Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access Tour

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Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access Tour

From US$ 87.23 per person

Visit St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge's Palace on a 3-hour guided tour. Choose from a shared or private experience. Includes the terrace at St. Mark's, the Bridge of Sighs and New Prisons.

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Duration: 3 hours
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The Original experience

Highlights
  • Immerse yourself in the history of the Floating City with the help of your expert local guide
  • Miss the hordes with priority entrance for the Doge’s Palace
  • Choose from a private or shared group experience
  • See Venice’s Lagoon from the usually off-limits terrace at St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Hear anecdotes about how and why Venice was built on a lagoon in the 5th century and other fascinating facts
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COVID-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

Delve deep into Venice’s history with a 3-hour guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge's Palace, either as a private tour or shared group experience. Take in two of the city’s most important landmarks while discovering the history of the one-time mercantile capital of the Mediterranean.  Start by exploring St. Mark's Square with your guide before heading into the cathedral. From the first-floor terrace you’ll be able to admire views across the lagoon and see the famous bronze horses up close. Hear how they traveled all the way to Paris and back in Napoleon’s time.  Next, you’ll use the priority entrance to reach Doge's Palace, formerly the residence of the leader of the Republic of Venice. Enjoy visiting the Chamber of the Great Council and courtrooms among other things. Highlights include frescoes by Tintoretto and the Giants’ Staircase.  After this, cross the infamous Bridge of Sighs that links to the New Prisons. Learn how the bridge got its name and the purpose for its construction in the 17th century as you take in the amazing views of the canals. At the end of your tour, feel free to stay and explore the Doge’s Palace with tips from your guide.
Includes
  • Guided tour with expert guide
  • Priority entrance to the Doge's Palace
  • St. Mark's Basilica first floor and terrace access ticket
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users
    COVID-19 Special information
    • We’re enforcing extra health and safety measures for GetYourGuide Originals
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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    Meeting point

    Check in at the Alilaguna ticket counter next to the San Marco Giardinetti ferry stop, near St. Mark's Square. Look for a GetYourGuide sticker on the counter's window. You will be asked to show your GetYourGuide voucher and be given an entry ticket to the Basilica, before being pointed towards your guide.

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    Important information

    Not allowed

    • Luggage or large bags
    • Backpacks

    Know before you go

    • Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, the ground floor of St. Mark’s Basilica is not accessible, however, you will have access to the first floor and terrace
    • Shared group and private options do not always offer the same languages. Please check all languages of interest to find your preferred option type.
    • You are welcome to explore the Doge's Palace at leisure after the guided tour
    • As St. Mark’s Basilica is a holy place, people are asked to wear clothing that covers the shoulders and knees
    • Backpacks or large bags are not allowed inside St. Mark's Basilica
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 / 5

    based on 640 reviews

    Review summary

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    • Organization
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    • Value for money
      4.4 / 5
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    Stefano is a terrific guide! He explained the history and architecture relating to St. Mark’s Bacilica and Doge’s Palace in an easy to understand manner and with a strong knowledge foundation. His background as an architect added another positive dimension. The 3 hour tour went quickly. We highly recommend taking it.

    24 October 2020

    The tour was absolutely worth it. The three hours passed by in a flash. Our guide Barbara gave a very competent and entertaining tour of St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace. Although the basilica was closed, we were able to take a look at the church from the museum.

    20 October 2020

    Everything worked out wonderfully - the order of the visit was changed due to the weather - first Doge's Palace and then St. Mark's Basilica - with the effect that we couldn't stay longer in the Doge's Palace. But it certainly made sense, otherwise we would have stood on the terrace in storms and rain.

    17 October 2020

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