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Best of Venice Walking Tour including Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica - private tour

Best of Venice Walking Tour including Doge's Palace and  St. Mark's Basilica - private tour

Explore the history of Venice from inside the Doge’s Palace, the heart of one of the world’s oldest republics. Marvel at the golden mosaics of St. Mark’s Basilica, then climb up to the famous terrace level for a rare bird’s eye view of St. Mark’s Square.

  4 Hours    VenetoVenice   700.00 for 2 people


Duration: 4 hours

Type of Service: Best of Venice walking tour including Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica

Our Best of Venice Walking Tour with Doge’s Palace and St. Mark's Basilica 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. Your 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 and culture of Venice, from its beginning as an uninhabitable marsh, to one of the world’s most popular tourist 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, you will admire 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.

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.

Things to know:

  • Private tour with expert English-speaking tour 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 Doge's Palace with 1 hour 45 minutes tour
  • Audio headsets available
  • Tour is offered March - November
  • Tour days are; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
  • Tour starts at 9:00 am
  • Meeting point:  more details given upon booking
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Entrance into St. Mark's Basilica requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women.


  • Small Small group tours of Best of Venice Walking Tour with 24 people or less are also offered - please inquire within

Pricing & Booking

The cost for this 4-hour tour to include English-speaking local tour guide, skip the line admission fees for St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace is $700.00 for 2 people.

The prices listed above are an estimate based on the daily exchange rate with the Euro. Due to the fluctuation in the Euro, the prices are subject to vary by up to 5% (usually a decrease, occasionally an increase). The precise price is confirmed upon booking following the procedures below. Please be sure to review the pricing upon booking.

Booking Procedures and details: Upon hitting the “book now” button, you can choose your date and time, and look over the cancellation policy (terms and conditions), and preview the precise pricing. Once you have entered your details, L&B Italian tours will request your credit card number. We will not charge your credit card until we have confirmed the details for your reservations, this usually happens within 24-48 hours for tours and up to 4 days for trip packages. Once the card is charged your reservation is confirmed. Along with the confirmation, you will get a complete recap of your booking that includes maps, meeting places, times and contact numbers.

Please note: L&B Italian Tours have an on-call operator in Italy, in the event that anything changes or you have problems in Italy, you can contact us easily. 

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