Skip the line: Doge's Palace Guided Tour

Duration: approx. 1 hour and 15 minutes  Location: Venice
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8.5/10

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36.00
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Why choose this experience?

1 Because it will allow you to get in touch with the fascinating history of Venice during a visit to the sumptuous Doge’s apartments and the rooms where the history of Venice was decided
2 Because you will admire the works of the great artists who have graced its interior, such as Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto, and many others
3 To cross the famous Bridge of Sighs and visit the dungeons of the Republic of Venice, where Giacomo Casanova was imprisoned

Inside the majestic Palazzo Ducale in Venice, Italy a tour of Doge's Palace to discover the precious rooms where, for centuries, the history of the powerful Republic of Venice was determined.

Our fascinating Palazzo Ducale Venice Tour takes you to the most important places of the ancient Republic of Venice, the richly decorated rooms of the Doge's Apartment with its large enclosed courtyard, up to the Armoury, the terrible dungeons and the famous Venice Bridge of sighs: a complete visit to learn and fully appreciate the splendid Doge's Palace in Venice, Italy.

Thanks to this fascinating Venice Doge's Palace tour, you will be transported back in time to the centuries when Venice was at its golden age and the Doge's Palace was the centre of the political power of the Serenissima.

A detailed guided tour that will show you the treasures hidden in the Doge's Palace in Venice, from the masterpieces of the great artists who helped to enhance the splendour of the Republic of Venice to the sumptuous details of the sculptures and decorative elements.

The duration of the Doge's Palace tour in Venice will be about an hour, during which you can admire the Opera Museum, which houses the ancient capitals of the porch and portico of Doge's Palace, which form a fascinating allegorical 'speech' balanced between the sacred and the profane, history and legend, astronomy and astrology in a kind of poem in stone with human figures, animals, plants, symbols and signs of the zodiac, the ancient honour entrance of the Doge's Palace, the Giant's Staircase, with the two statues of Mars and Neptune sculpted by Sansovino, the Lodge Atrium, from which you can admire the picturesque views of the courtyard of the Doge's Palace and St Mark's Square, the famous Golden Staircase, with marble statues dedicated to Atlas and Hercules, elegant surroundings where the history of the Republic of Venice was determined, the Institutional Chambers, outlined by a decorative program that celebrates the functions and virtues of Venice.

Our tour also includes a visit to the famous Sighs Bridge Venice, Italy, which connects the Doge's Palace to the New Prisons. Built in 1614, the Bridge of Sighs was later covered and divided into two parallel corridors connected to a stair that leads from the Wells to the Piombi (the Leads). Its sad nickname refers to the convicts who, when crossing it, exhaled their last breath in freedom before serving their sentences in the prisons of Venice.

There are many itineraries which explore Doge's Palace, Venice: but our tour, facilitated by an expert Venetian tourist guide, wants you to discover the magic of this age-old building that has witnessed firsthand the development of the troubled history of Venice.

venetoinside.com offers you the opportunity to book your visit to the Doge's Palace in Venice at fixed times and conveniently online, so that you can enjoy this unique journey in a tranquil manner to discover the treasures in the ancient Doge's Palace of Venice.

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Important info

Availability:

all year, except for 25 December and 1 January.

Departure point:

under the Clock Tower in St. Mark's Square.

Departure time

Daily

From 1 April to 31 October
10.45 am
2.15 pm (only in English)

From 1 November to 31 March
10.45 am

Languages available

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

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

Prices

From 1 April to 31 October
Full: €36.00
Concessions
Children up to 5 years: free

From 1 November to 31 March
Full: €36.00
Concessions
Children up to 5 years: free

Duration
approx. 1 hour and 15 minutes
Inclusions
  • Guided tour
  • Admission to the Doge’s Palace
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.

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 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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101 reviews for Skip the line: Doge's Palace Guided Tour

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10/10

Stef

July 2017

Mature couple

ROMANIA

Reviewed on 18 Jul `17 - Booking No. 1794786

'Impressive'

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Skip the line: Doge's Palace Guided Tour

Many details, great tour

Strengths

a lot of information

Weaknesses

-

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8.5/10

The Monk

May 2017

Solo traveler

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 06 Jun `17 - Booking No. 1738139

'Excellent Experience'

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Skip the line: Doge's Palace Guided Tour

Excellent experience. Tour was great and very informative. Worth every penny.

Strengths

Knowledgeable tour guide.

Weaknesses

A lot of steps.


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear The Monk,

thank you for your review! About the steps… As you should have seen, the Doge’s Palace is very big… We think it’s worth a bit effort to fully appreciate it, don’t you?

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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8.5/10

Robert

May 2017

Mature couple

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 06 Jun `17 - Booking No. 1761936

'Knowledgeable Guide, (rude check-in)'

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The experience started out on a bad note. There was nobody at the check-in at the time we were told to arrive. They got there a little late and the woman who checked us in was rather unpleasant. She had a lofty opinion of herself for no apparent reason. Our guide, however, Stephanie, was extremely informative and charming.

Strengths

Our guide had studied history and art and it was extremely apparent. She presented material in an informed and understandable manner.

Weaknesses

As previously mentioned, our check-in agent arrived late, had quite an attitude and was unpleasant.


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear Robert,

we are pleased you appreciated the tour and the guide despite the not very welcoming treatment at the meeting point. We will do further investigation on this matter in order to recognize who was in charge on that day and try to prevent other similar situations from happening again. Our apologies for this!

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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10/10

Mone

May 2017

Other

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 02 Jun `17 - Booking No. 1737134 - Service sold by a Distribution Partner of Insidecom srl

'Amazing'

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Skip the line: Doge's Palace Guided Tour

Would highly recommend this tour!

Strengths

The guide was brilliant, so much knowledge and enthusiasm. You could tell that she loved her job. Also, the tickets last 3 months and can be used in two other museums, which we didn't know until after the tour.

Weaknesses

Would have been great to have had the tickets before hand to make the most of them. We didn't get chance to use them for the other museums as we booked our tour for the end of our trip.


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear Mone,

thank you for your kind review! Unfortunately it is not possibile to obtain the tickets before the tour because they are connected to the voucher you are required to show to the staff at the tour meeting point.

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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0.5/10

Linda

May 2017

Group of friends

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 25 May `17 - Booking No. 16136877

'Doge's Palace'

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Skip the line: Doge's Palace Guided Tour

Terrible, there was no one there to meet us. The three of us spread out and checked every area in St. Mark's square, even had someone at the entrance to the Doge, asked other tour guides, no one could find your company. We did not get a tour and had to pay for our own entrance with no tour. Very disappointed, we arrived early, searched everywhere. I don't know how we could have missed them with one of us at the entrance to the Doge.

Strengths

-

Weaknesses

No tour


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear Linda,

we are sorry you were not able to find the guide and attend the tour as planned. Please consider that this a regular tour, which means that it operates daily, at the same time and meeting point. On May 8th the tour started regularly, thus if you have been at the meeting point 10 minutes before the departure time indicated on your voucher, you would have certainly met the guide. As an alternative, you could have written or phoned us in order to reschedule your tour… We regret this did not happen, since you would have the chance to attend the tour another day!

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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8.5/10

Jo.L.

May 2017

Mature couple

BELGIUM

Reviewed on 20 May `17 - Booking No. 1712979

'Tour in Doge Palace'

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Skip the line: Doge's Palace Guided Tour

Interesting tour you can't miss if you are willing to understand the history of Venice.

Strengths

Terrific guide providing lots of details

Weaknesses

None

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10/10

Rob & Judi

April 2017

Mature couple

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 19 May `17 - Booking No. 1733315 - Service sold by a Distribution Partner of Insidecom srl

'Doge's Palace for Grown Ups'

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Very enjoyable tour of the Doges Palace and dungeons. The tour guide pointed out the magnificent artwork and explained how each room in the palace was used. An excellent tour, we recommend it highly.

Strengths

Just the right length

Weaknesses

-

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3/10

Sm

April 2017

Family with children

FRANCE

Reviewed on 19 May `17 - Booking No. 1715965

'Doge palace'

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Skip the line: Doge's Palace Guided Tour

Although Veronica our guide, was obviously passionate about history, she was hardly intelligible in English. Unable to connect w teenagers. Failed to point out amazing 3D details in golden Stairs which would have been a sure way to grab people's attention. Next time I'll definitely rent the audio guide.


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear Sm,

we are sorry that you were not completely satisfied with the guide. We can assure you that the guide in charge with your tour has been working as Venice guide for a long time, getting positive feedbacks from many people. We regret this was not your case! Anyway, since the quality of the guide service is a key asset for our company, we have already sent your complaint to Veronica asking her for more attention to the quality of her service.

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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9/10

Bobbyl

April 2017

Mature couple

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 19 May `17 - Booking No. 1718895

'An experience to remember'

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Skip the line: Doge's Palace Guided Tour

This was an excellent tour with a superb and considerate guide who helped us considerably as we are a couple with some walking difficulties. She was pleasant friendly and very informative. Our only complaint was the limited information with regard to the meeting point. The map provided did not show the meeting point clearly, the square was crowded making it difficult to spot the guides. Far better if the instructions could say, for example, meet opposite the Travelex money exchange close to the Basilica

Strengths

The guide

Weaknesses

as above, instructions for the meeting point


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear Bobbyl,

thank you for your precious feedback! Actually, we try to provide our customers with clear and detail instructions about reaching the tour meeting point. Unfortunately, it is not easy to provide clear directions in Venice, especially if the meeting point is located in a very crowded place, such as St. Mark's Square. We will try to be even clearer than before in conveying this information!

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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9/10

CHILE

March 2017

Family with children

CHILE

Reviewed on 21 Mar `17 - Booking No. 16142927

'PALACIO DUCAL'

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MUY BUENO EL TOURS .. GUIA CON MUCHO CONOCMIENTO

Strengths

EXPLICACIONES AMENAS Y DIDACTICAS

Weaknesses

SERIA BUENO INCORPORAR Y MINI LIBRO O FOLETO ESCRITO DE APOYO

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