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Skip The Line: St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Tours

Highlights
  • Combined tour of St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace in Venice
  • Save time with skip-the-line access to two Venice must-sees
  • Explore with a guide to view and learn about the highlights of both
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Skip The Line: St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Tours
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10:45 am - English commentaryMost Popular
Bilingual tour operated by a multilingual guide from November to March. Monolingual tour from April to October.
From US$64.61
10.45 am - French commentary
Bilingual tour operated by a multilingual guide from November to March. Monolingual tour from April to October.
From US$64.61
3.00 pm Sunday option
English commentary Option tour available on Sunday afternoon. You will visit the Basilica first, then the Doge's Palace
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Overview
St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, two of Venice’s most popular attractions, are conveniently close to one other, so a combined tour of both, with skip-the-line access, just makes sense. This guided tour reveals info crucial to understanding each landmark, includes a ticket to view the Golden Pall (Pala d’Oro) in the basilica, and saves you hours of time waiting in line.
What to Expect
Meet your guide in St. Mark’s Square and walk to the Doge’s Palace, where the Doge once governed the Venetian Republic.

Bypass the lines and tour the halls filled with artwork by greats such as Titian and Tintoretto. Admire the Giants’ Staircase, Golden Staircase, Opera Museum, and Institutional Rooms. Then, cross the Bridge of Sighs and imagine the anguish of the long-ago prisoners who were led across it to Venice’s infamous prison.

Afterward, continue to St. Mark’s Basilica, one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals. Avoid the ticket lines and absorb the spiritual atmosphere as you explore the interior, hearing how it reflects the flowering of Venice during its heyday.

Marvel at the golden mosaics and other artworks as your guide shares their history, and you view highlights including the gemstone-coated Byzantine Golden Pall (Pala d’Oro) altarpiece.

Your tour ends when your guide says goodbye at St. Mark’s.
Reviews (434)
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Glad we did this tour, but still too crowded. Not tour's fault

We went to Venice in september, hoping to avoid crowds. no such luck! This tour was recommended by Rick Steves and we are glad we did this tour instead of trying to see on our own. It was a little tricky figuring out where they...More

Thank AmyKathryn
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Awful service!

I mistakenly booked the tour for the day before we could use it. Once I discovered the error, there was no way to rectify it. Neither the phone nor any other contact details worked. No one ever answered the phone or responded in any way....More

Thank dlh911
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Wonderful tour

Just got back from beautiful Venice! My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this trip! Arranged trip to Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica on my husband's mobile before we flew to Venice. Told to meet under the Clock Tower in St Mark's Square at time...More

Thank 882maz10
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Decent value for money. Avoids the line ups

We visited Venice in late September/early October and thought we might miss some of the line ups. Not so. It's still peak tourist season. St. Mark's square is still a mad house with people everywhere. The Skip The Line tour allowed us to not have...More

Thank Jos D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Overcrowded Mess..awful tour guide

This tour is a "must to avoid". Overcrowded and poorly organized. Our tour guide, who I wont name, was awful. She tried her best to communicate with the group however her English was less than mediocre and she often filled in the awkward pauses with...More

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Malo G
12 October 2018|
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Response from MaluBernas | Reviewed this property |
The tour starts at Doge's Palace then continues to St. Mark's Basilica. So yes, the skip the lines refer to both but depending on the season you go and how many people there are, there may be a short wait before the tour... More
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abrigham
13 September 2018|
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Response from DavesTravelsCA | Reviewed this property |
3 hours lots of walking. Make sure you get a Venetian licensed guide. With her we got to sit in the Basilica during the tour which was a nice break to have .
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sandra s
28 July 2018|
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Response from Leeze57 | Reviewed this property |
You get the Basilica itself and the Doge's Palace, but NOT the museum on the tour that I took
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