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Venice Must-Sees: St Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace Fast Track Tour provided by Venetoinside

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Venice Must-Sees: St Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace Fast Track Tour

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St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, two of Venice’s most popular attractions, are conveniently close to one other, so a combined tour of both, with skip-the-line access, just makes sense. This guided tour reveals info crucial to understanding each landmark, includes a ticket to view the Golden Pall (Pala d’Oro) in the basilica, and saves you hours of time waiting in line.
You'll start at
Torre dell'Orologio
Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italyunder the Clock Tower in St. Mark's Square
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  • Pass by Torre dell'Orologio
    Pass by St. Mark's Square
  • 1
    Doge's Palace
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • 2
    Bridge of Sighs
    Stop: 5 minutes - Admission included
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  • 3
    Saint Mark's Basilica
    Stop: 5 minutes - Admission included
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    Pass by St Mark's Campanile
You'll end at
Saint Mark's Basilica
Piazza San Marco, 328, 30124 Venezia VE, ItalyOutside St. Mark's Basilica
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  • Combined tour of St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace in Venice
  • Save time with skip-the-line access to two Venice must-sees
  • Explore with a guide to view and learn about the highlights of both
  • Includes ticket to see the Golden Pall (Pala d’Oro) in St. Mark’s
  • Clearly hear guide commentary with personal headsets
What to Expect
Meet your guide in St. Mark’s Square and walk to the Doge’s Palace, where the Doge once governed the Venetian Republic. Bypass the lines and tour the halls filled with artwork by greats such as Titian and Tintoretto. Admire the Giants’ Staircase, Golden Staircase, Opera Museum, and Institutional Rooms. Then, cross the Bridge of Sighs and imagine the anguish of the long-ago prisoners who were led across it to Venice’s infamous prison. Afterward, continue to St. Mark’s Basilica, one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals. Avoid the ticket lines and absorb the spiritual atmosphere as you explore the interior, hearing how it reflects the flowering of Venice during its heyday. Marvel at the golden mosaics and other artworks as your guide shares their history, and you view highlights including the gemstone-coated Byzantine Golden Pall (Pala d’Oro) altarpiece. Your tour ends when your guide says goodbye at St. Mark’s.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Torre dell'Orologio, Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
2h 15m
Return Details
Saint Mark's Basilica, Piazza San Marco, 328, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
  • Guided tour
  • Skip-the-line access to St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Entry/Admission - Doge's Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Bridge of Sighs
  • Entry/Admission - Saint Mark's Basilica
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please arrive at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before the tour departure time
  • At the tour departure point you will meet a representative who will check your vouchers and give you information to do the tour
  • During the winter period (from November 1st to March 31st) the tour is bilingual, so explanations are provided in two languages if the audience provenience is mixed.
  • No credit or refunds will be given in the case of a no show (if you don't show up at the meeting point at the time indicated on your voucher)
  • This is a collective tour, which means there might be other participants going on the tour with you.
  • In cases of religious ceremonies, exceptionally high tides or other special occasions, access to St. Mark's Basilica may not be permitted
  • To visit St. Mark's Basilica it is necessary to dress appropriately (no shorts or vest or tops) and backpacks are not allowed for safety reasons.
  • Please note that, due to the particular morphological structure of Venice and the logistic problems resulting from it, we cannot guarantee that the whole tour is accessible to people with limited mobility: This means that people with walking difficulties and wheelchair users could not be able to access some parts of the itinerary
  • Languages available:
  • April 1st to October 31st: English, Spanish, French, German: from Monday to Saturday Italian: Saturday. November 1st to March 31st: Bilingual tour
  • (explanations are provided in two languages if the audience provenience is mixed) English: Monday to Saturday Spanish: Wednesday, Saturday French: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday German: Monday, Friday
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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COLIN S wrote a review 7 Sep
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This tour offered by "Get Your Guide" was a complete travesty. The basilica of St Marks was already closed but they were happy to take 76 euro for a tour of the basilica only revealing that the tour could not happen in the small print accessible after a number of steps
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Date of experience: September 2020
Christina26per wrote a review Jan 2020
Athens, Greece5 contributions1 helpful vote
Incredible tour with a very polite and helpful guide. Fun and informative at the same time. Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: January 2020
William O wrote a review Dec 2019
Lakewood, Colorado210 contributions48 helpful votes
Floods did not make this easy at all, but it did happen and we did see them. Such beauty and so much work for so long and so very long ago. Even for the non religious, this is impressive period. Go for the hour that it is lit and enjoy the beauty alone.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Kalai R wrote a review Dec 2019
2 contributions
Poorly managed. Firstly, the meeting point was not clear. Hence, though we were just near the meeting point, confusion set in as there were 2 clock towers. We missed the 1st part of the tour(Doge's Palace) just by a few minutes and were not allowed to join in the tour though we
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Date of experience: December 2019
Yvonne L D wrote a review Dec 2019
Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico34 contributions7 helpful votes
The Basilica is just awesome. The beauty is indescribable. We had seen the Doge's Palace a few years ago but had family with us on their first visit. Both sites are amazing and should not be missed. A tour that eliminates the huge line is the only way to go.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Shuttle from airport to Venice
The water taxi was easy to find after a 5 minute walk from the airport. We were told which quay it was likely to be
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Fantastic, knowledgable and friendly tour guide. Spoke perfect English and showed us small details of Venice that w
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The tour was awesome, and Marco Busetto was very knowledgeable and entertaining. It lasted more than one two hours,
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It's beautiful and a nice experience to go up and down the grand canal in a gondola. It's expensive so better to go
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