Best of Venice with Entrance to St. Mark's Basilica and Skip the Line Doge's Palace

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What To Expect

See Venice's two most representative sights with skip the line entry and access to the terraces at St. Mark's Basilica and a visit inside the Doge's Palace where you will walk across the Bridge of Sighs. Explore the political and religious hearts of the Venetian Republic with an expert professional guide.

Highlights

  • Skip the line access to St. Mark’s Basilica where you’ll see its golden mosaics up close and gain entry to the famed terraces overlooking the Venice skyline

  • Skip the line access to the Doge’s Palace with a guided tour of the treasures hidden inside Venice’s former seat of power

  • Walking tour covering famous sights like the Rialto Bridge

  • Guaranteed small group tour with a maximum of 20 guests

Specifications

Type:
Tours in Venice
Departs From:
Venice
Meeting Point:
Campo San Bartolomeo
Duration:
4 hours
Availability:
Saturday at 8:45 AM
Product Code:
8519
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Description

Our Best of Venice tour is perfect for visitors with limited time in Venice, or for those who want to get the main sights done and dusted early to leave time for exploring off the beaten path. This tour takes in all the highlights of Venice on foot - with a few less expected gems thrown into the mix. With skip the line access we cut out waiting time so you can do more exploring with your dedicated guide to whisk you easily from one Venice highlight to the next.

This walking tour is a head-spinning journey past some of the best-known sights in Venice. Your first stop, the Rialto Bridge, is a favorite of many - a vast marble beauty that ran far over budget, yet when the sunlight dances on its smooth stone and its reflection shines in the water below, you'll agree it was worth every penny.

We'll stop by Marco Polo's house and hear about the Venetian son who went to sea one day and came back with stories of China and a world in the East that few had ever seen. We'll see lively Campo San Luca and Campo SS Giovanni Paolo where locals carry out their daily lives in the shadow of spectacular architecture.

Then it's on to St. Mark's Square - the number one sight in Venice with the stunning St. Mark's Basilica. Marvel at the diversity of Venetian culture as your guide points out where eastern architecture and western design blend to create a structure with an onion dome that could only have been created in Venice. In a rare extended tour of the basilica you'll hear about how the remains of the saint arrived here and see treasures molded in this very city or plundered during the crusades. You'll also visit the second level terrace for views over the piazza below where string quartets play and waiters bustle around piazza-side cafes.

Then stand in front of the impressive Doge's Palace, former home to Venice's supreme political authority and where the famous lover and writer Casanova was held in an attic prison before he managed to escape. Once inside, marvel over ceilings frescoed by Tintoretto showing Justice presenting herself to the Doge, the numerous flattering works produced on demand by the masters of the time – 'Virtues of the Republic' in the Council Room was Veronese's rosy outlook on the state of his nation while 'The Triumph of Venice' in the Senate Hall was where Tintoretto paid his dues on a high ceiling.

In the Chamber of the Council of Ten, as you marvel over Veronese's 'Juno Bestowing Her Gifts on Venice,' your guide will point you in the direction of a dark corner, dwarfed by the vibrant masterpiece. This unassuming slot was where friends and foes condemned each other in the form of accusations - warranted or not - that were investigated and acted on with frightening brutality.

Our last stop at the Doge's Palace is the Bridge of Sighs - so named for the prisoners that walked its length on their way to cells across the canal. As they took their last look at beautiful Venice they couldn't help but sigh.

Itinerary

  • Grand Canal - view from Rialto bridge

  • Rialto Bridge

  • Marco Polo's house

  • Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo

  • Campo SM Formosa

  • Bridge of Sighs

  • Columns of San Marco and the Lion of Venice

  • St. Mark's Basilica (Skip the Line)

  • Terraces of St. Mark's Basilica

  • Doge's Palace inside visit

Includes

  • Skip the Line Access to St. Mark's Basilica

  • Entrance Ticket to the terraces of St. Mark's Basilica

  • Skip the line Access and tickets to the Doge's Palace

  • Expert English/German speaking guide (depending on option selected)

Excludes

  • Meals and drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • Infants up to 3 years old travel for free and do not require a reservation.

  • St. Mark's Basilica is subject to closure without notice. When this occurs, an extended tour of the Basilica from the outside and of St Mark's square will be conducted.

  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking, comfortable shoes are recommended. We are unable to accommodate customers with wheelchairs or impairments requiring special assistance and customers with strollers or baby carriages on our group tour.

  • It is the individual responsibility of all visitors to arrive at the tour departure points.

  • Entrance into churches requires appropriate dress. Shoulders and knees must be covered. Entry may be refused due to improper dress.

  • Extra measures may be implemented at some venues due to heightened global security. As a result, we may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues. Extra measures may also restrict the size of bags that can be brought inside. To avoid disruptions or possible denied entry, we strongly suggest that you avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour. St. Mark's Basilica specifically prohibits large bags, umbrellas, and tripods. These items must be checked into the luggage storage area off-site, so you may miss a portion of the tour to do so.

  • Tours are conducted in groups no larger than 20 people.

  • Booking modifications made within 72 hours of tour date will be charged an amendment fee.

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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