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Venice Skip the Line Saint Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Private Tour

4.8 (62)
Venice, IT

Venice Skip the Line Saint Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Private Tour

4.8 (62)
Venice, IT
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Experience the wonders of Venice with a private skip-the-line tour of the renowned Saint Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace. Your knowledgeable guide will lead you through the remarkable history and architecture of these iconic landmarks. Inside the Doge's Palace, you'll explore the institutional rooms adorned with masterpieces by famed artists such as Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese. As you enter St. Mark's Basilica, you'll be awestruck by its magnificent golden pala Oro and intricate mosaics. Don't miss the opportunity to admire the Pala d'Oro, an exquisite Gothic jewelry masterpiece, and the sumptuous Flemish and Medicean tapestries at the Museum. Plus, you'll even get to cross the famous Bridge of Sights and discover the secrets behind its intriguing name. This 180-minute tour is the ultimate way to immerse yourself in the history and beauty of Venice's most beloved sites.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Included
  • 3 hours
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Skip the line entrance to St. Mark's Basilica
  • Explore the important institutional rooms of Doge's Palace
  • Admire the masterpieces by Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese
  • Learn the history behind the Bridge of Sighs
  • Access to the Museum with Flemish and Medicean tapestry
  • Private tour
  • Skip the line Entrance to Doge's Palace
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Skip the line St. Mark's Basilica, Pala Oro, Horses Loggia and Museum entrance fee
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Take a journey back in time and immerse yourself in the rich history and beauty of Venice with the Venice Skip the Line Saint Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Private Tour. This exclusive tour grants you access to two of the city's most iconic landmarks, showcasing the grandeur and magnificence that Venice is renowned for. Led by an expert guide, you will explore the institutional rooms of the Doge's Palace and venture into the exquisite St. Mark's Basilica, experiencing a captivating blend of art, architecture, and culture.

What to expect?

During this 180-minute tour, you can anticipate a comprehensive exploration of the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. Marvel at the breathtaking architecture and opulent decorations that adorn these historic buildings. Admire the masterpieces of renowned artists such as Titian, Giorgione, and Tintoretto. Discover the hidden stories and secrets behind the Bridge of Sights and the Prisons. Immerse yourself in the fascinating history of Venice as you journey through time within these remarkable structures.

Who is this for?

This private tour is designed for history enthusiasts, art lovers, and curious travelers who crave a deeper understanding of Venice's vibrant past. Whether you are a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler, this tour offers a unique opportunity to delve into the cultural heritage of this enchanting city. Suitable for individuals, couples, families, and small groups, this experience is accessible for all who seek to uncover the hidden gems and treasures of Venice.

Why book this?

By booking the Venice Skip the Line Saint Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Private Tour, you are ensuring an exclusive and immersive experience. With skip-the-line access, you can bypass the crowds and maximize your time exploring these iconic landmarks. Your expert guide will provide captivating commentary, bringing each room and artwork to life. Gain a deeper appreciation for the historical significance and architectural brilliance of the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Good to know

It's important to note that this tour lasts approximately 180 minutes, allowing you ample time to fully absorb the beauty and history of the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. The meeting point for the tour is at the column with a lion on top, located near the water. Please arrive at the designated meeting point on time to ensure a smooth and timely start to your tour. The tour includes skip-the-line entrance to the basilica, access to the Pala d'Oro, the Museum, and the Marcian quadriga with the four horses. Experience the awe-inspiring artwork and grandeur of these iconic sites firsthand.


Customers who have experienced the Venice Skip the Line Saint Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Private Tour have been enthralled by the immersive journey through Venice's history. They praise the knowledgeable guides who have provided valuable insights and anecdotes, enhancing the overall experience. Visitors have expressed their delight in being able to access areas not open to the general public and avoid long lines. The tour is highly regarded for its informative and engaging nature, leaving participants with a deeper appreciation for the cultural heritage of Venice. Overall, feedback has been consistently positive, with many considering this tour a highlight of their visit to Venice.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

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Your Itinerary

Colonna di San Marco e San Teodoro

(Pass by)

Meet your guide at the column with a lion on the top

Basilica di San Marco

skip the line entrance to the basilica, visit to the Pala Oro : the only example in the world of Gothic goldsmith's work of considerable size that has remained intact, The Museum and The Marcian quadriga with the four horses which can be reached along the exhibition of a series of stone fragments and capitals from the late antique and mid-Byzantine era. The four horses, until 1977 on the loggia of the Basilica of San Marco, after restoration, were replaced by reproductions and admitted to the museum in 1982 for conservation reasons.

Admission Included

Doge's Palace

the former site of the Venetian government, and have a preferential entrance into the building. Here your professional guide will walk you through important institutional rooms of the Doge’s Palace, where you will see the masterpieces painted by Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese.

Admission Included

Ponte dei Sospiri

(Pass by)

Pass through the famous Sights bridge and learn why it was called like this



4.8 (62)


The tour guide was so knowledgeable and the Basilica and Palace are absolutely beautiful . I had my 84 year old Mother with me so skipping the lines was essential and our guide was thoughtful about using the lifts and sitting down . Well worth it !


Tour operator cancelled us just two hours before actual meeting time, and then only partially refunded our payment! 😡


Monica, was a fabulous tour guide. Extremely knowledgeable. The private tour made the exoerience exceptional. Lots if time to I teract as we toured St Marc's Basilica abd Dogo Palace. I highly recommend iit.


Tullia‘s knowledge of both the history and the art was like having an encyclopedia that elegantly and patiently explained all that this tour offered. I couldn’t imagine experiencing it any other way. She was magnificent!!!


We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon with Isabella - she was an engaging, knowledgeable and patient local guide. I was with my elderly mother and aunt and Isabella adjusted the tour seamlessly to take into account the fact that they tired easily and had limited mobility (e.g., finding an elevator where possible to avoid large staircases). She was right on time and led us through St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge Palace at a comfortable pace, stopping to answer our myriad of questions. Would recommend this tour to anyone who is looking to delve into the history of these two attractions rather than blaze through quickly.


We had an incredible tour despite starting in what seemed to be a tornado! Our guide kindly made sure we were dry and safe as possible. Somehow he refocused us and we were able to fall in love with the magic and beauty of the magnificent Place and Basilica. We not only saw magnificent examples of artistry and architecture, but also heard the historical lessons that accompanied the inspiration for them. It was fascinating to see the juxtaposition of these magnificent rooms and opulence surrounding and on top of the prison cells. To see how the Dukes, Senators and Noblemen lived during the Republic was fascinating. Of course, the opulence of the Cathedral with the incredible mosaics, artistry and spiritual devotion was incredibly moving. The Square is a magnificent place and we were lucky to learn all about it from such an incredible Guide. Thank you!


Our guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable on everything in the basilica and palace. This tour is a must if you are limited on time (or impatient) because you literally skip most of the lines and also get to go some places the typical tour does not go.


This tour would be worth it alone just to skip the line into St. Mark’s on a Saturday when we went but you get so much more! Our guide Rosanna was incredible at bringing the history, design and art alive in both the palace and the basilica. There are so many small details we would have completely blown past that she pointed out and explained in a way that made everything seem much more real and interesting. We finished a bit early and she also took us on a short cut to the Rialto and explained the history of that part of Venice as well. If you can swing it, a private tour is the way to go - especially on a weekend or any day in the summer!


Lucia is an excellent tour guide. Very informed and passionate about her city. The entire process with Viator from booking/reservation to payment and meeting up with the guide was simple and straightforward. Thank you Viator.


Monica was so knowledgeable and just a wonderful tour guide. My husband has difficulty due to his knees going up and down steps. She took the time to get us access to the elevator when it was available. Made the tour much more enjoyable for him.
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2024-04-23 04:11