Venice Masterclass: exclusive Doge Palace's visit and St. Mark's Basilica

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Duration: 4 hours

Departs: Venice, Venice

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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THE GREAT POWERS OF VENICE: Unique, mysterious and intriguing, Venice is one of the most fascinating and amazing cities in the world.
Explore her right from her heart with a very high quality “masterclass level” small group visit led by an Art Expert Guide, visiting the two most important and beautiful sights of Political and Religious power of Venice:
the grandiose St Mark’s Basilica - the main cathedral, crowned by the Venetian-Byzantine domes – and the Doge’s palace, house of power, secrets, carnival and masterpieces.
The most comprehensive immersion into the art and the history of the two most important political and religious landmarks of Venice. A must-do when in Venice, in the comfort of a small group and a highly specialized licensed history guide. Art lovers only!

What's Included

Access to the Prisons of the Doge’s Palace

Licensed English speaking guide

Palazzo Ducale visit

skip the line entrance to San Mark's Basilica

St. Mark's Basilica visit with exclusive acccess to terraces

What's Not Included


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 13 - 99

Additional Info

  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Please let us know in advance any special need or impaired mobility of the clients and we will do our best to accomodate them.
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements.
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels

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

Basilica di San Marco
This tour takes you inside the center of the religious power of Venice, the beautiful Basilica of St Marks with our skip-the-line access, where our expert history guide will give you a comprehensive and informative tour of this astonishing landmark-church that boasts a profusion of polychrome domes, walls clad in marbles and, inside, over 8000 square meters of glittering ceiling mosaics, many made with 24-carat gold leaf.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Doge's Palace
The highlight of the tour is our exclusive special visit of the Doge's Palace, the very symbol of political Venice, an impressive structure composed of layers of building elements and ornamentation, from its 14th and 15th century original foundations to the significant Renaissance and opulent Mannerist adjunctions and today hosting paintings from world renown artists like Titiano, Tiepolo, Tintoretto and Veronese and set to the grand ball of Venice Carnival.
We’ll have a very exclusive access to the closed-to-general-public secret passages including the old torture chambers and prisons.
From the prisons you will visit the courtyard and then the noble areas of the Doge’s public and private areas, to visit the great ballrooms, the great Councils hall, and the Doge’s lavish apartments and the “Opera Museum” boasting astonishing collection of portrait including Renaissance and Mannerism with prominent “Venitian school” paintings by Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese.

1 hours • Admission Ticket Included

Ponte dei Sospiri
You will also have the chance to walk the famous bridge of sighs and learn the story behind the origin of its name.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


Amazing your, amazing guide, amazing experience
Sarae_C, 12-07-2022
I learned so much about the Venetian Republic and the history of Venice. Our guide Ericka was amazing. On the last portion of the tour we walked around Venice and Ericka answered all our questions about past and local life in Venice. The best tour ever!
MasterClass money well spent!
Michelle_S, 29-03-2022
Excellent tour! Tour guide was amazing and money well spent to understand the political structure and Religious stories in the mosaics of the chapel. This is a must while in Venice.
Great Tour Even Better Tour Guide
Rrheadley, 20-09-2021
Lorenzo was the most amazing guide and host. He went above and beyond any other tour I have ever been on. You can tell he is really passionate about Venice and all it has to offer. He was so thoughtful and even recommended restaurants for us after the tour going as far as calling the restaurant for us and making the reservation. We could not have asked for anyone better than Lorenzo and would highly recommend both him and the Venice Masterclass tour for anyone who wants an in-depth guide to Venice’s most famous landmarks.
Do this tour first.
HollinBank, 30-10-2019
To be honest our first impression of Florence was “meh”. We walked around and saw most of the key sights on day one and wondered what we would do for the rest of our stay.

We actually did this tour on our final full day and wished we had done it first. It put the city into context and we saw places we may have wandered past but never appreciated.

Sibilla was an excellent guide and the small group meant no headphones, just conversation and the opportunity to ask questions.

Our appreciation of Florence changed over the duration of the tour through knowledge and an excellent, knowledgeable guide in Sibilla.

Take the tour ....... you will not regret it.
Great introduction to Florence
Thomas F, 06-10-2019
Took this tour with tourguide Valentina. Small group--only four of us in our case. She was very interesting and knowledgeable, and gave us a good overview of the city. The tour of the Palazzo Vecchio was most enjoyable. The tour also includes a refreshment break in the middle, on the top floor of a nice hotel with great views over the city.

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