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Grand Day Tour of Venice with Skip-the Line Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica

Highlights
  • Combine three best-selling Venice tours for a discounted price
  • Enjoy skip-the-line access to Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica
  • Explore Doge's Palace and see ornate public rooms, frescoes by Tintoretto and the Bridge of Sighs
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Grand Day Tour of Venice with Skip-the Line Doge's Palace and St Mark’s Basilica
From US$132.06
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9 am Spring/Summer DepartureMost Popular
Doge's Palace tour: 9am. Venice walking tour with St Mark's Basilica: 11:10 am or 1.45 pm. Time TBC on the day Grand Canal tour: 4 or 5pm. Time TBC on the day
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10am Winter Departure
Full-day Super Saver Venice Walking tour with St Mark's Basilica: 10am Doge's Palace tour: 1pm Grand Canal tour: 3:15pm
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9am Sunday Departure option
Doge's Palace tour: 9am; Venice walking tour with St Mark's Basilica: at 2pm on Sunday; Grand Canal tour: 4.30 pm or 5.30 pm on Sunday
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Overview
Explore the best of Venice at a 10% discount with this Super Saver combo of three popular tours. Skip the line at the Doge’s Palace, where you can wander through ornate public rooms and across the notorious Bridge of Sighs. You’ll also head to the front of the long queue at St Mark’s Basilica to tour the dazzling interior of this Byzantine masterpiece and enjoy a guided walking tour of Venice’s hidden gems. Finally, cruise down the Grand Canal aboard a motorboat and soak in the majestic passing scenery.
What to Expect
Spend a delightful day in Venice with three best-selling tours. Choose from two different touring options to suit your schedule. With either option, begin your day with a 9am skip-the-line tour of the Doge’s Palace. Afterward, opt to explore the city at your leisure for 1 hour before the start of your next tour, or meet your next guide right away.
Enjoy skip-the-line access to the glorious St Mark’s Basilica, followed by a walking tour of the city’s quieter backstreets and historic treasures. Complete your day with an exciting motorboat cruise down palazzo-lined banks of the Grand Canal. See Itinerary below for tour details.
Click the 'View additional info' link for a map of the start point for your first tour.
Itinerary
Skip the Line: Doge's Palace Tour (2 hours):
Meet your guide at the entrance to the Royal Gardens in Venice and stroll to the Doge's Palace, the magnificent Venetian-Gothic building from where the leaders of the former Venetian Republic ruled until the late 18th century. Head inside and explore the grandiose public chambers that the doges lavished with fine art and ornamentation. Masterpieces by Renaissance champions Tintoretto and Veronese adorn the walls and ceilings, framing the palace’s grand staircases and arcade statues.

Learn about the doges as you walk around, and hear of the power and treachery that characterized their reign. Ruling the republic with iron fists, the doges established a network of prisons at the palace so they could keep a close eye on their foes. Wander across the Bridge of Sighs, built to connect the palace to the prisons, and pose for photos against the backdrop of the palace. Your walking tour then finishes outside the palace.

Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark’s Basilica (2 hours):
Leave St Mark’s Square and set off on your walking tour to discover Venice’s highlights and top attractions. Soak up the hustle and bustle of St Mark’s Square, and head inside St Mark’s Basilica to admire its interiors. Marvel at the marble floors and ogle the gilded mosaics that blanket the walls and ceilings. The canopy over the high altar dazzles with gold and gems, and the treasury room holds an array of Crusader spoils plundered from the ancient city of Constantinople.

Head out of the basilica and discover the canal walkways and pretty bridges that typify the city. Learn of legendary Venetians such as Marco Polo with his globe-trotting adventures and other famous landmarks. After 2 hours, your tour finishes near Rialto Bridge.

Venice Grand Canal Boat Tour (1 hour):
Hop aboard your small motorboat at the water’s edge near St Mark’s Square, and then cruise around Venice’s impressive Grand Canal. The busiest stretch of water is also the city’s most photogenic, and the Baroque churches and gondola stations that line the water provide elegant photo opportunities.

As you cruise through the Grand Canal, learn about the city and its beautiful architecture from your guide. Pass Gothic palaces and churches, hear stories about Rialto Bridge and medieval merchants’ warehouses and explore the lesser-visited canals that comprise Venice’s atmospheric backstreets. After an hour on the water, cruise back to the start point where your Super Saver tour finishes.
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Reviews (732)
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Reviewed 8 October 2018
Disappointing

My wife and I went on this tour with our toddler. We had trouble at Doge's palace because the tour was very slow and somewhat dry - it is what it is, but we would have appreciated warning that it isn't the best for kids....More

2  Thank canadagoose154914
monica368, Manager at Avventure Bellissime, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2018

Dear Client, We are sorry to read you are not fully satisfied with the tour. We have no age limitations on tours and we have customers of different ages joining our tours - seniors. students as well as families. Our tours are open to everyone...More

Reviewed 21 September 2018
A quick way to see Venice particularly in summer

This tour is an excellent way to make the most of your time when in Venice. The lines of people can be very long for both these sights but this tour allows you to go straight in. Remember in the Basilica to keep shoulders and...More

2  Thank Fred W
Reviewed 18 September 2018
Excellent, efficient and informative

The tour guides were always prompt, punctual and knowledgeable. The meeting points were clearly marked and manned by reps with clear badges and ready to hand out the audio equipment. All of our guides were knowledgeable, passionate and they made the history and charm of...More

Thank roxy_83uk
monica368, Manager at Avventure Bellissime, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2018

Dear Client, We appreciate your positive feedback and your recommendation. We are very happy the tours and our personnel met your expectations. Thank you for touring with us! Kind regards, Aleksandra Sales Dept

Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile
Good ... but ...

Really enjoyed the Doge's Palace tour, informative, good pace from the guide and interesting nuances shared. Amazing tour guide for St Marks Bascillica, funny, whitty and charming too. However, we weren't then prepared (as we hadn't signed up for) the hike along back streets from...More

Thank dannibecky
monica368, Direttore vendite at Avventure Bellissime, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2018

Dear dannibecky, Thank you for your feedback about our Grand Day Tour of Venice combo tour. The second portion of the tour is the Original Venice walk and it includes the skip-the-line tickets to the Basilica but also a light walk around Venice city center...More

Reviewed 8 August 2018
Venice 5/7/18

I highly recommend this to all who want to book a tour .Sabrina was knowlegable ,patient and passionate guide. There is so much to take in .If you want to enjoy it YOU MUST do a guided tour. Irene

Thank Irene S
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Response from Cheryl E | Reviewed this property |
The tour is in 3 parts. The first 2 parts - Doges and the Basilica both have the same meeting point with time in between so you can eat and shop. The 3rd part Grand Canal has a different meeting point and is on a boat. The... More
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Response from lolamoore93 | Reviewed this property |
The tour group was about 20 people, but we did go during off-season. It might be larger during the peak season.
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