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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 .
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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
Delightful, informative and fun.
Laura_G
, Jun 2022
This was seriously one of the best tours that I have ever taken. The guide was remarkable in her knowledge, passion, organization and just plain kindness and spunk. So much information told with charm and personalization. We had a downpour during the trip and she even made that work. Delightful.
star-5
Great tour
Jennifer_R
, Jun 2022
Roberta our tour guide was very knowledgeable. It was wonderful to skip the huge line to get in. Worth it just for that.
star-5
Great for those with little time.
John_G
, Jun 2022
A fine introduction to Venice’s St. Marks and the Doge Palace, especially good for someone with limited time. Our guide Grace seemed deeply experienced and was a topic expert.
star-5
Great guide and tour
Michael_M
, Jun 2022
Excellent guide. She was a local person born and raised in Venice. Personable. Great with kids. Definitely worth it. Right amount of detail.
star-4
Tour was packed with...
Kayla_C
, Jun 2022
Tour was packed with information spanning many centuries. Was hoping for slightly smaller groups, but all in all a great and easy way to learn more about some of Venice’s top sights.
star-5
Worth the early start!
Wendy_R
, Jun 2022
Early entry to doges palace. Had the place all to ourselves! Great story about the prison and the bridge of sighs. Great guide. Skip the line at St Marks-so beautiful inside
star-5
Fabulous !!
suzanne_k
, Jun 2022
Great tour guide … wonderfully informative , and very patient with questions . Great attention to details !!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing Experience
Roberto_L
, Jun 2022
This is a long tour, however it was so worth it. The host Nico was extremely knowledgable about both St. Mark's and the Doge palace. He was so passionate about the works, that you couldn't help but admire them from his perspective.
star-5
Must see tour
Jason_W
, Jun 2022
Tour guide was amazing and knowledgeable Skipped the line was so worth it Highly recommended to any one
star-5
Venice as cross cultural point in time
Roberta_P
, Jun 2022
Very interesting and well presented. The guide was cery helpful and attentive to the group needs (rest, photos. etc)
star-5
Great Tour- Best Way to See the Square
TerriAnn_G
, Jun 2022
I highly recommend skipping the lines and getting a bundled ticket/guided tour this way. Our guide was great, very informative and I'm sorry I don't remember her name! These sites are an obvious MUST for coming to Venice, this was an easy and fun way to really absorb their history.
star-4
Two Highlights in Venice
Desnee_H
, Jun 2022
The tour was very informative. Our one disappointment was not being able to visit the gem-encrusted rood screen behind the altar which was the highlight of our former trip. Because of Covid the number of visitors to the screen is restricted and therefore most tours don’t include it because it would limit their numbers too much.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Sarah was an amazing...
Lea_P
, Jun 2022
Sarah was an amazing guide. I have done this tour a few times with different granddaughters and this was the very best. Very interesting and many new discoveries on this tour
star-1
Worst company evet
Brian_P
, Jun 2022
Most memorable was victor canceling my tour while I was in the cab ride over for the tour without any explanation, after paying for and having tickets in hand for your.
star-5
Great tour
J_S
, Jun 2022
Excellent tour! The guide was very knowledgeable. The tour starting location was easy to find and checkin was a breeze
star-5
Thank you, Nico!
Tracey_M
, Jun 2022
Nico was one of the best guides I’ve ever had. His love and passion for Venice is evident, and his enthusiasm is contagious. This was my third time returning to St Mark’s and the Doge’s Palace, and I learned so much! My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour.
star-5
Extraordinary,informative,engaging and fun
joseph_g
, Jun 2022
The guide was excellent , engaging and informative.made the experience enjoyable and painless. Both venues were exceptional amd well managed and skip the line is a must do . So enjoyable not to be missed a great 3 hours with a welcome stop for comfort amd refreshment
star-5
After doing this tour, I...
Adrienne_S
, Jun 2022
After doing this tour, I could not imagine doing a self guided tour of these buildings. Both the Basilica and the Palace are filled with history and unique facts from its unique history. Our tour guide, Nico, was incredibly energetic, knowledgeable, and passionate about the history in each of these landmarks. His enthusiasm conveyed to the tour group and helped everyone really appreciate what we were experiencing.
star-5
A tour of St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace is a must in Venice.
Linda_D
, Jun 2022
Another great tour. Huge crowds and tight quarters. Our guide was full of knowledge and made the tour interesting and full of history. I would recommend a tour of the Basilica and Doge's Palace.
star-5
Very good tour
Sabina_S
, Jun 2022
We had a splendid time. Inside the Palace and the Basilika - it is like you are in another century. Our guide was lovely!

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