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Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica tour

Free cancellation
Duration: 2 hours
Language: English, Italian, French, Spanish, German
Mobile voucher accepted
Safety measures applied

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Discover the Doge's Palace with its lavish rooms and masterpieces

Explore the Golden Basilica, one of the most incredible cathedrals in the world

Avoid the queues with your skip-the-line tickets

What to expect

Come and visit the beautiful Doge's Palace and the wonderful St. Mark's Basilica with an expert local guide!

The Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace) has represented the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. In its opulent rooms, plastered and immersed in hundreds of masterpieces of painting, the Duke and his Council controlled the fate of a republic with a thousand-year history.

You'll be amazed by the rich details of the golden staircase and the realism of the scenes represented by many artists that decorate the palace. You'll get to relive the sensations experienced by the prisoners crossing the famous Bridge of Sighs as well as visiting the prisons where the famous Giacomo Casanova was held prisoner.

Then, you will go on to visit Saint Mark's Basilica, also known as the Golden Basilica, one of the most fascinating cathedrals in the world. You'll have the pleasure of discovering the beautiful gold mosaics, the marble inlays of the floors, the biblical scenes that are depicted, all the while learning about the history and special features of this ancient church.

During this tour, your guide will take you through the first floor of the Basilica, where you will visit the Terrace and the Museum. From the above, you will admire the golden mosaics, which are perhaps the most famous feature of the cathedral.

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COVID-19 information

The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.

Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds

The experience complies with government regulations

Social distancing is enforced

Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected

Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors

All gear/equipment is sanitised between use

Visitors are required to bring and wear masks

Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks

Temperature screening is compulsory for all visitors

Visitors over 18 must show their ID and proof of one of the following: a full vaccination or first vaccination (this requirement varies depending on the country) received at least 15 days prior, recovery from a COVID-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative result from a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the experience starts. This may also apply to those aged 12 and above

Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test may be required, please confirm the local requirements before your visit

What’s included

Expert tour guide

Skip-the-line entrance to the Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica

Entrance tickets to Museum and Terrace of the Basilica

Earphones

Location

S. Marco 146, 30124 Venice VE, Italy

Meeting point:

In front of Yex Exchange office under the Clock Tower in St. Mark's Square. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the tour starting time.

Provider

Gray Line Venice

Cancellation policy

Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the activity begins.

Important to know

  • On some days, due to liturgical events or exceptionally high tides, access may not be possible. In this case, you will be contacted to arrange another visit on a different date, or you will be reimbursed
  • Kindly note that during the visit to the Basilica it will not be possible to stop for explanations on the ground floor. The guided visit will be on the upper floor (Terrace and Museum)
  • Due to new security controls, waiting times are also possible for customers with priority entry or skip-the-line tickets
  • For security reasons backpacks are not allowed