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Doge's Palace Privileged Entrance and Guided Tour

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Venezia, Italy

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Overview

Skip the line and leave the modern world behind on a 2-hour guided tour of the Doge’s Palace in Venice. Discover layers of rich history, from 14th-century foundations to a gilded staircase and the picturesque Bridge of Sighs. Step into the world of powerful doges, merchants and explorers, and learn about Venetian culture and traditions through one of the city’s most dramatic landmarks.
  • 2-hour guided tour of the Doge's Palace
  • Skip the line
  • Learn about local history and art
  • Explore breathtaking architecture in the heart of Venice
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible
  • Instant Confirmation
Ticket Entrance to the Doge's Palace
Gratuities
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Departure Point

Riva degli Schiavoni, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Departure Time

11:00 AM

Return Details

Doge's Palace, Piazza San Marco, 1, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
Meet your guide near Saint Mark’s Square, and learn about the history of the city as you make your way to the onetime home of the Doges of Venice, who ruled ‘The Most Serene Republic of Venice’ for over one thousand years. Stand at the heart of the gracious courtyard, where you can see two spectacular staircases that lead to the upper floors.

Learn about the senates and councils that determined the fate of the city in the Institutional Chambers, and take in the stunning side of the Chamber of the Great Council, one of the largest rooms in Europe. Spot Renaissance and rich Mannerist detailing, then stand at the feet of Sansovino’s great statues of Mars and Neptune, who represent Venetian power on land and at sea.

Follow in the footsteps of condemned prisoners as you cross the 17th-century Bridge of Sighs to a former prison, and learn about the men who were locked in the infamous original prison, including Casanova, who made a daring escape. Finish your tour at the Doge's Palace, which is convenient to public transport and some of the city's most important sites.   
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Piazza San Marco
Before entering the palace, you will have a glimpse at St. Mark's Square and a guide will explain you the main features of the square and the key points of the history of the Most Serene Republic of Venice.
Stop At:  
Doge's Palace
Enter the Doge's Palace and discover its history, from the internal courtyard to the magnificent Chambers of the Great Council.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Scala dei Giganti di Palazzo Ducale
Stop by the famos Giant's Staircase inside the Doge's Palace and admire its beauty.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sala Del Maggior Consiglio - Ducale Palazzo
The Chamber of the Great Council is by far one of the most spectacular and magnificent Chambers to be seen.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Ponte dei Sospiri
Cross the Bridge of Sights and discover its history from the inside.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Receive your confirmation at time the of booking
  • Involves a moderate amount of walking
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Bucintoro Viaggi

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Doge's Palace Privileged Entrance and Guided Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Doge's Palace Privileged Entrance and Guided Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Doge's Palace Privileged Entrance and Guided Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Doge's Palace Privileged Entrance and Guided Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Doge's Palace Privileged Entrance and Guided Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Doge's Palace Privileged Entrance and Guided Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Doge's Palace Privileged Entrance and Guided Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Doge's Palace Privileged Entrance and Guided Tour.

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  • "A must do tour, if you can through unscathed at the ticket kiosk!!!" See review

Reviews

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star-1
Disgusting experience
israelev2019
, Jul 2019
I came half an hour in advance, but the explanation about the meeting place was vague and I was running all around the three Ticket offices around. When I finally found the meeting point (one minute before the time of the appointment) the group was already gone. I asked a women in the office to explain how the guide looks like so that I will catch the group on the way, to call the guide or to give me his/her number but she refused. I asked to let me join the next group. She refused. She wanted only to sell me a new ticket. She was very impolite and impatient.
star-5
I wish I remembered our guide's name...
Sunil K
, Jul 2018
I wish I remembered our guide's name but she was amazing! She was very knowledgable and spent time explaining so many historical facts and highlights of the palace. The palace itself is very beautiful but our experience was enhanced because of the tour guide. Highly recommended!
star-5
We toured the Doge's palace with a...
Susan J
, Apr 2018
We toured the Doge's palace with a very knowledgable guide and got to skip the long line. I wish I remembered our guide's name but she was amazing! She was so knowledgable and spent time explaining so many historical facts and highlights of the palace. The palace itself is exquisite but we got so much more out of it by having a guide. Very worthwhile tour and fun.
star-2
Our guide Francesca was great, but...
William H
, Jan 2018
Our guide Francesca was great, but we got off to a rocky start due to poor instructions on where to meet, how to exchange our voucher for tickets, and rude staff at the ticket kiosk Alilaguno. The skip-the-line part was mostly the case at the Doge's Palace itself, but there was a long line at the kiosk to exchange vouchers. The tour itself was entertaining and informative, and the Doge's Palace is a must see in Venice. However, we would recommend finding a different tour operator with a better record on customer service.
star-5
Tour guide was exceptional...
David F
, Nov 2017
Tour guide was exceptional, unfortunately the man in the kiosk where you redeem your paper tickets was extremely rude to everyone, especially us, and definitely needs a change of career!!! A bad start but the tour was amazing and our guide was so informative and very funny. The Doges Palace is beautiful and so full of amazing dramatic history. A must do tour, if you can through unscathed at the ticket kiosk!!! Beware!!!
star-4
The tour was great. It was a bit...
LATIA W
, Oct 2017
The tour was great. It was a bit difficult to find the meeting place because it was a very crowded in the morning and we didn't start at Doge's Palace. But customer service was very helpful and we eventually found our place. The time was also different. Viator listed it at 11 and the tour actually starts at 1115. Our guide said her company has mentioned this to Viator a couple of times. Since my friend and I was running to get to the meeting place it worked out well. We ended up with a personalized tour because another couple didn't show up, and once we got started, we discovered it was better just with the two of us any way. On the flip side, our tour guide kept getting asked questions by other people touring the Palace. A little annoying but she handled like a pro and wasn't rude to us or them. All and all I would definitely recommend the tour.
star-3
Tour was most informative and the...
Gregory S
, Sep 2017
Tour was most informative and the Doges Palace itself is well worth seeing BUT the point of pre-boking the tour is to SKIP the Line So when the tour Guide is 20mins late for the start of the tour and you then fimnd yourself behind 10 other large groups and have to wait for a further 15 mins to enter it defeats the purpose.
star-5
Our guide was fabulous. She was...
Kathi D
, Sep 2017
Our guide was fabulous. She was polite, took our picture and was very informed.
star-5
Our guide is very knowledgeable and...
My Bebe
, Sep 2017
Our guide is very knowledgeable and answers all questions. She even give us tips where local eat and other places to shop and must try.
star-4
Very informative and recommended...
Shari T
, Sep 2017
Very informative and recommended. Gave on 4 stars only because our tour guide was a bit condescending when asking questions or making statements he did not approve of.

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