Venice Tour: Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Basilica Skip-the-Line

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A full immersion into Venice and its ever lasting symbols: The Doge's Palace, the Basilica of St Mark and a beautiful walking tour to learn more about life in a water city
This tour combination is the right one for those who crave a full immersion into Venice and its ever lasting symbols. A tour not only to see Venice, but to experience this city through its history and glorious past, still shining in its historical sites and legendary characters.This combo will start with a beautiful walking tour which will take you among the most hidden and peaceful corners of Venice. Discover the city through its narrow alleys called “calli”, countless bridges and wide traditional and picturesque squares, still the heart of Venetian people's social life. Discover the famous sites as well as hidden gems mixed with interesting facts about the city of the Serenissima and its everlasting history.The first highlight of the walking tour is St. Mark’s Square, with the description of the majestic St. Mark’s Basilica, the elegant Doge’s Palace, the Clock Tower and the Procuratie (only external, for now). Please note that this first part of the tour will completely take place outside and it does not include any admittance to local sites.Following this, you'll visit one of the most famous symbols of Venice: The Doge’s Palace. The Doge’s Palace is one of the most important symbols of Venice. For centuries, it has represented the seat of the Venetian political power. In its majestic rooms, the Duke and his Council ruled the fate of the Most Serene Republic for centuries, surrounded by hundreds of art masterpieces. Today, the symbol of Venice and its power is still standing in all its beauty and majesty, everyday taking travelers' breath away. Your ticket allows you to enter without waiting in line. Audio-receiver device included.Another undisputed symbols of Venice is the St Mark Basilica, a beautiful example of Byzantine architecture where Eastern and Western architecture run into each other. Here, you will learn more about the everlasting history of Venice, about St Mark and how his remains came to rest and be shielded here. Surrounded by the Basilica’s beautiful gold mosaics and marble inlays, your professional guide will take you along the history and the special features of this unique masterpiece. Among the priceless treasures shielded in the Basilica, you will have the chance to admire the Pala d’Oro, a fine example of Byzantine art with its thousands of gems and precious stones, and the Treasury, a splendour of the religious art. And, of course, the golden mosaics, maybe the most famous feature of the cathedral.Please wear appropriate clothes to enter the Basilica (no bare knees or shoulders), and for security reasons backpacks are not allowed inside the Basilica (free deposit available in Calle San Basso).

What’s included

  • Skip-the-Line access to the sites
  • Entrance ticket to the Doge's Palace
  • Experienced and passionate tour guide
  • Personal audio System to hear better the guide

What’s not included

  • Hotel Pick-up and drop-off
  • Food and drinks


  • Ideal choice for families
  • Skip the line
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide