Small Group: VIP-Tour of Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice

Small Group: VIP-Tour of Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice

A visit to Venice wouldn’t be the same without delving into its long and fascinating history as the world’s oldest republic.

  • More individuality: 20 participants maximum
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A visit to Venice wouldn’t be the same without delving into its long and fascinating history as the world’s oldest republic.

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  • Languages: English
  • Participants: 1 - 20
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Your experience

Highlights

  • Get exclusive VIP access to the Doge's Palace secret travel routes.
  • Your expert guide reveals Venice's dark secrets and fascinating stories.
  • Enjoy direct access to St. Mark's Cathedral and admire the mosaics.

Description

Discover the Doge's Palace in the most complete and rewarding way: with an expert guide, entertaining anecdotes and an exploration of what 99% of the visitors of the Doge's Palace will never see. These are the secret travel routes and the hidden labyrinth of secret meeting rooms, offices, torture chambers and highly secure prison cells!

While exploring the secret routes, you can escape the crowds in the Doge's Palace and follow in the footsteps of Venice's most colourful figures. Our favorite? Casanova, the legendary robber (yes, he really existed!). As you will learn, he deserves all the fame: despite all the difficulties, he escaped his cell here in the palace, a cell that can only be seen on the secret tours.

Besides the most exciting stories of Venice, a visit to the secret travel routes means walking through the hidden cells and room parts of the palace, which not only most visitors do not see, but also the great majority of Venetians did not know in the past! When you explore the secret rooms with their antique cupboards and creaking floors, you will really feel as if you have traveled back in time.

You will also discover the rest of the Doge's Palace with your expert guide, from the Doge's spacious apartments to the Great Council Room, where the important General Assembly of the city took decisions. Admire the beautiful and dramatic paintings of Veronese and Tintoretto and explore the magnificent halls that show the prestige of the Republic of Venice. What the Vatican is to Rome, the Doge's Palace is to Venice: for seven hundred years the remarkable palace has not only been the home of the Doge, but also of the (independent!) government, the courts and even the prisons of Venice.

At the end of your Doge's Palace tour you will receive a comprehensive tour of St. Mark's Basilica. Accessing the group entrance prevents waiting in long queues. Here you will gain a deep insight into the way Venice built a trading empire that once spanned the entire Mediterranean. As you look at the mosaics and other treasures inside, your experienced Venetian guide will tell you how the city changed from a small island to one of the greatest powers of the Middle Ages.

Please note

Additional information

Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
Children under 6 years of age do not have access to the secret travel routes, therefore the children's price applies from 7 years of age.
The prisons and secret travel routes are not wheelchair-accessible, nor is the route suitable for those with walking disabilities or for pregnant women.
Please remember that St. Mark's Basilica is a holy place and your clothes must be appropriate for the visit: both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Your tour guide and sales agent cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress.
Backpacks are prohibited inside of St. Mark's Basilica.

Included in the price

  • Special access to the Doge’s Palace Secret itineraries
  • Skip-the-Line tickets to St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Tickets & reservation fees
  • Expert Walks of Italy tour guide
  • Small groups of 12 or fewer
  • Headsets
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off

Meeting point

Meeting Point:<br> Just outside the entrance of the Correr Museum on Piazza San Marco, 30124 Meeting Point Directions:<br> On St.Mark's square at the opposite side of the Basilica you will find the Correr Museum entrance underneath the portico.

Cancellation Conditions

Cancellations:
For cancellations made more than 72 hours prior to tour commencement: Full refund.
For cancellations made within 72 hours prior to tour commencement: No refund can be provided.

Amendments:
For amendments made more than 72 hours prior to tour commencement: No amendment fee, pending availability.
For amendments made within 72 hours prior to tour commencement: Amendments subject to a amendment fee per person, per tour, pending availability.

Late Arrivals & No Shows:
No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.

This deal can be cancelled for free up to 3 days before the date of the activity.

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