3-Hour Legendary Venice: St. Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace Tour - Escorted Day Tour
Skip long lines at the two top attractions in Venice and allow our local guide to immerse you in the story of the rise and fall of the Venetian Empire. As you explore the Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica, you'll hear the facts, legends and lore of how this city literally grew out of the sea to become one of the greatest powers in Medieval Europe.
Step inside the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica to learn the history of Venice, one captivating tale after another. You'll meet your local guide in St. Mark's Square, one of the loveliest public squares in all of Europe, before using your pre-reserved tickets to skip long lines for a complete St Marks Basilica tour.
Inside, you'll encounter opulence at a level you can barely imagine. With 43,000 square feet of golden mosaics glowing above your head, you'll explore this vast church and hear the story of how it was founded through angelic prophecy and, um, grave robbing; as well as how it grew along with the foturnes of Venice, which weren't always the most scrupulous. With special access, you'll also get to see some of it's most coveted treasures, like the beautiful Pala d'Oro altarpiece, and the first level, where you'll find the famous bronze horses (they have a great story) and get closer to the mosaics. Finally, step out onto the balcony of the church for a beautiful view over St. Mark's Square, the Doge's Palace and the lagoon beyond.
Next up, your skip the line Doge's Palace tour. Walk through the palace doors and enter into the administrative and political heart of an empire that once encompassed much of the Mediterranean. You'll explore the general access rooms, as well as the incredible council chamber where the Doges held their most important meetings under frescoes by Veronese and Tintoretto. As you marvel at the architecture and decorations, your guide will tell you about all the backstabbing and skullduggery that went on behind the scenes here; and why one of the Doges has been covered with a veil in his official portrait.
You'll also walk through the palace armory, featuring all the weapons that Venice used to defend its trade routes; as well as the New Prisons, where inmates could be thrown for a litanny of offenses that were deemed threatening to life in the lagoon. On the way you'll stroll across the famous Bridge of Sighs, which, as your guide will tell you, isn't quite as romantic as you might have thought.
Led by a local tour guide, this tour is the most enjoyable (and affordable) way to get a taste for the history of Venice. And with Skip the Line access at both the busiest sites in the city, it's the best way to make the most of your time on the islands of Venice.
0 nights from $82 per person
With a great historic past and incomparable art treasures, Venice is renowned as one of the world’s great cities. Its 118 islands are separated by more than 150 canals and spanned by 400 bridges. During Venice's artistic golden age many magnificent structures were erected to create world-famous masterpieces. One of the best sightseeing routes is along Grand Canal, with many palaces lining the famous waterway. St. Mark’s Square offers access to some of Venice’s most famed attractions - St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace. From Piazza San Marco, a maze of narrow streets are lined with shops, cafés and restaurants. A popular pastime is sitting at an outdoor café facing the square while people-watching and letting the whole marvelous scenario unfold. Venice’s Murano, Burano and Torcello Islands comprise an area famous as home of Venice’s glass-blowing industry and known for their charm, skilled lace-making and medieval monuments. Relax on a gondola ride, see art treasures in museums, churches and palaces, and have a sumptuous meal - all in this incomparable city.
Valid Travel Dates
- 3 hour escorted tour
- Skip the Line St. Mark’s Basilica tickets
- Skip the Line Doge’s Palace tickets
- Expert local tour guide
- Small group of no more than 25 people
- St. Mark's Basilica
- St. Mark’s Square
- Doge’s Palace (general access rooms)
- New Prisons
- Bridge of Sighs
Note: This is a DAY TOUR with no hotel accommodations included. Price may vary by date of travel and currency rate fluctuations; please inquire for the best prices for your preferred travel dates.
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