Venice Landmarks: Walking tour plus St Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace Visits

Duration: approx. 4 hours/4 hours and 30 minutes   Location: Venice


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Why choose this experience?

1 Because you will admire the great landmarks of Venice with an extraordinary half-day tour
2 To compare the everyday life of modern Venice with its regal golden past
3 To admire St Mark’s Square, the Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica in a fascinating mix of art, history and tradition

Thanks to this fascinating tour you can take advantage of our Venice in one day tour with a fascinating journey to discover the main places to visit in Venice. An unprecedented walking tour in Venice of St Mark's Square and the Rialto area to admire the city and take part in the magic and liveliness of Venice.

After a walk through the lively streets of the historic centre, which will allow you to visit the famous St Mark's Square, this tour takes you to the two main monuments Venice: the Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica, with comprehensive and guided visits.

The walking tour Venice Italy will begin in the famous St Mark's Square in Venice with a description of the main buildings that surround it. The tour will then continue to Campo of Santa Maria Formosa where, surrounded by beautiful buildings, you can listen to the history and some stories about this famous square and the beautiful church of Santa Maria Formosa.

We will then move to another famous square in Venice, Campo Santi Giovanni and Paolo, to admire the majestic equestrian statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni by Verrocchio, the Church of Saints John and Paul, and the Schools of Charity.

After seeing the site of the house of Marco Polo in Venice, Italy, you will admire the stunning exteriors of the Malibran Theatre and return to St Mark's Square along the colourful streets of the Mercerie, the famous shopping area located between Rialto and San Marco.

The final stages of our tour will be the Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica, two extraordinary sites in the centre of spiritual and temporal power of the ancient Republic of Venice.

Now home to one of the most prestigious museums in Venice, the Doge's Palace Museum, the ancient Doge's Palace is a true masterpiece of Venetian Gothic architecture. Probably built in the IX century, and transformed over the centuries to achieve the elegant look it has today, the Doge's Palace was the power and grandeur of the Venetian Republic up to its downfall.

Among the sumptuous rooms of the Doge's Palace in Venice, a complete tour to admire the extraordinary painted masterpieces, sophisticated furnishings and countless artistic and historical treasures hidden in the refined rooms where the long history of Venice was decided. The tour also includes a visit to the Bridge of Sighs, the elegant structure suspended between the Doge's Palace and the New Prisons, which owes its name to the sad fate of the condemned prisoners: crossing the Bridge of Sighs, they said farewell to freedom before being locked up in the new prisons.

This fascinating tour will conclude between the ancient walls of St Mark's Basilica, with a guided tour of its golden interior. Originally built to house the precious relics of St. Mark, which had been stolen by two merchants of Venice in Alexandria, Egypt, St Mark's Basilica assumed the role of a cathedral only in 1807, after keeping for centuries the role of Palatine Museum of the Doge's Palace.

During the visit you will be able to enjoy the many treasures held in the St Mark's Basilica, like the extraordinary mosaics, which will be explained in detail, from its history to the scenes depicted, and the Golden Pall.

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Important info


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

9.00 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
English: from Monday to Saturday
Spanish: Wednesday, Saturday
French: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
German: Monday, Friday
Italian: not available


From 1 April to 31 October 2016
Full: €74.00
Children up to 5 years: free

From 1 November 2016 to 31 March 2017
Full: €77.00
Children up to 5 years: free

From 1 April to 31 October 2017
Full: €79.00
Children up to 5 years: free


approx. 4 hours/4 hours and 30 minutes

  • Guided visit
  • Admission to the Doge’s Palace
  • Skip-the-line access to St Mark’s Basilica
  • Ticket to visit the Golden Pall
  • 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 3 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.

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6 reviews for Venice Landmarks: Walking tour plus St Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace Visits

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September 2015

Young couple


Reviewed on 23 Sep `15 - Booking No. 1566929

'Excellent tour'

Venice Landmarks: Walking tour plus St Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace Visits

I was visiting Venice as a cruise-port of call and when I was planning my vacation tours I took tours offered by the cruise company on all the other ports, but decided to take a chance with this one in Venice as it was cheaper than the similar one my cruise offered and I can say that the gamble payed on, as the overall experience on this tour was superior to most of the tours offered by the cruiseship. The tour personel showed on time at the meeting point, they were polite and corteous, the radio equipment worked properly and the guide was excellent.

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Luisa María

July 2015

Family with children


Reviewed on 07 Aug `15 - Booking No. 1564912

'Muy bueno'

Venice Landmarks: Walking tour plus St Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace Visits

La visita en su conjunto, muy recomendable. En San Marco echamos en falta visitar las zonas altas. La guía, Cristiana, perfecta. Muy correcta (excepto algún chiste sobre la utilidad de los maridos que no nos gustó), a buen ritmo, muy interesantes todas sus explicaciones, tanto sobre el itinerario como sobre la vida cotidiana actual e histórica en Venecia, usos y costumbres de la ciudad y dónde tomar un tentempié no excesivamente caro, dado lo turístico de la zona. Lo único claramente mejorable es la puntualidad del equipo (muy amable en su conjunto), que llegó bien pasada la hora de comienzo de la visita. Si a esto sumamos el tiempo de reparto de materiales y las pequeñas incidencias con radios que no funcionan bien o están descargadas, el itinerario resulta bastante más corto de lo anunciado. Una pena, porque el recorrido es realmente interesante, y la guía lo hace aún más atractivo.

Reply by Staff

Dear Luisa Maria,

we are pleased you appreciated the tour but sorry you were not completely satisfied with its organization. Please consider that, on the voucher, we suggest our clients to be at the meeting point 10 minutes before the departure time in order to avoid delays or problems on the spot – but we also clearly indicate the real departure time of the tour – and the duration of the tour includes the whole experience (including the time to check the vouchers and organize the groups) in order to provide a realistic duration of how the whole tour will last.

Best regards,
The staff
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June 2015

Mature couple


Reviewed on 09 Jul `15 - Booking No. 1533580

'Absolute Venice Tour'

Venice Landmarks: Walking tour plus St Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace Visits

This tour was well organized and conducted by an excellent guide. I can't provide any input in how this could be improved.

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October 2014



Reviewed on 21 Oct `14 - Booking No. 1483462

'Improvements necessary'

Venice Landmarks: Walking tour plus St Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace Visits

We booked the three hours tour. There were two things I did not like at all. One was the really lousy quality of the audio equipment. The tour guide acted surprised, however we had all the same bad quality and they certainly know about it. The other was the organization itself. the tour was a combination of two shorter tours, so we had to stop in between and go through the whole group sorting process again. Not what you expect when you book it. Positive experience was the knowledgeable tourguide - providing you could hear her. Summary: wouldn't do it again

Reply by Staff

Dear Jo,

we are sorry you were not completely satisfied with this tour. We are going to report your feedback to the company in charge with this service, together with the malfunctioning of listening devices. We are sorry you had different expectations about it, however we want to thank you for your review as it might help us to better understand our customer needs and therefore improve our services.

Best regards,
The staff
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