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Venice Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica Tours plus Venice Walking Tour

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Venice Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica Tours plus Venice Walking Tour

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Overview

See two of Venice’s most iconic attractions and save 10% when you book them together with this Super Saver. Head to the front of the long queues with skip-the-line access to the famed Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Basilica. Learn the history behind these architectural wonders from your local guide, and explore some of Venice’s lesser-known sights on a walking tour. Complete both tours in the same day with a break in between to spend at your leisure, depending on the operational schedule.
  • Combine two best-selling Venice tours at a discounted price
  • Skip the line at two top Venice attractions: Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica
  • Explore the opulent public rooms of Doge's Palace, see Veronese paintings and walk across the Bridge of Sights
  • Learn all about the Doges of Venice who ruled the Republic of Venice until the late-18th-century
  • Admire the extravagant interiors of St Mark’s Basilica
  • See St Mark’s Square as well as hidden gems such as San Zaccaria Church on a walking tour
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Professional English-speaking local guide
Guaranteed to skip the long lines to Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica
Headset to hear the guide clearly when there are more than 8 participants in the group
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Piazza, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Entrance to the Royal Gardens, on the waterfront of St Mark's Square - You'll meet Avventure Bellissime tour coordinator outside the gardens, in front of the wrought iron Gate holding a sign with the name of the tour and Avventure Bellissime logo written on it.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Tour (2 hours):

After meeting your guide outside the Royal Gardens in central Venice, walk to the nearby Doge’s Palace at St Mark’s Square. Admire the magnificent Gothic exterior, and then skip straight to the front of the queue so you can head inside and start exploring. Follow your guide through the palace’s ornate public rooms adorned from floor to ceiling with gilded decor and murals, including paintings by Renaissance masters Tintoretto and Veronese.

As you explore, your guide will share details about the powerful doges who ruled the Venetian Republic for centuries. Hear about their fearsome governing tactics, and then step across the famous Bridge of Sighs into the connected prison network where enemies of the republic were locked up. After you’ve emerged back into the daylight of St Mark’s Square, enjoy a break at your leisure before your next tour begins. The break varies depending on the operational schedule.

Skip the Line: Small-Group Venice Walking Tour with St Mark’s Basilica (2 hours):

Meet your tour back in St Mark’s Square and learn about the crown jewel of this piazza — the Italo-Byzantine St Mark’s Basilica. Head to the front of the line and step inside the awe-inspiring cathedral. Admire the soaring golden domes, marble mosaics and intricate murals of the lavish interior. You’ll have approximately 30 minutes inside the Basilica to explore.

Next, escape the crowds of St Mark’s Square and follow your guide through lesser-known backstreets. Learn about some of Venice’s hidden gems, such as the Gothic San Zaccaria Church or Campo Santa Maria Formosa and Hidden Venice, as your guide shares tales of the city’s colorful characters and history. Your tour concludes back at the original departure point in St Mark’s Square. 

See the 'View additional info' link below for a map of the start point for your first tour.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Piazza San Marco
Your guide will give you a brief introduction to the history of Venice and of the Doge's Palace
Stop At:  
Doge's Palace
Enjoy a 2-hour in-dept tour of the Doges Palace and visit the famous Prisons.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Scala dei Giganti di Palazzo Ducale
While standing in the courtyard as your guide will introduce you to the Doges Palace architecture and history, see and learn about the Giant Staircase leading up to the Palace and used for formal entrances.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Ponte dei Sospiri
Walk over the famous Bridge of Sighs connecting the Doge's Palace to the Prisons and learn why it was given this name.
Stop At:  
Porta Della Carta
Learn about the Main entrance of the Doges Palace, the paper door that links the Doges Palace to St Mark's Basilica.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Piazza San Marco
Start the second part of the Venice day tours package which will focus on St. Mark’s Basilica and Venice city center narrow streets with a 2-hour walking tour including Skip-the-Line tickets to St. Mark's Basilica.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Basilica di San Marco
We'll discuss the famous landmarks of St. Mark's square, you'll enjoy an in-depth tour of St. Mark's Basilica, to admire the astonishing interior covered in rich and lavish mosaics and you'll learn about the strong Byzantine influences on the city that helped Venice realize its own unique style of architecture.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Chiesa di San Zaccaria
During the tour you will also see the beautiful San Zacharia's church (exterior only), set in a quiet square, with its rich façade, a blend of gothic and renaissance style.
Stop At:  
Campo Santa Maria Formosa
Admire from outside the Renaissance S. Maria Formosa church built on the site of a former 7th century church. The name "formosa" refers to an apperance of Holy Virgin in the form of a voluptuous woman.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Calle del Paradiso
Cross Ponte del Paradiso bridge and enter a typical Hidden Venice alley "calle" to admire examples of Byzantine and Gothic architecture.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Large bags and rucksacks are not allowed inside St Mark's Basilica
  • At certain times it may not be possible to enter any of the visited churches due to religious functions taking place. These closures are beyond our control so no refunds or discounts will be issued
  • High season operational schedule (Apr - Oct): Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Tour starts at 9am and Skip the Line: Small-Group Venice Walking Tour with St Mark’s Basilica starts at 11.10 am Mon to Sat, at 1.45 pm Sun
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • To ensure safety and well-being of our guests the itinerary of the tour has been amended to follow the Covid-19 guidelines. Visits to St Mark's Basilica may be subject to restrictions. Depending on the situation on the day of the tour the itinerary may be amended to offer you the best experience possible.
  • Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance to St Mark's Basilica is compulsory from April to October due to high number of visitors. St Mark’s Basilica does not offer a fast entry service to anyone in other periods considered off peak season. No refund is due when skip-the-line reservation isn't required.
  • Beginning Friday 6 August 2021 and until further notice, access to the Doge’s Palace and all related areas will be permitted only to those in possession of a Green COVID-19 Certification (Green Pass or equivalent certificate). Please remember to also bring your ID or passport to confirm your identity.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Departures starting at 11.10 am have the following schedule: 11.10 am Best of Venice walk + 2.30 pm Doges Palace tour
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Avventure Bellissime
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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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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 Venice Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica Tours plus Venice Walking Tour?
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 Venice Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica Tours plus Venice Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Venice Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica Tours plus Venice Walking Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Venice Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica Tours plus Venice Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Venice Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica Tours plus Venice Walking Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Venice Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica Tours plus Venice Walking Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Venice Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica Tours plus Venice Walking Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Venice Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica Tours plus Venice Walking Tour.

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  • "We did small group and it is well worth it." See review
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star-5
Wonderful Walking in Venice
Augustine_Z
, Oct 2021
My husband and I had a wonderful tour with our guide Cristina! She was extremely knowledgeable not only about the sites on our tour but also about other sites to see and places to eat. Cristina was so very thoughtful that she even surprised us by booking terrace reservations for us. On the terrace, we were able to see a panoramic view of Venice and take amazing pictures. Cristina also recommended a great restaurant for my husband's birthday dinner. She was passionate and personable and we truly enjoyed our time with her.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Dear Guests, Thank you for your 5-star feedback about your Venice tour with Cristina. We are happy you had such a great time with her and thank you for appreciating her knowledge and dedication. We look forward to welcoming you on our tours again. Kind regards, Aleksandra Sales Manager @ Avventure Bellissime
star-5
Great tour of must-see sites
Susan_C
, Sep 2021
Francesca was a great guide giving us insight into modern Venetian life and the history of Venice. His love and knowledge of his city was evident.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Dear Susan Thank you so much for your 5-star review about your Venice private tour with Francesco. We are happy it was a great experience for you. Certainly this unique city is best explored with a local expert guide, a true Venetian. We hope to welcome you on our tours again in the future. Kind regards, Aleksandra Sales Manager @ Avventure Bellissime
star-4
Venice at its best
Getaway656973
, Oct 2019
The weather was beautiful. There were still a lot of tourists about even in late October. Our guide was obviously passionate and knowledgeable about Venice. It was great being able to skip the queue. It was great getting an overview of Venice through the walking tour as it was our first day in Venice and helped to orientate us.
star-5
Very good both guides were excellent and really love what they do with excellent english
Gus_T
, Aug 2019
Very good choices both of them.Our guides were excellent and they love what they do also their English was excellent!
star-5
Must do this tour!
LEE_G
, Aug 2019
Guide for Doge's Place was so pleasant & informative. We saw & learned so much. St. Mark's guide provided historical insights on building & art.
star-5
Excellent tour
Dorislee_D
, Aug 2019
This was an interesting tour, our guide Andrea was very informative and knowledgeable. We enjoyed the experience much more with the background info than if we went alone. Highly recommended!
star-5
Awesome
kathy121688
, Jul 2019
Both of our tours were with knowledgeable guides who were informative and helpful. They gave us a flavor of the history and the happenings then. Excellent tours.
star-5
Excellent! We had 2 different guides (Barbera for Doges palace & Andrea fir Basilica). Both were highly engaging.
julian_d
, Jun 2019
Excellent! We had 2 different guides (Barbera for Doges palace & Andrea fir Basilica). Both were highly engaging and entertaining. Their knowledge and passion for their locale showed throughout. Highly recommended, bypassing queues & nice small groups. Thank you both!
star-4
Overall interesting tour except for the Venice walking tour
Anil B
, Jun 2019
The Doge's palace tour was interesting. Our guide was very good and entertaining. The St. Mark's cathedral visit was okay. The guide was good. The Venice walking tour was a waste. They showed us the Opera house and the Rialto bridge- which you can visit yourself.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fantastic Tour
288diane
, May 2019
We had 2 different guides for this excursion. One for Doge Palace and another for St. Mark's. They were both very knowledgeable and informative. I highly recommend this tour. We did small group and it is well worth it.

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