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Venice Walking Tour with St. Mark’s Basilica & Doge’s Palace Skip-the-Line Entry

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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

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 tickets to St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace

  • English-speaking guide
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Venice Walking Tour with St. Mark’s Basilica & Doge’s Palace Skip the Line Entry

Duration: 4:30 hour(s)
Available: Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat and Sun
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Skip-the-line tickets to St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace / English-speaking guide

This is a must do tour. The tour provided a wonderful overview of some of the history of Venice and tied it in beautifully to St. Marks Basilica and Doge's Palace. The tour provides the information needed to bring perspective to all the wonderful sites and history. I would highly recommend this tour!

J. Wright

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Schedule

Starting time: 09:00 - 13:30 (Show more)
  • 08:45

    Check in at Campo S. Bortolomio

  • 09:00

    Venice Walking Tour

    Start at the Rialto Bridge, one of Venice’s must-see sights. Visit Marco Polo’s house, the lively piazzas of Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo and Campo Santa Maria Formosa where Byzantine influences, Renaissance buildings and modern structures tell the eclectic story of the city’s development.

  • Skip the Lines to St. Mark’s Basilica

    Marvel at the diversity of Venetian culture as your guide points out the spots where eastern architecture and western design have blended to create a structure with an onion dome that could only have been created in Venice. Your skip-the-line access includes an entry to the terrace on the 2nd floor.

  • Skip the Lines to the Doge’s Palace

    Head to Doge’s Palace. Once home to the Duke of Venice and the city’s courts, it is the center of Venetian history and one of the world’s oldest republics. See all the best sights of the palace open to the public, from spectacular works produced on demand by artistic masters Tintoretto and Veronese.

  • 13:00

    End of tour

  • 13:15

    Check in at Campo S. Bortolomio

  • 13:30

    Venice Walking Tour

    Start at the Rialto Bridge, one of Venice’s must-see sights. Visit Marco Polo’s house, the lively piazzas of Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo and Campo Santa Maria Formosa where Byzantine influences, Renaissance buildings and modern structures tell the eclectic story of the city’s development.

  • Skip the Lines to St. Mark’s Basilica

    Marvel at the diversity of Venetian culture as your guide points out the spots where eastern architecture and western design have blended to create a structure with an onion dome that could only have been created in Venice. Your skip-the-line access includes an entry to the terrace on the 2nd floor.

  • Skip the Lines to the Doge’s Palace

    Head to Doge’s Palace. Once home to the Duke of Venice and the city’s courts, it is the center of Venetian history and one of the world’s oldest republics. See all the best sights of the palace open to the public, from spectacular works produced on demand by artistic masters Tintoretto and Veronese.

  • 17:30

    End of tour

  • (For Check-In) Campo S. Bortolomio Time: 08:45:00

  • (For Check-Out) Doge's Palace Time: 13:00:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Campo S. Bortolomio Time: 08:45:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Doge's Palace Time: 13:00:00

  • (For Check-In) Campo S. Bortolomio Time: 13:15:00

  • (For Check-Out) Doge's Palace Time: 17:30:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Campo S. Bortolomio Time: 13:15:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Doge's Palace Time: 17:30:00

Price & Options

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Notes

Restriction(s)
  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • Entrance into religious sites requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women.

  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking, and there are a number of steep steps on the terraces of St. Mark’s Basilica. Comfortable shoes are recommended.

  • Hat

  • Sunscreen

  • No clothing that exposes a large amount of skin

  • Water (plastic bottle, etc.)

Additional Note(s)
  • Please do not bring large bags, tripods, non-collapsible umbrellas, or backpacks on this tour. They are not permitted in St. Mark’s Basilica and must be checked into the luggage storage area off-site. You may miss a portion of the tour for this procedure.

  • Gratuity is not included in the price.

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Reviews

This is a must do tour. The tour provided a wonderful overview of some of the history of Venice and tied it in beautifully to St.... Marks Basilica and Doge's Palace. The tour provides the information needed to bring perspective to all the wonderful sites and history. I would highly recommend this tour! more

J. Wright

We had such an excellent time on this tour. Our guide, Ciara, was superb. Very knowledgeable and absolutely no problems with trans...lation. You will be walking for quite some time so this is not a good tour for those who are not in good health or who have mobility issues (of course, Venice as a whole is not great for hose with mobility issues). You will see so many wonderful Venetian sites and learn so much about the city's history that you will be thirsting for more. I highly recommend this experience. more

Patty

Good start, middle and end. At the start, the guide was easy to spot. It was still quite early (9am) so the crowds had not descend...ed yet. That’s why we could skip a lot of queues for the St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace. We had special entry with the guide. If you wanted to go yourself, prepare to queue for hours! The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. She answered our questions and showed us many secret things we probably would never find out from a guide book. She took us around the main spots of the city, some nice walks along the canals and then of course the two main indoor sightseeing spots. I would highly recommend this tour. more

Ambrose

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  • Any cancellations made within 3 business days of your activity (after 09:00:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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