Doge's Exterior Venice
Private Tour

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

  • Duration
    4 h.
  • Start time
  • Meeting Point
    Campo S. Bortolomio (Details at Booking)
  • Operating Days
    Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat
  • Language

Tour Highlights

  • Discover the fascinating stories behind Venice's past on our private walking tour, specially designed to show you the best of the city
  • 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
  • Marvel at St. Mark’s Basilica, from its east-meets-west onion dome to its dazzling mosaics. Then climb up to the famous terrace level for a rare bird’s eye view of St. Mark’s Square
  • Your own dedicated English-speaking guide will make your visit a one-of-a-kind experience, and with Skip the Line Access at St. Mark’s Basilica


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 of 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.
Doge's Palace Interior Roof


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 the most famous sights.

Doge's Palace Exterior View


Explore the history of Venice from inside the Doge’s Palace, the heart of one of the world’s oldest republics. Marvel at the golden mosaics of St. Mark’s Basilica, then climb up to the famous terrace level for a rare bird’s eye view of St. Mark’s Square.

St. Mark's Basilica Exterior View


Enjoy the extra flexibility and attention that only a private tour can offer with a dedicated expert local guide and entertaining commentary

Tour Description

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 culture of Venice, from its beginning as an uninhabitable marsh, to one of the world’s most popular tourist 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.

Next we admire 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.

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 down time to soak up everything you have learned on your walking tour.

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.

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.

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What's included

  • Private, Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • 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
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide

Sites Visited

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

Meeting Point


Private Best of Venice Tour with St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Reviews

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Elena was absolutely...


Elena was absolutely fabulous! We loved her. So knowledgeable and she made it so fun and interesting. None of us could believe how fast four hours flew by!

Mose was wonderful!...


Mose was wonderful! It was our first trip to Venice - Doge's Palace, St Marks, etc. Our four hours with him went by so quickly. He was able enlighten us, answering all our questions. We learned so much and are so glad we chose the private tour, it was worth every €.

Loved Monica! She showed...


Loved Monica! She showed us some really cool parts of the city that you wouldn't be able to find without a guide, and also interesting details about some of the more popular places.

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