Private guided tour of the Doge's Palace in Venice

Duration: approx 2 hours 

Location: Venice

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Why choose this experience?

1 Because you will visit the majestic Doge’s Palace in Venice with an exclusive private guided tour
2 To discover the most important building of the Venetian Republic and, subject to availability, its charming 'Secret Itineraries' accompanied by an expert guide
3 Because our guide will be at your disposal, planning a visit that takes into account your interests and your needs

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Important information


all year, subject to availability of the guide and the Doge’s Palace opening hours/closing days.

Departure point:

ticket Office at the Doge's Palace - St Mark's Square.

Departure time

Departure time at your choice, from 8.30 am to 4.00 pm.

Languages available



Guided tour: €225.00 for 2 hours (minimum duration of the service, then €115.00 per hour for additional hours).

Ticket 'The Museums of St Mark’s Square’: full price €26.00 per person; reduced 6-14 years €16.50 per person; 0-5 years free.

Secret Itineraries of the Doge's Palace: full price €27.00 person, reduced 6-14 years €15.00 per person.

The price (starting from €251.00 per service) includes the guided tour (€225.00 for 2 hours, minimum duration of the service) and 1 Full Ticket 'The Museums of St Mark’s Square’ (€26.00).

approx 2 hours
  • Private guided tour
  • Ticket 'The Museums of St. Mark's Square' or 'Secret Itineraries of the Doge's Palace'
  • 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).

The minimum duration of the visit is 2 hours: it is possible to agree with the guide of any matters that you wish to investigate further and pause for less time in the rooms that interest you least or prolonging the visit over 2 hours.

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.

The Secret Itineraries of the Doge's Palace are accessible only by reservation (Italian time 9.30am and 11.10am, English time 9.55am and 11.35am); it is not accessible to persons with mobility impairments, pregnant women and children under the age of 6 years, and it is not recommended for those suffering from claustrophobia, vertigo, and cardio-respiratory disorders. The ticket includes entrance to the Doge’s Palace, which is visited at the end of the route planned in the secret itineraries (thus, in this case, it is not necessary to buy a 'St Mark’s Square Museums’ ticket). The Secret Itineraries Tour is accompanied by a specialized guide (who will join the guide) for group up to a maximum of 25 participants. For this reason, to check the availability of the service, requests must be made at least 3 days in advance.

In exceptional cases and/or reasons of force majeure (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 service you booked might be cancelled. If this should happen, you will be informed as soon as possible and, according to the type of service you booked, you will have the possibility to choose between postponing the service on the first date available or receiving a total refund of the price paid, if the cancellation policy of the service itself allows a refund.

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An exclusive private tour of the Doge's Palace in Venice to get in touch with the history, art and secrets of this famous building.

You can make your booking request for a Palazzo Ducale guided tour in Venice directly online - the cost of a private tour of the Doge's palace in Venice also includes the admission fee - and when you book the Doge's Palace guided tour you can agree with our guide an itinerary that reflects both your interests and needs.

Our Doge's Palace private tour will allow you to discover the soul of Venice, a journey through time in this beautiful building, the nerve centre of the Venetian Republic in the past and eternal symbol of the wealth and power that it was able to achieve.

When you book the Doge's Palace Venice tour, you can include the secret itineraries route; our staff will check the availability of the service and will contact you as soon as possible to arrange a tour. The Secret Itineraries are not included in the normal ticket for a Doge's Palace guided tour as they are available by reservation only, with two daily departures for groups up to 25 people. Because the Doge's Palace tour in Venice, Italy is in such demand, requests that include this type of visit should be made at least 3 days in advance.

Your private tourist guide for the Doge's Palace tour in Venice will accompany you to discover the priceless treasures inside: huge rooms, elegant staircases, paintings and works of art - that carry the signature of the great masters such as Titian, Tintoretto, Tiepolo and Veronese that make the entire building one great masterpiece in which architectural elements and styles from different eras coexist harmoniously. The guide will reveal every detail during the Doge's Palace in Venice tour: curiosity, historical facts and legends. Paying more attention to topics that you wish to explore further and lingering in the rooms that you are most passionate about.

The Giant Staircase, the accommodation floor, the Institutional Rooms, the Golden Staircase, the Doge's Apartment, the Hall of the Great Council, the Armoury, the New Prisons, which are accessed through the famous Bridge of Sighs. A succession of beautiful environments and unparalleled masterpieces will take you along one of the most fascinating Palazzo Ducale Venice tours to the museums of Venice!

If you include the Secret Itineraries when you book the Doge's Palace Venice tour tickets for your Palazzo Ducale tour in Venice, you will access other areas not included in the normal course of the visit, amongst them the famous prisons of Wells and Leads – where the famous Giacomo Casanova was imprisoned – the Torture Room, the Inquisitors Hall and that of the Three Heads.

Contact us now to book the Doge's Palace tour: you can book and obtain your ticket for our Doge's Palace in Venice guided tour in one convenient online transaction!

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Reviews for Private guided tour of the Doge's Palace in Venice

Based on 3 Reviews
Reviews in other languages (2) Reviews in italian (1)


Group of friends

Booking No. 1550855

Reviewed on 25 Sep `15

'An excellent tour'

We booked this private tour in Spanish, and it was a pleasure to discover the Dodge's Palace and its Secret Itineraries with our guide. She was an excellent guide, with a vast knowledge of the palace, its history and its secrets. She managed to do the whole tour in a perfect Spanish, to solve all our doubts and to make us feel really comfortable all the time. We really enjoyed the tour and we would recommend it without any trace of a doubt.

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Family with children

Booking No. 1520423

Reviewed on 18 Aug `15


The private tour to Doge Palace is excellent. We were given the phone number of the tour guide and could get in touch with her to confirm the meeting point. The tour guide was very knowledgeable, spoke very good English, and she seemed to know the personnel in Dodg Palace very well, as she could open all the gates and doors by herself - we were visiting the secret chambers, and the entire secret chambers were just us. She explained the architecture of the palace, the history and highlighted some of the important art pieces. My two teengage sons, normally un-interested in tours, were very engaged because her information was very interesting. Also, she also offered us seating whenever possible. Also, the price was very good. For a private tour of 4 and the tour lasts for 2 hours, it is very comparative to a group tour. Also, the booking was very easy. Whenever I have queries for the booking, the repesentative was very prompt to my queries - always within the same business day ( consider the time difference between Venice and US is 8 hours ) Overall, a very delightful experience and definitely will use again. It is a pity that they just work in Veneto regions, if only they could extend to other cities - Roma and Florence.

Reply by Staff

Dear emde,

thank you for you kind review! As for the other cities, we are pleased to inform you that we also work in Tuscany with At the moment we don’t offer any private guided tours but we are working on this service and hope it will be soon possible!

Best regards,
The staff
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