St. Mark's Cathedral and Doge's Palace: Skip-the-line + guided tour

St. Mark's Cathedral and Doge's Palace: Skip-the-line + guided tour

2-hour guided tour of Venice highlights.

from 94 $ per person

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2-hour guided tour of Venice highlights.

The facts


  • Languages: English
  • Participants: 1 - 99
  • Instant confirmation
  • public (with other participants)
  • mobile voucher is accepted
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Your experience


If you have only a limited time in Venice, you have to make decisions. Make these decisions, good decisions. For example, take a tour of Venice's first sights with an experienced English-speaking tour guide. The St. Mark's Church, the Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace) and the Bridge of Sighs are brought to life through captivating stories. And you'll be glad you made smart choices.

The tour starts in the centre of Venice: St. Mark's Square. This was once the political and social centre of the Venetian Republic. Today it is the place where millions of tourists dock every year, but no less beautiful for pedestrian traffic

After you have understood why Napoleon called this "Salon of Europe", you continue to St. Mark's Church, one of the most famous churches in the world. It has survived fires, looting and storms - and not always unscathed. Therefore there are many different architectural styles and irregularities. This gives it its unique appearance.

With your guide at the head, you can skip the long lines at the entrance to the Basilica (you'll save a few hours in the burning sun or in pouring rain - the most common types of weather in Venice). Inside you will be impressed by the opulence; 4000 m2 of mosaics glitter and shimmer in the daylight. And visit the spectacular Pala d'Oro - 976 commissioned by the Doge

This golden "painting" is one of the richest treasures of Christianity, filled with 2486 precious stones. Many of the other treasures were "requisitioned" by Napoleon, but your guide will inform you about all this!

After the church you will visit the famous Palazzo Ducale, formerly the headquarters and home of the Venetian Doge

The tour takes in all the highlights of this power palace, including the gilded and marbled staircases. Probably the highlight is the Great Council Hall. The entire east wall is Tintoretto's huge painting The Paradise. It is one of the largest (and most beautiful) paintings in the world. You can also cross the infamous Bridge of Sighs, where the tired breaths of prisoners going to the Doge's Prison are carried into the city.

All this Venetian history and beauty will undoubtedly put you in the mood for a snack. So stick to the "real blue Venetian" mood and grab some delicious cinchetti (Venetian tapas) and then explore The Bride of the Sea on your own.

Please note

Additional information

Included in the price

  • Entrance ticket for St Mark's Cathedral and Doge's Palace
  • Unlimited access to St Mark's Cathedral and the Doge's Palace
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Entrance to the prison of the Palazzo Ducale
  • Tips are optional
  • Hotel pick-up and return transfer
  • Does not include the upper floor of the basilica

Meeting point

St Mark's Basilica Piazza San Marco 328 Venice.

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