Venice: Doge's Palace and Piazza San Marco - Live Guided Tour

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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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Visit the magnificent Doge’s Palace in Venice, enjoy the skip-the-line entrance and enter inside the Palace accompanied by a qualified guide. The skip-the-line ticket for a self-guided tour of the palaces around Saint Mark’s Square is also included (Correr Museum, National Archaeological Museum, and Monumental Rooms of Marciana National Library). After the guided tour, you can wander through the maze of alleys and get to know some hidden gems using our fingertip digital map. Use your mobile phone to find out more than 200 points of interests.
• 2.5-hour Doge’s Palace and Saint Mark’s Square Museums skip-the-line tour in Venice
• Admire the architectural wonders of Saint Mark’s Square on a guided walking tour
• Enjoy skip-the-line entrance to Doge’s Palace and see the famous Bridge of Sighs
• Gain access to the palaces around St. Mark’s Square with a special museum pass
• Ideal introduction to Venice for first-time visitors or those short on time

What's Included

Mobile audio guide for a self-guided tour of the 5 districts of Venice

Audio-receiver devices are included in case of groups over 10 people

Guided Tour of Doge's Palace - Skip the line entrance

Skip the line ticket for Museum Correr to visit by your self

Walking tour of historical center with commentary by a qualified and experienced guide

What's Not Included

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Traveler Information

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

Additional Info

  • For security reasons sacks, bags, or knapsacks are not allowed inside the Doges’ Palace. Free deposit inside.
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • You will receive the audio guide with digital map by e-mail. If you have any problems with this, please come to Venice Tours office (San Marco 1130) for assistance.
  • ATTENTION: the walking tour is at 9:00 AM, the visit to the Doge's Palace is at 11:45 AM. Please consider the gap of time between the walking tour and the Doge's Palace.
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Tour does not operate in case of exceptional high tide (in these cases it can be postponed the days after; otherwise, it will be refunded)
  • You must download the audio guide with digital map on your mobile phone.

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
Here is the route: Piazza San Marco - Origin, history, and description of the main monuments: Basilica San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, Bell Tower, Clock Tower and Procuratie, Santa Maria Formosa - History and anecdotes relating to this wonderful and characteristic square. Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo - The "Pantheon" of Venice, the Great School of Charity, the captains of fortune. Marco Polo’s House and Malibran Theatre - Anecdotes and past and recent history cross each other in this beautiful corner of Venice. Return to San Marco through the Mercerie, a vital connection between Rialto and San Marco and the city’s main shopping street

1 hours • Admission Ticket Free

Ponte di Rialto
Return to San Marco through the Mercerie, a vital connection between Rialto and San Marco and the city’s main shopping street

• Admission Ticket Free

Doge's Palace
You will visit the Palazzo Ducale, which has been for centuries the seat of the Venetian political power. In his splendid rooms, plastered and immersed in hundreds of paintings masterpieces, the duke and his council controlled the fate of a thousand-year old republic. You’ll live it together with a qualified and experienced guide who will show you the halls of power, plunging you into a very special historical context: the European Middle Ages and the immediate-following centuries. You’ll be surprised at the rich details of the gold staircase, at the realism of the scenes depicted by many artists who have decorated this building. You will relive the anguish of the prisoners crossing the famous Bridge of Sighs, and enter the Venetian prisons, famous for hosting Giacomo Casanova. The ticket for the palace is included in the tour price, and it will allow you to enter without waiting.

After the visit of the Doge's Palace you will have the opportunity to visit a Glass Factory close to Saint Mark’s Square where you can see a Glass Craftsman at work. Please note this is a free of charge optional tour of approximately 20 minutes and it is not a part of the tour.

1 hours • Admission Ticket Included

Museo Correr
You may visit the other magnificent palaces around St. Mark’s Square with the same ticket by yourself (Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana). You will discover the way of life for the Venetians with paintings, libraries, coinage, and sculpture. You can also visit the area built by Napoleon and the rooms restored for Sissi, the Empress of Austria.

• Admission Ticket Free


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Michelle_P, 05-10-2022
Very informative guide. Dodge palace is spectacular learned alot during our trip! Lots of walking, but so worth every penny
Thorough and Complete
Jocelyn P, 28-09-2019
This tour was very thorough and complete. Our group was comprised of about 30 persons with headsets. We were able to hear our guide. We skipped the lines into both sites. We did not see the horse sculptures from Constantinople. It was not included. But, they were available for an additional cost after you completed St. Marks. Just don't leave the cathedral with the group. Return your headset to the guide. There is an additional cost to go upstairs to see them. If you only have a short amount of time in Venice, these two historic sites are a must. I doubt young children would enjoy this.
Fabulous, entertaining, insightful, funny, interesting and highly recommended
Beverley_L, 17-03-2019
This was so much more than I expected! We met our tour guide at 9 sharp outside St Marks Basilica and we’re given individual headsets in order to hear our guide. Unfortunately I didn’t get the name of our guide but she made this tour! The first part of our tour involved walking around some of the back streets around St Marks and being given a brief history of so many different aspects of life in Venice. Our tour guide was extremely passionate, knowledgeable, funny and entertaining. We learned loads and just wish we’d have taken this tour earlier in our stay. Once in Doge’s Palace the knowledge and passion continued. We were blown away by not only the interior but the history behind it all. The tickets also allow you access for 4 of the museums around St Marks up to 2 months from your visit so you can go at your leisure. Loved this tour and would highly recommend anyone travelling to Venice to take this tour early into the visit to allow you to use the museum passes at your leisure. Wish we had got our tour guides name as she was amazing, loved her!!
Doge’s palace tour great, landmarks tour just ok
katherinebR7690FB, 27-09-2022
Doge’s palace part was excellent! Walking tour of city landmarks was just ok, a little too much focus on high tide and COVID tourism. It lacked the “color” I was looking for, but I did get that in the second half of the tour with Doge’s palace. Worth it, if nothing else, than to skip the incredibly long line at the Doge’s palace. Recommend doing a 9am tour to beat the incredible crowds at San Marco and actually experience the magic of the place more intimately.
Good but could be better
Killara2071, 06-10-2019
Really appreciated skipping the queue and having access to the terrace and weaponery/prison rooms. Our guide (Tulia) was highly knowledgeable and informative but non-stop commentary for 3 hours was overwhelming. I won’t recall 80% of it and often switched off which meant missing some good stories. I think in each room have 3 key insights then open it to questions. Check in with the group if the info is too much or too little. Frequently pause and ask what are they noticing or intrigued by and then explain that.

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