Venice Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Doge's Palace And St Mark’s Basilica Tours Plus Venice Walking Tour

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  • Duration: 4 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    01:30 PM
  • Departure Details :
    Giardini Reali, P.za San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Enjoy skip-the-line access to two top Venice attractions Doge's Palace and St Marks Basilica on tours led by an expert local guide, and see the citys highlights and hidden gems, too! This exciting Venice Super Saver combines two top-selling experiences at a discounted price, allowing you to save 10 percent! Learn all about St Mark's Square and the Basilica, Doge's Palace and Hidden Venice from our expert guide. There will be a break between the two tours - check operational schedule for details!

Highlights

  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Led by a local guide
  • Skip the line

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Skip the Line: Doge's palace Tour (2 hours):
Meet your guide at the entrance to the Royal Gardens in Venice and stroll to Doge's palace, the magnificent Venetian-Gothic building from where the leaders of the former Venetian Republic ruled until the late-18th century. Head inside and explore the grandiose public chambers that the doges lavished with fine art and ornamentation. Masterpieces by Renaissance champions Tintoretto and Veronese adorn the walls and ceilings, framing the palaces grand staircases and arcade statues.

Learn about the extravagant doges as you walk around, and hear of the power and treachery that characterized their reign. Ruling the republic with iron fists, the doges established a network of prisons at the palace so they could keep a close eye on their foes. Wander across the Bridge of sighs, built to connect the palace to the fearsome prisons, and pose for photos against the backdrop of the palace. Your walking tour then finishes outside the palace, leaving you to enjoy a 3-hour break before your next tour starts.

Skip the Line: Small-Group Venice Walking Tour with St Marks Basilica (2 hours):
Leave St Marks Square and set off on your walking tour to discover some of Venices highlights its top attractions and lesser-known sights. Soak up the hustle and bustle of St Marks Square, and head inside St Marks Basilica to admire its interiors. Marvel at the marble floors and ogle the gilded mosaics that blanket the walls and ceilings. The Pala DOro canopy over the high altar dazzles with gold and your guide will explain the Byzantine influences that helped Venice hone its distinctive architectural style.

After 40 minutes approx inside the St Mark's Basilica, head out and set off to discover the canal walkways and pretty bridges that many visitors dont get to see. Stop for photos by San Zaccaria Church and admire its incredible faade with Gothic and Renaissance carvings. As you walk, listen to your guides tales of the city during the days of the Venetian Republic and the many colorful characters that have called Venice home throughout the ages.

After two hours exploring the city, work your way back to the start point at St Marks Square and finish your tour by the Bridge of sighs.

See the 'View additional info' link below for a map of the start point for your first tour.

Inclusions

Professional English-speaking local guide

Guaranteed to skip the long lines to Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica

Headset to hear the guide clearly when there are more than 8 participants in the group

Entry/Admission - Doge's Palace

Entry/Admission - Scala dei Giganti di Palazzo Ducale

Entry/Admission - Piazza San Marco

Entry/Admission - Basilica di San Marco

Guaranteed to skip the lines

Exclusions

Gratuities

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Food and drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

Not wheelchair accessible

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

Large bags and rucksacks are not allowed inside St Mark's Basilica

At certain times it may not be possible to enter any of the visited churches due to religious functions taking place. These closures are beyond our control so no refunds or discounts will be issued

High season operational schedule (Apr - Oct): Skip the Line: St Marks Basilica tour starts at 11.10 am , Doges Palace tour at 2.30pm

Stroller accessible

Near public transportation

To ensure safety and well-being of our guests the itinerary of the tour has been amended to follow the Covid-19 guidelines. Visits to St Mark's Basilica may be subject to restrictions. Depending on the situation on the day of the tour the itinerary may be amended to offer you the best experience possible.

Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance to St Mark's Basilica is compulsory from April to October due to high number of visitors. St Marks Basilica does not offer a fast entry service to anyone in other periods considered off peak season. No refund is due when skip-the-line reservation isn't required.

Beginning Friday 6 August 2021 and until further notice, access to the Doges Palace and all related areas will be permitted only to those in possession of a Green COVID-19 Certification (Green Pass or equivalent certificate). Please remember to also bring your ID or passport to confirm your identity.

Most travelers can participate

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Traveler Reviews

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  • 07-Aug-2022

    We had the best guide ever, very passionate about her work but Worked with us to make it the best ever. The place we visited where rich in history but we got to get a feel of the people of Venice. Thank you Christina. P

  • 06-Jul-2022

    Excellent tour, knowledgeable guide and skipping the queue a must on a hot day. We learnt so much about the cities beginnings, architecture, customs and commerce. Ciao Rui

  • 06-Jul-2022

    The tour itself was fine -but the confirmed time was not accurate. I called the actual Guide agency - fortunately- to confirm our time and was told that Viator had made an error. They could not provide a guide for us at the time we wanted and had been promised, but we could do it at a different time with one guide for the first half and another for the second half. This change meant that we could not do the Murano glass tour offered by our hotel. So the guides were very good and the sights marvelous, but no thanks to Viator.

  • 03-Jul-2022

    Very knowledgeable and passionate local guide. Provides a great introduction to Venice. Guide brings you to less well-known neighborhoods so you see a side of Venice not many people see.

  • 03-Jul-2022

    Great tour and tour guide. Lots of walking but manageable. Very informative. All the perfect highlights.

  • 01-Jul-2022

    Excellent tour guide and content. Enjoyed the walking part round the city and the Basilica. Doges Palace add on was also excellent.

  • 01-Jul-2022

    We went to the departure site early but no tour guide showed. We texted tour guide but I answer. We called but phone message said that it was closed. Walked to tour office but not at address. I booked another tour for 11am. My partner was so frustrated that he refused. It was hot and we were already chested out of several hours of tour time. When the tour operator came she was from the same company. She said that there was no tour for 9am. I had booked another ancient city tour for a few hours after this but couldn’t make it since the 11 am tour from Viator went past that time. We wasted a lot of money and time as well as discomfort! The tour guide called her company and they told her that I will have to call Viator and get money refunded for all the tours since it was their fault for having wrong time. I’ll report back about outcome.

  • 26-Jun-2022

    Beautiful Basilica, Palace & city! We learned so much and our guide was excellent! I highly recommend this tour.

  • 25-May-2022

    Laura our guide was great and had very good English. She shared the history of Venice as you walk through the area. I only wished we would have been able to remain in the Basilica so we could have seen more.

  • 20-Apr-2022

    Our tour guide was fun and knowledgeable. However, the tour seemed rushed especially once we got to St. Marks Basilica. We were never given our tour or even tickets to Dodges Palace. We picked this tour mainly because of the chance to view these wondrous sites. Very disappointing.

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