Guided tour

Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with Pala d'Oro Access

Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with Pala d'Oro Access

From $95.80 per person

Skip the long lines at Doge’s Palace and visit St. Mark’s Basilica to see its opulent Pala d’Oro altar. Admire beautiful mosaics and impressive artworks alongside an expert guide.

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Duration options: 2 hours
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Private or small groups available
  • Enjoy skip-the-line entry to Doge's Palace an see its art masterpieces
  • Cross the Bridge of Sighs and reach the prison cell of Giacomo Casanova
  • Visit Saint Mark's Basilica and see its famous bronze horses
  • Admire a beautiful view of Saint Mark's Square from the basilica's terrace
  • View the Pala d’Oro altar decorated with thousands of gems and precious stones
Full description
Discover two of Venice’s most iconic buildings on a guided tour with skip-the-line access to the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. See impressive artworks and magnificent interiors and admire the beauty of the gem-encrusted Pala d’Oro altar. Meet your expert guide and enjoy priority access to Doge’s Palace, the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Immerse yourself in the European Middle Ages and see masterpieces of art adorning the walls of the palace. Relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the Bridge of Sighs at the palace and experience the inside of the prison cell that once hosted Giacomo Casanova. Step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Take in the beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder. Lastly, view the opulent Pala d’Oro, the high altar of the basilica, decorated with thousands of gems and precious stones.
  • Saint Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace guided tour
  • Access to Saint Mark's Basilica
  • Access to Pala d'Oro
  • Access to Doge's Palace
  • Access to Bridge of Sighs
  • Live tour guide
  • Access to St. Mark’s Museum
  • Access to Piombi Prisons
  • Access to Pozzi Prisons
  • Access to The Doge’s Apartments

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Meeting point

St. Mark's Square 15, 30124 Venice. Meet 15 minutes before in front of the clock tower (the blue one with the bell on top) next to the Yex change office in St. Mark's Square, Venice. Look for the assistant with the white 'TURIVE TOUR' sign.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Water

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Backpacks

Know before you go

  • Tours will not enter the basilica until further notice. When possible, tours will visit the terrace and the museum instead
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 123 reviews

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What a wonderful experience! The tour guide Natalia was wonderful. She shone with charm and honesty (she told us what interests her and not any year). And so it was. You got a multifaceted impression of the history of the city, the life and death in old Venice. Definitely recommendable. The general procedure: Photography in the Palazzo Ducale is allowed, but without a flash (so bring a bright lens). Backpacks are given directly in the courtyard of the palazzo, the tour guide takes care of it. Photography in the Basilica di San Marco is strictly forbidden (even if some Querolanten do it), backpacks must also be handed in. There is a depot nearby for this.

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August 18, 2018

Die Vorfreude war schon sehr groß, aufmerksame Mitarbeiter empfingen uns. Die Führung im Dogenpalast war außerordentlich gekonnt - eine hervorragende Führerin, die mit Charm sehr viele, gute Informationen versprühte - der Dogenpalast - einfach toll Dann ging es zum Markusdom - hier ging die Freude zur Führung weiter. Allein das Auge staunte, dann die ausgezeichneten Informationen zu Details, der Geschichte - ich kann nur loben. Für mich und meinen Mann kann ich nur sagen, eine gute Führung ist eine Bereicherung für die Tage in Venedig. Danke

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February 16, 2020


Great Tour ! Queuing was arduous

Excellent Guide

June 7, 2019

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