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Private Venice Tour | St Mark’s & Doge’s Palace

2 hrs 30 mins
Piazza San Marco
Refundable booking

On LivTour’s Private Venice Tour, you will enjoy the luxury of a completely private group giving you the benefit of interacting with your expert local guide easily.  Privileged access to some of the most sought after monuments of Venice – Saint Mark’s Basilica and it’s panoramic terraces, and the Doge’s Palace means you will make the most of your time.

To start, you will explore the breathtaking Saint Mark’s Basilica, which is filled with mosaics of golden tiles and carries the nickname of the Golden Basilica.  This impressive building is a must see for any visitor to Venice. LivTours has exclusive access allowing you to bypass the often long lines, so you will be able to dive right into the heart of Venice.  A local saying states that once you have heard the stories about the Basilica, you will know the stories of the city.

Your private guide will then share with you the impressive Doge’s (Duke’s) Palace, set on the edge of the Grand Canal, more than 120 Doge’s have called this home over the course of seven centuries. In addition, to the beautifully decorated and ornate rooms you will also be given access to the bridge of sighs and the prison where you will hear stories of Venice’s dark past.

Make the most of your time in the city of water on this half day tour!


  • Enjoy a fascinating stroll through Venice with your private expert local guide
  • Gain exclusive LivTours access to St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace
  • Explore the wonders of the highlights of Venice with your private expert guide
  • Admire the two most sought after monuments in Venice on a private half day tour

Exclusive private Tours and Experiences. Also offered in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Swedish and Russian

Our prices always include tickets and reservations fees (no waiting in lines!)

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On LivTours Private Venice Tour, you will start by meeting your private guide in the picturesque St. Mark’s Square with a perfect view of the breathtaking St. Mark’s Basilica. Starting with LivTour’s privileged access you will spend your time admiring the ornate interior rather than waiting in line.  Constructed in the 9th century, this basilica has been decorated with hundreds of thousands of golden mosaic tiles, giving it the rightly earned nickname.  On your private tour, you will learn why it has played such a key role in the history of Venice and your guide will make sure you have plenty of time to explore the numerous treasures.

Up until the 19th century, this breathtaking Basilica was the Doge’s (Duke’s) private chapel and connected by a covered walkway that still connects the two buildings.  St. Mark’s Basilica holds the religious past (and present) of Venice, the Doge’s Palace holds the fascinating, and sometimes dark, political past. As well as, Venice’s independent government offices, prisons and courts. Your guide will regale you with the secret stories of the Palace as you walk through the Doge’s private, luxurious apartments and impressive halls such as the Hall of the Great Council.

The next part of your private tour takes you to visit the prisons where your expert guide will share with you the scary, dark and gory stories of the past.  Additionally, you will have the opportunity to admire the Doge’s outstanding historic gun collection up close.  Get your cameras ready, as a last stop, you will walk through the famous Bridge of Sighs and discover how it got its English name!

After exploring the religious and political centers of Venice, you will have a better understanding of this complicated beautiful city. Sigh and be amazed by the enchanting scenery, incredible stories and wonderful world that you have learned about during this exclusive Venice private tour.


  • St Marks Square
  • Skip the line entrance into St Marks Basilica
  • St Marks terrace
  • Priority entrance into Doges Palace
  • Hall of the Great Council
  • Doges Palace Dungeons
  • Bridge of Sighs
  • Fully guided experience

  • Offered in: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian. Please specify under “Additional notes” if you wish to book the tour in a language other than English.
  • Places of worship have strict dress code requirements for entry. All participants are required to have shoulders and knees covered (no tank tops or short dresses) to enter.
  • During the low season (November 3-March 30) it is not possible to reserve tickets for St. Mark’s Basilica and skip the line. Due to the low number of visitors, there are generally no lines during this period.
  • There is no photography allowed inside St Marks Basilica.
  • LivTours’ is and always has been based on sustainable travel and especially in these new times, we are proud to be at the forefront of innovation, change, and challenges that are presented to us during this post-pandemic time. At the moment, due to Covid-19 safety regulations, museums and sites visited on this tour require wearing a mask while on site. Please bring one for every participant over 6 years of age.
  • Due to these unprecedented times and ongoing safety and regulation changes, some sites may have limited accessibility if the venue can not guarantee social distancing which may lead to unforeseen tour modifications. Thank you for your understanding.


When you book a LivTours Private Tour or Experience, you are guaranteed a dedicated, expert guide that allows you the flexibility to start your tour at a time which is convenient for you, making planning easy. Our private tours ensure that you will get a tailored experience to meet all your needs so we go at your pace, perfect for families with younger children, elderly, or individuals with accessibility needs. Please be advised that all private tours begin at a base price starting at two people*. Prices are inclusive of entry tickets where applicable.*Our Tuscan motorcycle tour and some Ferrari private experiences are inclusive of one person only.


Make your day even more unique and comfortable by upgrading your tour with a customizable LivTours optional add on!

Guide's Pickup at central hotel
Have your guide pick you up directly from your centrally located hotel's lobby. Guaranteed stress-free.
55 €

Visiting Venice with a native

"We thoroughly enjoyed our tour in Venice. We took a private tour because the small group tour was booked but I'm sure the small group would have been great too. We have had great experiences with both the Private and Small group tours that Livitaly has to offer. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable we learned a lot about the history of Vencie while also enjoying the beautiful art and architecture. Our guide was born and raised in Venice so we particularly enjoyed hearing about what it's like to live there. We were also treated to several areas closed off to the general public so that made it extra special for us. Would definitely recommend! "

Verne and Shelly - USA

Venice with Marie-Therese

"We booked a tour with Livitaly Tours on our second day in Venice. Marie-Therese is incredibly knowledgeable and personable, and truly made our trip to Venice special. She fully and clearly explained everything that we needed to know. We not only went through the Doges Palace and St. Marks but were also treated to a local look inside the city that we would not otherwise have had. We highly recommend this tour for an unforgettable visit to Venice."

Donald - UK

The history and art of Venice

"We had the most wonderful small group tour of San Marco Basilica and the Doge's Palace with LivItaly Tours. Our tour guide, Marie Therese, was extremely knowlegeable with a wry sense of humor. She not only gave us insight into the culture and history of the Venetian empire and system of government but also shared details of her personal life and what it is like to live in Venice today. We walked away both educated and entertained. I highly recommend!"

MarcyL. - USA


By selecting Choose Dates Later / Buy as Gift at booking, any tour can be purchased without fixed dates. This is the perfect option if you want to purchase your tour as a gift for a loved one, or if you are in the pre-planning phase of your vacation. After booking, you will receive a Travel Voucher Code and full instructions on how to schedule your tours when ready. Once your travel plans are confirmed, you can easily use the Travel Voucher Code on the LivTours website to formally schedule your tours. You can find out more here.