Small Group Doge's Palace Tour in Venice

Small Group Doge's Palace Tour in Venice

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Explore Venetian History in our Small Group Guided Tour of Doge's Palace with Skip-the-Line Access. This small group guided Doge's Palace tour with skip the line tickets is one of our most popular tours in Venice. On this 2 hour-tour you’ll visit the doge's Palace, cross the Bridge of Sighs, visit the Prisons, learn about the unique Venetian political institution and the Council of Ten, and see the Doge's Apartment

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  • Licensed Expert English-Speaking Tour Guide
  • Complimentary headsets (from 8 people) to follow every word of your expert guides commentary
  • Skip the line tickets to the Doge's Palace
  • Cross the Bridge of Sighs, visit the Prisons and enjoy all the fabulous works of art
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What’s included in our Doge’s Palace Tour in Venice, Italy

A full 2-hour Venice Walking Tour of the Doges Palace in Venice should be an absolute must for anyone visiting Venice in Italy. The Doges Palace is the most important building in Venice, and is the key to understanding Venice and its inimitable form and longevity. Within its walls the cities form of government was as unique as the city itself, and during this captivating guided tour of the Doges Palace you’ll learn all about the inner workings of the brain of Venice.

Your skip the line tickets will grant you immediate access to the Doges Palace.

Equipped with complimentary headphones, you'll be able to hear all the detailed commentary of your expert English-speaking Venice Tour Guide, as they recount a fascinating story of the longest ever-running independent Republic in the history of the World.

Learn about the Venetians unique form of government, the role of the Doge (the Duke of Venice), of the different councils and, among them, the notorious Council of Ten, who were created to maintain the security of the State.

And while housing all the institutions inside its chambers that made Venice one of the most enlightened cities in the world, the Venetians themselves also adorned the Doges Palace with fabulous works of art that will be discussed during your tour of the Doges Palace.

During our two-hour tours of the Doge's Palace, we will delve into its architecture, which profoundly influenced Venice. Its unique Byzantine-Gothic style reflects the city's position as a cultural crossroads between East and West.

Discover the Doge's palace secret itineraries: Bridge of Sighs, Prisons and Torture Chambers
The Bridge of Sighs, an iconic landmark in Venice, connects the Doge's Palace to its prisons. Its name evokes the sighs of prisoners as they glimpsed their final view of the city before imprisonment.

You will get to cross the infamous Bridge of Sighs and see the prisons of the Doges Palace. Not to mention the nefarious torture chambers and prisons reserved for enemies of the state.

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  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick up and drop off

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Where will we meet for the Venice Doge's Palace Tour
Your Doge's Palace Tour departs from the entrance to the Royal Gardens on the water front of St. Marks Square. From St. Marks, facing the Basilica, turn right and walk towards the open water. Turn right at the two giant columns facing the water, and following the line of trees after a 100 metres you will come to the entrance of the Royal Gardens. We will be waiting holding a sign with Avventure Bellissime Doge's Palace Walk written on it

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MEETING POINT: Entrance to the Royal gardens, waterfront of St Mark’s square. Our assistant will be holding a sign with Avventure Bellissime Doge’s Palace tour written on it.
Directions from St Mark’s Square: Facing St Mark’s Basilica, turn right and walk towards the waterfront. Once you arrive at the waterfront turn right again, and following the line of trees. After a 100 metres you will arrive at the entrance of the Royal Gardens.

1. OPENING HOURS: Avventure Bellissime office is open Mon to Sat from 8.30am to 5.30pm from April to mid- October; Mon to Fri from 9.00am to 5.00pm and Sat 9.00am to 3.30pm from mid-October to end of March. Office is closed on December 25 and 26, January 1 and 6, Easter Day and other major public holidays.
Call us at 0039 041970499 during business hours
Call us at 0039 3400502444 outside business hours (from 7am to 9am, and from 5.30 pm until 8 pm) only in case of emergency!
Send us an e-mail at [email protected] in case you need help with your tour
If you are late for any reason, it is your responsibility to notify us at the above specified number or via an e- mail at [email protected]; Avventure Bellissime cannot guarantee that a rescheduled pick up time/day will be possible with no additional charge.
5. Our tours 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
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Doge's Palace Tour Accessibility
This tour is 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.

Important Information
At times, Doges Palace close without notice. No refunds are available as these events are beyond our control. Tour operates with min. 8 participants. The tour will consist of max. 20 people or fewer per guide.

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Based on 18 Reviews

Jun 12 2024

Our guide (Catia?) was quite knowledgable. But the overall experience was poor. First, the guide was late. She said that was because she was doing an earlier tour. So either she managed time poorly or the organizers did. Then she didn't have headsets, so we had to walk to find the guy who did. We got them, but the sound quality was poor. And because she didn't keep the group together, we lost the audio multiple times during the tour as she walked ahead - including when we went over the Bridge of Sighs. So no commentary on a key part of the experience. Then, because she and the headset guy were late, she skipped the "secret itineraries", which was one of the reasons we chose this tour. Many other operators offer tours of the Doge Palace. Book with one of them.

Mr Abhijnan Majumder
Oct 17 2023

Excellent guide who made the tour interesting and informative

Mr George Pond
Oct 21 2019

Tour and guide were wonderful.