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Venice Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica Tours plus Venice Walking Tour

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    Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Tour (2 hours):

    After meeting your guide outside the Royal Gardens in central Venice, walk to the nearby Doge’s Palace at St Mark’s Square. Admire the magnificent Gothic exterior, and then skip straight to the front of the queue so you can head inside and start exploring. Follow your guide through the palace’s ornate public rooms adorned from floor to ceiling with gilded decor and murals, including paintings by Renaissance masters Tintoretto and Veronese.

    As you explore, your guide will share details about the powerful doges who ruled the Venetian Republic for centuries. Hear about their fearsome governing tactics, and then step across the famous Bridge of Sighs into the connected prison network where enemies of the republic were locked up. After you’ve emerged back into the daylight of St Mark’s Square, enjoy a 3-hour break at your leisure before your next tour begins.

    Skip the Line: Small-Group Venice Walking Tour with St Mark’s Basilica (2 hours):

    Meet your tour back in St Mark’s Square and learn about the crown jewel of this piazza — the Italo-Byzantine St Mark’s Basilica. Head to the front of the line and step inside the awe-inspiring cathedral. Admire the soaring golden domes, marble mosaics and intricate murals of the lavish interior. Your tour includes access to the dazzling Pala d’Oro altar, which was created by generations of Venetian goldsmiths. You’ll have approximately 40 minutes inside the Basilica to explore.

    Next, escape the crowds of St Mark’s Square and follow your guide through lesser-known backstreets. Learn about some of Venice’s hidden gems, such as the Gothic San Zaccaria Church, as your guide shares tales of the city’s colorful characters and history. Your tour concludes back at the original departure point in St Mark’s Square. 

    See the 'View additional info' link below for a map of the start point for your first tour.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    St. Mark's Square, Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Duration
    4h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Professional guide
    • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
    • Headset to hear the guide clearly
    • Entry/Admission - Basilica di San Marco
    • Entry/Admission - Doge's Palace
    • Entry/Admission - Palazzo delle Prigioni
    • Guaranteed to skip the lines
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Food and drinks
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
    • Large bags and rucksacks are not allowed inside St Mark's Basilica
    • At certain times it may not be possible to enter any of the visited churches due to religious functions taking place. These closures are beyond our control so no refunds or discounts will be issued
    • Please note: Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Tour starts at 9am and Skip the Line: Small-Group Venice Walking Tour with St Mark’s Basilica starts at 2pm
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Thanks to the very lovely Christina for the Doge’s Tour and the very laid- back Mark for the St Mark)s Tour - both were very knowledgeable and kept our interest throughout - loved the added extra of the walking tour, through the back streets heading towards Rialto !! Well worth
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    Response from AvvBell, Manager at Venice Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica Tours plus Venice Walking Tour
    Responded Nov 3, 2019
    Dear Michael Thank you for your positive feedback about our Doges palace tour and our Original Venice walk - I appreciate your recommendation and will certainly forward your comments to Cristina and Marco. Thank you for touring with us! Kind regards, Aleksandra Sales Dept
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    Tour was good. Did it as a self guided tour. Missed the group because we could not find the meeting location. A map showing the meeting place would be helpful because it is outside of the Piazza where all the others groups are meeting. The royal garden is closed due to
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    Response from AvvBell, Manager at Venice Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica Tours plus Venice Walking Tour
    Responded Sep 8, 2019
    Dear Client, Thank you for your review and recommendation - we appreciate your comments. Tours are operated directly by our company, Viator is one of the resellers (tours can be booked also directly with us). I am sorry to read you missed the first tour including Doges Palace - our directions are pretty specific and from what I can see also Viator vouchers provide detailed info on the location. Did you have the voucher with you? Our tour meets at the entrance to the Royal Garden (Gardini Reali) - our meeting point assistant has a sign with our company's logo and tour name on it. We meet at the entrance, we do not enter the garden so any maintenance works being carried inside are in this case irrelevant. Except for Sundays our office is open from 8.30 am so if you have any trouble locating the place you can give us a call and we will try to do our best to direct you to the correct location. The Garden is located just 50 m from St Mark's square. there is one big entrance gate and this is where we meet, right next to it. I am happy you managed to join the remaining two tours - if you would let us know the guide's name I will certainly forward your kind comment to her/him. Thank you for joining our tours. Kind regards, Aleksandra Sales Dept
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    Absolutely Fantastic. Our Guides Barbara and Christina were Fantastic and very knowledgeable, and delivered their Tours with flair and Humour. The walking tour was very informative.The best thing though is the three hour gap between tours, it was very hot so gave us a chance to
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    Response from monica368, Manager at Venice Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica Tours plus Venice Walking Tour
    Responded Aug 2, 2019
    Dear Mike, Thank you for your positive feedback and your recommendation - much appreciated. I am very pleased the guides performed well and I hope you learnt a lot of interesting anecdotes about Venice from them. Indeed summer is very busy in Venice so definitely skip the line tickets allow you to visit comfortably and without the stress of waiting in the long line to visit the Basilica Thanks for appreciating our guides' efforts, we look forward to welcoming you on our tours again in the future! Kind regards, Aleksandra Sales Dept
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    This tour was very educational where we learned a lot about the history of the Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. Pictures were allowed within the Palace but were not allowed in the Basilica. Both are beautiful to look at and well worth the money. Our tour guide was very
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    Response from monica368, Manager at Venice Super Saver: Skip-the-Line Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica Tours plus Venice Walking Tour
    Responded Jun 1, 2019
    Dear Client, Thank you so much for your positive feedback about our combo tour featuring walking tour of Venice and a walking tour of Doges Palace. I am very pleased both tour portions were interesting and the guide engaging and customer-friendly. If you can perhaps recall guide's name or can give us the tour date I will make sure to forward your comments to the correct guide. I appreciate your recommendation and if you ever return to Venice feel free to contact us to join more tours! Kind regards, Aleksandra Sales Dept
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    Enjoyed the tour and it was very informative. The tour guide was a professional and knew the history.
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    By: Avventure Bellissime
    1,284 reviews
    Certificate of Excellence
    DayTrip595447
    30
    Worth the time and money
    Our guide was Christina P Piagozzo and she was excellent!! She was very knowledgeable and answered all if our
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    DayTrip595447
    30
    Worth the money and time
    Our guide was Giulia Tamai and she was excellent!! She had many stories and antidotes about the market and Venice.
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    MonBear
    Singapore, Singapore
    136
    Truly enjoyable tour with Christine
    We had a really informative tour guide - Christine. Although it was only a one hour tour, she made sure she
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    Charlotte P
    London, United Kingdom
    4635
    100% worth doing.
    The Doge’s palace part got cancelled as there was limited numbers but we got refunded. Scarlett who took us on the
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    onthecuspnora
    Seal Beach, California
    3229
    Best of Lucca & Pisa
    This was not a tour at all. The driver did not introduce himself or speak much at all. He merely drove us to
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    OntarioLeslie-7
    Ontario
    10
    Venice walking tour and boat tour
    Great! Tour guide knowledgeable and approachable. Meeting point for morning tour needs more definition. We were
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    Mary R
    West Chester, PA
    204
    St. Mark’s After Dark - beautiful
    As I write this I am saddened to hear of all the flooding...we were there in October when the weather was
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    Restaurant_Regular80
    Dublin, Ireland
    4522
    Great day out in the Dolomites
    I set out early with my two children and got to Tronchetto by 7.40am. We met the driver at the waterbus stop, he
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    LozOz7
    Emu Plains, Australia
    52
    Dolomite Mountains day trip
    Our tour guide was Marco. We had a fantastic magical day in a winter wonderland. Snow everywhere, the mountains
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    donna836
    Greater Melbourne, Australia
    214
    Fun Boat Tour
    This tour is a good way to see around Venice. Our guide was very informative but hard to hear if you sat at the
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    Jeanette C
    10
    great tour
    we had a great day. the places were lovely the tour people were very friendly and informative it was a very good
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    Vighnesh K
    11
    Venice tour
    The guide was very good and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend this tour. St mark's church inside is very
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    Jessica K
    Neutral Bay, Australia
    913
    Semi private speed boat tour of Venice
    Excellent! Our guide Kristina was so lovely and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend! Fabulous way to see
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    Tomosius
    72
    A 'royal' tour of the Doge's (head of state) residence and seat of goverment
    The palace, the square and the adjacent bascilica are the core of Venice's historic attractions. If you visit the
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    Daniel B
    51
    Almost missed it
    The tour was great. Well narrated and professional! However, too much stress finding location to meet group. There
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