View of the front Entrance of St Mark Basilica in Venice
View of the Doge's Palace from the Grand Canal
Beautiful view of the Rialto Bridge
View of the inside of the St Mark Basilica
Guided tour of the Doge's Palace
Skip the Line

Best of Venice Tour with St. Mark's Basilica Terrace View & Doge's Palace

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4 h.
Sun, Tue, Thu, Fri & Sat
09:00, 13:30 & 15:00

  • In just 4 hours, we’ll unpack the enigma of Venice for you while showing you the colorful streets, canals and must-see buildings at the heart of this World Heritage location.
  • We’ll take you through winding streets to show you where Casanova and Marco Polo lived, unravel the important art collections of Doge’s Palace and point out the gold mosaics in St. Mark’s Basilica. We also give you special access to the St Mark’s Terrace for you to soak up the picturesque view of the lagoon and Piazza San Marco.
  • Your small group of 20 people will skip the lines with an expert English-speaking guide who will share with you the tales and stories that wait for you in this city. Terrace entry fee is also included with your tour.

Enjoy your unique Venice tour experience

What's Included

  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of 20 people or less
  • Skip the Line Access to St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Entrance ticket to the terraces of St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Skip the line Access and entrance ticket to the Doge’s Palace
  • This tour is divided into two parts. Between the first and the second part there will be some free time
  • Gratuities

Sites Visited

  • St. Mark’s Basilica* (Skip the Line)
  • Terraces of St. Mark’s Basilica*
  • Doge’s Palace inside visit (1 hour 50 min. tour)
  • View of Grand Canal
  • Rialto Bridge
  • Marco Polo’s house (exterior)
  • Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo
  • Campo SM Formosa
  • Bridge of Sighs
  • Columns of San Marco and the Lion of Venice

Our Best of Venice Walking Tour and Doge’s Palace tour is perfect for visitors with only a limited time in Venice, who want to get a true taste of the city. In just a few hours we take you to the most famous sites in the city, seeing the Rialto Bridge and venturing inside St, Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. We’ll also visit some quieter spots among the winding streets and piazzas of Venice, where you can get a feel for what it is to live in this floating city.

Walk from the Rialto Bridge to the Heart of Venice

Our tour starts at one of Venice’s must-see sights, the Rialto Bridge. Then it’s through the winding streets and over the tiny bridges of Venice as we delve into the heart of the city. Accompanied by an expert, English-speaking guide, you’ll see Marco Polo’s house and hear about the Venetian son who went to sea one day and came back with stories of China. Learn about the history of the culture of Venice, from its beginning as an uninhabitable marsh, to one of the world’s most popular visitor destinations.

As you walk, you’ll encounter the lively piazzas of Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo and Campo Santa Maria Formosa, where Byzantine influences, Renaissance buildings, and modern structures tell the eclectic story of the city’s development.

Explore the Bridge of Sighs & St. Mark's Square

Next, we pass the Bridge of Sighs before coming to the heart of Venice – St. Mark’s Square, once pronounced the “finest drawing room in all of Europe” by Napoleon. With Skip the Line Access we’ll get straight inside St. Mark’s Basilica, saving precious vacation time that would otherwise have been wasted in line. Marvel at the diversity of Venetian culture, where eastern architecture and western design have blended to create a structure with an onion dome, before following your guide through the beautiful frescoes inside the basilica.

Save Time with Skip the Line Access

Special access means we’ll steal some extra time inside the basilica when we climb up to the first-floor terraces. Rarely included on guided tours, the terraces offer beautiful views over the piazza, photo opportunities, and some downtime to soak up everything you have learned on your walking tour.

Discover the History of the Doge's Palace

One of the highlights of our tour comes at the end when we visit the Doge’s Palace. Once home to the Duke of Venice and the city’s courts, it is the center of Venetian history – and as one of the world’s oldest republics, that’s quite a history. We’ll explore all the best sights of the palace open to the public, from spectacular works produced on demand by artistic masters Tintoretto and Veronese to the evidence of the genius checks and balances that made the republic so successful.

Learn More with our Expert Guides

With your guide on hand to lead you through the most important rooms, to explain magnificent frescoes and to tell you the tales behind every nook and cranny, your visit to the Doge’s Palace will be the perfect way to wrap up your tour through the history and culture of Venice. Small group sizes of 20 people or less and headsets on group tours means your tour will be intimate and your guide easy to hear and interact with. Join us for an introduction to Venice that shows you the very best of the Floating City.

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