St. Mark's Basilica Visit with Doge's Palace Highlights Tour

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Doge's Palace Architectural detail
Doge's Palace Architectural detail
happy young woman, Doge's palace
happy young woman, Doge's palace
Doge's Palace
Doge's Palace
Palazzo Ducale - Doge's Palace
Palazzo Ducale - Doge's Palace
Details ornate Doge's Palace. Venice, Italy
Details ornate Doge's Palace. Venice, Italy
Saint Mark's Basilica
Saint Mark's Basilica
The apostles worked in gold. On the 900 year golden retable in St Mark's basilica, Italy, considered to be the finest existing byzantine work of art
The apostles worked in gold. On the 900 year golden retable in St Mark's basilica, Italy, considered to be the finest existing byzantine work of art
interior of St. Mark's Basilica
interior of St. Mark's Basilica
Venice, Italy - Outside portal of the basilica of Saint Mark
Venice, Italy - Outside portal of the basilica of Saint Mark
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What To Expect

Visit two of Venice's most visited sites together with an expert guide! Explore around the Doge's Palace and see its lavish rooms, golden staircase, spooky prisons, and many more! Go on an exclusive tour of St. Mark's basilica after visiting hours and discover its crypt, Byzantine altar piece, and mosaics.

Highlights

  • Go on a fun, guided tour of the Doge's Palace and the St. Mark's Basilica!

  • Discover the secrets and the history of the former Republic of Venice at the Doge's Palace

  • Explore around the St. Mark's Basilica after its visiting hours and skip the long queues leading to its famous attractions

Specifications

Type:
Tours around Venice
Departs From:
Venice
Meeting Point:
Piazza San Marco
Duration:
3 hours and 30 minutes
Availability:
Product Code:
14515
Voucher info:
Print voucher. You will not have access to the tour without this voucher.
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Description

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.

Inclusions

  • St. Mark's Basilica entrance tickets and visit

  • Doge's Palace entrance tickets and visit

  • Expert English-speaking guide

Exclusions

  • Meals and drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • Children 2 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.

  • Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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