Meet your guide in St. Marks Square, and head to the Doges Palace, a building that represented the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. With your skip-the-line ticket, you will bypass the main entrance line to step straight inside and discover its treasures.
Stroll between rooms lined with artwork by the likes of Veronese and Tintoretto, and gaze at gold staircases, which the doges would have once climbed. As you explore, listen to your guide to learn how the council-controlled Venice from the chambers of the Doges Palace, and hear about the building's mix of Byzantine and Far Eastern architecture.
Leave via the Bridge of sighs, imagining the anguish of the prisoners who used it to walk between the prison cells and the palace. Then head back to the square for your visit to St. Marks Cathedral.
With tales of St. Mark ringing in your ears, you will step straight inside to admire the basilicas glittering mosaics and marble inlays. Gaze at the Pala dOro, a prized example of Byzantine art with thousands of gems and precious stones, and visit the cathedral treasury, which is adorned with religious art.
Your tour then ends outside the basilica.