1. Italy
  2. Veneto
  3. Venice
  4. Piazza San Marco

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

Product ID: 234117
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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

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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

From £63.23 per person

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Product ID: 234117