Best of Venice Semi-Private Tour with Doges Palace Secret Itineraries

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Doge's Palace
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What To Expect

See the mosaics of the Basilica of St. Mark from up close with your skip the line ticket and explore the upper levels of the Basilica and spend extra time inside, something not possible with normal access. Explore the Grand Canal from Venice's most beautiful vantage point, the water! See areas of the Doge's Palace not normally open to the general public, like the cell from which Casanova escaped and the prison's torture chamber.


  • See the highlights of Venice on a guided full day tour of the city with skip the line access

  • Admire the wonderful Goldoni Theater, Marco Polo's house and the Convent of San Zaccaria

  • Enjoy a guided walking tour around the alleys and bridges of Venice

  • Visit the famous Doge's Palace and see the cell of Casanova

  • Browse through the mosaics and artworks at St. Mark's Basilica and enjoy the spectacular view of St. Mark's Square from its 2nd level terrace


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Ponte della Paglia
8 hours
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Make the most out of your trip and unfold the treasures of Venice on a full day VIP Venice tour with an extended tour of the Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries and semi-private tour of the best of Venice including a water taxi trip.

Start the day at Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale). Featuring the best and also the worst of the history of Venice, browse through the vast paintings by Tintoretto and Veronese to the wooden slot where accusations of treason were slipped to the fearsome Secret Police. Wander around the corridors of the Duke's palace to get an insight of the Republic of Venice and its schemes. See the best sights of the palace and admire its splendor as you learn the mysteries surrounding the palace from your expert guide.

Take a short break for lunch and continue with a guided walking tour of Venice to see the Venetian bridges and alleys. Experience a more intimate and personalized tour with a maximum of 10 people per group. Get a chance to explore the highlights of Venice as well as its off-the-beaten-track sights with a skip the line access to whisk past the long queues saving more time to see the beauty of Venice.

Drop by the Grand Canal, the main waterway of the city, and board on a boat to have a glimpse of some of the wonderful attractions of Venice, including palaces, churches, bridges and markets. With only 10 people in the boat, the guide will have a chance to answer all the questions you can think of making it more interesting for everybody.

Journey past some of the well-known attractions of Venice and spend some time exploring the landmarks of the city and admire the beauty of one of the most romantic cities in Europe. Stop by house of Marco Polo and hear fascinating stories about the Venetian son who went to the sea and came cack with stories of places only few had ever seen. Visit the lively Campo San Luca and Campo SS Giovanni Paolo and immerse yourself into the daily lives of the locals in the shadow of spectacular architecture. Marvel at the beauty and charm of Goldoni Theater and Rialto Bridge. Then, head towards Piazza San Marco, Venice's main square, and see the St. Mark's Basilica dominating the piazza with its spectacular architecture. Explore Basilica San Marco to see its impressive mosaics and artworks with an access of the second floor terraces to enjoy one of the most stunning view over the bustling Piazza San Marco.


  • Grand Canal

  • Campo San Luca

  • Goldoni Theater (from outside)

  • Rialto Bridge

  • Marco Polo's house (from outside)

  • Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo

  • Campo SM Formosa

  • Covent of San Zaccaria (from outside)

  • Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs)

  • Columns of San Marco and the Lion of Venice

  • Skip the Line access at Basilica San Marco with entrance to the Terrace (2nd level)*

  • Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries including: Chamber of the Great Council, The Chamber of the Scrutinio, The Compass Room, The Chamber of the Council of Ten, Senate Chamber, The Council Chamber, Antechamber to the Hall of the Full Council, The Four Doors Room, Bridge of Sighs (tour ends before entrance), The New Prisons (tour ends before entrance), Chamber of the Secret Chancellery, Torture Chamber, Casanova's Cell, Chamber of the Inquisitors, Chamber of the Three Head Magistrates


09:00 - 10:15 Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour

10:15 - 13:45 Break

13:45 - 14:30 Make way back to the meeting place for the start of the Best of Venice Semi Private Tour

14:30 - 15:00 Best of Venice Semi Private Tour

It is the responsibility of the guest to make his/her way back to the meeting point for the start of the Best of Venice Semi-Private Walking Tour. Itinerary is subject to change without prior notice.


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

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

  • One hour guided tour of the Grand Canal in a water-taxi

  • Expert English speaking guide

  • Headsets where necessary

  • Skip the Line Access and Entrance Ticket to the Doge's Palace, Entrance into the Doge's Palace Secret Itinerary


  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

  • Meals and drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • Children under the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.

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

  • We are unable to accommodate customers with wheelchairs or impairments requiring special assistance and customers with strollers or baby carriages on this tour. A private tour is recommended for wheelchair users.

  • 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.

  • Photography is permitted throughout the tour; however, photography is prohibited in St. Mark's Basilica.

  • Please note that there are a number of steep steps on the terraces of St. Mark's Basilica.

  • Best of Venice Tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 10 guests. Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 25 guests.

-*St. Mark's Basilica is subject to closure without notice. When this occurs, we are happy to offer customers an extended tour of the Basilica from outside and of St. Mark's Square. While we undertake to tell tour groups ahead of time if there are any planned disruptions to Basilica opening hours, this is not always possible and in these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts.

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

  • Tour takes approximately 8 hours, with 1.25 hours allotted for the Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries tour, and 3 hours for the Venice Walking tour (including 1 hour Water Taxi tour).

  • This tour is operated in English only.

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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