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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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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
Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off

Departure Point San Marco, 76, 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

Return Details

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.
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 .
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 .
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
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Traveler Tips

  • "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


1,356 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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Great & Informative Tour!
, Jan 2022
I had a really great time on this tour! My tour guide, Lole, was really great and informative. Hearing the stories behind the mosaics outside St. Marks was really interesting and something I would not have known otherwise. Also just hearing the stories about how the Church was built gave me a new appreciation for it. The Doge’s Palace part was also really informative and gave me a lot of info that I would not have known about the function of the individual rooms in the palace and who the Doge was, etc.
A wetter than usual Venice
, Jan 2022
Our guide, Pamela, was extremely knowledgeable about Venice’s history and pointed out some very interesting features of the city’s history as well as the two buildings we toured in detail. But Piazza San Marco was flooded at the start of the tour by high water in the canals, and my traveling party had to deal with a cold rain as we walked around in the evening. That took away from our experience, but the tour guide Pamela was terrific.
Great way to see the...
, Dec 2021
Great way to see the cathedral and palace. Biggest benefit was skipping the lines. Tour leader was informative and enthusiastic which we greatly enjoyed.
Unexpectedly Awesome
, Dec 2021
Our guide (Sara) was awesome! Took care of the group, and gave good information without going into too much detail. She kept our teenagers engaged throughout the tour - something no other guide has been able to do. The Cathedral is beautiful, but the Doges Palace was what was unexpected. The place was amazing and we were surprised how little attention this palace gets. It needs to be seen to be believed. This was a tour worth the price.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great and passionate tour...
, Dec 2021
Great and passionate tour guide she was! I could feel the history that she was incoverir in her lectures. Recommend highly.
Great engaging tour
, Dec 2021
Our guide spoke great english and was very informative with facts, pointing out very interesting details and making very clear connection to the overall history.
Beautiful…. Most definitely worthy a visit .
, Dec 2021
Beautiful place to visit steeped in history . So many interesting areas to see . Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and easy to understand. Any questions she was very happy to answer and give us all further insight .
, Nov 2021
I REPEAT, DO NOT BOOK THIS TOUR. Guide was a no-show!! Instead, book the "Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour" OPERATED BY Park Viaggi (currently $103.20/person). Our tour was scheduled for 2pm, we arrived at 1:40pm and no one was there. Another tour guide was nearby for Gate 1 tours with their group. They looked at the address on my voucher and confirmed I was in the correct place, but was probably just a little early (so American! haha). In the next 10 minutes two other parties for the tour showed up. We were 8 people in total waiting, but the guide never showed! We all tried calling the tour operator, but only got a voicemail message in Italian, with no option to leave any message on a machine. We waited until 2:30pm and still no one ever showed. I'll also add that it was a very cold, damp, November day; overall a terrible experience. Luckily we had another full day in Venice with no set plans, so I quickly went on Viator and booked a tour for the next day, the "Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour" OPERATED BY Park Viaggi. It was perfect! They were there early and we got to see what we came (and paid) to see! I'll also add that Viator would not give us a refund. They replied that the tour operator said the tour happened. No way! Overall a terrible customer experience, and I'm not sure I will be using Viator in the future.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Dear Emily, Thank you for taking the time to review our Legendary Venice. We strive to offer only the best services to our clients, and are always grateful for any feedback that can help us improve. We apologise you were not able to find us on the day of your service and can only imagine the disappointment.However, we did run that tour with 3 different groups on the day of your booking, so we cannot understand how you could have missed us. Did you perhaps go directly to one of the sites included on the tour, rather than the meeting point indicated on our confirmation email? That happens from time to time, causing terrible disappointment such as in your case. What really surprised us though is your being redirected to an Italian voicemail, especially since all our agents speak English only and we do not have an Italian call center. This, together with your advertising of another tour company ( PARK VIAGGI) does seem a bit strange. Again, we are truly sorry about your experience and would love the opportunity to make it up to you. If you have any further comments or details you would like to discuss with us, please feel free to reach out to and we will be happy to assist you. Looking forward to hearing from you. Sincerely,
1 traveler found this review helpful
Must do
, Nov 2021
Exellent guide with much knowledge and details. Smal group, leaving on the hour. Audio foreseen so everybody can hear the guide at all times
A brilliant tour
, Nov 2021
Susan was a wonderful guide, her many years in the city and her interest in it was very evident, cannot recommend enough.

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