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Skip The Line: St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Tours

  • Combined tour of St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace in Venice
  • Save time with skip-the-line access to two Venice must-sees
  • Explore with a guide to view and learn about the highlights of both
Skip The Line: St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Tours
From US$64.77
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10:45 am - English commentaryMost Popular
Bilingual tour operated by a multilingual guide from November to March. Monolingual tour from April to October.
From US$64.77
10.45 am - French commentary
Bilingual tour operated by a multilingual guide from November to March. Monolingual tour from April to October.
From US$64.77
3.00 pm Sunday option
English commentary Option tour available on Sunday afternoon. You will visit the Basilica first, then the Doge's Palace
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St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, two of Venice’s most popular attractions, are conveniently close to one other, so a combined tour of both, with skip-the-line access, just makes sense. This guided tour reveals info crucial to understanding each landmark, includes a ticket to view the Golden Pall (Pala d’Oro) in the basilica, and saves you hours of time waiting in line.
What to Expect
Meet your guide in St. Mark’s Square and walk to the Doge’s Palace, where the Doge once governed the Venetian Republic.

Bypass the lines and tour the halls filled with artwork by greats such as Titian and Tintoretto. Admire the Giants’ Staircase, Golden Staircase, Opera Museum, and Institutional Rooms. Then, cross the Bridge of Sighs and imagine the anguish of the long-ago prisoners who were led across it to Venice’s infamous prison.

Afterward, continue to St. Mark’s Basilica, one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals. Avoid the ticket lines and absorb the spiritual atmosphere as you explore the interior, hearing how it reflects the flowering of Venice during its heyday.

Marvel at the golden mosaics and other artworks as your guide shares their history, and you view highlights including the gemstone-coated Byzantine Golden Pall (Pala d’Oro) altarpiece.

Your tour ends when your guide says goodbye at St. Mark’s.
Reviews (440)
1 - 5 of 73 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Magnificent NIGHT TOUR - Beyond words. Awesome docent

Really - it is so spectacular seeing the ancient, the gold, the history, the destruction from water, the secrecy in the crypt. Forget the day tour with thousands. Take this private viewing. We had less than a dozen people. The guard allowed us to this...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank GKronge
Reviewed December 9, 2018
Excellent Guide when we got going, but poor organisation

The tour was excellent and the guide was really good, when we eventually got going. We were told to be at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before hand. We arrived 30 minutes beforehand. Eventually someone appeared and it was all pretty chaotic with...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank b2dac
Reviewed November 19, 2018
Expensive but informative

With the square flooded, the meeting place was very chaotic. The guide was good but difficult to hear/understand (English tour). Definitely worth seeing, just not sure this was the best way.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank kimrZ2337KE
Reviewed November 18, 2018
Fascinating two hours

Actually the only way of getting in to see these glorious buildings is to skip the line and take tours unless you want to cue for hours and hours and then possibly miss the highlights. The tour we took was excellent. You have the highlights...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank RochelleK124
Reviewed November 15, 2018 via mobile
Don't book it- rip off

Don't book this. Go there yourself and ask. St mark basillica tour is free and doge palace tour is 20 euros. I called the operator informing them that i would be late but the lady pretended like she didnt understand me. I told her that...More

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October 11, 2018|
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Response from MaluBernas | Reviewed this property |
The tour starts at Doge's Palace then continues to St. Mark's Basilica. So yes, the skip the lines refer to both but depending on the season you go and how many people there are, there may be a short wait before the tour... More
September 13, 2018|
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Response from DavesTravelsCA | Reviewed this property |
3 hours lots of walking. Make sure you get a Venetian licensed guide. With her we got to sit in the Basilica during the tour which was a nice break to have .
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July 27, 2018|
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Response from Leeze57 | Reviewed this property |
You get the Basilica itself and the Doge's Palace, but NOT the museum on the tour that I took