Best of Venice Tour with St. Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace
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Best of Venice Tour with St. Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace

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4 h.
Meeting Point
Campo S. Bortolomio
Start Time
09:00 & 13:30
Operating Days
sun, tue, thu, fri, sat
per adult

Tour Highlights

  • Discover the history and culture of Venice on our walking tour, specially designed to give you an extraordinary look into the city
  • See the mosaics of St. Mark’s Basilica from up close – this tour includes your entrance ticket to the famous St. Mark’s Basilica and Skip the Line Access
  • Explore the history of Venice among the halls and corridors of the Doge’s Palace, the heart of one of the world’s oldest republics with Skip the Line Access
  • Captivating commentary on Venice’s history, art, personalities and mysteries from a local expert guide
  • Our groups are small, no larger than 20 people


Doge's Palace Interior

Picturesque Piazzas and Famous Sights

Discover the fascinating stories behind Venice's past on our walking tour, specially designed to show you the best of the city, from the picturesque piazzas to its most famous sights.

Doge's Palace Exterior View

Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica

Explore the history of Venice from the corridors of the Doge’s Palace, the heart of one of the world’s oldest republics. Marvel at St. Mark’s Basilica, from its onion dome to dazzling mosaics, then climb up to the terraces for a rare bird’s eye view of St. Mark’s Square.

St. Mark's Basilica Exterior View

No Time Wasted in Line

Our walking tour groups are small with only 20 people or less, making your visit comfortable and your guide easy to interact with. And with Skip the Line Access at St. Mark’s Basilica you’ll save time otherwise wasted in line.

Tour Description

Our Best of Venice Walking Tour and Doge’s Palace tour is perfect for visitors with only a limited time in Venice, who want to get a true taste of the city. In just a few hours we take you to the most famous sites in the city, seeing the Rialto Bridge and venturing inside St, Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. We’ll also visit some quieter spots among the winding streets and piazzas of Venice, where you can get a feel for what it is to live in this floating city.

Walk from the Rialto Bridge to the Heart of Venice

Our tour starts at one of Venice’s must-see sights, the Rialto Bridge. Then it’s through the winding streets and over the tiny bridges of Venice as we delve into the heart of the city. Accompanied by an expert, English-speaking guide, you’ll see Marco Polo’s house and hear about the Venetian son who went to sea one day and came back with stories of China. Learn about the history of the culture of Venice, from its beginning as an uninhabitable marsh, to one of the world’s most popular visitor destinations.

As you walk, you’ll encounter the lively piazzas of Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo and Campo Santa Maria Formosa, where Byzantine influences, Renaissance buildings, and modern structures tell the eclectic story of the city’s development.

Explore the Bridge of Sighs & St. Mark's Square

Next, we pass the Bridge of Sighs before coming to the heart of Venice – St. Mark’s Square, once pronounced the “finest drawing room in all of Europe” by Napoleon. With Skip the Line Access we’ll get straight inside St. Mark’s Basilica, saving precious vacation time that would otherwise have been wasted in line. Marvel at the diversity of Venetian culture, where eastern architecture and western design have blended to create a structure with an onion dome, before following your guide through the beautiful frescoes inside the basilica.

Save Time with Skip the Line Access

Special access means we’ll steal some extra time inside the basilica when we climb up to the first-floor terraces. Rarely included on guided tours, the terraces offer beautiful views over the piazza, photo opportunities and some downtime to soak up everything you have learned on your walking tour.

Discover the History of the Doge's Palace

One of the highlights of our tour comes at the end when we visit the Doge’s Palace. Once home to the Duke of Venice and the city’s courts, it is the center of Venetian history – and as one of the world’s oldest republics, that’s quite a history. We’ll explore all the best sights of the palace open to the public, from spectacular works produced on demand by artistic masters Tintoretto and Veronese to the evidence of the genius checks and balances that made the republic so successful.

Learn More with our Expert Guides

With your guide on hand to lead you through the most important rooms, to explain magnificent frescoes and to tell you the tales behind every nook and cranny, your visit to the Doge’s Palace will be the perfect way to wrap up your tour through the history and culture of Venice. Small group sizes of 20 people or less and headsets on group tours means your tour will be intimate and your guide easy to hear and interact with. Join us for an introduction to Venice that shows you the very best of the Floating City.

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What's Included

  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of 20 people or less
  • Skip the Line Access to St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Entrance ticket to the terraces of St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Skip the line Access and entrance ticket to the Doge’s Palace
  • This tour is divided into two parts. Between the first and the second part there will be some free time

Sites Visited

  • St. Mark’s Basilica* (Skip the Line)
  • Terraces of St. Mark’s Basilica*
  • Doge’s Palace inside visit (1 hour 50 min. tour)
  • View of Grand Canal
  • Rialto Bridge
  • Marco Polo’s house (exterior)
  • Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo
  • Campo SM Formosa
  • Bridge of Sighs
  • Columns of San Marco and the Lion of Venice

Important Notes

St. Mark's Basilica is subject to occasional closures without prior notice. When this occurs, we offer customers an extended tour of the Basilica from the outside and St. Mark's Square. While we undertake to inform customers ahead of time when there are disruptions to the Basilica's opening hours, this is not always possible. In these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' access.


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