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Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour

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Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour
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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Delve into Venetian history on this tour that showcases two of the city's most iconic structures and sheds light on the stories behind them both. Enjoy skip-the-line access to both popular attractions. Your first stop is legendary St. Mark's Basilica. Wander around the mosaic-covered interior and Byzantine treasures while a local guide fills you in on how this collection came to be. Then continue to the Doge’s Palace to explore the former political heart of Venice.
  • Skip-the-line access and tours of St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace
  • Explore two of the floating city's most iconic sites and learn the stories behind them
  • Visit the opulent apartments and the Hall of the Great Council at Doge's Palace with a guide
  • Take a walk over the Bridge of Sighs
  • Enjoy special access to the first floor terrace of St. Mark's for panoramic views over the city

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Take in amazing views from the St. Mark’s Basilica terrace—a panorama that most visitors never see.
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Local English-speaking guide
Skip-the-line ticket for St. Mark's Basilica
Headsets when necessary
Exclusive access to the balcony of St. Mark's Basilica
Pre-reserved ticket to the Doge's Palace
Gratuities
Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off

Departure Point

P.za San Marco, 52, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Departure Time

2:00 PM

Return Details

Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.
  • Please remember that the basilica is a holy place and attire must be appropriate: Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress. Backpacks are prohibited inside of St. Mark's Basilica.
  • Backpacks are prohibited inside St. Mark's Basilica.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • From August 6th 2021, all Italy sites we visit will require clients and guides alike to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test completed within 48 hours prior to entry. They will also require a legal form of ID matching the vaccination or test results. More info on the Italian Government website
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Walks - Italy, Spain & Greece

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Group or Private Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "I would recommend bringing a hat or sunglasses and water." See review
  • "We recommend an early morning tour (9am), as crowds really build throughout the day." See review
  • "Keep in mind, at cafe there (15 min break) you must inform them if you plan to sit down w/ your drink or food." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Alessandro was great!
Robert_B
, Jul 2021
Had an excellent tour with Alessandro in Venice - highly recommended!! He is very passionate about this city and it's history.
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star-3
Beautiful places but too long of a tour
Hiwot_Z
, Jul 2021
The St. Mark Basilica and the Doge’s Palace are beautiful places to visit but the tour took more than 3 hrs and both me & my friend and even other people in the group were exhausted from the walk and the load of information. Because of that mine and others’ experience wasn’t fun. This is a great tour for someone who wants to know every detail of history about these places. I would have been okay if the tour guide gave me a much condensed information about the place than spending 5 to 10 mins in every room. There are lot of rooms and arts in the palace. However, our tour guide was very much passionate and proud about the history of these monuments so I can see her reason to want to spend a lot of time explaining. She was very much knowledgeable as well. My suggestion, there should be 2 options to these tours, a shorter version and a longer version this way the experience is pleasant depending on the need of the tourist.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hi Hiwot, I am so sorry to hear you found our Legendary Venice tour to be too long. I must say it is one of our top-selling and most favourably reviewed tours in Italy. I understand however that each guest has their own requirements. We also offer a 1.5 hour exclusive Alone in St Marks tour and a 2 hour Venice Boat Tour with Grand Canal and Tower Climb. Perhaps either of these may have been a more suitable choice. Thank you for the great feedback on our guide and I do hope you will choose Walks again in Italy or in our other destinations and hopefully, we can match the correct tour selection with your preference.
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star-5
Perfect introduction to Venice.
Stephanie_K
, Jul 2021
A perfect way on our first day in Venice to get an overview of the history and beauty of Venice. An advantage is to skip the line into Doge’s palace. Our guide, Iole from TakeWalks.com displayed much knowledge and enthusiasm of Venice. She also noticed that my husband was having some difficulty with stairs and got permission for him to use an elevator in the palace.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hi Stephanie, Thank you so much for your 5-star review. We love this tour too and are so happy you feel we got it just right. Walks choose and train - and work hard to keep - the very best guides in the business and yes there is a lot more to their job than meets the eye. I will pass your kind feedback on to Iole and we hope to see you and your husband again soon - in Italy or elsewhere on one of our tours.
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Traveler
, Jul 2021
Our guide was late. The contact on the phone said he left. 30 minutes late we were told tour guide was there. We paid for a private tour . The guide shied your with 25 people. Likely we were added to another tour. Before tour started guide said he would take a 20 minute coffee break. We left. It was the worst experience.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hello Traveler, Sorry to hear you did not make the tour. We have no record of a private tour booked around the date of your review I would love to look into this in more detail for you and would respectfully ask if you would be so kind as to contact us to give us more details so we can assist in this. Thank you in advance,
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star-5
Highly recommend!
Carolyn_B
, Jul 2021
Our guide Martina was knowledgeable and personable! We learned so many fascinating details about the Duomo and The Doge’s Palace. This is a must do for a first time visitor to Venice!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hi Carolyn, Thank you so much! Martina will be delighted with your feedback. Venice is really a special place and Walks try to ensure our guests get to experience it in the best possible way. Hope to see you again soon in one of our cities.
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star-5
Amazing trip to St. Mark’s and doge in Venice
Raymond_P
, Jul 2021
The tour guide Martina was fantastic. The history and information she was able to provide made the tour amazing.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hi Raymond, Thank you for your wonderful feedback. Delighted to hear that we made your Venice experience that little bit more special.
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star-5
Great tour
Heidi_
, Jul 2021
Our tour guide was great! She kept the tour interesting, engaging, and entertaining. We enjoyed both parts of the tour. The tour ran almost 3 hours but we appreciated the time she took to explain everything important.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hello Heidi! Excellent to hear you loved this tour. We try to curate our tours so you get the best experience and info but still make you feel like time flies. Thank you for choosing us and thank you for taking the time to review.
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star-5
Quality experience and great guide!
Joachim
, Jul 2021
Very good tour with just the main parts of these two buildings and just long enough to not be overly tired. We appreciated the extras that other tours don’t include. Our guide, Sabina was terrific! Very, very knowledgeable of not just the Venice history but lots of historical information about Italy as well. The radio transmitters were a brilliant idea! We could hear the guide quite well even when there were other tour groups in the room. A great experience!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hi Joachim, Thank you so much for the 5-star review and the great feedback. We try to think of everything and the parts that stand out for you let us know when we are getting it right. Hope to see you again soon,
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On the mark
Carly_T
, Jul 2021
Sara gave a lively historical account of Venice history. Great storyteller. She kept it interesting and entertaining the whole way through!
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Important piece of Venice history
KPH
, Jul 2021
Pamela was a wonderful tour guide to show us around St Mark and Doge palace. She had tons of knowledge about the sites and I appreciate having the perspective and passion of a Venetian local. I highly recommend this tour. One recommendation is be aware of what time you pick. I wish I would have picked morning because it is hot in the afternoon…. Go to Venice now while this piece of paradise is not so crowed!
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