Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Basilica with Terrace Access Tour

With this priority 2-3 hours tour, visitors get to tour two of Venice city’s most important landmarks while avoiding the horde of tourists that usually flock to these places.

This Doge’s Palace tour begins at St. Mark’s Square before passing through St. Mark’s Basilica.

From the first floor of St. Mark’s Basilica Terrace, visitors can enjoy a beautiful view of the lagoon and admire the magnificent bronze horse statues.

Here you can soak in the city’s unique beauty and take some beautiful photos.

If the church closes unexpectedly, visitors can instead visit the Church of San Zaccaria or the Correr Museum, depending on availability.

As you leave the church, enter the former residence of the Doge of Venice, the Doge’s Palace.

This magnificent palace is a living testament to the wealth and power of the Venetian Republic. 

Stroll through the majestic halls of the palace and admire its beautiful artwork.

Throughout the tour, the guide provides exciting tidbits about the palace, including how the Bridge of Sighs got its name and how Casanova escaped harsh prison conditions.

Towards the end, visitors are free to roam the palace on their own, with a few instructions from the guide.

This tour includes

  • Skip the line entry to the Doge’s Palace
  • Explore the St. Mark’s Basilica Bridge of Sighs and New prisons
  • 3-hour Guided tour with a professional guide
  • If St. Mark’s Basilica is closed, enter the Church of San Zaccaria and its crypt or the Correr Museum.

Cost of Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Basilica with Terrace Access tour

The Doge’s Palace & St. Mark’s Basilica with Terrace Access tour comes with different pricing options based on the age and group size of the visitors.

For shared tours, which accommodate a maximum of 20 people, adult tickets (up to 99 years) cost €84, child tickets (6 to 14 years) cost €42, and infants (up to 5 years) enter for free.

On the other hand, private tours, designed for a group of up to seven people, have a fixed price of €350 regardless of the visitor’s age.

Tour prices

Visitors’ AgeShared tour prices(group of max 20 people)Private tour prices(group of max seven people)
Adult ticket (upto 99 years)€ 84€ 350
Child ticket (6 to 14 years)€ 42€ 350
Infant ticket (upto 5 years)Free entry€ 350

Things to know before you go

  • You must bring a valid passport or ID card with you when traveling.
  • For security reasons, you are not allowed to bring any large bags or backpacks onto the premises of both attractions.
  • If you have trouble walking, be careful going up the stairs to the top of the Basilica.

    The stairs are steep and sometimes uneven. If you can’t walk up the stairs, there is an elevator that you can use.
  • St. Mark’s Basilica is a holy place, so it is important to dress respectfully. This means covering your shoulders and knees. Follow for more

    If you wear shorts or a tank top, you will be asked to cover up before entering.
  • When you’re choosing between a shared group or private option, not all languages are available in both.

    So, if you want to make sure you can use your preferred language, check all the languages that are available in each option before you choose.
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