Skip The Line St. Mark’s Basilica & Doge’s Palace Tour

Skip The Line St. Mark’s Basilica & Doge’s Palace Tour

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Join your private guide and prepare to have your breath stolen by the architectural beauty, centuries of fascinating historic tales, and artistic wonders displayed on this special skip-the-line tour of St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace – the two most significant locations in all of Venice.

What’s Included In Our Guided Tour of St Mark’s Basilica & Doge’s Palace?

  • Private English speaking guide
  • Tour of St. Mark’s Square
  • Skip the line tickets to St.Mark’s Basilica & guided tour
  • Queue jump tickets to the Doge’s Palace (the official residence of elected leaders) & guided tour

St. Mark’s Basilica & Doge’s Palace Tour Description

The tour begins with your private guide meeting you at St. Mark’s Square where you can follow in the footsteps of legendary figures such as Casanova and Napoleon, who once referred to the square as the ‘drawing room of Europe’ due to its rich history and the undeniable opulence and grandeur that envelops you on every side.

Skip-The-Line Entrance To St Mark’s Cathedral

As official guides in Venice, we are able to offer skip the line access to the Basilica

Dating back to the 11th Century, St Mark’s has been a symbol of the wealth, power, and status of Venice, and this is etched large into the architecture of the building with its ornate design and particular Italian Renaissance style flair – containing as it does, 43 thousand square feet of stunning mosaic.

Explore The Treasures That Await You Inside St Mark’s Basilica

Once inside your guide will be on hand to discuss the innumerable treasures, sculptures, and priceless artworks on display, including the ‘Triumphal Quadriga’ – the famous bronze horses of Saint Mark.

Private Tour of Doge’s Palace

On your next stop, we will again skip the line as we enter the Doge’s Palace, found to the right of St. Mark’s, and distinguished by its white and rose-colored herringbone brick façade and highly stylized Gothic white stone arches that lend it a uniquely Venetian flavor.

Scandal, Fascinating Tales, & Artistic Masterpieces In The Doge’s Palace

The building served as the seat of the government and was the Doge’s residence (alongside serving as a prison and torture chamber!) until the Napoleonic invasion of 1797. Truly the heart and soul of Venice’s power throughout the years, your guide will revel in describing the scintillating tales of scandal and political intrigue that occurred within its walls throughout history.

The interior of the Palace is a feast for the eyes in every sense, and your tour guide will be with you to discuss the context, subject, and history behind the jaw-dropping galleries and frescos that adorn its walls, featuring works by world-renowned masters such as Titian, Veronese, and Tiepolo.

The tour culminates with you viewing the famous ‘Bridge of Sighs’ and exploring the interrogation quarters with your guide.

Why Choose Luxe For Your Tour of St Mark’s & The Doge’s Palace?

While there is plenty here to gaze upon for the uninitiated, you simply do not get the full experience and taste of what these structures mean to Venice and their place in history without a qualified and knowledgeable guide there to bring to life these tales to life.

Reserving your private tour with us means you will benefit from:

  • Guaranteed skip the line access to the frequently sold-out sites
  • More time to spend on the locations, artifacts, and areas of interest that you find the most fascinating
  • Special access to the first-floor terrace of St. Mark’s Basilica 
  • The enthusiasm, passion, and intricate local knowledge of your private guide

Where Does The St Mark’s Basilica & Doge’s Palace Tour Start?

Our St. Mark’s Basilica & Doge’s Palace Tour meeting point is inbetween the columns of San Marco & San Todaro, St Mark’s Square (water side). Once you confirm your tour, your guide will be in touch to provide any further directions as well as offer additional transport and transfers if required.

St Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace Tour Starting Point

Between the columns of San Marco & San Todaro, St Mark's Square

Meet Your Private Guide For This Tour

Venice tour guide in front of Rialto bridge

Giorgia will be your private licensed guide for this tour.

“I feel so lucky being a tour guide: it is the job I had dreamt about since teenage, perfectly mixing my two greatest passions at University: Art history and Foreign Languages! Venice is filled with fascinating details and traces of the past. To me, it feels like a gigantic “time machine” where every tour magically turns into a journey back in time: can’t wait to show you around it!”

Any questions about this private tour? Contact Giorgia below, she’s always happy to help.


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Stunning mosaics on display at St Marks cathedral on your guided tour.
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