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Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace

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Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace
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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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Overview

Delve into Venetian history on this tour that showcases two of the city's most iconic structures and sheds light on the stories behind them both. Enjoy skip-the-line access to both popular attractions. Your first stop is legendary St. Mark's Basilica. Wander around the mosaic-covered interior and Byzantine treasures while a local guide fills you in on how this collection came to be. Then continue to the Doge’s Palace to explore the former political heart of Venice.
  • Skip-the-line access and tours of St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace
  • Explore two of the floating city's most iconic sites and learn the stories behind them
  • Visit the opulent apartments and the Hall of the Great Council at Doge's Palace with a guide
  • Take a walk over the Bridge of Sighs
  • Enjoy special access to the first floor terrace of St. Mark's for panoramic views over the city

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Take in amazing views from the St. Mark’s Basilica terrace—a panorama that most visitors never see.
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Local English-speaking guide
Skip-the-line ticket for St. Mark's Basilica
Headsets when necessary
Exclusive access to the balcony of St. Mark's Basilica
Pre-reserved ticket to the Doge's Palace
Exclusive Early Entry to the Doge's Palace (8 AM only)
Gratuities
Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
Museo Correr , P.za San Marco, 52, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Correr Museum (Museo Correr) in Piazza San Marco. Meet under the portico just outside the entrance of the museum. 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

St. Mark's Square , Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

In St. Mark's Square.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.
  • Please remember that the basilica is a holy place and attire must be appropriate: Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress. Backpacks are prohibited inside of St. Mark's Basilica.
  • Backpacks are prohibited inside St. Mark's Basilica.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Walks complies with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to Italy government guidelines for the most up to date information
  • Tour in English only
  • • St. Mark's Basilica can be subject to unforeseen closures due to liturgical celebrations or high tides. In this event, your guide will give the tour from the exterior of the Basilica or we will contact clients as soon as possible to arrange a suitable alternative.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Walks - Italy, Spain & Greece
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace ?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace .
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace ?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace .
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace .

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  • "I would recommend bringing a hat or sunglasses and water." See review
  • "We recommend an early morning tour (9am), as crowds really build throughout the day." See review
  • "Keep in mind, at cafe there (15 min break) you must inform them if you plan to sit down w/ your drink or food." See review

Reviews

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star-5
A Fantastic History Lesson!
Cherylee_H
, Jul 2022
My husband and I decided upon this tour on the recommendation of our daughter. Our guide was Mose and he was super knowledgeable and very personable. Our group was quite large but Mose ensured that we were all included by answering any questions that we may have had. I would definitely recommend this tour to family and friends as it was a great Venetian history lesson!
star-5
Great deal!
Vance_A
, Jul 2022
The guide was very friendly, knowledgeable and spoke good English. It was so nice to take the early beat the line , beat the front tour. Thank you!
star-5
Great tour - Very knowledgeable guide
Georgina_S
, Jul 2022
Great tour. The guide was incredibly knowledgeable. We learnt a lot. The tour was a bit long for us, but we really enjoyed it. I have recommended this tour to friends and family.
star-5
While I can’t remember...
Sondra_B
, Jul 2022
While I can’t remember our tour guide’s name, she did an excellent job! Amazing and must see! Lots of stairs so wear comfortable shoes.
star-5
Great tour in Venice!!!!
Suzanne_S
, Jul 2022
Marie-Theresa was the most amazing guide for our tour. Excellent tour and quite funny when learning about history. We were all ages 13, 23 and two adults, all enjoyed different aspects. Meeting point easy to find, well organized. Not our first tour through this company and have been great!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Legendary Venice - St Marks with Doges Palace
Suzanne_H
, Jul 2022
Tulia was brilliant - her knowledge of what we were being shown was very comprehensive and beautifully explained. Early start and having the place to ourselves was well worth it - avoiding the massive crowds of tourists!
star-5
Great tour!
Meg_H
, Jul 2022
We had a great experience with this tour. It was informative and interesting. Make sure to check the dress code! Shoulders, knees and feet need to be covered when entering the basilica.
star-4
I would highly recommend...
Robert_H
, Jul 2022
I would highly recommend touring the Basilica and the Doge Palace with a group as I could not imagine trying to do it solo. Our tour guide (Gracie) was so fun and informative. The tour was hottttt and obviously neither the church nor the palace are air conditioned. 3 hours is somehow too long and not nearly enough time to fully appreciate the beautiful surroundings. Get ready to sweat. Still, it was remarkable. Would highly recommend, maybe just not during the summer.
star-5
Excellent
Rosemarie_I
, Jul 2022
The guide was so knowledgeable and with the speaker/headphones it was so easy to hear. Highly recommend. The skip the line was worth it and avoided a long wait. Great tour.
star-2
Too long for the sites visited
Michelle_E
, Jul 2022
To be fair, it was a very hot day ~94F. Check-in process was fairly organized tour started close to on-time. Take home: The tour was too long for the content/sites covered. San Marco Basillica was lovely. We were taken to a roof-top terrace for a view of San Marco Square but it was very crowded and we baked in the sun. Guide did not read the crowd. Many lost interest, content was redundant. Long break before Doge Palace tour was wasted time. Hot! We peeled off early, and did not finish the tour. Overall not worth $352/4 people.
star-5
We have been very satisfied customers of Viator for many years now. Just like every other tour, this one was GREAT!
Steve
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide was so well informed and did an excellent job of conveying her knowledge. The "skip the line" feature is SO! worth it too . . . especially when you arrive at your tour site and witness other people waiting and waiting in the hot sun, just to be able to purchase tickets. Our question is, why? Viator ALWAYS makes it so simple and pleasurable!
star-5
Nicola was an outstanding...
Gregory_H
, Jul 2022
Nicola was an outstanding guide. Walks is well-organized and reliable. It was beneficial to be on a tour rather than on our own.
star-5
Great Experience with Nico
Danielius_J
, Jul 2022
Nico was excellent. Extremely knowledgeable and was very pleasant. Answered all questions and was extremely mindful to make sure everyone was comfortable in the heat. Would recommend recommend this your for those looking to get more information on the key Venice attractions.
star-5
She brings history to light
Jama_C
, Jul 2022
Our guide Marie Therese provided the perfect amount of historical detail and humor to keep everyone interested. The venue is stunning, made all the more enjoyable with her guidance. Booking and finding the meeting point of the tour were very easy. Highly recommend.
star-5
Top Guide
Riyaz_J
, Jul 2022
Francesca was the epitome of an Italian guide. Conversant, friendly, informative and very knowledgeable. Definitely a 5* experience all round
star-5
Great Tour!
Sarah_B
, Jul 2022
Very enjoyable and informative tour! It was a great way to view each of these sights and learn about their history!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Venice in three hours
Joseph_V
, Jul 2022
Grace did a great job. So much energy and knowledge. Great way to know the history of Venice in three very entertaining hours.
star-5
Very worthwhile tour!
Diana_M
, Jul 2022
Virginia was so passionate and knowledgeable, she really brought the buildings and period to life. Her English was excellent and she had such interesting insights and was indefatigable in the heat. Bravo!
star-5
Excellent tour and guide!
Bruce_C
, Jul 2022
This was a very worthwhile tour due to skip the line and our knowledgeable tour guide. Was fascinating all the history and architecture of the buildings as well as stories of both Doge's palace and St Mark's as well as the Bridge of Sighs. Well worthwhile tour and I do recommend it.
star-5
Does what it says on the tin
kocathaoir
, Jul 2022
Great guide who was very considerate and available to the participants. No waiting due to fast pass.

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