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Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour

Highlights
  • Informative, VIP access tour of Doge’s Palace
  • No waiting in line, so you can skip the crowds
  • Learn about Renaissance masterworks on guided visit
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Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour
From US$57.80
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8:30am Departure
Tour departs at 8:30am (meet strictly at 8:15am) with an English-speaking guide
From US$57.77
9:00am Departure
Tour departs at 9am (meet strictly at 8:45am) with an English-speaking guide
From US$63.67
Overview
The spectacular, 14th-century Doge’s Palace was once the headquarters of the powerful rulers of Venice. Today, the palace is one of Venice’s most popular attractions, filled with Renaissance masterpieces from Tintoretto and Veronese. This skip-the-line tour saves you time with guaranteed entry, and also give you access to the rarely open Piombi prison, where the famous Casanova once made his daring escape.
What to Expect

Your tour starts in the picturesque Piazza San Marco, where your guide will be waiting. Learn about the palace’s magnificent exteriors before skipping the crowds and heading to the front of the entry line.

Inside the Doge’s Palace, enjoy a guided visit through the opulent decor. Wander past Renaissance murals and gilded carvings, but don’t forget to look up: The famous fresco, Juno Bestowing her Gifts on Venice, adorns the ceiling.

Visit the Trial Chambers of the Council of Ten, where you’ll hear about the Venetian Republic’s formidable secret service. Before the tour is up, you’ll get special access to the Piombi prison, an attic jail usually closed to visitors, including the cell of Venice’s legendary lover, Casanova. Stop to take a breath—or a photo—on the 16th-century Bridge of Sighs before heading back to the square.

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1 - 5 of 7 reviews

Reviewed 9 May 2018
Not as advertised

We were very disappointed in this tour. The guides were disorganized and we had to go through the line anyway, except they didn’t give us our tickets, so we got crabbed at by a museum employee when we got to the front of the line....More

9  Thank LindaRas
CityWondersCS, Manager at City Wonders, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2018

Dear LindaRas, We have carefully reviewed your email and we are sorry to hear that our Doge's Palace tour didn’t live up to your expectations yesterday. At City Wonders we always try to provide the best possible service to our customers so it’s disappointing to...More

Reviewed 6 May 2018
would rate zero if I could

Book with another company! had scheduled a tour of Doge's Palace and it was cancelled on us at the last minute. Per the travel company the palace was closed for the day, however we checked the official website and it was noted that they closed...More

4  Thank Lindsey K
CityWondersCS, Guest Relations Manager at City Wonders, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2018

Thank you for sharing your feedback on TripAdvisor. As we are dedicated to improving our services we would appreciate if you could send us a private message with your booking reference, or contact our Customer Care team. This way, we will have the opportunity to...More

Reviewed 7 April 2018
Very interesting - would recommend

Thoroughly enjoyed this tour, the guide was very informative, friendly and polite. Super quick entry beating all the queues, would highly recommend it.

Thank WelderBigBrie
Reviewed 31 October 2017
Very interesting - highly recommend

We were very glad we did this tour and we found it very informative and interesting. There did seem to be a bit of disorganisation at the beginning. We had prebooked our tickets online for the Hidden Treasures tour. We arrived at the palace at...More

1  Thank LIZAWILDE
Reviewed 19 October 2017
Secret Tour of the Doge's Palace - the cells

What a complete waste of money. If you are visiting the Doge's Palace for the 1st time, don't waste your money on this. There won't be a queue out of season if you go at opening time. On this tour, you visit the pokey old...More

5  Thank Fi20b
CityWondersCS, Manager at City Wonders, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2017

Dear Fi20b, Thank you for taking the time to write your honest review - we are sorry to hear that our tour didn’t live up to your expectations. At City Wonders we always try to provide the best possible service to our customers so it’s...More

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