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Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Guided Tour in Venice

Venezia, Italy
Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Guided Tour in Venice

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Skip the line for entrance to one of the most important symbols of Venice, the Doge's Palace, during this 1-hour guided tour. Walk through the impressive structure, once the first sight greeting ships coming in from the lagoon, full of gold staircases and paintings by masters like Tintoretto and Veronese. Admire examples of Byzantine and Oriental architecture as you listen to your guide's commentary on an included headset. Entrance fees included.
  • View eclectic architecture and important Italian masterworks
  • Learn about the history of the rulers of the Most Serene Republic
  • Audio headsets to hear your guide clearly
  • Skip-the-line admission fees included
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Calle larga de l'Ascension , Calle larga de l'Ascension, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Calle Larga Ascensione, in front of the Post office just next to St.Mark's Square. Go to the wooden stand with the yellow sign "Meeting point".

11:45 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Meet your guide at the entrance to the Doge's Palace, where you can skip the line for express entrance. Don your provided audio headset to hear your guide clearly and embark on an educational tour of one of Venice's most important buildings. 

The Doge's Palace, an architectural masterpiece marrying Byzantine and Oriental styles, once greeted all ships entering the lagoon. Listen to your guide's commentary outlining the role of the building in the Duke's reign over the Republic of Serenissima. Today, this impressive building still represents the seat of Venetian political power. 

Go back in time as you walk through the lavish rooms, up the gilded staircases and by important masterpieces by Veronese, Tintoretto and other artists of the time. Imagine the suffering of Venetian convicts as they crossed the Bridge of Sighs toward their imprisonment. 

Your tour concludes at its departure point.
Stop At:  
Doge's Palace
Visit the magnificent Doge's Palace of Venice
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Piazza San Marco
St Mark's Square, is the principal public square of Venice, Italy, where it is generally known just as la Piazza ("the Square").
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No refund will be given for no shows or late comers.
  • Due to increased safety measures, security checkpoints will have a short wait
  • Wheelchair partially accessible, due to structural reasons some areas of the Doge's Palace are not accessible, so the tour may be limited. If assistance is required, passenger must provide their own carer.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • The tour will be provided rain or shine, though may be cancelled if tides are exceptionally high. In this case we'll provide a full refund
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Park Viaggi
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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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Guided Tour in Venice?
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
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, Aug 2022
We were never on the tour. We were there in plenty of time and kept trying to find our party and were redirected in circles in for a 1/2 hour and by that time the tour would have been 25% over, so we left!!!! We are disputing the charge on our credit card, this was a terrible experience.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
We are sorry to read your comment. The meeting point is clearly indicated inside the voucher. If you had trouble to find the correct place, you could have called our office or emergency numbers and we would have helped you for sure find our staff there.
Great Tour
, Jun 2022
Our guide Gina was fantastic. Fun and incredibly knowledgeable! We really enjoyed the tour. Highly recommend.
Great tour
, Jun 2022
The guide was very nice and super informative. We were Very happy with tour. She took her time and answered everyone's questions.
Nice try but no cigar.
, May 2022
Tour guide was very good. Organisation at the start verged on the chaotic. Single use earphones? Appalling.
Toooooo fast
, Apr 2022
So many things to see! Rushed rushed rushed at top speed. Guide was very knowledgeable. Support people were nice and all on time. Equipment easy to use.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Monica was a first class...
, Apr 2022
Monica was a first class guide . She gave a detailed talk , without loosing everyone’s attention. The chance to avoid the lengthy wait to enter was also worthwhile
A Useful Tour of the Doge's Palace
, Mar 2022
Our tour was overall good and we would recommend getting a tour of the Doge's Palace in general, however our tour felt rushed and our guide skipped over parts of the palace that were interesting and we had to revisit ourselves. Also the quality of our headsets were not very good compares to some other tours.
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Kari W
, Sep 2019
this was a well organized tour and perfect sized group. Are guided was knowledgeable, interesting and very helpful
After a bit of concern that this...
, Nov 2017
After a bit of concern that this wasnt going to take place as the organisers were late setting up, things proceeded smoothly. We were a fairly large group but with the audio earpieces could hear the guide very well. Our guide, Catarina, was knowledgeable with a very good sense of humour. She gave us lots of information about what we were seeing, with quirky facts thrown in to amuse us. The Doges Palace is amazing. The starkness of the prison and crossing the Bridge of Sighs after the splendours of the Palace was thought provoking. A good tour.
The tour was very good. Felt a...
, Sep 2017
The tour was very good. Felt a little rushed at times. There was so much to see. The guide was very informative.
1 traveler found this review helpful
We did indeed skip a long line. Had...
Gerard P
, Aug 2017
We did indeed skip a long line. Had to wait maybe 20 seconds. The guide was very interesting and imparted a lot of good information. Will do again.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Skipping the line made the tour...
, Jul 2017
Skipping the line made the tour worth it in my opinion. Venice is extremely busy in July and I wouldn't have seen the palace otherwise.
It was easy to find the meeting...
, Jul 2017
It was easy to find the meeting location. Way too many people in the group. Guide gave basic information and at time difficult to understand the English with his accent.
This place is just amazing...
Phil B
, Mar 2017
This place is just amazing. Adjoining the Basilica, it takes your breath away. Everything about Venice is magical but this tour was spectacular. The tour guide spoke perfect English and made the tour even more interesting with her humour. Crossing the Bridge of Sighs was an unexpected treat as well. If you get a chance to do this tour, do it, you will not regret it.
We were told to meet at a certain...
Carol J
, Mar 2017
We were told to meet at a certain point in St Marks Square, an extremely busy place with thousands of people and loads of queues in different areas. Our tour team didn't arrive until exactly the time we were told to be there. Now like most people we arrived 5/10 minutes early and there was absolutely no sign of our tour reps etc. There was a tour rep from Viator who was actually waiting to take someone on another tour and he told me that our reps would be here soon. Once they arrived we were kitted up and then guided through the throngs and into the Palace. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave us an excellent tour in perfect English. It was all very interesting but we only saw a fraction of the Palace, but at least we did go over the Bridge of Sighs and the dungeons. There is another tour showing the Secret Passages etc. which we'd like to do another time. I would advise you take the tour that covers St Marks Bassilica which is next door because of the two I thought the Bassilica the most impressive.
I downloaded the Viator app and...
Samantha W
, Oct 2016
I downloaded the Viator app and organised this tour 2 hours prior to commencement which in itself was efficient and easy to organise. Meeting place easy to find and a pleasant welcome from guides . Tour was excellent with a well informed interesting guide. She bought history alive with interesting facts and the pace was good . I thoroughly enjoyed my tour of the Doges Palace
As with most tours, this was really...
Eric H
, Oct 2016
As with most tours, this was really helpful in cutting through the chaos of too much, paring down to what is digestable. Bring your own headphones.
Excellent tour our local Venetian...
Shayne V
, Sep 2016
Excellent tour our local Venetian guide was excellent and the tour very well run. If you've only got a short time in Venice and want to learn a little of the back story then this is the way to do it. We saw the main highlights of the Doge's Palace, the interior of the Bridge of Sighs, and the prison, and learned some of the history of the Venetian Republic's secrets to how it was so successful for so long.
very nice tour. A little big size...
Laura L
, Sep 2016
very nice tour. A little big size wise with tour size but very well organized and learn a lot. very quick.
The guide made history come alive...
, Sep 2016
The guide made history come alive! Having the little transmitters with earphones ensured that no mater how close or far the guide was, you could hear what was being said in your native language. She added humor and was very considerate of people like myself with limited mobility and allowed time for me to keep up with the group and rest on benches inside the building at all levels. Excellent tour and the skip a line was awesome!

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