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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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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

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. 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
Gratuities
Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off

Departure Point

P.za San Marco, 76, 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

Departure Time

2:00 PM

Return Details

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
  • From August 6th 2021, all Italy sites we visit will require clients and guides alike to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test completed within 48 hours prior to entry. They will also require a legal form of ID matching the vaccination or test results. More info on the Italian Government website
  • Tour in English only
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • • 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.
  • 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.

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 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 .
Q:
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 .
Q:
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
See all safety measures taken by Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access & Doge's Palace .

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Traveler Tips


  • "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

Reviews

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1,344 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-1
DO NOT BOOK THIS TOUR!
EmilyWilson
, Nov 2021
I REPEAT, DO NOT BOOK THIS TOUR. Guide was a no-show!! Instead, book the "Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour" OPERATED BY Park Viaggi (currently $103.20/person). Our tour was scheduled for 2pm, we arrived at 1:40pm and no one was there. Another tour guide was nearby for Gate 1 tours with their group. They looked at the address on my voucher and confirmed I was in the correct place, but was probably just a little early (so American! haha). In the next 10 minutes two other parties for the tour showed up. We were 8 people in total waiting, but the guide never showed! We all tried calling the tour operator, but only got a voicemail message in Italian, with no option to leave any message on a machine. We waited until 2:30pm and still no one ever showed. I'll also add that it was a very cold, damp, November day; overall a terrible experience. Luckily we had another full day in Venice with no set plans, so I quickly went on Viator and booked a tour for the next day, the "Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour" OPERATED BY Park Viaggi. It was perfect! They were there early and we got to see what we came (and paid) to see! I'll also add that Viator would not give us a refund. They replied that the tour operator said the tour happened. No way! Overall a terrible customer experience, and I'm not sure I will be using Viator in the future.
star-4
Must do
wim_g
, Nov 2021
Exellent guide with much knowledge and details. Smal group, leaving on the hour. Audio foreseen so everybody can hear the guide at all times
star-5
A brilliant tour
Elizabeth_J
, Nov 2021
Susan was a wonderful guide, her many years in the city and her interest in it was very evident, cannot recommend enough.
star-5
Wonderful
Laurel_C
, Nov 2021
Tour was great! Our guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend to friends and family!
star-5
Amazing experience
Barbara_J
, Nov 2021
Our guide Susan was vibrant and engaging as she provided context for what we were viewing throughout the tour. Her enthusiasm channeled a positive experience for all.
star-5
great tour
Paul_B
, Nov 2021
The tour was very good, our tour guide was excellent taking her time to explain, perfect English, experiencing such a wonderful place and having a guide to detail explain everything was genuinely brilliant would recommend.
star-5
Great Venice history!
Rendi_W
, Nov 2021
Susan was a fabulous, thorough and entertaining tour guide. Beautiful and rich history. Even my 14-yr-old son enjoyed it!
star-5
If in doubt, book it!
Ann_C
, Nov 2021
Loved the attention to detail our guide gave, her knowledge of the history of Venice and the buildings was excellent
star-5
November visit...
Michael_P
, Nov 2021
Susan was our guide. She has raised in Venice for 25 years and teaches art history. Couldn't have asked for a better experience.
star-5
Thank you Nicolette for a wonderful tour.
Gail_B
, Nov 2021
Visiting St. Mark’s basilica, Very informative. The tour was wonderful and the guide’s English was excellent. Thank you Nicolette 🙂

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