Saint Mark's Extravaganza

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Rated: 5.00

Level of activity: Easy

Saint Mark's Extravaganza

Activity highlights

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

During this combined tour of 2 hours in Venice, Italy, you will have a walking guided tour inside Saint Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace. 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 Saint 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.

Learn how Venice lost out on the trade routes and when the new World was discovered, leaving Venice medieval forever. We enter inside Saint Marks 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 Marks 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 Marks Basilica.

The tour then continues to The Doge's Palace "Palazzo Ducale", a magnificent combination of Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance architecture, the centre of the Venetian Empire and the seat of the Venetian Government.

It was once the residence of the Doge, the elected ruler of the city. Listen to our informative guide as you pass through its lavish chambers, which display masterpieces by Tintoretto, Titian and Veronese.

Hear about the different roles played by the Doge and his counsellors, be entertained by our informative guide and learn about the history of the Venetian legends as you walk through the eerie, narrow passageways towards the prison cells whilst learning about the prisoners and of course, Casanova, perhaps Venice's most famous and intriguing escapee.

Take advantage of our expert guide, hear anecdotes about this remarkable city and its historical characters, Casanova, Marco Polo to name two. This walk 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) and entrace ticket of 18€ to enter into the Palace;
  • 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;
  • Secret itinerary - we do not enter into these rooms.

Good to know

  • Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time;
  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible;
  • Maximum group size is 25 people;
  • This activity operates rain or shine;
  • Shoulders and knees must be covered in the Basilica;
  • Backpacks are not allowed inside the Basilica and Doge's Palace;
  • This is a combination tour and we do not stop between tours;
  • Our assistant will be holding an orange umbrella and a sign with the name of the tour so she is easy to find;
  • On very few occasions Saint Mark's Basilica may be closed due to public holidays, private events or high water and we are not always informed in advance. The Basilica and the Square will be done externally only and the Doge's Palace will be 1-hour and 30 minutes; total length of tour (Basilica + Doge's Palace) 2 hours.

Itinerary

  • Exteriors sites of Saint Mark's Square;
  • Inside the Basilica of Saint Mark;
  • "Pala d'Oro" - Golden Altar;
  • Full visit of the Doge’s Palace and the prison cells. 

Last 5 reviews

  • “Excellent and informative guide. Very enjoyable!”

    Reviewed by Adam – United Kingdom on October 25th, 2016

    Excellent, enjoyable visit with a knowledgeable guide.  
  • Perfect

    Reviewed by David – Vancouver, Canada on July 11th, 2016

    Right amount of time. Right amount of walking.   
  • "Very good"

    Reviewed by Ingrid - Netherlands on May 23rd, 2016

    Booked this tour to skip the lines in front of the basilica. The tourguide spoke english very wel and was charming
  • “Guided tour of St Marks Basilica and the Doges Palace”

    Reviewed by David B - a Trip Advisor Contributor on May 16th, 2016

    We turned up for our guided tour expecting a group but there was only the two of us ! Our guide was really knowledgeable, friendly and understandable. Money well spent. 
  • “Saint Mark's and Doges Palace”

    Reviewed by jch11714 Rodeo, California - TripAdvisor Community on September 21st, 2015

    We enjoyed the knowledgeable tour guide and appreciated the fact that we did not have to wait in line for these popular tourist attractions. Well worth the money especially for first time visitors to Venice. 
  • Reviewed by Helen C Oldbury - Trip Advisor Community on June 12th, 2015

    We did two tours together-The Basillica and Doges palace. Guide knowledgeable and only used English.

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