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Best of Venice Tour St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace

from £63 per person

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 of 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.

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 visit 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 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.

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.

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 down time to soak up everything you have learned on your walking tour.

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.

Ticket Information

Tour available Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays Saturdays and Sundays. April to October Only.

Meeting Time: Please be at meeting point at least 15min before departure time.

Departure Time: 09.00am (except Sundays that tour departs at 13.30pm) Pick up times and drop off times are approximate and subject to change. Client will need to contact resort office at least 24hrs prior to departure to reconfirm.

Duration: 4 hrs approx.

Meeting Point: In front of the bronze statue of a man (Carlo Goldoni) in Campo S. Bortolomio (a.k.a. Campo san Bórtolo and Campo San Bartolomeo), near the San Marco side of the Rialto Bridge.

Additional Information: Tour not suitable for passengers with mobility problems. Please do not bring large bags, tripods, non-collapsible umbrellas, or backpacks on this tour. They are not permitted in St. Mark’s Basilica and must be checked into the luggage storage area off-site. You may miss a portion of the tour for this procedure. Entrance into religious sites requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. City Wonders cannot be held responsible for refused entry due to improper dress. Photography is permitted throughout most of the tour; however, photography is prohibited in St. Mark’s Basilica. This service ends at St. Mark’s Basilica

Inclusions: • Expert, English-speaking tour guide • Small groups of 20 people or less • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide • 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

Exclusions: • Hotel pick-up and drop-off • Gratuities.

When you’ve Booked: You’ll receive an initial confirmation from us immediately. We will then send your booking details to the supplier within 48 hours to request confirmation. Once they confirm that your requested date and ticket is available, we will email your confirmation which will include the local operator’s contact details and any relevant information.

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