Skip the Line: Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour

Tours & Sightseeing in Italy

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from$64.77
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Take a 2-hour tour of the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Cathedral, two must-visit Venice monuments. With a guide, you’ll follow in the footsteps of the Venetian doges, the elected officials who ruled the city for centuries. Cross the Bridge of Sighs as you leave the palace, and then visit St. Mark’s Cathedral where glittering mosaics and architectural treasure await. Skip-the-line tickets to both sites are included, allowing you to bypass the main entrance lines.
Meet your guide in St. Mark’s Square, and head to the Doge’s Palace, a building that represented the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. With your skip-the-line ticket, you’ll bypass the main entrance line to step straight inside and discover its treasures.  Stroll between rooms lined with artwork by the likes of Veronese and Tintoretto, and gaze at gold staircases, which the doges would have once climbed. As you explore, listen to your guide to learn how the council controlled Venice from the chambers of the Doge’s Palace, and hear about the building’s mix of Byzantine and Far Eastern architecture.   Leave via the Bridge of Sighs, imagining the anguish of the prisoners who used it to walk between the prison cells and the palace. Then head back to the square for your visit to St. Mark’s Cathedral.  With tales of St. Mark ringing in your ears, you’ll step straight inside to admire the basilica’s glittering mosaics and marble inlays. Gaze at the Pala d’Oro, a prized example of Byzantine art with thousands of gems and precious stones, and visit the cathedral treasury, which is adorned with religious art. Your tour then ends outside the basilica.

What’s included

  • Experienced local guide
  • Skip-the-line entrance tickets
  • All entrance fees
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly

What’s not included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)

Highlights

  • Skip the line
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Led by a local guide
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