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

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    What to Expect
    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.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Ufficio Postale Poste Italiane, Calle Larga Ascensione, 1255, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
    Departure Time
    10:35 AM
    Return Details
    Saint Mark's Basilica, Piazza San Marco, 328, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
    • 2-hour tour
    • Professional guide
    • Entry/Admission - Doge's Palace
    • Entry/Admission - Basilica di San Marco
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • 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
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 14 July 2019 via mobile

    Our guide was quite knowledgeable and gave interesting details about the history and architecture of the Doge’s Palace and the Basilica. The crowds were intense and one guide from another tour party was ungracious to our guide (wanting her to move us out of her...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank FootlooseMom
    Reviewed 10 July 2019

    I expected to well organised tour, punctuality, knowledge, professionalism and a nice atmosphere. I got it. Talented italian female tour guide.

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank artur z
    Reviewed 5 April 2019

    I highly recommend this tour and would not visit Venice without it. Not only do you skip the line, but the tour guide was very knowledgeable.

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank V2646YTmarkp
    Reviewed 14 March 2019 via mobile

    We weren’t sure about the weather so less than an hour before the tour we booked easily on line. It was so worth doing as we learnt so much from our guide visiting both places. Humour and great knowledgable facts a plenty. Saves time queuing...More

    Thank missellie121
    Reviewed 10 January 2019

    Remarkable places to visit Spectacular Fresco's. We arrived early in the morning by the time we had finished our visit St. Marks square was heaving (January 19) Skip the line was a great idea but we still had to wait 20 mins in the security...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank Trish74
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    We booked online as well.
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