St Mark’s and Doge’s Palace Tour | Semi-Private
On LivTour’s Doge’s Palace Tour you will enjoy the luxury of a semi-private group of no more than six people allowing you to interact with your expert local guide easily. You will enjoy privileged access to some of the most sought after monuments of Venice – Saint Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, including the secret rooms.
Your tour starts by exploring the imposing Saint Mark’s Basilica, which is known as the Golden Basilica due to the large number of mosaics using golden tiles. This imposing building is a must-see for any visitor to Venice. Dive into this grand basilica with LivTours exclusive access allowing you to bypass the lines. A local Venetian saying states that once you have heard the stories about the Basilica, you will know the stories of the city.
Next, it is on to visit the impressive Doge’s Palace, set on the edge of the Grand Canal. Over the course of 700 years, 120 Doges have called this humble palace home. 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.
Come explore the two most important monuments in Venice with your expert guide!
- Dive into the rich and exciting history, including the darker side, of Venice
- Visit the famous Doge's Palace on your exclusive semi-private tour
- Enjoy privileged access into Saint Mark's Basilica with your expert local guide
- Be mesmerized by the stories in the secret rooms of the Doge’s Palace
- Experience the Bridge of Sighs as your expert guide explains the history of the name
Semi-Private tours and experiences are guaranteed six participants max.
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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Eco-sustainable tourism, designed to respect and support local culture, art and traditions
On LivTours Doge’s Palace Tour, you will start by meeting your experience guide in St. Mark’s Square allowing you to get a perfect view of the breathtaking St. Mark’s Basilica. Your visit to the Basilica, which carries the nickname of Basilica d’Oro – Golden Basilica starts with LivTour’s privileged access allowing you to skip the lines. Built in the 9th century, this basilica has been decorated with hundreds of thousands of golden mosaic tiles, giving it the apt nickname. On your semi-private tour, you will learn why it has played such a key role in the history of Venice. Your passionate LivTours guide will allow you plenty of time to explore the numerous treasures while enticing you with lively historical commentary.
Amazingly this breathtaking Basilica was the Doge’s (Duke’s) private chapel until the 19th century. Being the most important man in town, the Basilica and the palace were connected by a covered walkway. While St. Mark’s Basilica holds the religious past (and present) of Venice, the Doge’s Palace holds the fascinating political past. Revel in the privileged access to this imposing building, which for seven centuries housed 120 Doges. As well as, Venice’s independent government offices, prisons, and courts. Your guide will mesmerize you with the secret stories of the Palace as you walk through the Doge’s private, luxurious apartments and powerful halls such as the Hall of the Great Council.
Your visit to the Doge’s Palace does not stop there. Next, it is on to visit the prisons where your expert guide will share with you the scary, dark, and gory stories of what took place there in the past. You will have the opportunity to admire the Doge’s impressive gun collection up close. Get your cameras ready, as the last stop, you will walk through the famous Bridge of Sighs and discover how it got its English name!
- St Marks Square
- Skip the line entrance into St Marks Basilica
- Priority entrance into Doges Palace
- Hall of the Great Council
- Doges Palace Dungeons
- Bridge of Sighs
- Fully guided experience
- 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.
- In order to book this experience, you need to be at least 2 participants.
- LivTours’ group size of max 6 participants is and always has been based on sustainable travel and especially in these new times, we are proud to be at the forefront of the innovation, changes, and challenges that are presented to us during this post-pandemic time. At the moment, due to COVID-19 safety regulations all participants aged 6 and over must wear a mask for the entire duration of the tour.
- 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.
All LivTours Semi-Private Group Tours are limited to 6 guests per tour guide. Our commitment to maintaining our uniquely tiny group sizes can sometimes be a little tricky, mathematically speaking. For example, we want to ensure that traveling families and friends can tour together so on rare occasions we may add one or two guests in order to not split groups. On that same note, you may also find yourself on tour with less than six people! We thank you for your understanding and flexibility.
"My daughters and I visited Venice and fell in love with the city. We loved wandering around the small little alleys and sipping cappucinos at the sidwalk cafe's. But I think our most fulfilling afternoon was with LivItaly's tour of St Mark's cathedral and the very historical Doge's palace next door. Our guide Sara was an expert in both venetian history as well as extremely insightful regarding the marvelous art and mosiacs in the cathedral. We were in awe for the entire tour and have brought home new knowledge and appreciation that we wouldn't have garnered if it weren't for this tour. This was definitely a 5-star experience in a city you shouldn't miss seeing."
Laurie - UK
Perfect small group tour
"Our family of 4 took the small group tour of the Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica. Our guide, Marco, was extraordinarily knowledgeable regarding the Doge Palace and explained the political context to our tween/teens in a manner that engaged as well as educated. Visiting St Mark's was a memorable experience, made even more relevant thanks to Marco's explanations. There was 1 other couple in our group so only the 6 of us plus Marco. Just the perfect size! Highly recommend."
Susan - USA
This tour made Venice very special for us
"We felt this tour made our visit to Venice very special. It was very well organised and our guide, Marie-Therese spoke excellent English and was extremely knowledgeable about the history, culture, art and architecture of the city. The visit to St Marks Basilica was spectacular and Marie-Therese was full of interesting insights into all the art and mosaics. The tour was one of the highlights of our trip and we would thoroughly recommend it."
Gwenda - UK
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