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

4.7 / 5

400 Reviews

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

4.7 / 5

400 Reviews

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.

About this tour

Free cancellation
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Small group
Limited to 10 participants
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Duration: 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French, German, Italian

The Original experience

  • 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.
  • Guided tour with expert guide
  • Ticket for the Pala d’Oro
  • Priority entrance to the Doge's Palace
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users
    COVID-19 Special information
    • We’re enforcing extra health and safety measures for GetYourGuide Originals
    • All customer touchpoints are frequently cleaned
    • To reduce crowds, the number of visitors is limited
    • Masks are required, please bring your own

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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

    • Tours will not enter the Basilica until further notice
    • 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

    4.7 / 5

    based on 400 reviews

    Review summary

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    We did a 3 hour guided tour of the Basillica and The Doges Palace on my birthday. Finding the meeting place was a tad difficult but you go out of St Marks Square and it is a little hut where the water taxis are. Our tour guide was Eleonora, she had an Italian accent but her English was very good. She was informative, fun and made sure we were always together. She made sure we stayed on time but we didn’t feel rushed at any time, we had time to admire, take photos and ask questions. Her knowledge of the Venetian history was amazing. She told us why the floors are the way they are in the Basillica and why there is a coloured mark around parts of the inside walls and pillars. We were fascinated in the Doges Palace, she told us about how they formed the government in old Venice, about some of the laws, about the people that lived there. We couldn’t have asked for a better tour.

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    February 28, 2020

    The tour was excellent, well worth the price. The Basilica and Palace were amazing, completely exceeded expectations. However the guide was the crowning glory, full of interesting information and absolutely hilarious. I’ve been to comedy shows less entertaining! I’d give a shout-out but unfortunately I’m terrible with names and can’t for the life of me remember his ..

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    February 24, 2020

    La guide qui nous a pris en charge pour cette visite en anglais était très ccompétente et agréable. Elle nous a fait passer un moment formidable. L''historique de la Basilique San Marco et du Palais des Doges est à ne pas manquer . Les découvertes sont plus magnifiques les unes que les autres. Une précision en ce qui concerne le "point rencontre" : le guide en uniforme rouge n'existe pas , le guichet d'accueil se trouve à l'arrêt vaporetto San Marco Giardinetti face à l'entrée des Jardins Royaux. Bonne visite

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    February 7, 2020

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