There is so much to see and do in the incredible Floating City of Venice, so why should you spend your precious vacation time waiting in line? With Skip-the-Line Access to two of Venice’s unmissable sights, Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica, you can immerse yourself in Venetian history and maximize your time in Venice on this carefully curated tour.
Discover the History of the Doge's Palace
Doge’s Palace will no doubt be a highlight of your trip to Venice. Once home to the Duke of Venice and the city’s courts, this palace is at the center of Venetian history, and fell witness to the rise and fall of the republic. Imagine the controversy and authority that once resided here, when Venice was a sea-faring superpower that straddled the east and west. After the fall of the republic of Venice, the Doge’s Palace was transformed into a prison and today it is home to 11 of the best art museums in the city. In the company of your expert, English-speaking guide, you’ll visit the palace’s most iconic sights. Follow your guide through the museums and to the most important rooms, containing frescoes and works by Venetian artists such as Tintoretto, who is famous for the unrivalled speed at which he painted.
Visit St. Marks Basilica with Skip the Line Access
Skip the line yet again at the symbol of Venice, St. Mark’s Basilica. In the company of your passionate guide, you’ll glide past the long entry lines and straight into the golden interior of Venice’s most-loved basilica. Once inside you’ll be immersed in the golden hue of the basilica to uncover its diverse range of stunning treasures, best known for the gold-laden mosaics that bejewel the interior domed ceilings. With your guide on-hand to point out the details and explain the history behind the artworks here, you’ll explore 11th century mosaics and precious relics, many of which were ‘borrowed’ from overseas by invading Venetian sailors. Even the bones of St. Mark (which rest here) are said to have arrived in Venice illegally.
Enjoy the ultimate Venetian Experience with a Gondola Ride (Optional Upgrade)
For the ultimate Venetian Experience, upgrade your tour with a gondola ride through Venice’s charming canals. Your tour guide will accompany you to our designated Gondola Station. From here, a local gondolier will navigate you through the city’s waterways on a 30-minute gondola ride. You’ll set sail from Venice’s main thoroughfare, the much-traveled Grand Canal. Here you’ll enjoy iconic sights such as Santa Maria della Salute Church, a 17th-century Baroque building constructed by lucky plague survivors to thank God for sparing their lives. Soon your gondola tour will veer off down the quieter, quainter canals as you’ll take in the view of this incredible city from water, passing under its many famous bridges. As you travel, you’ll enjoy views of the dazzling Fenice Opera House and Theatre, the former home of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Venice, the magnificent Church of San Moisè and the gothic style Bauer Palace.
With group sizes of 24 people or less and headsets provided, you'll find it easy to not only hear but also interact with their guide. Immerse yourself in the culture, traditions and history of the Floating City as you explore it by boat and by land on this truly unmissable tour.