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Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace

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Guarantee your entry into two of Venice’s star attractions on a skip-the-line tour of Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale) and St. Mark’s Basilica (Basilica of San Marco). Save hours of waiting in line as you bypass queues often in advance of two hours and head straight inside the often sold-out monuments. Inside the legendary St. Mark's Basilica wander the mosaic-clad interior and peek into secret spaces, with exclusive access onto the balcony overlooking Piazza San Marco - reserved for only a chosen few!
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Ages 0-99, max of 20 per group
Duration: 3h
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Guarantee entry to the often sold-out Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica
  • Save hours waiting in line with skip-the-line entry to two top Venice attractions 
  • Enjoy special access to the first-floor terrace of St. Mark's Basilica 
  • Discover hidden details that are often missed when exploring alone

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Skip-the-line ticket for St. Mark's Basilica
  • Headsets when necessary
  • Exclusive access to the balcony of St. Mark's Basilica
  • Pre-reserved ticket to the Doge's Palace
  • Exclusive Early Entry to the Doge's Palace (8 AM only)
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica di San Marco
  • Entry/Admission - Doge's Palace
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
  • Lunch

Greet your guide in central Venice and head straight to your first stop, St. Mark’s Basilica (Basilica de San Marco) to bypass the long lines often in excess of two hours. Inside your guide reveals hidden details and leads you to the first-floor terrace not usually open to the general public. The next stop is Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), where skip-the-line tickets allow you to avoid waiting in line once again. Visit the opulent Hall of Great Council, home to frescoes by the likes of Veronese and Tintoretto, and discover the palace’s dark history in the Armory and New Prisons. Your tour culminates with a walk across the Bridge of Sighs, where you bid your guide farewell.

Start:
  • Museo Correr, P.za San Marco, 52, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
    Correr Museum (Museo Correr) in Piazza San Marco. Meet under the portico just outside the entrance of the museum. Your guide will be holding a Walks sign. Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time.
End:
  • St. Mark's Square, Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
    Tour ends in St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco).

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 15693P8

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.
  • Backpacks are prohibited inside St. Mark's Basilica.
  • Walks complies with all local government regulations. Please refer to Italy government guidelines for the most up to date information.
  • Tour in English only
  • St. Mark's Basilica can be subject to unforeseen closures due to liturgical celebrations or high tides. In this event, your guide will give the tour from the exterior of the Basilica or we will contact clients as soon as possible to arrange a suitable alternative.
  • Due to the religious nature of the Basilica, all individuals regardless of gender must cover their shoulders and knees. A scarf or shawl is acceptable. The activity provider cannot be held responsible for those denied entry
  • On certain dates, most travelers staying outside of Venice who are planning to visit for the day will be required to pay a €5 access fee. For further details (including exemptions) and to learn what days this fee is applicable, please visit: https://cda.ve.it
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Museo Correr
    P.za San Marco, 52, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
    Correr Museum (Museo Correr) in Piazza San Marco. Meet under the portico just outside the entrance of the museum. Your guide will be holding a Walks sign. Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Piazza San Marco
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Basilica di San Marco
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Doge's Palace
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll end at
    St. Mark's Square
    Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
    Tour ends in St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco).
    See address & details
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  • Walks of Italy
    3,614
    Venice, Veneto, Italy
    Joined in July 2010
  • valerama
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best way to see the highlights of Venice
    Our tour guide was Grace/Grazie, and she was fabulous. Exceptional knowledge of Venice and its history as well as art and religious history and how they all combined over the centuries. Grace was friendly and personable, with excellent English. Highly recommended!
    Written April 14, 2024
  • staceyh651
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting giving a great overview of Venice
    Our guide Guiliano C was excellent. Funny, knowledgeable and very passionate about his home town. Would definitely recommend this 👍🏻
    Written April 13, 2024
  • Michelle M
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic Tour
    Excellent trip! The guide did a great job explaining everything and keeping us on track. We really enjoyed the extra information and recommendations he gave us in each area.
    Written April 9, 2024
  • 733adrianc
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent
    We did the tour on Sunday 7th April 2024. It was a lovely misty morning. Fairly cool. Our tour guide was Virginia N and to say she was knowledgeable was an understatement. The tour got underway with a walk around various parts of Venice, Virginia’s passion and knowledge really brought the walk to life and helped us understand a lot more about Venice both in the past and the present day. We then went to the Rialto bridge where again, Virginia explained lots about the history of the bridge and the area. After this we went to Saint Mark Square for a gondola ride, followed by a tour of the amazing Doges Palace and the absolutely incredible basilica. We also met loads of nice people including a couple from the US who we shared a gondola ride with, Bob was really interesting, meeting people on the tours and getting to know them is part of the whole experience. This is a long tour, I think all in all it was about eight hours, but it was absolutely fantastic and well worth the money and the time. It is a great way to see and understand more about Venice. All in all, we did three walking tours one short tour on the first day, followed by a food tour that evening, and then this long tour. Although we did on occasion go to the same places, it’s interesting how different guides explained things in different ways and to different extent, so I would recommend doing more than one if possible. Great to highly recommended.
    Written April 9, 2024
  • scrapbookqueen3
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see if you have little time in Venice
    The tour was extremely informative and we are so glad we chose this. Tulia was an amazing tour guide. She was easy to listen to and made sure everyone was comfortable
    Written April 8, 2024
  • VIDavidGilmour
    0 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    But from official website!
    You'd be insane to book this tour with third party sites! Official website tickets are €20, third party like here are charging $120!!
    Written April 8, 2024
  • Mya_and_Chloesmom
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing day in Venice!
    We had an incredible day seeing the sights with Alessandro! It was well planned and very educational. Alessandro’s love of Venice and history made the tour truly exceptional!
    Written April 8, 2024
  • Engl1shDave
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Venice in a day Trip!
    Roberta was an excellent guide, very informative and funny with the narrative throughout. Enough rest/break time provided through this walking day trip. Enjoyed all the visits to all the sites and palaces, (plus we received compensation due to Easter for the Basilica being closed for the day), crazy how the St Marks Square flooded lol. We loved the gondola ride too down the Grand Canal 😀
    Written April 7, 2024
  • RicHayden
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to get to know the city
    This is an excellent walk and value for money. Paola was a great guide and very informative. A great way to get to know Venice and also fast track entry without having any of the long long queues.
    Written April 6, 2024
  • gmw3rd
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Venice In A Day
    Chiarra was our guide and was extremely informative, particularly in the Doge’s Palace. It was like having our own personal art history guide with us. Highly recommend.
    Written April 6, 2024
  • meredithk643
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Learned a lot about Venice
    Paola was a very thorough and knowledgeable guide. She spent a great deal of time on all the parts of modern and historical life in Venice. It was a very enjoyable tour.
    Written April 6, 2024
  • Culture67177439907
    0 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Deceitful advertising by tripadvisor
    The secret tour was supposed to include the prison area, the palace and the basilica. After completing the first 2 the tour operator told us they no longer provide access to the basilica on this tour and that we needed to contact tripadvisor. Tripadvisor has since updated their website after the tour guide called them. But no contact from tripadvisor explaining the error and attempting to correct the situation. No numbers to contact only an email address. Very poor customer service.
    Written April 4, 2024
  • colleenwG8897QG
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to be missed tour!
    Excellent guide! Amazing view of St. Mark’s at night. Truly spectacular! Great to skip daytime lines and crowds. A definite must do on your trip to Venice.
    Written April 3, 2024
  • Belinda W
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic tour
    Fun, informative tour. Our guide Giovanni was extremely knowledgeable and lots of fun. A great way to see a lot of highlights of Venice and learn about its history. We were only in Venice for a couple of days so this tour helped us make the most of our time. The highlight for us was the Gondola ride.
    Written April 3, 2024
  • P6944OUcolinb
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    Great experience. Mose was an excellent and informative guide. Pace and length of the tour was well balanced. All aspects including Entrances and Gondola was well organised
    Written April 3, 2024
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Zimbo999
United Kingdom42 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
The guide was very knowledgeable and had excellent English. But she tilted her commentary in the Doge's Palace too much towards all the various artworks on display, with in-depth comment, analysis and interpretation of what the elements 'on canvas' meant or were meant to portray, i.e. she was telling us how to 'read' each painting - which became a bit of a bore after a while.

It's also an expensive tour based on what I saw of the actual ticket prices to get in the Basilica and Palace, you are paying a lot for the guide's time.
Written September 29, 2020
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catchristopher22
London, England, United Kingdom9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We arrived at the designated meeting point at the correct time and we were greeted immediately (I always have a vague fear that I won't find them!). There were only 6 people in our group so it felt like we were having a private tour. Andreas, our guide, is a Venetian and his love of the city, the architecture and history really shone through making this one of the best guided tours I've been on. He was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions.

The Basilica and the Palace were so beautiful, and going in December was great as many of the rooms were empty when we got there so we weren't competing with hundreds of other tours and got to have a good look at the everything without having to jostle through the crowds.

All in all, this was probably my favourite afternoon spent in Venice. I would definitely recommend this tour.
Written January 6, 2020
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Hello catchristopher22, Thank you so much for your review of our best-selling Legendary Venice tour! We do our very best to make sure that each guest is provided with clear details for the meeting location, so we are happy to hear that you made it there easily. It is also lovely to know that this was one of your favourite afternoons in Venice, we are thrilled to hear that! Venice is a stunning city to visit, and we love to help our guests get the most out of their trips. Warmest regards, The Walks Team
Written January 7, 2020
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Andrea
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
4-th of July 2020 Legendary Venice tour

We (family of three) were lucky to visit the Doge’s Palace and the St. Marc’s Basilica on 4-th of July 14:00 on a guided tour.

Our guide was Mattia, and it was one of the best guided tours i have ever attended.
Mattia is an afficionado of history and afficionado of his city.

In this short time he provided enormoeus amount of information about the Doge’s Palace and St. Marc’s Basilica, but also about the life in the past in a smart and fancy way, with lot of anecdotes, which only a person, who loves his work and city can provide.

Not only his historical knowledge was impressive, the managment of the heterogenous group was absolute professionell. He took care of all tour guests, the teenagers, as well as also those who were not so fit walkers.

Even my husband and my teenage boy, who are not so fond of sightseeing, were thrilled by this tour.

I appreciate very much Mattias effort.
THX a lot. This was a very amazing experience.
We love to come again.
Written July 28, 2020
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Charles W
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you can, visit all the landmarks within this vicinity! There are some breathtaking sights within all the attractions here, even for those not particularly interested in fine art or architecture.

The queues are not always as long as most people come across however, you are best off booking online for the skip the line tickets so you are in within minutes of arriving!

Inside the palace is a prison walk, and I would highly recommend taking the extended tour which is completely free but keep an eye out for the sign as it is easy to miss.
This tour takes you around the full prison and you cross the Bridge of Sighs twice and offers some fantastic views.
Written March 8, 2023
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Frank d
Boca Raton, FL1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
So we booked this guided tour ,Viatour is the Company based in San Francisco ,USA that provides the tour. Booked well in advance , received specific instructions to meet under portico at designated address . We arrived at piazza well in advance at least 90 minutes and about 30 minutes prior to tour commencement 14: 00 hours we moved to front of this specified address , another entire Family was also waiting at this address , (so it seems we have correct location) and after speaking to the family, had exact same information and time etc. The time came and past with no sign of tour guide, there are several tours, other companies, every day so its important to be at the designated spot, which we were awaiting , remained for at least an hour. No emails, No texts, No phone calls , No contact of any kind initiated by the Company, were sent at any time during the day before or after the appointment time. Attempt to call customer service line , other family did so, about 20-30 minutes on phone call without resolution of any kind. The Company, VIATOUR, has refused to REFUND the $200.00+ fee for the tour. It is unlikely that entry tickets were purchased , typically done upon entry . We successfully took other tours while in Italy with few issues , We rarely request or dispute charges, Very disappointed, will file dispute with FTC & BBB ,San Fran ,shortly in America. Followed the meet up instructions to the letter and tour guide was not in designated spot, we did not get to visit the Basilica as the line at this time of day for regular entry was hours long and close to cutoff time. Hope your experience is better,
Written July 6, 2023
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Jane_fulton
Dundee, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We took this tour today with Elena. We were tired from a great deal of walking and the thought of a 3 hour tour was a bit much but we couldn’t have been more wrong! Elena was so knowledgable and eloquent in her delivery of the tour that we soon understood this was ago be one of the best experiences we had in Venice. The Basilica is of course impressive without words but Elena was able to bring to life so many stories and little points that you just would not get if you entered without a guide. The tour of the Doge’s palace was even more intriguing. I loved her knowledge of the paintings and little items along the way. Take this tour in Venice — it is so worth the money!
Written February 11, 2020
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Hi Jane_fulton, Thank you for your review and recommendation of our Legendary Venice tour, we appreciate your kind feedback! It is our pleasure to provide our guests with memorable, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and we are thrilled that this was the case for you. Elena is a wonderful guide and we are proud to have her on our team! We hope that we will have another opportunity to walks with you again soon, and that the rest of your trip was just as fascinating. The Walks Team
Written February 12, 2020
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Steve L
Wingrave, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
An excellent tour and guide. Our guide, a german lady but whom has been resident in Venice for many, many years and spoke outstanding english, was brilliant. She was highly knowledgeable and very natural in her delivery. Often these experiences can be a bit rehearsed, the guide feeding you lots of facts but not in a particularly engaging manner. This was different, very interesting and a really immersive experience.

If I had one area for improvement it would have been to reduce the group size. We've been on lots of 'free' (tip based) walking tours including in Venice which tend to have quite large groups but at £75 per head it would have been great if the overall numbers could have been kept down a little.

Overall well worth the money and a fantastic way of experiencing two incredible buildings.
Written September 23, 2020
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Dennis S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Our party enjoyed the tour very much.  Paola was an excellent guide:  very professional, knowledgeable, and pleasant. Her passion for Venice and its history and future was evident throughout the tour. She expertly led the group of twenty-four through the basilica and palace providing exceptional details of the surroundings and answering questions from the group. It was truly a memorable tour for our family.
Written January 5, 2020
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Hello Dennis S, Thank you for joining us in Venice on our best-selling Legendary Venice tour, and for your kind review. We are so glad that you were able to share in our guide's knowledge and passion for this spectacular city, and that this was a truly memorable time for you and your family. That is exactly what we aim for here at Walks! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
Written January 7, 2020
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Ozagain
Bury St. Edmunds, UK94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Great tour definitely recommend to take the 8am tour if possible as the Doges Palace is empty at this point. Our guide gave just the right amount of detail, some interesting stuff but did not talk about every painting and every mosaic. Really good background on Venice and how it was run as well as history of the buildings. Good insight to life in Venice from a local guy who clearly loves his city. Audio system worked really well . Worth the money!
Written May 5, 2022
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dutchiris
washington state36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Everything about the tour was excellent. It was easy to find the meeting point and because it was a large group, we were divided into three smaller groups. Laura was an excellent guide and so knowledgeable. I thoroughly enjoyed the Walk and bypassing the long lines made it worthwhile. The highlight of the tour for me was being in St Marks when they turned the lights on so that you could see the beauty of all the mosaics.
Written January 9, 2020
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Hi dutchiris Thank you for sharing your experience of our Legendary Venice tour! Our skip the line tickets are the best way to visit Italy's attractions and we feel they are definitely worthwhile. We are so glad that you agree and that you enjoyed the walk with our lovely guide Laura, we love to hear that from our guests! The Walks Team
Written January 10, 2020
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