Discover Venice led by the knowledge and insight of a private charismatic guide.  This signature Palazzo Ducale Venice and St. Mark's Basilica tour leads you through the squares and across the bridges to discover this dazzling city's eventful centuries-old history, legendary landmarks and manifold secrets! 

Your private small group tour begins with a walk to St. Mark's Square, one of the world's most stunning piazzas.  Framed by the arcaded Procuratie building and Correr Museum, it is topped off by the exotic-looking polychrome domes of the majestic Basilica.  Hear about its history and the artists who contributed to creating this masterpiece, and enter the church comfortably and stress-free thanks to exclusive skip-the-line tickets.  Once inside, marvel at the shimmering ceiling mosaics, Apostles with the Madonna mosaics and golden domes.

Then follow your guide across the square to the monumental Doge's Palace, the Palazzo Ducale Venice, which anciently housed the Venetian government, Palace of Justice and eerie dungeons, as well as the Doge's own apartments.  Enter the Palace while admiring its rich gothic architecture.  Built in the 1300s, and refurbished for many a year, it gained its current aspect no earlier than 1424, when the last wing was added, and is a veritable treasure chest of world-acclaimed artwork by artists such as Titian, Tiepolo, Tintoretto and Veronese.  Follow your private guide through the sumptuous courtyard and hear about the palace's mysteries, anecdotes and bewitching legends. Admire the salons and ballrooms, Great Council's hall and the opulent apartments where the Doge used to live, and enjoy a rare and exclusive treat: access to the mystifying secret passages, an area closed to the general public.  Rambling down the eerie passages, you'll see mysterious prisons and dark ancient torture chambers, including the dungeon where Casanova was imprisoned.  During your visit you will also have the chance to admire the "Opera Museum" and its collection of Renaissance, Mannerism and "Venitian school" paintings by Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese.  Finally reach the world-celebrated Bridge of Sighs to admire it and hear the sad history behind its name.

We also offer a semi-private VIP small group version of this tourwith per-person pricing.  For that option, please click this link:  VIP Venice Masterclass Tour with Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Basilica.

Rates - including tax

Type Rate
Private Tour
(Total Per Group, 1 Person Only):
$879.50
Private Tour
(Total Per Group, 2 Persons Only):
$968.54
Private Tour
(Total Per Group, 3 Persons Only):
$1,057.58
Private Tour
(Total Per Group, 4 Persons Only):
$1,146.62
Private Tour
(Total Per Group, 5 Persons Only):
$1,235.66
Private Tour
(Total Per Group, 6 Persons Only):
$1,324.70
Private Tour
(Total Per Group, 7 Persons Only):
$1,414.83
Private Tour
(Total Per Group, 8 Persons Only):
$1,502.77

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Tour / Activity Details

4 hours
2:00 pm - Monday through Friday

7 Days Minimum Advance Booking Required.  Maximum 8 persons per tour.  Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied on the tour by an adult.  Tour does not include local hotel pick-up; the convenient meeting point will be specified on your E-Ticket.  Private tour pricing is PER GROUP for 1 to 8 persons.  Rates are in US Dollars.  Please order online or call us in the USA at 212-852-4822 to order or for more information.

There is a $6.95 USD processing fee per order. This is a flat fee regardless of the number of tickets or tours purchased on an order. There is a service charge per ticket. This charge will be reflected on your summary before you checkout. The total shown at checkout includes any fuel surcharges, service charges and tax. There are no additional charges, unless otherwise specified.

Tour / Activity Policies

Cancellation Policy: There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change Fee Policy: If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

Tour / Activity Description

Covid-19 Protocols Updates

  • Currently, all European Community citizens must show the Green Pass, as well as a document of recognition at the entrance of the main Italian monuments and museums, as well as every indoor bar and restaurant
  • For guests arriving from outside Europe, the following items must be provided for entrance - 1) proof of Covid vaccination, or the negative result of the Covid test 48 hrs prior the museum entrance, and 2) a document of recognition.
  • Those who do not possess the specified documents will NOT be able to enter. No exceptions or refund will be made.
  • The wearing of a face mask is currently mandatory in all indoor public spaces in Italy.

 

Important Notes

  • During the ordering process, you must agree to provide specific emailed agreement to the guides' standard Rain Policy and Terms and Conditions, which will be sent to you along with your E-Ticket.
  • Because this tour includes a walking element, please specify any special need or impaired mobility during the ordering process so your hosts can do their best to accomodate them.
  • Please specify your preferred tour language on the Order Form (English, Italian, German, French or Spanish).
  • Even with skip the line entrance, there is still a compulsory security check which may cause some delays.

 

Included

  • Private guided walking tour
  • Skip-the-line entrance to St. Mark's Basilica
  • Guided tour of St. Mark's Basilica
  • Exclusive access to the Secret Passages of the Doge's Palace

 

Not Included

  • Food or Beverages
  • Optional Guide Gratuity

 

7 Days Minimum Advance Booking Required.  Maximum 8 persons per tour.  Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied on the tour by an adult.  Tour does not include local hotel pick-up; the convenient meeting point will be specified on your E-Ticket.  Private tour pricing is PER GROUP for 1 to 8 persons.  Rates are in US Dollars.  Please order online or call us in the USA at 212-852-4822 to order or for more information.

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