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

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
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  • Duration: 2 Hrs 15 Mins
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    10:45 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Torre dell'Orologio, Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
  • Return Details :
    Saint Mark's Basilica, Piazza San Marco, 328, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Take advantage of the skip-the-line service on this 2-hour tour that gives you the exclusive opportunity to go back in time and discover two of the most important buildings of St.Marks Square: the Doges Palace that represented the cornerstone of the political life in the Venice for centuries, and St. Marks Basilica which is one of the finest masterpieces of Byzantine art, enriched with marble decorations, golden glittering mosaics, and other precious materials. Through this complete and detailed tour, your expert guide will let you feel immersed in the history of Venice.

Highlights

  • Skip the line
  • All entrance fees included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point

Know More about this tour

Enjoy the fast-track access on this 2-hour tour that will lead you to discover the most important highlights in St.Marks Square: the Doges Palace, that was the center of the political power in the city, and St.Marks Basilica, which represented the symbol of the religious and the spiritual power.

Meet your knowledgeable guide at St.Marks Square and start heading to the majestic Doges Palace, where the Doge and his Council controlled the fate of a 1,000-year republic.

Discover the lavish Doge's Apartments, its splendid, decorated rooms and the masterpieces of famous artists, such as Titian, Veronese, and Tintoretto, while going through this sumptuous palace. Admire the rich details of the Giants Staircase and the Golden Staircase, the Opera Museum, the Institutional Rooms, and other extraordinary treasures.

Cross the famous Bridge of sighs and experience the prisoners' anguish before reaching the notorious Venetian prison, where the well-known Giacomo Casanova and many others were imprisoned.

Next, have the unique opportunity to visit one of the world's most majestic and imposing cathedral. Held in a deeply spiritual atmosphere and richly decorated with golden mosaics and other precious materials, the Basilica is a great artwork of immeasurable value.

While inside the cathedral, marvel at the major altar of St. Marks Cathedral and the Golden Pall, an exquisite example of Byzantine art with thousands of gems and precious stones, considered one of the most valuable objects in the world.

Through this tour, have the chance to perceive and contemplate the grandeur of Venice at the time of its golden age.

Inclusions

Guided tour

Skip-the-line access

Entry/Admission - Basilica di San Marco

Entry/Admission - Doge's Palace

Exclusions

Gratuities

Additional Info

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Most travelers can participate

Confirmation will be received at the 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

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers

Traveler Reviews

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  • 26-Nov-2019

    Viator did not show up for this tour. We called and texted the numbers given and NO SHOW. We even walked over to the entrance where tours were entering and no one was with Viator. Will now try and get our money back.

  • 07-Nov-2019

    The guide was very knowledgeable in regards to the Doge's Palace, the Bridge of Sighs, and St. Mark's. Had a great time.

  • 21-Oct-2019

    Guide was very knowledgeable and took time to answer all questions concerning the building and it’s history The cathedral was breathtakingly beautiful

  • 14-Oct-2019

    A very interesting tour and did beat the queues!
    However, the meet and greet experience did not live up to expectations. The staff only just arrived in time with about 30 people wondering what was going on and whether the tour was going ahead.. The tour sign which the documentation said would be unmissable - well it was. The staff were smart but not in the uniform descibed and were obvious uncomfortable.
    Much praise should go to our actual guide who was excellent.
    Back packs were easily left at a collection point.

  • 10-Sep-2019

    We arrived at the meeting point as described in the booking. We found a tour guide with Viator and he said that he was the tour guide for this tour. Turns out, he was the wrong tour guide. He gave us a brief history of St Mark’s Basilica and brought us into the Basilica and then disappeared. When we wanted to go into Doge’s Palace he was no where around. We called Viator and they said they would email me about and refund and I haven’t heard anything back. Good luck finding the right tour guide for this tour in crazy St Marks Square!

  • 20-Aug-2019

    Our directions for the tour told us to go to the clock tower in St Mark's Square and look for a booth with TOUR written on it and tour guides in company shirts and pants. We went very early, found a huge tower in the square with clocks on the top and went and sat down watching the crowds grow. About 20 minutes before the tour was going to start we walked over to the tower only to see that there were no guides the way the instructions told us. Many Chinese guides with their groups and now a huge crowd had grown. We started looking but according to our directions we should have been in the right spot. Finally, way over in front of a building we saw just what was given to us, we went and lined up. When we got to the front of the line a very rude guide told us NO, OTHER LINE!!!!! We looked around and saw that there was another line right beside the one we were in so went to that one. When we got to the front of THAT line another rude guide told us, "NO, OTHER LINE!!!!!!" and waved us away. I cursed at him and asked "WHAT OTHER LINE??? WE'VE BEEN IN TWO ALREADY!" He just waved us away. We then noticed another line going in a different direction and went over to it. Many others in the line were complaining of the same thing. One North American guy came back to his family and we heard him same, "You aren't going to believe this but apparently the tower in the middle of the squrare is NOT the clock tower, this building here with a clock on it IS! A lot of very frustrated people complaining about the same thing we experienced. Poor organization and RUDE attendants. The tour was OK. Our guide Donnatella was OK. Her English was adequate but she had to stop and think quite often. A lot of awesome sights but a mediocre tour.

  • 11-Jul-2019

    Visited with my daughter and granddaughter. Tour was done in an excellent manner, and was very informatiioal.

  • 08-Jul-2019

    We scheduled the combo package to see the Basilica and Doge's Palace only to find upon our arrival to the meeting point that the Basilica was "closed" (it was a Saturday) and we could do it on Monday if we were still there (which we wouldn't be able to do.) Sad.... But the Doge's Palace tour was very good and we loved viewing the prison area and the Bridge of Sighs. The group leader gave much information not only about the Palace, but also about Venetian history and the Doges. Upon returning home I contacted Viator and they issued partial refunds for the portion of the tour we paid for, but couldn't due because the unforeseen closure of the Basilica for confirmations. We did go the day ahead to locate the meeting spot. The show up 15 minutes before to begin taking vouchers. There are many tours they lead so it is a bit crazy, but it all works out in the end.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    This was a very informative tour giving the history of Venice and descriptions of all the magnificent paintings in the Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Basilica.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    It was very difficult to find the tour and very chaotic. Our tour guide did not show so we were put into another group. Due to the large group it was hard to follow. Our tour guide was very good though.

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