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Best of Venice walk and Doge's Palace combo tour

Best of Venice walk and Doge's Palace combo tour

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Super saver combo that combines a 2-hour Best of Venice walking tour featuring St Mark's Square, St Mark's Basilica, Pala d'Oro, Bridge of Sighs, Castello district and a 2-hour tour of the Doge's Palace and the Prisons

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4 hours

Best of Venice walk and Doge's Palace combo tour

From: 89.00

Duration: 4 hours

Highlights & Includes Highlights & Includes
  • Licensed Expert English speaking guide
  • Skip the line tickets to the Doge's Palace
  • Skip the line tickets to St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Tickets to Pala d’Oro
  • Learn about the Venetian antique political institutions and the Council of Ten in the Doge's Palace
  • St. Mark's Basilica, St. Mark's Square, Doge's Palace, Bridge of Sighs, Campo S. Maria Formosa, Hidden Venice and Castello district
  • Headphones when the group has more than 8 participants
Tour Overview Tour Overview

A perfect introduction to the city of Venice! Take advantage of our special offer and enjoy two of our popular group city sightseeing tours of Venice at a special rate.


The first part of this Venice day tours package is an in-depth tour of the most important Palace of Venice, the Doge's Palace, to appreciate the unique Venetian political form of government that helped Venice to become one of the most enlightened cities in the world. Hear tales of the infamous "Council of Ten" who used extreme measures to maintain order in the city, and learn about the role played by the Doge in Venetian society.

As you tour the Palace admire its richly decorated rooms, with paintings and frescoes by the most important Venetian painters, walk across the Bridge of Sighs, so-called by Lord Byron, that connects the Doge's Palace to its notorious prisons. The tour will also include a walk through part of the small and damp prisons, as the Doge’s Palace was also where justice was administered and where the city’s terrible prisons were to be found. Inside the Doge's Palace see “the mouth for secret accusations“, where even for a single anonymous accusations a person could be arrested and judged by the most feared tribunal of the city: The Council of Ten!


Start the second part of the Venice day tours package which will focus on St. Mark’s Basilica, followed by a walk through areas of the enchanting Hidden Venice. We'll discuss the famous landmarks of St. Mark's Square, you'll enjoy an in-depth tour of St. Mark's Basilica, to admire the astonishing interior covered in rich and lavish mosaics, the precious Pala D'Oro and you'll learn about the strong Byzantine influences on the city that helped Venice realize its own unique style of architecture.

Then, experience a very different Venice - off-the-beaten-track! Far from the crowds to see Venice at its best, crossing delicate bridges, admiring meandering canals, stopping at lovely small squares, and being entertained by the commentary of your expert guide as you relive the days of the Venetian Republic and the colourful characters that called this city home. Main highlights will include Castello district, Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Ponte Paradiso bridge & Calle Paradiso, Salizada San Lio and many more. Enjoy this voyage of enlightenment through the labyrinth of back alleys and sleepy canals of the Hidden Venice to have a full introduction to Venice on one of our most popular city sightseeing tours. Limited to a maximum of 20 participants with complimentary headphones included.

Please note there will be a break between each tour portion based on each tour's individual operational schedule.

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Both tours start from the Entrance to the Royal Gardens on the water front of St. Mark's Square.
Directions: From St. Mark's facing the Basilica turn right and walk towards the open water. At the two giant columns facing the water turn right, and following the line of trees after a 100 metres you will come to the entrance of the Royal Gardens where we will be waiting holding a sign with the name of the tour written on it.
IMPORTANT: shoulders and knees must be covered to enter St. Marks Basilica. Large bags are not allowed inside the Basilica

Information Symbol Other Information
  • Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and restoration works, St Mark's Basilica will remain temporarily closed for visitors until further notice. The guide will provide explanation from outside. We will notify you as soon as there are updates from the local authorities regarding admittance to the Basilica.
  • At times St Mark’s Basilica is closed due to high water or religious ceremonies. During high water the tour will take place, but it might happen we have to partly adapt the tour to the weather conditions. On those occasions when St Mark’s Basilica is open with high water, skip the line tickets will not be accepted as all visitors have only 1 door open to get in the church.
  • Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance to St Mark's Basilica are available only from April to October (St Mark’s Basilica does not offer a fast entry service to anyone in other periods, considered off peak season).
  • Shoulders and knees must be covered to enter St Mark's Basilica. Large bags are not allowed inside the Basilica.
  • These tours are of historical areas and are not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities. However, please contact us directly and we will be able to take you on alternative routes suitable for you.
  • Please wear comfortable footwear as this tour involves a lot of walking.
  • The cost of the tour does not include gratuities or hotel pick up and drop off.
  • The tour is operated with min.8 and max 20 participants or fewer

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Based on 10 Reviews

Oct 10 2018

The tours themselves were well-organized, with knowledgeable and engaging guides. The meeting places were easy to find and the audio equipment was easy to use and worked well. The pace of the tours could have been a little faster and more dynamic for us, but we understand that not everyone can handle the walking and stairs at the same pace. Overall, the guides did a good job balancing the physical needs of those on our tour to make sure it was enjoyable for everyone. Well done!

Sep 17 2018

Excellent. Delivered exactly as advertised. Helpful to take both tours on first full day in Venice to get oriented and to avoid wasting time.

Mrs Lisa Surian
Jul 22 2018

Tour guide was very nice and gave us a lot of information. Nice to skip the line. We learned a lot.