St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Tour in Venice

Cultural & Theme Tours in Italy

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If you want to submerge yourself in the incredible history of Venice’s once-great maritime empire, this Venice tour is the perfect excursion for you. Take access of two of the floating city’s most important buildings: St. Mark’s Cathedral, and the Doge’s Palace. As you explore these jaw-droppings spaces, your expert local guide will bring them to life with the histories and stories of how they were built and the human dramas that played out inside. History buffs and casual visitors alike will love the way this tour brings the stones of Venice to life.
Start in St. Mark’s Square, taking a moment to appreciate the space before heading into St. Mark’s Cathedral. As you explore the inside, learn how Venice built a mercantile empire that once spanned the entire Mediterranean from your guide. You’ll also get special access to the first floor terrace where you can see the famous horses stolen from Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade as well as amazing views over St Mark’s Square and the city.Next it’s off to the Doge’s Palace, where pre-reserved tickets once again get you past the lines and inside what was the political heart of the empire for hundreds of years. Visit the opulent apartments and the Hall of the Great Council where matters of state were decided under beautiful frescoes by Veronese and Tintoretto.See the Armory and the New Prisons, where you’ll learn about the grim lives of those unlucky enough to be taken prisoner, and hear the secret behind the mysterious black veil that interrupts the official series of Doge’s portraits. Hint: it will make you not want to work in Venetian government. Finally, you’ll wander over the Bridge of Sighs and learn the real story behind this romantic icon.Venice is a beautiful city, but it doesn’t really come to life until you have a guide to take you deep into the area's history and lore. In a group of no more than 25 people, you'll be able to ask all the questions you want about one of the world’s most unique cities.

What’s included

  • Venice walking tour including local Venetian guide
  • Special access to the terraces of St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Headsets when necessary
  • Expert English-speaking guide
  • Entry/Admission - Ponte dei Sospiri
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica di San Marco
  • Entry/Admission - Doge's Palace
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines

What’s not included

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off


  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Led by a local guide
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