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Saint Mark's Basilica Tour

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Rated: 4.63

Level of activity: Easy

Saint Mark's Basilica Tour

Activity highlights

  • 1 hour walking tour of Saint Mark's Square and inside the Saint Mark's Basilica;
  • Small group tour (maximum 25 people);
  • Experience the Basilica without queues with the Skip-the-line entrance to the Saint Mark's Basilica; 
  • Entrance to the Pala D'oro: visit the Golden Altar created by the Venetain Goldsmiths;
  • Fully licensed English speaking guide.

On this essential guided walking tour in Venice, discover the main sights of St Mark's Square and enter into the Basilica of St Mark with skip-the-tine tickets avoiding the queues. You will be intrigued by the fascinating history of La Serenissima and discover what it is like to live in this unique city.

Walking around this open air museum our informative guide will take you to the external sights of St Mark's Square, the Doge's palace, the Sansovino library, the Bell tower, the incredible legends of the Clock tower and the Bridge of sighs and its adjoining prisons. You will discover the extraordinary architectural master pieces and why they were built that way.

With our guided tour learn how Venice lost out on the trade routes and when the new World was discovered, leaving Venice medieval forever (avoiding the public queues with our special pass). We enter inside St Mark's Basilica, which majestically symbolizes the lagoon and enshrines the city’s history and Saints relics. With its awe – inspiring gold mosaics our talented guide will walk you through to one of the main highlights of the Saint Mark's Basilica, the “Pala d’Oro” (Golden altar), with masterpieces by generations of Venetian Goldsmiths, universally recognized as one of the most refined and accomplished works of Byzantine craftsmanship and the most precious treasure in the Saint Mark's Basilica.

Take advantage of our expert guide, hear anecdotes about this remarkable city and its historical characters, Casanova, Marco Polo to name two. This cultural walking tour is an absolute must for the first time visitor, leaving you knowing so much more about this not so practical but precious city.

What's included

  • Live tour commentaty provided in English with a professional guide;
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly;
  • Tour guide equipped with microphone;
  • Skip-the-line and entrance fee to the Pala D'Oro (4 Euros);
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines. 

What's not included

  • Optional gratuities;
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off;
  • Food and drink, unless specified;
  • Does not include the upper floor of the Basilica.

Good to know

  • From 20/11/2016 for security reasons all bags and backpacks are strictly not allowed and you are not admitted to the tour. Use the free deposit close to the church.
  • Appropriate clothing is required: shoulders and knees must be covered when entering into the Church;
  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure;
  • Our assistant will be holding an orange umbrella and a sign with the name of the tour;
  • Children are free up to 5 years old;
  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible;
  • Some days, due to religious events or exceptionally high water, the Basilica may be closed. In this case the tour will be done externally.

Itinerary

  • Exteriors sites of Saint Mark's Square;
  • Inside the Basilica of Saint Mark;
  • "Pala d'Oro" - Golden Altar.

Last 5 reviews

  • "Uitstekend!"

    Reviewed by Johanna Maria - Netherlands on June 20th, 2016

    De gids wist de groep mee te slepen in haar gedegen uitleg! 
  • Reviewed by Hans - Copenhagen, Denmark on April 18th, 2016

    "On time, great knowledge, efficient voice system" We saw the waiting line to the church. How lucky to have booked in advance.
  • "All beautiful but it was too short"

    Reviewed by Ana – Linz, Austria on August 10th, 2015

    "All beautiful but it was too short"
  • Reviewed by Relinda M on August 3rd, 2015

    Interesting, you could see Mark square from the balcony giving you a different view of the place.
  • Reviewed by GARY M. on August 3rd, 2015

    Guide was a little hard to understand and my teenage kids lost interest. Church was beautiful and where Saint Mark is buried is amazing to see.
  • Reviewed by gandjnelson on June 11th, 2015

    Great. Our tour guide was wonderful very informative.
  • Reviewed by William C on June 11th, 2015

    Excellent tour! It was a small group and the guide was fabulous! She was very knowledgeable, energetic, and kind. We really enjoyed the tour!
  • Reviewed by carlos on June 11th, 2015

    Excellent. The guide was very knowledgeable and engaging which made for a very interesting tour. And of course, the star of the show is the interior of the Basilica: utterly amazing.
  • Reviewed by Leonard L on June 11th, 2015

    Excellent and good English speaking guides.
  • Reviewed by Philip E on June 11th, 2015

    This was a very nice tour, with only 15 people, and the guide spoke good English, had a lot of knowledge and a great sense of humor. His pace was just right to see everything and explain things in good detail, but not too much. Very enjoyable tour with good audio in the Basilica.
  • Reviewed by Soumit Naha on June 11th, 2015

    It was good. The guide was quite understanding and waited everytime we fell behind as we had a stroller.
  • Reviewed by Joanne O on June 8th, 2015

    Glad we booked this tour - very informative and we would not have known so much about the history of Venice and St Mark's Square if we had not gone ont this tour. Our guide was lovely and her English was excellent. Perfect length of tour if you are only in Venice for a few days.
  • Reviewed by Carol J. T on June 8th, 2015

    Our guide was both personable and very well acquainted with her surrroundings. Her knowledge was as great asher personality.
  • Reviewed by Katharine E on May 25th, 2015

    The tour was terrific. The guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. We had a great time. And we skipped the long lines.
  • Reviewed by Caroline on May 25th, 2015

    Wonderful tour...Iphigenia was a TERRIFIC Guide! Great way to start the Venice visit!
  • Reviewed by Jeremiah O on May 25th, 2015

    I highly recommend this tour of saint marks the guide was great he explained everything both in the square and the cathedral
  • Reviewed by Jonathan S J on May 25th, 2015

    I thought this tour was well done. It would be better to let people know that they can go upstairs for an extra fee before we leave the building.
  • Reviewed by Jemma L on May 13th, 2015

    Didn't exactly skip the line thanks to the flooding....but a very informative trip!  
  • Reviewed by Regina F on May 13th, 2015

    Extremely informative - geat insight to St. Mark's church. It was wonder ful to not wait ont he very long lines.  
  • Reviewed by Vicki on May 13th, 2015

    Very interesting tour. My son and I both enjoyed this very much. I would recommend this wholeheartedly especially after seeing the line waiting each day to get in. It was at times hard to understand our guides accent but she did her best to make it all very interesting and entertaining. St. Mark's is breathtaking.  
  • Reviewed by Victor L on May 13th, 2015

    for the price and getting a sense of what you arte looking at worthwhile  
  • Reviewed by Bonita R on May 13th, 2015

    Great tour. Hits all the main highlights of the area. I would recommend this tour. We booked four different tours with this company. Be sure to check the time of year for high water. Rain boots are sold at the local kiosk for around 15 euro.  
  • Reviewed by HERR PETER H. on April 27th, 2015

    This tour was amazing!
  • Reviewed by Gilbert B on April 24th, 2015

    If you go to St Mark's Square I would recomend this tour. No queing, the Basilica is fantastic. You can hear everything the rep. sayes because of the earpiece that you are provided with. It was very interesting the facts about the history not boreing at all. We did the one hour tour but would have liked to carry on to the Doge Palace mabe next time. Just a note if you have a drink in the square afterwards they charge extra to listen to the music it is 12euro + drinks.
  • Reviewed by Francine G on April 24th, 2015

    Very good tour guide. The flooding at the Piazza made the tour somewhat exhausting.
  • Reviewed by Jennifer B on April 22nd, 2015

    Good guide and interesting tour but at end we were ushered outside to finish off and then found we could not get back into St. Mark's to visit shop. Would be better to finish inside.
  • Reviewed by Anthony D on April 22nd, 2015

    Excellent commentary
  • Reviewed by Deanne N on April 22nd, 2015

    Skip the line is a great asset
  • Reviewed by Katherine F on April 22nd, 2015

    We had a very small group because three people did not show. Since there were only four of us, we did not need the headsets and had a fantastic experience! Our guide was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. I would highly recommend this tour!
  • Reviewed by JOHN N on April 20th, 2015

    Well organized and very informative this was an enjoyable tour
  • Reviewed by Michael S on April 20th, 2015

    We thought it was a good idea for getting to know St Marks Square and a good basis from which to plan the rest of our holiday by creating the tours to our own tastes.
  • Reviewed by Susan S on April 20th, 2015

    Very good organisation. A knowledgable guide. A good trip!
  • Reviewed by Savvas R on April 20th, 2015

    Excellent.
  • Great tour of the Basilica

    Reviewed by ki_bum2205 - Perth, Australia on April 13th, 2015

    We used Venice Event's tour of the Basilica. The tour guide provided a great narrative and lots of historical information. Recommended!  
  • Brilliant Tour

    Reviewed by Lian on October 6th, 2014

    Just a quick note to say that the Basilica tour to be  brilliant.  The guide was incredibly knowledgeable about Venice and made the tour both interesting and fun.

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