Led by a highly-specialized guide, this tour lets you enjoy the privilege of a carefully designed, small group tour of ancient Venice's political and religious sites and learn about their eventful history. 

Start your Palazzo Ducale Venice tour following your guide across St. Mark's Square, a showpiece which beautifully represents the splendor of Venice's past.  The largest square in the city and the only one given the title of "piazza" (all the others are called "campi"), St. Mark's Square has always hosted the city’s most important government and ecclesiastical buildings.  Flanked by the arcaded Procuratie building and Correr Museum, the square is crowned by the Venetian-Byzantine domes of Venice's main cathedral, the grandiose St. Mark's Basilica.  Founded in the 9th century to house the remains of St. Mark, it burned down in 976 and was rebuilt as we see it today: a profusion of polychrome domes, a Greek cross layout and walls clad in marbles from Syria, Egypt and Palestine.  Inside there are over 8000 square meters of luminous mosaics.  Enter the Basilica with hassle-free skip-the-line tickets and get ready to be surprised by the glittering ceiling mosaics (many made with 24-carat gold leaf), the basilica's oldest mosaics (Apostles with the Madonna), and the three golden domes.

Your Palazzo Ducale Venice tour's main highlight is the visit to the Doge's Palace.  This light and airy masterpiece of gothic architecture was once the seat of the government, Palace of Justice and state prison.  The Doge's official residence was probably moved here in the 10th century, although the building you admire now was erected starting no earlier than 1340 and the palace gained its current aspect in 1424, with the addition of the last wing.  Today the palace houses paintings by world-celebrated artists such as Titian, Tiepolo, Tintoretto and Veronese, and hosts Venice’s grand Carnival ball.  Walk into the grand central courtyard and experience the thrill of journeying back in time, learn all about the palace's history, mysteries and captivating legends.  Admire the "Opera Museum," which boasts an astonishing collection of portraits including Renaissance and Mannerism masterpieces and prominent "Venitian school" paintings by Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese.

Crown your Palazzo Ducale Venice tour walking over the famous Bridge of Sighs, and learn the story behind the origin of its name.

We also offer a private version of this tour.  For that option, please click this link: Private Venice Doge's Palace Secrets & St. Mark's Basilica Tour.

Rates - including tax

Type Rate
Adult Rate
(Per Person, Ages 13+):
$150.94
Child Rate
(Per Person, Ages 4-12):
$105.36
Child - Free
(Ages 3 and Under):
$0.00

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Tour / Activity Details

4 hours
2:00 pm - Monday through Friday

48 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required.  Maximum 15 persons per tour.  Tour does not include local hotel pick-up; the convenient meeting point will be specified on your E-Ticket.  Rates are per person in US dollars.  Please order online or call us in the USA at 212-852-4822 to order or for more information.

There is a $6.95 USD processing fee per order. This is a flat fee regardless of the number of tickets or tours purchased on an order. There is a service charge per ticket. This charge will be reflected on your summary before you checkout. The total shown at checkout includes any fuel surcharges, service charges and tax. There are no additional charges, unless otherwise specified.

Tour / Activity Policies

Cancellation Policy: There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change Fee Policy: If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

Tour / Activity Description

Covid-19 Protocols Updates

  • Currently, all European Community citizens must show the Green Pass, as well as a document of recognition at the entrance of the main Italian monuments and museums, as well as every indoor bar and restaurant
  • For guests arriving from outside Europe, the following items must be provided for entrance - 1) proof of Covid vaccination, or the negative result of the Covid test 48 hrs prior the museum entrance, and 2) a document of recognition.
  • Those who do not possess the specified documents will NOT be able to enter. No exceptions or refund will be made.
  • The wearing of a face mask is currently mandatory in all indoor public spaces in Italy.

 

Important Notes

  • Because this tour includes a walking element, please specify any special need or impaired mobility during the ordering process so your hosts can do their best to accomodate them.
  • Even with skip the line entrance, there is still a compulsory security check which may cause some delays.
  • During the ordering process, you must agree to provide specific emailed agreement to the guides' standard Rain Policy and Terms and Conditions, which will be sent to you along with your E-Ticket.

 

Included

  • Guided walking tour
  • Licensed, English-speaking guide
  • Small group experience limited to 15 participants
  • Skip-the-line entrance to St. Mark's Basilica and Terraces (exclusive)
  • Guided tour of St. Mark's Basilica
  • Access to the Palazzo Ducale

 

Not Included

  • Food or Beverages
  • Optional guide gratuity

 

48 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required.  Maximum 15 persons per tour.  Tour does not include local hotel pick-up; the convenient meeting point will be specified on your E-Ticket.  Rates are per person in US dollars.  Please order online or call us in the USA at 212-852-4822 to order or for more information.

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