Venice Semi-Private Tour of Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's | with Private Option

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From $152.17

49 reviews   (4.94)

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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Enjoy a comprehensive and engaging tour of Venice's two most famous sites, Saint Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace, in an intimate group of only 6 people, or in your very own private tour - we offer both options! Savor the privileges of an intimate tour with skip-the-line access to one of the world's most famous basilicas and journey through Venice's most historical landmarks accompanied, all by a local, expert and professional guide.
Highlights include the breathtaking views from 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

Bridge of Sighs

Local Expert Professional Guide

Private Tour Options available

Semi Private Group of only 6 people max

Skip the Line into Doge's Palace, apartments and prisons

Skip the line into St. Mark's Basilica

What's Not Included

Food and drinks


Hotel pickup and drop-off

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.
  • 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 potential refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress require
  • 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

Piazza San Marco
Your Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Tour will begin in Saint Mark's square, where you will meet your guide and join your exclusively Small Group of MAX 6 people, or your very own Private Group, both options are available!
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 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 access to the Doge's Palace, 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.

Continue to explore the palace with a visit to the scary, dark and gory prison. After seeing the impressive collection of weapons, you will then 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


This is the highlight of your visit to Venice
240ggp, 27-11-2022
Sara, our guide spoke excellent English and was very knowledgeable. Her presentation was precise, yet entertaining. She could answer questions in detail. Sarah had a sense of humor and could parse religious and political comments from our group wisely.

We highly recommend paying a few bucks more for this tour to avoid big groups. Our group consisted of two unrelated American couples.
Great Tour at some Astounding Landmarks
Maps705299, 26-11-2022
My wife and I had a great tour with Sra, our guide. She did a great job not only explaining the history and significance of the sights to us, but was also a wonderful individual with a great personality. We would definitely utilize Liv Tours again in the future.
Marie was an amazing guide! We really enjoyed our time with her. She was very kind, interesting and knowledable.
heatherhanssen, 23-11-2022
Marie was a wonderful guide! She was very kind, interesting and knowledgeable. I’d highly recommend her. We hope to book with her again on a future trip.
Great tour!
Chadd C, 12-11-2022
Great tour with Marie-therese. Would recommend for any size group! Great experience. She was extremely knowledgeable and friendly.
Good tour. More stories, fewer raw facts would make it a 5
David_M, 12-11-2022
Nicoletta led a semi private tour for my party of 3 and another couple. We had a bit of a close call finding the right meeting point but we got there just in time. Our host, Nicoletta, was a wealth of knowledge. She spent a lot of time giving us good information, and really loved talking about the Doges and the artwork in the Doges Palace complex. We all found that Nicoletta's tour style was not 100% aligned with our own style, but that could happen with anybody and should not reflect poorly on her. We tend to appreciate the stories that go behind what we are seeing, and found that the tour was much more fact-heavy and things we could easily find on Wikipedia. 2 hours may have been just a bit too long for what we saw. We all indicated our excitement for the Prison portion of the tour and felt like it was a 5-minute rush job. We did several semi-private and private tours with LivTours/Viator during our two week trip, and this was the only one we gave less than 5 stars. It is very good, but not excellent.

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