View of the Doge's Palace from the Grand Canal
View from the entrance of St. Mark Basilica in Venice
Skip the Line

Venice Icons Tour: Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Basilica

(93 Reviews)
10:00 & 14:30

  • See the mosaics of St. Mark’s Basilica from up close – this tour includes your entrance ticket to the famous St. Mark’s Basilica and Skip the Line Access
  • Explore the history of Venice among the halls and corridors of the Doge’s Palace, the heart of one of the world’s oldest republics with Skip the Line Access
  • Captivating commentary on Venice’s history, art, personalities and mysteries from a local expert guide
  • Our groups are around 18 people

Tour Description

What's Included

  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of around 18 people
  • Skip the Line Access to St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Skip the line Access and entrance ticket to the Doge’s Palace
  • Gratuities

Sites Visited

  • St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Doge’s Palace
  • Columns of San Marco and the Lion of Venice
  • St. Mark's Square

Our Venice icons Tour with Doge’s Palace & St. Mark's Basilica is perfect for visitors with limited time who want to get a true taste of the city's amazing history. In just a couple of hours we take you to the most famous sights, venturing inside St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace.

To The Finest Drawing Room In Europe

Our tour starts at Ponte della Paglia 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 mosaics and frescoes inside the basilica. 

Delve Into Doge's Palace

One of the highlights of our tour comes at the end when we visit the Doge’s Palace. Once home to the highest political office in 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. Small group sizes of 18 people or less and headsets on group tours means your tour will be intimate and your guide easy to hear and interact with. Join us for an introduction to Venice, that shows you the very best of the Floating City.

Important Notes

  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops are 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.

Cancelation Policy

This tour is subject to a 24-hour cancelation policy. If you wish to cancel or amend your booking, you can do so without charge by contacting us up to 24 hours in advance of your expected departure time.

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A Dark Rome tour is the product of meticulous research, detailed planning, and a passion for providing customers with travel experiences they will cherish forever.

With Dark Rome it's not just facts, our passionate guides tell you the stories that bring the sights to life.

  • All of our guides are experts in their field
  • We only hire fluent English-speakers so nothing is ever lost in translation
  • We focus on the little details and anecdotes that make Dark Rome so special