Private Venice Tour | St Mark’s & Doge’s Palace
On LivTour’s Private Venice Tour, you will enjoy the luxury of a private group where you can easily engage with your expert local guide. Privileged access to some of the most sought-after monuments of Venice – Saint Mark’s Basilica, its panoramic terraces, and the Doge’s Palace to 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 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 the impressive Doge’s (Duke’s) Palace set on the edge of the Grand Canal that more than 120 Doge’s have called this home for 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!)
Our tour guides and staff are selected experts and speak perfect English
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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 was connected by a covered walkway that still connects the two buildings. St. Mark’s Basilica holds Venice’s religious past (and present), 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. 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’ group size of max 6 participants is and always has been based on sustainable travel, and we are proud to be at the forefront of change and innovation in the industry. LivTours is committed to providing travelers with truly sustainable tours with the lowest possible environmental impact, all while supporting the local industries and people of each unique destination. To learn more about how you can actively support sustainable tourism and how LivTours is contributing, click here.
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. *Some Ferrari private experiences are inclusive of one person only.
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Exceptional Doge’s palace guided tour!!
"Nico was a very incredible guide! He was very informative, calm and enthusiastic about the history of Venice. My kids were also interested the entire tour. We all also enjoyed the dungeon visit, and loved hearing all the tales surrounding the imprisonment and escape of Casanova!"
Isabel - US
Had a fabulous time
"The St. Mark's Cathedral was amazing but Nicko's knowledge of the building and Venice as a whole was both great and engaging."
Jerry - US
Un vrai régal!
"Notre guide Roberta à été d'une très grande compétence et d'une extrême gentillesse avec nous lors des visites privées du palais des Doges et de la basilique Saint Marc. Un vrai régal!"
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.