Sunday afternoon in Venice: St Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace

Duration: approx. 2 hours 

Location: Venice


Why choose this experience?

1 A fascinating guided tour to visit the wonders of St Mark’s Basilica and the splendid Doge's Palace including the Bridge of Sighs and the spooky Prisons
2 Spend an exciting afternoon discovering the landmarks of the lagoon city between Venice's past and present
3 A limited number of participants - maximum 30 people - which will allow you to enjoy a calmer visit compared to the other standard tours of Venice

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Important information


all year.

Departure point:

under the Clock Tower in St. Mark's Square, next to Bar Americano.

Departure time
  • Sunday
    3.00 pm
Languages available



Until 31 March 2020
Full: €69.00
Children up to 5 years: free

From 1 April 2020
Full: €79.00
Children up to 5 years: free

approx. 2 hours
  • Guided visit to St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace, including the Bridge of Sighs and the New Prisons
  • Ticket to visit the Golden Pall
  • Admission to 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).

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.

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.

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 (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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This fascinating tour is the perfect chance to discover Venice’s most famous landmarks in a pleasant afternoon itinerary... ‘St Mark’s Basilica & Doge’s Palace’ combined in one afternoon will allow you to admire Venice in all its splendor and get a feel of its age-old atmosphere.

You can take part in an interesting guided tour that will take you inside both St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, cradles of the temporal and spiritual power of the ancient Republic of Venice. Our brilliant guide will get you completely absorbed in a fascinating afternoon tour to show you the best of Venice in just two hours!

The tour will begin inside the millenary walls of St Mark’s Basilica with a guided tour of its gilded interiors. Initially built to house the precious relics of San Marco, stolen by two merchants of Venice in Alexandria of Egypt, St Mark’s Basilica officially became a cathedral only in 1807, after centuries as the palatine church of the Doge’s Palace.

During your visit you will admire some of the countless treasures kept inside, such as the extraordinary mosaics and the famous Pala d'Oro, made with almost two thousand precious stones, gold and cloisonné enamels: a masterpiece of Byzantine art considered one of the most precious objects in the world!

After visiting the Basilica you will move to the Doge’s Palace, a true masterpiece of Venetian Gothic, now home to one of the most prestigious museums in Venice, the Museo Civico di Palazzo Ducale.

Built presumably from the ninth century onwards, and gradually transformed over the centuries until it reached today’s elegant appearance, the Doge’s Palace represented the power and grandeur of the Republic of Venice until its fall.

Inside the sumptuous halls of the Doge’s Palace in Venice you will immerse yourself in the splendor and power of the Serenissima, discovering the treasures inside... Extraordinary painting masterpieces, sophisticated furniture and countless historical and artistic treasures are hidden among the precious environments where the history of Venice was made for a long time.

In addition to the famous Giant’s Staircase, with the statues of Mars and Neptune sculpted by Sansovino, the famous Golden Staircase and the elegant rooms where the history of the Serenissima was decreed, the tour also includes a visit to the Bridge of Sighs and the New Prisons. The elegant suspended structure owes its name to the doomed fate of the condemned who used to cross it: upon crossing the Bridge of Sighs, they relinquished freedom forever before being locked up in the dark rooms of the Prisons.

After the guided tour of the Doge’s Palace, your guide will stop in St Mark’s Square to share some facts on the main buildings facing it,

Book our tour online and treat yourself to an unforgettable Sunday afternoon among the great classics of Venice! St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace will allow you to discover the past and present of the city that the whole world adores.

Would you like to visit the two jewels of Venice during the week? Book our tour 'St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace skip-the-line tours' available from Monday to Saturday at 10.45 am!

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Young couple

Booking No. 1916922

Reviewed on 06 Aug `19


Giovanna is a guide very competent and nice! The tour was very good, we'll remember it for many years! Hearty greetings from Sidney





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Solo traveler

Booking No. 1891731

Reviewed on 21 Feb `19


EXCELLENT TOUR! St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace are simply extraordinary!

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Young couple

Booking No. 1885404

Reviewed on 08 Nov `18

'Really nice'

Our guide was knowledgeable. She was local Venetian, she's very proud of her heritage and her culture. With her explanations, our guide has made the tour even more interesting!

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