Skip The Line: St Mark’s Basilica And Doge’s Palace Private Tour - Venice

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Overview

This 2 hour private tour is perfect for those who want to start understanding the history of Venice, its political system and its artistic splendor. Your guide will reserve your entrance tickets before your tour so you may enjoy the fast track passed the long lines, the professional guide will walk you through St. Mark’s Basilica, its unique Gothic - Byzantine Architecture and its splendid golden mosaics. The tour will show you important institutional rooms of the Doge’s Palace where you will be able to see the masterpieces painted by Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese. The Doge’s Apartment, the Bridge of Sighs, and the Prisons will be explored with your private group.
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Highlights

  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Multiple departure times and locations available
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You have the choice of meeting your guide at your hotel or Piazza san Marco, from there you will walk to the sites or travel by taxi (at own expense) to the start of the guided portion of your tour.

St Mark’s Square is the first location, as the guide explains the historical significance of the site while walking towards the Basilica. Skip the long line to get inside the Basilica, you will have the chance to admire its golden mosaics and learn the history of its architecture and decorations from your professional guide. 

Proceed to the Doge's Palace, the former site of the Venetian government, and have a preferential entrance into the building. Here your professional guide will walk you through important institutional rooms of the Doge’s Palace, where you will see the masterpieces painted by Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese. After which, you will be able to experience the Doge’s Apartment, pass through the famous Bridge of Sighs and the Prisons.

Enjoy the tour at your leisure and feel free to ask the guide for more time at any of the locations. Once the tour has ended, the guide will escort you back to the pick up location of your choice.
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Inclusions for Skip The Line: St Mark’s Basilica And Doge’s Palace Private Tour

  • Professional art historian guide
  • Walking tour
  • Private tour
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Exclusions for Skip The Line: St Mark’s Basilica And Doge’s Palace Private Tour

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Entrance fees to Doge's Palace (20€ for adult and 12€ for children between 6-14) paid at the entrance by cash or credit card
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

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

A moderate amount of walking is involved

Wheelchair accessible - if assistance is required, passenger must provide their own carer

Child under 18 old must provide valid ID to have reduced price to museums

Pictures inside the St Mark’s Basilica is not allowed and Doge’s Palace allowed only if flash is off

Food and drinks are not allowed in the museums or churches

Please specify at time of booking what time you want to start your tour

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Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • This could have been an amazing tour. Sadly, it was anything but, and that was entirely due to our lousy guide. My husband and I had spent considerable time learning about our destinations before taking our multi-week Italian vacation and decided to improve our trip through private tours at really special locations. 8 of our 9 tours were 5 stars and have already become happy memories. Those tours had great guides who knew their subjects inside and out.

    Our key tour in Venice, this one was miserable and our guide ignored critical visit details more below. My husband and I are eager, educated tourists who are respectful of our surroundings and love to learn. We left this tour feeling like we could have had a better experience with an audio guide, and we hate those things. This tour's guide, Gianna, had a poor delivery and a lack of consideration that caused us quite a bit of anger and frustration at the end.

    To start, Gianna gave us the impression that she was disinterested in our tour. That we were just another set of tourists to run through the two sites. She arrived moments before its start time--we had been worried we'd gone to the wrong meeting point--and went through the entire tour as if on autopilot. She has a heavy accent and tends to talk to the ground, which wouldn't have been an issue if she'd paused to make sure we heard / understood what she'd said now and again.

    The only time she really seemed to show any kind of excitement was to walk me up to the guards at both the Basilica and Palace to show them my small backpack purse and confirm that it needed to be checked. Of course they said yes, despite letting through plenty of big backpacks and Gianna's own massive shoulder bag at least 4x my bag's size her coat hanging off. I felt like I'd been tattled on. Twice. Off we went to both checked bag locations--one across the Square!--where I had to turn over my purse to an open cubicle. Nice.

    Gianna's touring style was to walk into a room or in front of a set of stairs and talk for 10 minutes then leave the space. She didn't really gesture to interesting points or make the space interesting in any way. She talked on and on, without passion or even an attempt to make the tour fun or exciting. She just spewed historic facts at us, again, like an audio guide. She didn't ask us if we understood or followed or even pause long enough for us to ask questions until the end of her lectures. She spoke for so long we had to put down our bags when we still had them. Unlike our other tours where we had fun and felt energized, this one was exhausting.

    What was frustrating about the tour was Gianna's inability to answer some basic questions or point out important details, the reason for our taking this tour in the first place! For example, I'd point to a painting that covered an entire wall of the Palace and asked about the subject matter. She didn't know. This happened multiple times. Sometimes she said, oh, it's an allegory... An allegory of what?? Another example was when we passed through a room that was very crowded with several guided groups. She walked through saying we'd skip it and go to the next, then started to walk to the next room after her talk. When I asked about going back to the one we'd skipped, she said, oh, if you want to, but then didn't know much about the paintings. Again, this was very different from our other guides who had all been experts and highly knowledgeable. I gave up on asking questions.

    What truly ANGERED us about this tour was that we were so close to the 4 horses and didn't get to see them. Why? Not because I hadn't mentioned my interest in the horses to our guide. Not that I hadn't said I was an avid horse person. Not because we hadn't said we wanted to see them. No, the reason was because our guide ignored all of this and took us outside of the Basilica to end our tour on time instead of telling us they were right up the stairs in the museum. She never asked if there was anything else we wanted to see or if we had any questions before leaving. No. She just walked out and in our ignorance we had followed her.

    Once we walked outside with Gianna our tickets were void and our ability to walk up the stairs to see the horses disappeared. We tried to buy another ticket to get back in during our Venice stay but the lines were so long we couldn't make it. So one of our chief reasons for visiting Venice didn't happen because our guide phoned in her tour and was more interested in herself than making sure we had a good experience. I was VERY ANGRY and deeply disappointed about this.

    Given the number of tourists who visit Venice every year, Gianna will probably keep on giving tours to people who will then say private tours aren't worth it. Fortunately for us we had other guides who were fantastic so we can point to her as the cause for our this one's poor quality.

  • We are so glad to have booked this as a private tour for just four of us. Venice is ALWAYS crowded during the day and especially when there are 4 or 5 cruise ships in port.

    After meeting our professional guide in St Mark's square we went directly into Doge's palace and as the tour says we did skip the line which was very long. As a private tour we were able to move about more freely than the large tours and were able to interact with her and ask questions about everything we were seeing.

    Her knowledge of the palace and all of the rooms was exceptional.

    There are many aspects to the Palace. the 'Secret' rooms ar a separate tour and entrance fee, so be aware of that before you book. We chose not to do this because of time restraints, but each 'section' of the palace has different ticket pricing and entrance times.

    We also toured the interior of the Basilica which was beautiful.

    An added bonus was that she got us into the Murano Glass facility right there in Venice. While it is not the full factory, there was a glass blowing exhibition and we were the only 4 people viewing it! Once inside you have all of the Murano pieces available to purchase. Because of our short schedule, this was an unexpected treat at no charge and saved us at least a half day to go to the island for the full factory tour.

  • Due to the incredible crowds, both of these tours were very difficult. It was hard to move around. Our guide did her best to move us to areas that were quiet and she could explain about the Basilica and Palace. It was an incredible experience, one not to be missed. Try and find the least busy times to go though.

  • Guide was very knowledgeable and informative. Skipping all of the lines particularly into ST. Marks was well worth it.

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