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Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace

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Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace
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Overview

Delve into Venetian history on this tour that showcases two of the city's most iconic structures and sheds light on the stories behind them both. Enjoy skip-the-line access to both popular attractions. Your first stop is legendary St. Mark's Basilica. Wander around the mosaic-covered interior and Byzantine treasures while a local guide fills you in on how this collection came to be. Enjoy the stunning view on Piazza San Marco with your special access to St Marks' balcony, then continue to the Doge’s Palace to explore the former political heart of Venice.
  • Skip-the-line access and tours of St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace
  • Explore two of the floating city's most iconic sites and learn the stories behind them
  • Visit the opulent apartments and the Hall of the Great Council at Doge's Palace with a guide
  • Take a walk over the Bridge of Sighs
  • Enjoy special access to the first floor terrace of St. Mark's for panoramic views over the city

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Take in amazing views from the St. Mark’s Basilica terrace—a panorama that most visitors never see.
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Local English-speaking guide
Skip-the-line ticket for St. Mark's Basilica
Headsets when necessary
Exclusive access to the balcony of St. Mark's Basilica
Pre-reserved ticket to the Doge's Palace
Exclusive Early Entry to the Doge's Palace (8 AM only)
Gratuities
Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
Museo Correr , P.za San Marco, 52, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Correr Museum (Museo Correr) in Piazza San Marco. Meet under the portico just outside the entrance of the museum. Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure

St. Mark's Square , Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

In St. Mark's Square.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.
  • Please remember that the basilica is a holy place and attire must be appropriate: Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress. Backpacks are prohibited inside of St. Mark's Basilica.
  • Backpacks are prohibited inside St. Mark's Basilica.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Walks complies with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to Italy government guidelines for the most up to date information
  • Tour in English only
  • • St. Mark's Basilica can be subject to unforeseen closures due to liturgical celebrations or high tides. In this event, your guide will give the tour from the exterior of the Basilica or we will contact clients as soon as possible to arrange a suitable alternative.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Walks - Italy, Spain & Greece
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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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 Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace ?
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 Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace .
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What is the policy on sanitization during Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace ?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace .
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What is the social distancing policy during Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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  • "I would recommend bringing a hat or sunglasses and water." See review
  • "We recommend an early morning tour (9am), as crowds really build throughout the day." See review
  • "Keep in mind, at cafe there (15 min break) you must inform them if you plan to sit down w/ your drink or food." See review

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star-5
Venice landmarks' tour
Epp_S
, Aug 2022
We visited st Marcus Basilica and Dodge's palace, the 2 main landmarcs in Venice with a guidance of wonderful Iola. It was very easy to book, we could skip all the lines in a very hot day and the tour was really interesting and worth every penny.
star-5
Magnificient
DRMUHAMMADK_Q
, Aug 2022
Although the weather was warm , but the trip was fascinating, with glimpses of history reflected by the architecture and skillfull paintings.
star-4
I learned a lot.
Katie_K
, Aug 2022
We did this walking tour with our nine and 11-year-old. Our tour great Guide was wonderful. She knew so much, and was really an expert and guiding us through the crazy crowds that we experienced. I could tell she was experienced in Guiding groups and knew a lot about history. The tour was a good tour but a bit too much information for our kids. Not the fault of the guide or tour.
star-5
Perfect tour
Michael_H
, Aug 2022
Incredible tour. Must see for venice. Guide was knowledgeable and nice to get into doge before the rest of tourists.
star-5
Great tour! Niko is the best!
Betty_M
, Aug 2022
This was a great tour. Niko was an excellent tour guide! He kept my 3 teenagers engaged- and gave us a great lunch recommendation too. There were about 20 people in our group but we moved along at a good pace and the earphones made it easy to hear. The skip the line was a big plus!
star-5
Highly recommend this tour, especially if your guide is Niko
Jetseng_P
, Aug 2022
We had an amazing tour with our guide Niko. He shared many history and insights with us, while keeping it interesting and fun. Our group size was relatively large, with around 20 pax but Niko managed to keep the whole group together, as well as , staying personal with each of us.
star-5
Must see in Venice!
Christie_E
, Aug 2022
I can’t say enough about this tour! Mary Therese was amazing! Often , these tours can be informative , but boring at times. This one exceeded my expectations.! Mary Therese was so funny and made the day . She was VERY knowledgeable about historical facts and we learned a lot. Even the kids loved it. I would recommend asking for her as a guide.
star-5
A must do tour
Lee_H
, Aug 2022
The whole tour was a brilliant experience made even better by our amazingly knowledgeable guide Eleanor. As a Venetian herself there was nothing she didn’t know about the city and it’s amazing history. A very highly recommended tour. Lee and Allison - England
star-5
Marie-Therese St Mark Basilica
Elli_P
, Aug 2022
Marie-Therese was the best tour guide we’ve had in Europe. Not only was she extremely knowledgeable but she was also very funny. Don’t hesitate to book this tour.
star-4
The tour guide was nice...
Vanessa_S
, Aug 2022
The tour guide was nice but the tour was boring. She was fascinated with the mosaics but most in the tour were not. Some areas we lingered a bit too long and tired quickly of the fresco explanations. Especially by the 50th one. Glad we had a timed break and enjoyed the scenery. Not sure I’d do this particular tour again for the price. Our group was large as well.
star-5
Excellent Tour
Tonda_E
, Aug 2022
Our guide was WONDERFUL! Her English was great and her knowledge of the Basilica and Doge's Palace was amazing. I would highly recommend this tour!
star-5
Wonderful, informative tour.
Bonnie_O
, Aug 2022
The guide was excellent at giving a detailed history of the palace and Basilica. Very memorable experience.
star-5
A great experience
Marios_P
, Aug 2022
The guide was excellent, spoke excellent English very clearly, was knowledgeable answered numerous questions cheerfully and took care of everybody with great consideration e.g. anticipated difficult parts of the tour and gave timely warnings such as difficult stairs or uneven floors etc Score 11/10 !!..
star-5
Pamela was an excellent...
Amanda_K
, Aug 2022
Pamela was an excellent and very knowledgeable guide. One of the best experiences I’ve had. Very enjoyable tour
star-5
Nico was perfection. I highly recommend this tour.
mark
, Aug 2022
Nico was a fantastic guide! This tour is well paced, and totally worth seeing Doge's palace with only your group. We were the first ones there, so there were only 15-20 people in the room. We got to not only tour but to learn a bit about the history. This tour does not include lengthy discussion about what building materials were used. Instead it was a story. Nico was perfect. We didn't waste time, but also had a short break for drinks and restroom. I would skip several tours I went on in Italy. This is not one I would skip. If you want to get the whole story and a tour that doesn't suck, this is it!
star-5
100% Awesome
Aaron_R
, Aug 2022
100% great experience. Nico was knowledgeable, friendly and patient with our group. The early access to the palace was the best way to go and the Basilica was amazing. Loved this, would recommend it to anyone!
star-3
Good tour. Very knowledgeable guide.
jayantwade
, Aug 2022
Tour guide was very knowledgeable. She had lot of knowledge about everything related to palace and church. That is admirable. She must have done lot of study for the tour. Being said that, I understand tour guide's desire to be sarcastic to make tour more interesting. But lot of times it went too far in making fun of the church. We are not that religious. But we would never use sarcasm to make fun of other's religion. I think tour guide should go easy on sarcasm and be more serious sometimes. That will bring more substance to the tour.
star-5
Skip the Line is Worth It!
Shauna_C
, Aug 2022
This was a wonderful tour, getting to see the beautiful and historic Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. We spent just the right amount of time at each place. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and easily understood. We would absolutely recommend this tour for it's skip-the-line entry alone. The lines for both were very long in the hot summer sun, and we got to walk right in. This tour was well worth the price.
star-5
Excellent Tour
Reba_R
, Aug 2022
Mose was the best tour guide- easy to understand and the way he shared his knowledge was enjoyable. Getting into the Doge Palace and skip the line into St Marks is the only way to go.
star-5
Highly recommend
Daniel_K
, Aug 2022
Great tour. Mose was a fantastic guide and he made the tour of the Doge Palace and St. Mark both educational and fun.

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