Legendary Venice: St. Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace Tour

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3 hours

Max 25

Why take this tour?


  • Enjoy a truly VIP experience in and around the famed St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco)
  • Acquire pre-reserved, skip-the-line entry into St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace
  • Take in the surrounding views over Venice with exclusive access to the terraces of St. Mark's Basilica
  • Let an expert local guide lead you through Venice's oppulent history and culture - subjects they truly have a passion for
  • Greet mosaics of gold, frescoes by Veronese and Tintoretto, and masterpieces at every turn
  • Traverese the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's apartments, the Armory, and the New Prision
  • 8 AM TIME ONLY: Exclusive entry to St Mark's Basilica before it opens
  • Sites Visited
  • St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco)
  • St. Mark's Basilica (Exclusive Balcony Access)
  • Bell Tower in St. Mark's Square (exterior)
  • Marciana Library (exterior)
  • Doge’s Palace
  • New Prisons
  • Bridge of Sighs
  • Tour Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Exclusive Early Entry to Doge's Palace (8 AM only)
  • Skip-the-line ticket for St. Mark's Basilica
  • Exclusive access to the balcony of St. Mark's Basilica
  • Pre-reserved ticket to the Doge's Palace
  • Headset (when necessary)

Take walks: Take the time to explore the history of Venice

Free Cancellation

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Latest Reviews

My family and I really enjoyed the tour we took. I wish I could remember our tour guide’s name, she was great. I would recommend this tour of St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace.

We found Nikko to be well informed, organised and likeable

We always try and find a walking tour led by a local when we travel. The history you discover and the places you visit add so much to the overall travel experience. Gloria was knowledgeable and easy to communicate with. Overall we had a very worthwhile tour. Thanks!

Martini, our tour guide was fabulous. Thank you Martini!

Fantastic tour. I highly recommend the early tour of the Doge's Palace and San Marco!

Meeting Point

Meeting Point Map ⟶

Meeting Point
Piazza San Marco, 76, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy     

Please meet 15 minutes prior to the tour start time.


What's so special about the 8:00 am tour time?
The 8:00 AM tour time offer a unique and exclusive benefit - enter St. Mark's Basilica before it opens! With just your small group you enter through a side door and spend time alone in the Basilica. A truly once-in-a-lifetime experience, and created for Walks guests only. The 8:00 AM tour time is the only time with this special access, although the later times are also skip-the-line!
Is this tour wheelchair accessible?
No. Unfortunately, due to site restrictions we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on this tour. If you use a wheelchair and book this tour by accident, we are happy to offer you credit for a future tour that is wheelchair accessible anywhere in the world, or a full refund.
Do guests always see the sights on this tour in the same order?
No. Sometimes the tour runs in reverser order. However, we never take any sights out of the itinerary so you are always going to see St. Mark's Basilica, St. Mark’s Square, Doge’s Palace (general access rooms), New Prisons, and Bridge of Sighs.
What can I bring into the Doge's Palace?
You are permitted to enter the Doge's Palace with handbags and small backpacks. But any large backpacks or luggage are not permitted inside. You have to check them in the cloakroom.
What can I bring with me on this tour?
St. Mark's Basilica has very tight rules about what you can and cannot bring inside. Anything bigger than a purse - including backpacks or luggage - is NOT allowed inside the Basilica. There is no coat check either, so do not bring any bags larger than a purse with you.
Does the Doge's Palace accommodate wheelchair users?
The Doge’s Palace is not wheelchair-friendly. Some parts are accessible, but the Secret Rooms, Prisons, and Armory and not. Our route, in particular, is not wheelchair-friendly so we do not recommend that wheelchair users take this tour.
Is this tour accessible to people in wheelchairs?
Unfortunately the terrace of St. Mark's Basilica, the prisons, and the armory of the Doge's Palace are not wheelchair-accessible, meaning we can't accept wheelchair user on this tour. For those interested in wheelchair friendly tours in Venice, please contact our Customer Care team at [email protected]
Can I take a bag with me into St. Mark's Basilica?
You can only take small bags into St. Mark's. Anything bigger than a purse - backpacks or luggage - is prohibited. There is no coat check either, so do not bring any large bags with you.
Does St. Mark's Basilica have a dress code?
Yes. Because it is a holy place, St. Mark's Basilica insists that both men and women wear clothing that covers their shoulders and knees. They can and will refuse entry to anyone who does not meet this standard and we can't do anything about it, so come prepared.