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Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour

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Venezia, Italy
Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour
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icon2 hours 15 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more

Overview

Visit two of the most popular attractions in Venice on this guided tour of the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. Listen to your guide's commentary clearly with provided headsets and avoid hours-long queues with skip-the-line admission tickets. Entrance tickets to the Doge's Palace are also included for a hassle-free tour.
  • Skip-the-line guided tour of the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica
  • Explore the seat of the once-powerful Venetian Republic on a guided visit to the Doge's Palace
  • Admire the largest painted canvas in the world inside the palace
  • Marvel at the gorgeous Byzantine mosaics in St. Mark's Basilica
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Qualified guide
Personal headsets
Skip the line ticket to the Doge's Palace
Terrace and Museum of St. Mark's Basilica
Skip the line ticket to St. Mark's Basilica
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Pala D'Oro
Calle larga de l'Ascension , Calle larga de l'Ascension, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Calle Larga Ascensione, in front of the Post office just next to St.Mark's Square. Go to the wooden stand with the yellow sign "Meeting point".

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • For security reasons, backpacks and bags must be left at the near deposit in Calle San Basso; they are not allowed in the basilica
  • No refund will be given for no shows or late comers.
  • Wheelchair partially accessible, due to structural reasons some areas of the Doge's Palace are not accessible, so the tour may be limited. If assistance is required, passenger must provide their own carer.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • The tour will be provided rain or shine, though may be cancelled if tides are exceptionally high. In this case we'll provide a full refund
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Park Viaggi
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • 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.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour.

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  • "Do NOT try to do these sites without a tour like this!" See review
  • "Doing this early was a good idea and we got in and around very quickly and were not rushed nor was it too crowded." See review
  • "Viator needs much specificity (like the cruise lines do on their tours) about difficulty walking, distance walking and if there are a large number of stairs." See review

Reviews

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279 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-4
Really informative
Stephanie_S
, May 2022
The palace and basilica are breathtaking and I couldn’t fault the hosts knowledge of the history. Knocked off a star for the crackly sound system which meant we lost a fair bit of what was being said and it is so very busy in the day I can’t help but this an evening tour could be better.
star-3
St Marco basilica and doges palace tour
MARY_S
, May 2022
Good guide. Viator told us to meet guide at wrong location. We nearly missed the tour. Another guide directed us to right location. We were no where near correct location. Viator needs to give correct directions.
star-5
A fun, informative day touring Basilica and Palace!
Elizabeth_W
, May 2022
Mark was an amazing guide. He gave wonderful details that really brought the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s to life. He had a wonderful sense of humor that made the tour fun. And you can’t beat walking past a huge line of people to enter quickly-skip the line is the best!
star-5
Worth it!
Laura_N
, Apr 2022
Our guide was great! She was informative and added interesting tidbits to the tour. We were able to get into St. Mark's to see the mosaics lit up. This tour was definitely worth it!
star-1
Very disappointed
Charbel_M
, Apr 2022
I didn’t even get to go on the tour because the skip the line tickets were sold out before we bought our Viator experience and we weren’t informed. We showed up and the tour guide told us we didn’t have any valid tickets. Completely terrible experience and Viator hasn’t even bothered to reply to my refund request a day later. Wasted part of my short time in Venice and a lot of money.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Charbel, we are truly sorry about what happened with your booking. Unfortunately, due to an internal problem to our system, we accidentally overbooked the date and were forced to cancel the last bookings received. Of course you received our staff support at the meeting point and as soon as we returned to the office on Monday we fully refunded your booking. You are expected to receive the amount paid back in a couple of working days. We apologize once again for the inconvenience. Kind regards, Park Viaggi Team
star-5
Highlights of Venice
Carolyn_T
, Apr 2022
The Basilica was so beautiful with all the mosaics and detail everywhere you look. Our tour guide Rosada, was so informative telling us all about the history and explained the meaning behind both The Basilica and St. Doge’s palace.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing tour!
Wendy_B
, Mar 2022
Very wonderful tour. Amazing buildings and history. Our tour guide was extremely helpful and knowledgeable!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Unique experience
Anthony_H
, Mar 2022
Excellent tour of both the St. Mark's Basilica and Doges Palace with a very friendly and informative guide.
star-5
Good Tour to Cover St. Marks and Doge Palace
Erik_G
, Feb 2022
This was a good way to get all that you need to know regarding St. Mark's basilica and the Doge's Palace. Having not known anything about either, this was a really good exposure to both. St. Mark's was under a lot of construction, which made the tour a bit crazy. Unfortunately, I forgot the name of the tour guide, but she did a great job at explaining this history and it's importance.
star-5
Excellent tour of St Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace
Nisha_C
, Feb 2022
Excellent tour. Very informative. Highly recommend - there is a lot of history that would be lost without a guide. It’s also very busy (even in winter) so it was nice to skip the line.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great Tour
Sergey_L
, Jan 2022
Very informative guide .Perfect English and not only English. Includes - San Marco Basilica, Doge's palace. With their ticket you can visit Correr Museum as well. Amazing experience.
star-5
Great morning!
Cyd_P
, Oct 2021
Well organized, incredibly informative, great guide and just the right length! So pleased we took the time to do a skip-the-line tour!
star-5
Enjoyable and Thorough
Dana_A
, Oct 2021
He learns so much more on a tour than going so low walking through beautiful history like these two places. We had a great guide and I learned very much.
star-5
Good service
Geert_R
, Oct 2021
Because of rain, the skip the line for the Basilica were cancelled. They returned the money for that part. The guide was gave extra time and info at the Dogespalace for it. Great.
star-5
Doge’s Palace is a Must-See in Venice!
Karen_S
, Oct 2021
We weren’t able to visit the Basilica but we had an excellent tour of the exquisite Doge’s Palace. The scale of the buildings, rooms and artwork was incredible. I learned so much from our knowledge guide, Caterina..
star-1
Don’t waste your time!!
Brette_A
, Sep 2021
Horrible tour guide. I thought they had higher standards for their guides. Rude, hard to understand and didn’t seem to care much about making it a good experience for the group. Waste of money!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Dear, your review leaves us very perplexed. We always receive many compliments for the tour you have purchased and our guides are the best that the city of Venice can offer, carefully selected by our staff. We would like to ask you to write us an email with all the details about your visit in order to understand better what happened. Thank you and kind regards, Park Viaggi staff
star-5
The tour Guide was fun...
Luis_D
, Aug 2021
The tour Guide was fun and with a lot of knowledge. You can skip the line and enjoy scenery. Both the San mark church and dodge palace are worth visiting
star-5
Tall tales of Venice with Raphael
Grady_P
, Aug 2021
We absolutely enjoyed the tour with Raphael. He should be in the movies. Both the Doge and basilica. He had great perspectives we enjoyed on the historical and theological significance of Venice. Multo bene
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Worth every penny!
Allison_D
, Jul 2021
The Doges palace should NOT be missed! It is spectacular and being able to skip the line was great. The tour guide was wonderful and helped us to understand what we were seeing.
star-5
Well done tour
Mike_K
, Jul 2021
The guide was excellent; very knowledgeable of Venice and the history behind it. The skip the line at the Doge's palace was valuable, but recent COVID restrictions made the skip line line impossible for St. Mark's Basilica (for all tour guides in town). Still, the wait to get into the Basilica was not long, and felt even shorter as our guide continue to provide us information during the wait. I would book again if I return to Venice.

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