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Doge's Palace Guided Tour

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Skip the line at the Doge’s Palace, and discover the center of the political power of Venice during its golden age. On this 1-hour tour, admire masterpieces by artists such as Titian, Veronese, and Tintoretto, and see richly decorated rooms, sumptuous sculptures, and decorative elements. Accompanied by a guide, you'll become immersed in the fascinating history of Venice as you cross the famous Bridge of Sighs and visit the dungeons where Giacomo Casanova was imprisoned. Select a departure time when booking.
You'll start at
Torre dell'Orologio
Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italyunder the Clock Tower in St. Mark's Square.
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    Doge's Palace
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    The duration of the Doge's Palace tour in Venice will be about an hour, during which you can admire the Opera Museum, the Lodge Atrium, the famous Golden Staircase, the Institutional Chambers
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You'll return to the starting point
  • Skip the lines at the Doge’s Palace, home to the rulers of Golden Age Venice
  • See the prison where Casanova was held and cross the Bridge of Sighs
  • See art by Renaissance masters including Titian and Tintoretto
  • Discover Venetian history, legends, and art from your local guide
What to Expect
Skip the lines to enter the Doge’s Palace, then meet your local guide. Travel back in time as you visit the lavish Doge’s Apartments, the spacious courtyards and, of course, the palace dungeons, which once housed the famous lover Casanova. See works by Renaissance masters, including Veronese, Titian, and Tintoretto, and discover the artistic and cultural background that inspired them. After the Opera Museum, the Giants’ Staircase, the Lodge Atrium, the Golden Staircase, and the Institutional Chambers, walk across one of Venice’s most famous landmarks, the Bridge of Sighs—so called for the convicts who journeyed across it into prison.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Torre dell'Orologio, Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
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  • Entry/Admission - Doge's Palace
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please arrive at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before tour departure time
  • At the tour departure point, you will meet a representative who will check your voucher and give you information to do the tour
  • No credit or refunds will be given in the case of a no-show (if you don't show up at the meeting point at the time indicated on your voucher)
  • This is a group tour, which means there might be other participants on the tour with you
  • Please note: Due to the particular morphological structure of Venice and the logistical problems resulting from it, it cannot be guaranteed that the whole tour is accessible to people with limited mobility. This means that those with walking difficulties and wheelchair users might not be able to access some parts of the itinerary
  • From November 1, to March 31, the tour is bilingual (explanations are provided in two languages if the audience is mixed). English: daily; Spanish: Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays; French: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; German: Mondays, Fridays
  • From April 1 to October 31: English: daily; Spanish: daily; French: daily; German: daily; Italian: Saturdays
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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We booked to see the Doge's Palace on a guided tour (skip the queue). The tour guide was very knowledgeable about all the incredible paintings and artists. A lot of information to take in, couldn't absorb all of it. (Might be a bit much for younger vistors). The tour included a
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A bit underwhelmed The reason for my classification is that when I look back I can only remember how awkward and rude our guide was. Personally, I was very excited for this visit. I'm a Fine Arts graduate so I'm naturally interested in all you can give me in a guided tour to a
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Some tours to museums and churches won’t permit photos but this tour does. This tour also crosses the Bridge of Sighs. Staff are friendly and spoke English.
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To see the building was impressive but I’m afraid the guide was droning on in monotone with no humour that was frankly boring, that at least half the tour , like us, drifted off to view the place on our own. Probably luck of the draw as the guy from same company we had for st
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Response from Venetoinside, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Doge's Palace Guided Tour
Responded 26 Sep 2019
Dear MallorcaFamily, thank you for your feedback. We are sorry you were not satisfied with the tone used by the guide during the explanation provided at the Doge’s Palace. In fact, all our licensed guides are carefully selected and communication skills are of course among the selecting criteria, so we were surprised to read you found her boring. Anyway, improvement in their approach is always possibile and desired, so we will take your opinion into account and will share it with them. On the other hand, we are pleased to hear you fully enjoyed the explanation of the guide in charge with the other tour you took in St. Mark’s Basilica! Kind Regards, Sara Zanardo venetoinside.com
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Fabulous tour of the Doges Palace, with kids aged 10 and 12. Our tour guide, Gina, was very informative and entertaining. Would definitely recommend.
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Cape Town, South Africa
Brilliant way to have affordable gondola ride and see hidden gems of Venice
Took a Gondola ride with 4 others along the back waterways of Venice which was magical. Then had a guided tour to
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Robyn H
Great service
I did the glass museum tour and a walking tour with a shared gondola ride. The glass museum was not what I
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Very nice motorboat cruise
Cruise with 3 stops at Murano, Burano & Tircello. Commentary by the guide in English, French, Spanish and Italian
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Athens, Greece
Tour with Fransesca
Incredible tour with a very polite and helpful guide. Fun and informative at the same time. Highly recommended.
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Brianna B
Wereham, United Kingdom
A romantic gondola ride is on the top of most traveler’s itinerary when visiting Venice. It was definitely a must
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Carolyn T
Penzance, United Kingdom
Excellent water taxi service from airport direct to hotel
This service is reasonably priced, stress free and a wonderful way to arrive in Venice - we highly recommend this
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William O
Lakewood, Colorado
Interesting toursity thing to do
Yes, we went and had to do this. Yes, this is a job for Gondoliers but, the tourists are paying customers and
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William O
Lakewood, Colorado
How about WOW?
Floods did not make this easy at all, but it did happen and we did see them. Such beauty and so much work for so
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Valkenswaard, The Netherlands
Great to skip the line!
You should visit San Marco to know what is is! We expected the cathedral to be much bigger and larger. But the
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Kalai R
St mark's church and Doge's palace
Poorly managed. Firstly, the meeting point was not clear. Hence, though we were just near the meeting point,
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