Venice: St. Mark’s Basilica with Terrace & Doge’s Palace

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Explore Venice’s top attractions, St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, on this small group guided tour. Save time with skip-the-line tickets and VIP access.

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  • Skip-the-line at two of Venice’s most visited sights
  • Select the 8 AM tour to enjoy exclusive early entry to the Doge's Palace
  • Go behind the scenes at St. Mark's Basilica
  • Step out onto the basilica balcony for an exclusive view
  • Visit the opulent Doge's Palace and the bleak New Prisons


Combine the top two sights in Venice on one extraordinary tour led by a local guide. With pre-reserved tickets and skip-the-line access, head straight into St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace for a guided experience. Select the 8 AM tour to enjoy exclusive early entry to the Doge's Palace and have the door opened exclusively for your group an hour before the general public arrives. First, step inside Venice's most important church—St. Mark's Basilica—and gain a full appreciation for its east-meets-west architecture and breathtaking gold mosaics. In the company of a local guide, get up close with some of the basilica’s greatest treasures, such as the millennia-old Quadriga of four gold horses. Have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to admire beautiful views from the balcony over St. Mark's Square. At every step of the way, you’ll hear the fascinating story of how most of the basilica's prized possessions ended up here by less-than-honest means. The second stop on your itinerary is no less beautiful. The Palazzo Ducale, or Doge's Palace, was home to the doge, or duke, of Venice and his seat of government. Skip the long line with pre-reserved tickets and walk straight inside to explore huge council chambers, incredible audience rooms, and a stunning ballroom with larger-than-life works by renowned Venetian masters such as Veronese and Tintoretto. Hear the intriguing history of this building that housed the world's oldest republic—as well as its fascinating government and even an incarcerated Casanova. To finish your morning of discovery, walk in the footsteps of many a less-fortunate Venetian from centuries past. Head over the Bridge of Sighs from the inside and into the grim New Prisons—a stark yet fascinating contrast to the opulent halls and galleries that lie within the palace just across the narrow canal.


Local, English-speaking guide 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 Headsets (when needed)

Important Information

  • Exclusive Early Entry to Doge's Palace is only possible with the 8:00 AM booking time.
  • Unfortunately, sections of St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace are not wheelchair accessible, therefore wheelchair users or strollers cannot be accommodated on this tour
  • The tour complies with all local government regulations. Please refer to Italy government guidelines for the most up-to-date information
  • Due to the religious nature of the Basilica, all individuals regardless of gender must cover their shoulders and knees. A scarf or shawl is acceptable. The activity provider cannot be held responsible for those denied entry

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