“I am so glad we did this! Firstly by doing this tour late afternoon there were no crowds in either the Doge's Place or the Basilica. The tour was set at a good pace and there was time for questions. The guide, Francesca (I am awful at remembering names so apologies if this is incorrect! ...Sandra L., United Kingdom – See more reviews
What To Expect
Discover two of Venice's most prized attractions along with a knowledgeable guide who will show you everything you need to know about each site! Explore the interiors of the Doge's Palace and the St. Mark's Basilica and marvel at their lavish decorations and impressive history.
Start off by meeting with your guide at the meeting point. Head over to the Doge's Palace, a 700-year-old palace that had housed Venice's Doge (military leader or duke of the former Republic of Venice), the city's independent government, courts, and prisons.
On your visit to the palace, learn about its brief history and walk from room to room as you enter the immense apartments of the Doge, the Hall of the Great Council, the enormous armory, and the eerie prison cells. Make your way to the famous Bridge of Sighs, the bridge where the sighs of the newly sentenced prisoners would be heard whenever they are sent for imprisonment.
Enjoy a short break before heading over to St. Mark's Basilica which will be closed for the day when you arrive. A custodian will unlock the basilica's door for you, giving you exclusive access to the world famous site.
Inside the basilica, marvel at the sight of the Pala d'Oro, a Byzantine altar piece lavishly encrusted with more than 1,900 gems which you can see in an instant, without the long queues! Explore parts of the basilica on your own where most tourists cannot go to during the day such as the crypts. The basilica's crypts is known for housing the bones of St. Mark. You may also see the stained walls that have been damaged due to the flooding brought by the high tides in the city.
Admire the basilica's great collection of illuminated mosaics which all stand 43,000 square feet.
The tour will end at the basilica.
St. Mark's Basilica entrance tickets and visit
Doge's Palace entrance tickets and visit
Expert English-speaking guide
Meals and drinks
Tips and gratuities
Children 3 years old and below are free of charge.
The tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
The prisons and the armory of the Doge's Palace are not wheelchair-accessible.
Occasionally St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace are closed to the public, without previous notice, due to high tides or particular festivities.
There will be a short break (15-30 min) between your visit at the Doge's Palace and your after-hours visit at St.Mark's Basilica.
All our card payments are protected by thawte to give you peace of mind.
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