Duration: 2 hours and 30 min of shared guided tour 

Languages: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian

A detailed tour that will let you discover even the most hidden secrets of these two gems of one of the world's most famous cities!

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A guided visit of the Doge's Palace, which for centuries was the seat of Venetian political power. In its splendid rooms, adorned with hundreds of pictorial masterpieces, the Doge and his Council controlled the fate of a republic with a history stretching back thousands of years.

Be amazed by the richness of detail of the Golden Staircase and the realism of the scenes depicted by the many artists who have decorated this building, which an expert guide will explain to you in great detail.

Your guide will take you to the Bridge of Sighs, a passageway that leads you directly to the dank and dark prison cells of the Doge's Palace. The bridge is famous because prisoners would sigh as they crossed it, admiring sadly a free world for the last time.

Also visit one of the most majestic cathedrals in the world, St Mark's Basilica, known as the Golden Basilica! You will enjoy a complete tour of this masterpiece of Byzantine art, the only one of its kind in Italy. You will have the pleasure of savouring the splendid golden mosaics and marble inlays on the floors, while your guide explains the biblical scenes depicted, the history and the special features of this ancient Basilica. 

In addition, you will have the opportunity to access the Terrace of the Basilica. From this spectacular location you can admire the most beautiful view of the heart of Venice: St Mark's Square. Then discover St Mark's Museum to admire the Quadriga (the original horses overlooking St. Mark’s Square).

Your ticket also includes access to the Royal Palace (Correr Museum), Marciana Library and National Archaeological Museum, which you can visit on your own and where you can discover the lifestyle of Venice in the past by entering spaces such as Empress Sissi's rooms and Napoleon's ballroom.

An unmissable and unforgettable visit!

The price includes
  • Shared guided tour of the St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace 
  • Skip-the-line tickets to St. Mark’s Basilica 
  • Skip-the-line tickets to Doge’s Palace
  • Access to the Bridge of Sighs 
  • Access to Doge’s Palace Prisons
  • Access to St. Mark’s Basilica Terrace and Museum 
  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket to Royal Palace (Correr Museum)
  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket to Marciana Library
  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket to National Archeological Museum
  • Audio-receiver devices (for groups over 10 people)
The fee does not include
  • Food and drinks
  • Guided tour of Royal Palace, Marciana Library, and National Archeological Museum
  • Access to Pala d’Oro 
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Things to know before leaving
  • The tour is NOT private but is shared with other participants.
  • The price is per person.
  • Royal Palace (Correr Museum) ticket is included and can be used on the same day of the Doge's Palace guided tour or on the following day. 
  • The Marciana Library is closed on Sundays.
  • This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with reduced mobility
  • For security reasons sacks, bags or knapsacks are not allowed inside Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica (For Doge’s Palace a free deposit is available inside the building)
  • For the visit to the basilica, clothing appropriate to the place of worship is required (NO bare legs and shoulders) 
  • On some high turnout days or for reasons of force majeure (e.g. high tide or security problems) the waiting time for access to St Mark's Basilica may be longer than expected: in this case, please get in line and respect the instructions provided by the guide
  • Comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Digital and printed vouchers are accepted (to be shown to the staff)
Meeting Point
  • Meeting point: Calle Larga dell'Ascension 1257, the meeting point is a brown wooden newsstand with a yellow sign saying "MEETING POINT", in front of the Post Office (Poste Italiane). Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the starting time.


  • With St. Mark's Square and the arches of the Correr Museum behind you and the Italian Post Office in front of you, find on your back the brown wooden newsstand with the yellow sign that says "MEETING POINT".
Cancellation policies
  • No penalty for cancellation within 24 hrs before the tour. On line customer service 7 days a week, 9.30 am – 5.30 pm
  • The tour does not operate in case of exceptionally bad weather or exceptionally high/low tide (in these cases it will be rescheduled for the following day or refunded)