer beautiful views over the piazza, photo opportunities and some down time to soak up everything you have learned on your tour.

40 minutes • Admission Ticket Included


Wonderful Tour Guide
758leslied, 15-12-2022
Rita was excellent - she answered questions while giving an extremely in depth, yet accessible, tour. You can tell that she genuinely enjoys her job, and teaching people about Venice.
Excellent morning in Venice
klm553, 15-12-2022
Lole was so sweet and knowledgeable. She was patient with questions and always kind. We were a bit late in meeting her as was the other couple. She waited patiently.
Great guide
Dave, 08-12-2022
Tour guide very knowledgeable and dedicated. Made sure we all got to understand everything. Good language skills too.
Great informative tour
Jeanne_S, 08-12-2022
Excellent guide. Spoke English well and was easy to follow. Very informative tour with great content. No crowds in December was an added bonus; we basically had the place to ourselves.
Amazing tour experience
Chloe_C, 27-12-2022
Really great tour! Rita was so knowledgeable, friendly, had a great sense of humour and told the history in a very entertaining way. She even gave Christmas chocolates! 100% recommend this tour to get a sound understanding of Venice’s wonderful history!
Excellent experience
SIVAKUMAR_T, 25-12-2022
It was a very well organised tour. Optimum 2 hours makes this tour very interesting. Our guide Angela was excellent
Fascinating tour of the Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Basilica and Surrounding Plaza!
JordanMHaywood, 11-01-2023
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. The group size was perfect. The tour guide, Angela, was very knowledgeable and was able to provide a lot of background history behind the buildings, rooms and art we were looking out, pointing out details and characteristics we would never have picked up on our own. I highly recommend this tour!
Rita, our guide, was exceptional. Knowledgeable, consider it, and great to the fellow travelers.
Sue_B, 08-01-2023
The beauty of the locations we visited, and the interesting history of the area. The entire tour was fascinating, and our guide provided so many interesting facts at each location we visited.
Very Informative Tour!
Mellany_G, 07-01-2023
Thr tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and very friendly. She allowed time to take a few pictures and soak in all the history. At the end, she gave us all some delicious candy
Great day
MisterMomo, 04-01-2023
Superb !!! Greet tour, great guide, Ritta is really great guide and storyteller. She deseve every of 5 stars. We enjoyed tour!!!
Outstanding guide and experience!
Georgina_T, 01-01-2023
Our guide Rita was fantastic and very knowledgeable. She tailored the experience very well to our group, including engaging two young children masterfully. It was a perfect pace and absolutely wonderful - definitely a must see in Venice!
First time to Venice,
Monica_C, 09-12-2022
This your doesn't cover the upper level of the cathedral - too much time wasted in the palace - Guide was boring

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