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

Venezia, Italy

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View two highlights of St. Mark’s Square in Venice without waiting in the main entrance lines on this walking tour. Bypass the ticket lines at the Doge’s Palace to see its gilded rooms, and cross the Bridge of Sighs to the prison building as you learn about the 1,000-year history of Venice’s republic. Then, tour St. Mark’s Basilica to admire the mosaics and treasures of this Byzantine masterpiece. Admission fees included.
  • Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica tour in Venice
  • Skip the long entrance lines at the palace and basilica
  • Explore the art-adorned palace and hear about the doges who ruled from here
  • Admission fees included
2-hour tour
Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Ufficio Postale Poste Italiane, Calle larga de l'Ascension, 1255, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Departure Time

10:35 AM

Return Details

Saint Mark's Basilica, Piazza San Marco, 328, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
Meet your guide at the post office near St. Mark’s Square and stroll to the Doge’s Palace, the power base of the Venetian Republic for many centuries.

Admire the exquisite Gothic exterior, and bypass the main entrance lines with your skip-the-line ticket. Pass through security, and tour the opulent rooms, adorned with masterpieces by artists like Titian and Tintoretto. As you explore, listen as your guide tells tales of Venice’s doges and their ruling councils, charting the history of the 1,000-year republic and those who shaped its fortunes.

See the stunning gold staircase as you learn its history, and follow in the steps of prisoners who once crossed the famous Bridge of Sighs to their incarceration. Hear about prisoners like Giacomo Casanova and others, and view the bleak prison itself.

Next, head for St. Mark’s Basilica, another St. Mark’s Square showpiece. Admire the ornate façade, and pass the main lines for a comprehensive tour of this Byzantine masterwork.

See the gold mosaics and marble floor inlays, and view highlights including the gold, gem-encrusted Pala d'Oro alterpiece and the icons and riches in the Treasury.

Your tour then finishes in St. Mark’s Square when your guide departs.
Pass By:  
Piazza San Marco
The principal public square of Venice
Stop At:  
Doge's Palace
The Doge's Palaceis a palace built in Venetian Gothic style, and one of the main landmarks of the city of Venice in northern Italy. The palace was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the former Venetian Republic, opening as a museum in 1923. Today, it is one of the 11 museums run by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Ponte dei Sospiri
The Bridge of Sighs (Italian and Venetian: Ponte dei Sospiri) is a bridge in Venice, Italy. The enclosed bridge is made of white limestone, has windows with stone bars, passes over the Rio di Palazzo, and connects the New Prison (Prigioni Nuove) to the interrogation rooms in the Doge's Palace. It was designed by Antonio Contino, whose uncle Antonio da Ponte designed the Rialto Bridge, and it was built in 1600.
Stop At:  
Basilica di San Marco
The Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark , commonly known as Saint Mark's Basilica, is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice, northern Italy. It is the most famous of the city's churches and one of the best known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Because of security checks you might experience a line to get inside the Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. You will skip the line for non-reserved tickets but security check is mandatory.
  • Maximum of 35 people on each tour
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Very Viva Venice Srl

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What is the maximum group size during Skip the Line Venice Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour?
This activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers.

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  • "Good tour and well worth using skip the line as it was a very busy day." See review
  • "It was a bit late in starting however it was a good tour especially on a rainy day when it started." See review
  • "at 1045 to start a 2 hour tour but unfortunately so did many other companies hence the long lines to access the Palace." See review


39 Reviews
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In depth and excellent
, Jan 2020
GOt to skip the line which is a plus, the lines were huge. The guide was informative and covered the portions in depth. Don't do a self tour where you stumble around not knowing what you are looking at
, Nov 2019
St. Mark’s square was incredible but the tour guide carried on so long she was running late for second part so she hurried her way through last part. Could have said less earlier on
Doge’s Palace and San Marcos Basilica English tour
, Oct 2019
The tour was very well done our guide was excellent and very knowledgable. The audio equipment worked very well.
Skip the Line Venice Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica Tour
, Aug 2019
The only good thing about this tour was skipping the lines. Tour was supposed to start at 10:35 AM but guide was late and tour did not start until 10:55 AM. The guided audio from the tour guide was terrible for several reasons, most notable poor audio (muffled) equipment and very broken English language from tour guide. Put those two things together and almost impossible to understand anything that was said. I cannot recommend this tour unless Viator can provide better audio equipment and better English speaking guide. We took other Viator tours on this vacation and were very good. Tour Guide English luck of the draw I assume, but the muffled audio equipment must be imporoved
Do this one on your own
, Jul 2019
We met the Guide at the Post office near St Mark's Square. The local guide was very young approx. 18years old. The group was fairly senior and there was a disabled person too. The guide did not cater for the our age group or for the disabled person. This needs to be seen as an individual rather than a group excursion. The sights and delights was not taken in due to feeling too tired from the guide over walking the group up the steps and no resting
, Jul 2019
Great tour, made very interesting by our guide who was really creative in explaining us the history of Doge’s Palace & Basilica.
Just enough time at both places, thoughtful guide
, Jun 2019
Spent a lot more time at Doge's Palace than St. Mark's, but that works. Learned lots of history and saw beautiful art in the palace. Has been helpful to know about the Doges system as we've visited other places like Verona. St. Mark's was a little rushed, but I got the sense that that is all that is allowed.
Fascinating and informative but felt rushed
, Jun 2019
This tour was really interesting and informative about the Doge palace and St mark's basilica - I learnt loads about both buildings and their role in the history of Venice. However, the tour did feel a bit rushed. It would have been good if the guide had let us stay in some of the rooms a bit longer to soak it all up.
Good tour and well worth using skip the...
, Oct 2018
Good tour and well worth using skip the line as it was a very busy day. Tour guide was very informative.
Thanks to our superb tour guide...
, Jun 2018
Thanks to our superb tour guide, Andrea, this was the best tour of our trip. He was knowledgeable, interesting, and passionate about all things Venice. He made our two hours totally memorable, and I would go again just to learn more about these two stunning historic buildings. Highly recommend!

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