Grand Day Tour of Venice with Skip-the Line Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica

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Grand Day Tour of Venice with Skip-the Line Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica
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Experience the highlights of Venice on a full-day sightseeing tour that combines three best-selling Venice tours at a discount of ten percent! The action-packed sightseeing experience includes a skip-the-line tour of the public rooms and Bridge of Sighs at Doge's Palace, a skip-the-line tour of St Mark’s Basilica with a walking tour of Venice, and a motorboat cruise around the famous Grand Canal. Learn all about the different landmarks from an expert guide, and enjoy a choice of timings to suit your schedule.
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In Brief

Location:
Venezia, Italy
Country:
Italy
Duration:
5 hours
Operates:
Varies
Highlights:
Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
Led by a local guide
Skip the line
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This Super Saver gives you two options for the length of your tour day. Both options include a Doge's Palace tour that starts at 9am, and then you can choose to have free time to enjoy the city or to go straight to your next tour to finish your day of touring an hour earlier
See the 'View additional info' link below for a map of the start point for your first tour.
Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Tour (2 hours):
Meet your guide at the entrance to the Royal Gardens in Venice and stroll to Doge's Palace, the magnificent Venetian-Gothic building from where the leaders of the former Venetian Republic ruled until the late-18th century. Head inside and explore the grandiose public chambers that the doges lavished with fine art and ornamentation. Masterpieces by Renaissance champions Tintoretto and Veronese adorn the walls and ceilings, framing the palace’s grand staircases and arcade statues.
Learn about the doges as you walk around, and hear of the power and treachery that characterized their reign. Ruling the republic with iron fists, the doges established a network of prisons at the palace so they could keep a close eye on their foes. Wander across the Bridge of Sighs, built to connect the palace to the prisons, and pose for photos against the backdrop of the palace. Your walking tour then finishes outside the palace.
Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark’s Basilica (2 hours):
Leave St Mark’s Square and set off on your walking tour to discover Venice’s highlights and its top attractions. Soak up the hustle and bustle of St Mark’s Square, and head inside St Mark’s Basilica to admire its interiors. Marvel at the marble floors and ogle the gilded mosaics that blanket the walls and ceilings. The canopy over the high altar dazzles with gold and gems, and the treasury room holds an array of Crusader spoils plundered from the ancient city of Constantinople.
Head out of the basilica and discover the canal walkways and pretty bridges that typify the city. Learn of legendary Venetians such as Marco Polo with his globe-trotting adventures and other famous landmarks. After two hours, your tour finishes near Rialto Bridge.
Venice Grand Canal Boat Tour (1 hour):
Hop aboard your small motorboat at the water’s edge near St Mark’s Square, and then cruise around Venice’s impressive Grand Canal. The busiest stretch of water is also the city’s most photogenic, and the Baroque churches and gondola stations that line the water provide elegant photo opportunities.
As you cruise through the Grand Canal, learn about the city, its beautiful architecture and buildings from your guide. Pass Gothic palaces and churches, hear stories about Rialto Bridge and medieval merchants warehouses, and explore the lesser-visited canals that comprise Venice’s atmospheric backstreets. After an hour on the water, cruise back to the start point.

Inclusions

  • Professional guide
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Headset to hear the guide clearly
  • Cruise
  • Entry/Admission - Ponte dei Sospiri
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica di San Marco
  • Entry/Admission - Doge's Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Scala dei Giganti di Palazzo Ducale
  • Entry/Admission - Piombi - le Prigioni
  • Entry/Admission - Porta Della Carta
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks

Departure Point

St. Mark's Square, Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Returns To

Rialto Bridge, Ponte di Rialto, 30100 Venezia VE, Italy

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • Please note: due to Lent religious observance St. Mark’s Basilica will remain closed and no visiting will be permitted on all Saturdays and Sundays from February 2016 until Easter 2016 included. All tours including the Basilica will operate as scheduled but guides will provide a detailed explanation of Basilica’s history, architecture and its treasures from the outside and wherever possible will bring visual aids (either books or pictures or Ipad) to allow the customers to view the interior of the church
  • In condition of high water, St Mark’s Basilica Skip the line entrance will remain closed
  • Skip the line tickets to St Mark’s basilica are valid from 1st April until 31st October – From 1st November to 31st March due to less affluence to St Mark’s Basilica, this service is not provided by the church to all operators and individual travellers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

we loved aliana our tour guide. She had a great sense of humor and deep knowledge of history. She had a knack for shepherding us through the crowds and her english is really great.
• Submitted 19 Aug 2019
Both tour guides - both named Christina - were fantastic! Great info, pace and provided other good tips.
• Submitted 12 Aug 2019
The tour was Informative and thorough. I Loved the boar tour. The tour guides were knowledgeable and friendly.
• Submitted 12 Jul 2019
Our tour guide was an expert and provided details in perfect English. We received the tour experience better than described in details.
• Submitted 09 Jul 2019
Wonderful experience!!! All three tours were exciting Out tour guides were very good and well informed The boat tour at the end was so exciting in such a hot day in Venice...
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
This full day tour was a great way to see and learn about Venice. Would totally recommend as you check off a tour of Doge's palace, St. Mark's Basilica, a walking tour of Venice neighborhoods and a Grand Canal tour via water taxi all in one day! Time in between each tour to grab food, a drink and unwind was great too. Loved all of our tour guides, especially Georgia!!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Very informative and fun tour! The tour guide is very knowledgeable on the things that they shared and they are very friendly and thoughtful.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed this full day tour of Venice. As a matter of fact, the Doge's palace was our favorite attraction of the whole trip. Stephanya was very knowledgeable and humorous during our Doge's palace tour. We loved seeing the beautiful art and walking across the bridge of Sighs. Lauda was great on the Basilica and walking tour portion. We enjoyed the motor boat tour of the grand canal with Christina. Highly recommend this tour. It is three separate tours, FYI. We also loved having headsets on the Doge's palace tour and the Basilica/walking tour.
• Submitted 23 Apr 2019
This was a fun fact filled tour of the Doges Palace and gave us a good idea of what Venice was about.
• Submitted 15 Apr 2019
Andrea did a wonderful and informative job in his tour and description of the palace and the Doges who occupied this seat of government. He was very enthusiastic and presented the history in a vey captivating way.
• Submitted 19 Aug 2018
Excellent experienced. Would do again
• Submitted 05 Aug 2018
Loved the tours, especially the boat ride. Guides were informative and great! Would definitely recommend this tour.
• Submitted 05 Aug 2018
Really good tours. Excellent tour of the Doge's palace. Then St Mark's Basilica. The skip the line was really important here followed by a nice walking tour of the quieter parts of Venice with lots of good background/historic information provided. Excellent local guide with good English. In the afternoon the tour/s included a water taxi ride that lasted about an hour. Great to see Venice from the water and the trip through some of the closer islands and the Grand canal. Once again an excellent guide. Great value for money.
• Submitted 18 Jul 2018
great tour
• Submitted 15 Jul 2018
This tour is a must if you have one day and want an overall snapshot of this amazing city. It is three tours in a day Doges palace, walking tour, boat tour. We found all of them well guided with extremely friendly, professional and efficient guides and well paced through out the day so you have time to grab lunch, have a rest or do some shopping. Highly recommend this tour
• Submitted 03 May 2018
This you MUST do if you are going to Venice. There is no way to know about the places you are walking, and subsequently be enriched by their beauty and history. Start your stay here and the rest will be so much more meaningful!!!!
• Submitted 22 Apr 2018
Both our tour guides Andrea for the Doge's Palace and Marco for the walking tour were extremely excellent!! We loved hearing their stories about the sites and the past and present of Venice. We missed the boat tour of the afternoon because we arrived late.
• Submitted 15 Apr 2018
Wonderful tour. We were able to see and hear details about the Doges Palace and St Marks Basilica that we would never have known had we been on our own. Add to that our water taxi tour of the Grand Canal and we could not be more happy. I would highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 07 Apr 2018
Very nice tour and guide.
• Submitted 31 Mar 2018
Best way to see Venezia.
• Submitted 30 Mar 2018
Tour guide, Frederika, was outstanding! Thank you!
• Submitted 28 Mar 2018
Our guide Ariana was an experienced art historian who provided the context we needed to appreciate both the significance and the beauty of the sites we saw. Excellent.
• Submitted 26 Mar 2018
Great tour. Nice to skip the very long lines!
• Submitted 10 Mar 2018
The tour was great! Did this on our first day. It was the last day of Venice carnival and there were so much people in St Marks Square. Lucky to see people in masquerade... beautiful costumes and they were so accomodating for us to get pictures with them.
• Submitted 17 Feb 2018

In Brief

Location:
Venezia, Italy
Country:
Italy
Duration:
5 hours
Operates:
Varies
Highlights:
Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
Led by a local guide
Skip the line