Skip the Line: Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Guided Tour

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Architectural detail of The Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale)
Architectural detail of The Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale)
Doge's Palace
Doge's Palace
Interior of St Mark s Basilica
Interior of St Mark s Basilica
Beautiful details, Basilica of Saint Mark
Beautiful details, Basilica of Saint Mark
Saint Mark's Basilica Golden Mosaic
Saint Mark's Basilica Golden Mosaic
Architectural detail of The Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale)
Doge's Palace
Interior of St Mark s Basilica
Beautiful details, Basilica of Saint Mark
Saint Mark's Basilica Golden Mosaic

What To Expect

Explore the richly decorated rooms of the Doges Palace as you relive the European Middle Ages. Then, take a guided tour in the majestic Byzantine cathedral known as the Saint Mark's Basilica, the Golden Church.


  • - visit the most spectacular monuments with a priority entrance

  • - you will be escorted by knowledgeable and qualified guide

  • - learn about this marvelous city history and art

  • - board an optional boat trip to Murano island (free of charge) and visit a glass factory


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Meeting Point:
Clock Tower (near YEX Exchange Office)
2 hours
daily except Sunday at 10:45 AM
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This tour is a combination of The Golden Basilica and The Doges Palace.

The Palazzo Ducale represented for centuries the seat of the Venetian political power. In these splendid rooms, plastered and immersed in hundreds of masterpieces of painting, the Duke and his Council controlled the fate of a thousand-year old republic. You'll live it together with a guide who will show you the halls of power, plunging you in a very particular historical context: the European Middle Ages and the immediately following centuries. You'll be surprised with the rich details of the gold staircase and the realism of the scenes depicted by many artists who have decorated this building. You will relive the anguish of the prisoners crossing the famous Bridge of Sighs, and entering the Venetian prisons, famous for hosting Giacomo Casanova. An unforgettable tour not to be missed!

On the Saint Mark's Basilica tour, escorted by a tour guide accredited by the Curia of Venice, you will enjoy a full visit of the Golden Cathedral. This masterpiece of Byzantine art, a monument like no other in Italy, is filled with beautiful gold mosaics and marble inlaid floors. You can sit comfortably while our guide shows you the represented biblical scenes, the history and the particularities of this ancient basilica. Admire The Pala d'oro, an exquisite example of Byzantine art with its thousands of gems and precious stones. Enjoy the view of the Treasury, a splendor of the religious art collected along the centuries. The privileged entry and the special collaboration with the Curia of Venice allows us to avoid the queues!

After your tour of the Basilica, you can go on an optional trip (free of charge) by private boat to Murano Island and visit a glass factory to see and discover one of the greatest Venetian arts. The return to San Marco is included.


  • Guided tour

  • Entrance fee to the Palazzo Ducale

  • Privileged entry to the Golden Basilica

  • Audio receiver device at the Palazzo Ducale* and Golden Basilica

  • Optional trip to Murano Island by boat

  • Entrance ticket valid to visit yourself the palaces around St. Mark's Square (Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana)


  • Meals and drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Available Languages

April to October Schedule (Summer)

  • English, German, French, Spanish: Monday to Saturday

  • Italian (the visit can be bilingual): Saturday

November to March Schedule (Winter)

  • English: Monday to Saturday

  • German: Monday and Friday

  • French: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

  • Spanish: Wednesday, Saturday

Please Note

  • *For groups of 10 or more people

  • We recommend you wear comfortable shoes.

  • Children 2 years old and below are free of charge.

  • For security reasons sacks, bags or knapsacks are not allowed inside Doge's Palace and the Golden Basilica.

  • No shorts or tank tops will be allowed in the Golden Basilica. Those not dressed appropriately may be denied entrance.

  • Access to the Basilica may not be possible due to church services or exceptional high tides. In these cases, the tour can be held the next day or reimbursed.

  • The optional trip to Murano Island will take another two hours and is generally scheduled from 2PM to 4PM.

  • Tours may be taken on different days. If you are taking the tours on separate days, you MUST indicate which tour will be taken on which date in the Special Comments field in the booking form.

  • The tour does not operate during religious holidays and in cases of exceptional high tide and bad weather.

  • The tour is not fully accessible to wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities.

  • During some days of high turnout or for reasons of force majeure (high tide or security problems), the waiting time to access St. Mark's Basilica might be longer than expected. In this case, please line up and respect the instructions provided by the guide.

  • The tour is not considered private but it is shared with other guests not belonging to the same party.

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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