Best of Venice: St. Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace

See the best of the most magical city with a professional guide


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What’s included

First-class tour with a private guide

Skip-the-line tickets for St. Mark's & the Doge's Palace

Flexible Starting Time

Fluent English Speaking guides with a background in archaeology, history and art

Photo Stops at the most popular sights



Is there a city more magical than Venice?

Duration: about 3 hours

The ancient Republic is a unique and unforgettable place: its canals, its amazing buildings, its romantic atmosphere make it a must-see place for everybody.

During our Best of Venice Tour, you will visit its most important sights: St. Mark’s Basilica, St. Mark’s Square and the Doge’s Palace. Your private guide will lead you through the most fascinating areas of this charming city and will disclose for you the secrets of its most precious treasures.

You will start your tour from St. Mark’s Square, the center of Venice. Your guide will give you an engaging and informative introduction about the history of the city, its legend and mysteries, and about the development of St. Mark’s Square.

Then, you will enter the marvelous Basilica of St. Mark’s (we'll have skip-the-line tickets) which is one of the most impressive churches in the world. St. Mark’s Basilica is where East and West meet, and where the Byzantine and the Roman Catholic tradition merge to create something completely original. You will learn about the history and the architecture of this astonishing building, and you’ll be overwhelmed by its golden mosaics, decoration, and proportions.

Is the body of St. Mark the Evangelist kept in the Basilica? And how did it get there? Take advantage of your private guide and ask as many questions as you want!

Your Venice tour will continue with a visit to the Doge’s Palace, the residence of Venice Rulers. This incredible building is one of the masterpieces of gothic architecture. Your private guide will lead you through its marvelous rooms, where you can admire famous paintings by Tintoretto, Veronese, Tiziano, and other masters of the Venetian Renaissance.

The Doge’s Palace was not only the heart of the Venetian power, where the Great Council gathered, but it was also a courthouse and a jail. On your way out, you will cross the famous Bridge of Sighs and you’ll reach the Prigioni Nuove (New Prisons). Your guide will tell you the story of the most famous prisoner in the Doge's Palace: Giacomo Casanova. He was hosted in the nearby “Piombi” prison for more than a year before he eventually managed to escape through the roof and leave the city on a Gondola.

Forget about big groups, book our Venice Tour and enjoy a private tour with a guide who will be there just for you. Let us show you the best of Venice, and turn your vacation in an unforgettable experience.

If you want to, you can go on a gondola ride after the tour! Just ask your guide for information.

Sights Included

St. Mark's Basilica
Breath-taking mosaics
Gorgeous architecture & decoration
Doge's Palace
Room of the Great Council and other important rooms
Scala dei Giganti, Scala d’Oro
The Prisons
Walk through the New Prisons
Bridge of the Sighs
St. Mark's Square
Bell Tower, Torre dei Mori (from outside)
Procuratie, Sansovino Library

Tour Location

September 2021
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*Pick up is included only if you’re staying within the pick up area. If your hotel is not in the pick up area, we will find the best solution to accommodate your needs: just send us an email.  Click here to see the free pick up area 

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