Guided tour

Full Venice Walking Tour: Doge's Palace and St. Mark's

4.7 / 5

24 reviews

Full Venice Walking Tour: Doge's Palace and St. Mark's

From £87.77 per person

Discover the highlights and peaceful corners of Venice on an immersive walking tour. Stroll down narrow alleys to picturesque squares where Venetians conduct their daily social lives. Skip the long lines to the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. 

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Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 4 - 4.5 hours
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Live tour guide
French, English, German, Spanish, Italian
Optional audio guide
French, English, German, Spanish


  • See the highlights and most iconic symbols of Venice
  • Marvel at the masterpieces of art in the Doge's Palace
  • See gold mosaics and the gem-encrusted Pala d'Oro in St. Mark's Basilica
  • Discover picturesque corners where Venetians gather to socialize
  • Learn interesting facts about Venice and life in a city built on water
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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.

Meet your guide on Piazza San Marco for the start of an immersive walking tour. Learn the story of Venice and the Venetian Empire at monuments such as the Doge’s Palace, St. Mark's Clock Tower and the Procuratie, built over the arcades of Piazza San Marco (external views only). Stroll over to Campo Santa Maria Formosa to admire the church of SS. Giovanni e Paolo and its famous Pantheon. Next, go to the Scuola Grande di San Marco, also knowns as the “Great School of Charity” whose members ((Captains of Fortune) included some of the great Italian explorers of the 15th century. Head back to Piazza San Marco to admire the Teatro Malibran, once the "biggest, most beautiful and richest theatre in the city." Walk down the shopping street of Le Mercerie to see the boutiques of top designers in what was once the pulsing heart of the city's commercial life. Along the way, wander the small alleys known as “calli” and discover picturesque squares where Venetians still gather to conduct their everyday social lives. Find hidden gems and learn interesting facts about the "Serenissima" and its everlasting story. Then, skip the long lines to the Doge’s Palace and explore one of the most important symbols of Venice. As the seat of Venetian political power for centuries, the majestic rooms contain hundreds of masterpieces of art that will take your breath away. Next, enter the beautiful Byzantine monument of St. Mark's Basilica and learn about Saint Mark and how his ruins came to rest here. See stunning mosaics of gold and marble inlays, and learn the history of the architectural masterpiece and its priceless treasures. Go to the Treasury to look at a splendid example of religious art, and marvel at the thousands of gems and precious stones of the Pala d’Oro.
  • Entrance ticket to the Doge's Palace
  • Skip-the line access to the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica
  • Guide
  • Transport
  • Food and beverages
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

Meet by Calle Larga Ascensione, in front of the post office next to St. Mark's Square. Go to the wooden stand with the yellow sign that reads "Meeting Point".

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Until further notice, entrance inside St. Mark’s Basilica is not possible due to ongoing restoration work. Tours will visit the basilica's Terrace and its Museum instead
  • Due to security measures, lines to enter the Doge's Palace may be expected even for travelers with skip-the-line access. All travelers are required to go through the safety checks
  • On bank holidays and special dates a large number of participants may be expected. This is not a private or small group tour
  • For security reasons, backpacks/bags are not permitted inside St. Mark's Basilica and must be left at the free deposit in Calle San Basso.
  • Please wear appropriate clothes to enter St. Mark's Basilica (no bare knees/shoulders)
  • Please note that entrance to the Venice Museums is allowed only with the Green Pass and ID (except for minors under 12 years of age). Customers who cannot show a Green Pass and ID upon entry to the Doge's Palace and the Basilica will not receive a refund
Customer reviews

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4.7 /5

based on 24 reviews

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We had booked Vendig for 3 nights. One day was planned for the culture / sightseeing, so we chose this tour from the multitude of options. This tour was the most expensive, but we have no regrets. The tour was carried out very informatively, without agitation, always with the guests in view, not that anyone could get lost in the bustle. Elisabeth was the name of the blond-haired woman. provided seats to catch his breath, was always available for questions and not only told well-known facts, but also always very interesting facts about history / technology and people from / in Venice. With the expert view of the years of experience of a German living in Vendig, we were repeatedly pointed out things that we would not have seen otherwise. e.g. in MarkusDom: the view from the chaired area of the altar and Christ (own restricted area)

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13 November 2019

We chose the 4 hour tour which started with a tour of the area around San Marco Square followed by a tour of the Doge's Palace (other people joined our group) and then we went to the Basilica San Marco. Our guide Barbara is passionate about Venice and communicates her passion. If you want to quickly visit the two major monuments of Venice, do not hesitate to book this visit, skip-the-line ticket for the Basilica included essential.

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3 November 2019

very informative but not too dry; excellent guide

The guide was very personable, open and friendly - she found the right balance between information and anecdotes and thus showed a very vivid picture of the past and present of Venice, in which many details really stick. The division into a walk and San Marco & Doge's Palace was great. Above all, I enjoyed the small group, so you could really ask a lot of questions. It was also good that the tour took place so early, then there weren't that many people in the piazzo and in the church. It was extremely courteous that we could exceptionally cancel a ticket at very short notice due to illness of a participant.

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16 June 2019

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