Skip The Line: St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Tours

Duration: approx. 2 hours and 15 minutes  Location: Venice
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8/10

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Per person
53.00
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Why choose this experience?

1 Because it combines St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge's Palace in an itinerary of about two hours, easily bookable online
2 To get to know the two buildings that have accompanied the fascinating history of Venice every step of the way
3 Because you will admire works of art of inestimable value, evidence of the refined taste and immense power achieved by Venice in the past

This impressive tour will lead you to the discovery of the two most important places in the history of the Republic of Venice: Doge's Palace, the centre of the temporal power, and St. Mark's Basilica, the symbol of spiritual power and religion.

A unique opportunity to travel inside Venice by visiting two of the most prestigious buildings overlooking the splendid St Mark's Square. After visiting Venice's Palazzo dei Dogi, the former seat of the judiciary and the Doges which now houses the Museum of the Doge's Palace, you will also visit St Mark's Basilica in Venice, which has for centuries guarded the precious relics of St. Mark.

The first structure of the Doge's Palace was built around the ninth century… Over the centuries it has been altered several times to become a real jewel of Venetian Gothic architecture.

This fascinating tour will show you the precious interiors of the Doge's Palace and will give you the opportunity to visit the famous Bridge of Sighs. A complete and detailed excursion to admire the hub of the Republic of Venice, between the beautiful artwork of the many artists called to exalt the splendour and countless masterpieces kept inside. The Doge's Palace in Venice is the route to visiting the Bridge of Sighs and the Opera Museum, the Giants' Staircase and the Golden Staircase, the Institutional Rooms, the Doge's Apartment and other incredible treasures...

Our tour will then take you to the splendid St Mark's Basilica, the chapel of Doge's Palace until the fall of the Venetian Republic and later elected as the cathedral of Venice.

Held in a deep spiritual atmosphere, mosaics, majestic architecture and sumptuous vestments make St Mark's Basilica a work of art of inestimable value. During the visit we will explain the scenes and special features of the mosaics of St Mark's Basilica in Venice and admire the beautiful Golden Pall.

Decorated with enamel made with the émail cloisonné technique and consisting of sheets of gilded silver, St Mark's Golden Pall was completed in 1345 with the setting of 1927 precious stones by master goldsmith Buoninsegna. Forming the background of the altar of St Mark's Basilica during only the most important liturgical celebrations, the Golden Pall is a true masterpiece of the goldsmith's art.

Entrance to St Mark's Church and Doge's Palace offers the exclusive opportunity to visit the two buildings that have witnessed in the forefront the evolution of the history of Venice! This page allows you to book Doge's Palace tickets and St Mark's Basilica tickets conveniently online with this unmissable guided tour!

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Important info

Availability:

all year, except for 25 December and 1 January.

Departure point:

'Yex' Change Office - Under the Clock Tower in St. Mark's Square.

Departure time

From Monday to Saturday

From 1 April to 31 October 2016
11.15 am

From 1 November 2016 to 31 October 2017
10.45 am

Languages available

From 1 April to 31 October
English: from Monday to Saturday
Spanish: from Monday to Saturday
French: from Monday to Saturday
German: from Monday to Saturday
Italian: Saturday

From 1 November to 31 March
BILINGUAL TOUR
English: from Monday to Saturday
Spanish: Wednesday, Saturday
French: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
German: Monday, Friday
Italian: not available

Prices

From 1 April to 31 October 2016
Full: €50.00
Concessions
Children up to 5 years: free

From 1 November 2016 to 31 March 2017
Full: €53.00
Concessions
Children up to 5 years: free

From 1 April to 31 October 2017
Full: €55.00
Concessions
Children up to 5 years: free

Duration

approx. 2 hours and 15 minutes

Inclusions
  • Guided tour
  • Admission to the Doge’s Palace
  • Skip-the-line access to St Mark’s Basilica
  • Ticket to visit the Golden Pall
Exclusions
  • What is not specified under "Inclusions"
Additional information:

Before booking, please be advised that it is compulsory to print a paper copy of the voucher issued at the end of the online reservation and bring it with you the day of the tour.

No credit or refunds will be given in the case of a NO SHOW (if you don't show up at the meeting point at the time indicated on your voucher).

Please arrive at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before the tour departure time. At the tour departure point you will meet a representative who will check your vouchers and give you information to do the tour. Please be advised that, due to the new security measures concerning the entrance into the major Venice museums, there might be queues at the entrance, with consequent protraction of the usual waiting time to access the museums.

During the winter period (from November 1st to March 31st) the tour is bilingual, because explanations will be provided in two languages if the audience provenience is mixed.

Access to the Basilica is only permitted to visitors with suitable attire (no shorts or vest or tops) and backpacks are not allowed for safety reasons.

The Procuratoria di San Marco reserves the right to prohibit visits and access to the basilica at any time and without notice for reasons of force majeure (e.g. high water) and/or safety reasons. In cases of extra liturgical ceremonies, exceptional high tides or other special occasions, access to St Mark's Basilica may not be permitted and therefore the tour will not take place.

This is a collective tour, which means there might be other participants going on the tour with you.

This is a combo tour including 2 single tours.

Please note that, due to the particular morphological structure of Venice and the logistic problems resulting from it, we cannot guarantee that the whole tour is accessible to people with limited mobility. This means that people with walking difficulties and wheelchair users could not be able to access some parts of the itinerary.

In exceptional cases and/or reasons of force majeure that may prevent the tour already purchased to run regularly (i.e. acts of nature, strikes, exceptional closures, serious unexpected events or health problems experienced by the person in charge with the service after which it is really impossible to find a substitute), the tour might be cancelled.The customer will be notified of this as soon as possible and will be asked to choose between postponing the tour on the first date available or get a prompt refund of the price paid for the tour.

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8 reviews for Skip The Line: St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Tours

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9.5/10

PrasenMazum

October 2016

Mature couple

INDIA

Reviewed on 19 Oct `16 - Booking No. 16103099

'Good tour of Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica'

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Skip The Line: St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Tours

The tour was well organised. The TURIVE representatives were available at the departure point well before the tour start time. The guide was very knowledgeable and her narration made the tour very interesting.

Strenghts

Well organised. Appropriately timed. Excellent narrative by the guide.

Weaknesses

The assembly area at the departure point could have been managed better. Since there were several group departing at the same time, there were some element of chaos at the departure time with people looking out for their correct tour groups.


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear PrasenMazum,

we are pleased you appreciated the tour despite the little confusion at the meeting point. On certain occasions, especially during the peak days of tourism flows in Venice, there are lots of participants in the tours and this may cause a bit of confusion at the meeting point, especially if there are several tours departing at the same time… Our staff always do their best to organize the groups but it is not easy to manage such a large number of participants. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Best regards,
The Insidecom staff
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8.5/10

martin

September 2016

Mature couple

BELGIUM

Reviewed on 10 Oct `16 - Booking No. 16115660

'bc'

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Skip The Line: St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Tours

the guide gave a very interesting tour. Pitty there was so little time in de parliamentary hall in the palace of the dodge and not a lot of explanation concerning the paintings. Since it was a tour with San Marco, we were obliged to leave the palace, so there was no time in exploring ourselves. The tour of San Marco was great.

Strenghts

The fabulous tourguide

Weaknesses

time was not on our side

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8/10

RAFA

September 2016

Group of friends

SPAIN

Reviewed on 22 Sep `16 - Booking No. 16103058

'ITALIA 2016'

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Skip The Line: St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Tours

Visit good, good guide and travel very interesting.

Strenghts

Guide and all visit

Weaknesses

It is unfortunate that this questionnaire, not in spanish


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear RAFA,

we are pleased you appreciated the tour! As for the languages available on our portal, at present venetoinside.com is only in English and Italian, but we are working to translate it also in the main European languages. We hope this will be possible soon!

Best regards,
The Insidecom staff
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9.5/10

A and A

August 2016

Other

CANADA

Reviewed on 09 Sep `16 - Booking No. 1678973

'Review of St Marks'

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Skip The Line: St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Tours

The guide was outstanding. We learned a lot of very interesting information

Strenghts

He answered all our questions

Weaknesses

Guide was so polite and let annoying participant ask too many unrelated questions,


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear A and A

we are pleased you appreciated the guide! As for the unrelated questions, maybe the guide thought that they could be interesting to other participants in the tour… We can assure you that if you had asked for more information about the tour, she would have been very pleased to answer your questions, too.

Best regards,
The Insidecom staff
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9/10

KC Dale

June 2016

Mature couple

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 16 Jul `16 - Booking No. 1663089

'Great experience'

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Skip The Line: St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Tours

Things were run very efficiently, and our guide was wonderfully knowledgeable and drool.

Strenghts

Skip some lines and get good sketch of important points of history from a Venetian point of view reflected in the Doges' Palace & St Mark's.

Weaknesses

Sound system is not great. Some system is needed to provide coverings to females who are either ignorant of modesty requests or simply don't care to abide by them.


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear KC Dale,

we are pleased you appreciated the tour despite the sound system was not great. As for the suitable attire required to access the Basilica, please consider that the voucher contains clear instructions about that. In fact, it is stated that ‘visitor's clothing must be in keeping with the sacredness of the basilica: shorts, sleeveless dresses, low-cut and skimpy clothes are not allowed’ in compliance with St. Mark’s Basilica regulations. To enforce this rule is up to the Basilica staff, with whom we are not in charge.

Best regards,
The Insidecom staff
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10/10

Lena

June 2016

Mature couple

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 04 Jul `16 - Booking No. 1654950

'St Marks and Doge Palace'

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Skip The Line: St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Tours

Loved this tour. The Bassilica and Palace beautiful Guide very knowledgeable and answered lots of questions. Bridge of Sighs although brief - touching. Will return

Strenghts

Informative and quick

Weaknesses

None

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2/10

Robin

June 2016

Mature couple

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 21 Jun `16 - Booking No. 1636156

'Could have done it better on my own'

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Skip The Line: St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Tours

We took a guided tour of the Doge's Palace and St Marks Basilica, along with a vast number of people - maybe 30? - guided by a knowledgeable (I think!) and nice-enough, though heavily accented, tour guide, attempting to communicate over radio receivers which were for the most part inaudible, specially if the guide was more than five yards ahead. As a result, this tour of beautiful buildings became a total bore. I would have done better to just read a guide book while walking around. The only good point was 'skip-the-line' entry but this was just an expensive way to do it!

Strenghts

Skip-the-line entry

Weaknesses

Radio mostly inaudible


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear Robin,

we are sorry you were not completely satisfied with this tour. Unfortunately, during high season, the size of the groups participating in the same tour might cause some difficulties in hearing the guides' explanations through the listening devices provided. Actually we are working with the tour organisers in order to create smaller groups and guarantee to our customers a better experience. We hope this will be soon possibile!

Best regards,
The Insidecom staff
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5/10

WANKENNE

May 2016

Mature couple

BRAZIL

Reviewed on 23 May `16 - Booking No. 1619344

'BAD ORGANIZATION, POOR GUIDE'

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Skip The Line: St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Tours

The organization is a total mess. What they sell as a skip-the-line is a pure lie and you have to wait in line with your group. The guide just don't care if you are following the group or if you are lost. It is so bad that I ay for but did not use another tour (Murano, Burano, etc) the next day; I preferred to go on my own and loose the money I paid in advance.


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear WANKENNE,

we are sorry about what happened! Please consider that the skip-the-line tickets included in this tour allow you to access the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica without queuing with the people that are waiting to access from the normal entrance… But of course you will have to wait a little with other participants in the tour! Our staff on duty at the meeting point need some time to check vouchers and organize the groups. Moreover, as we indicate on the additional info of the tour, the new security measures concerning the entrance into the major Venice attractions might cause a protraction of the usual waiting time to access, but certainly you will have to wait less than accessing the building without a reserved tour! Concerning the guide, we would like to remind you that you booked a collective tour, as we specify both online and on the voucher. This clearly implies that the guide cannot wait for latecomers since this may cause inconvenience to all the other participants… he/she takes care about the group because there is no time enough to focus on the needs of each single participant. We regret this was not enough for you! Next time, if you are interested in a more intimate experience, we suggest you to book one of our private guided tour… You will have a guide at your complete disposal for the entire duration of the tour!

Best regards,
The Insidecom staff
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10/10

Lara Ann

April 2016

Mature couple

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 12 May `16 - Booking No. 1610440

'Fabulous Tour of St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Tours'

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Skip The Line: St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Tours

Our tour guide, Diane, was amazing! She made the entire tour so worthwhile with all the knowledge of St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace. I would highly recommend the skip the line tour with Venetoinside tours!! You will be glad you did!

Strenghts

Diane, our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable which made it so worthwhile!

Weaknesses

The audio reception could have been a bit better

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9/10

VeniceLover

April 2016

Solo traveler

NETHERLANDS

Reviewed on 10 May `16 - Booking No. 1624842

'Skip The Line- Yes Please!'

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Skip The Line: St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Tours

The tour took a couple minutes to start in the morning, waiting for everyone to arrive which can be expected. While the "skip the line" allows you to enter in the group line with already tickets in place, because of new security measures you still have to wait in line for a bag search and metal detector. This does happen quick enough. Our tour guide was amazing, very knowledgeable and truly friendly! Definitely recommend this pass. (In addition to the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica, you also are granted entrance to two museums and the Doge's library with your tickets!)

Strenghts

Amazing tour guide and additional entry passes were really great!

Weaknesses

The longer start in the morning, not the worst but something to improve on.

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