The Magnificent Doge's Palace Private Tour

The Magnificent Doge's Palace Private Tour

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    2 Hours

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    Solo Travel, Couples, Children, Students, Business

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Why this Event?

The Doge's Palace, “Palazzo Ducale" is a magnificent combination of Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance architecture, once the centre of the Venetian Empire and the seat of the Venetian Government. During this private tour learn from our expert the origins, history and why this architectural masterpiece remains as one of the most important symbols of Venice today.

You will be escorted into this dominating palace by your private guide and will immediately pass through the great courtyard, to admire the wealth of detail of the famous Golden Staircase.

The Doges Palace was the residence of the Doge, (Duke) the elected ruler of the city, and once inside the Palace, you will visit the halls where the fate of the Venetian people was decided, and in particular the Sala del Maggior Consiglio, where you can discover the political history of Venice, what was once known as the Serene Republic. You will be able to admire the paintings realized by some of the most important artists of the Italian Renaissance, such as Titian, Veronese and Bellini, and witness the world's largest oil painting by Tintoretto.

Your private guide will regale and entertain you with many tales and curiosities whilst walking through the eerie, narrow passageways and across the Bridge of Sighs, towards the new prisons. Learn about the fate of historic prisoners and of course, Casanova, perhaps Venice's most famous and intriguing escapee.

The tour will conclude in the Doges Palace, and should you wish to spend more time inside the Doge's Palace independently after the tour your museum pass will allow you to do so.


  • Discover the history of the famous Doge's Palace, once the center of the Venetian Empire, the Serene Republic;
  • Admire the world′s largest oil painting by Tintoretto and view the impressive halls of the Sala del Maggior Consiglio;
  • Learn about the trials and tribulations, and power struggles of the past Doges and counsellors;
  • Visit the prisons of the Doge's Palace by crossing the Bridge of Sighs and discover just who was Giacomo Casanova.


  • Guided tour of the Doge's Palace, the Bridge of Sighs, and the prisons;
  • Admission fees to the Doge's Palace and skip-the-line entrance;
  • Free Hotel pick up on request, if your hotel is in the Saint Mark’s Square area.


  • Food and drink;
  • Optional gratuities;
  • Hidden itineraries in the Doge's Palace;
  • Hotel drop off.

Essential Information

  • This tour is not suitable if you have limited mobility;
  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible;
  • Backpacks are NOT allowed inside the Doge's Palace;
  • If you keep the Doge's Palace ticket, at the end of the tour or the following day you will be allowed to visit the Correr Museum in Saint Mark's square.


  • The interior of the Doge’s Palace;
  • The Prisons Cells;
  • The Bridge of Sighs.


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Oct 05 2016
Sep 28 2016
This was so much easier than having to find parking and navigate the memorials on our own. We had plenty of time to leave the bus and explore the memorials up close.
Sep 25 2016
Sep 11 2016
Awesome tour. Our tour guide Al was very friendly and knowledgeable and made sure that were able to really enjoy the memorials. There are so many tour bus options, I'm happy that I chose Gray Line Tours!
Sep 05 2016
My daughter and I went on the memorial/monument tour. Big Al was our tour guide and did an awesome job! We went to DC for a week and this was our favorite tour! We got to see so much in such a short amount of time! Would recommend and would do it again!
Sep 02 2016
So glad we booked this tour with Grayline & Wayne our guide -so many monuments and sights we would not have otherwise seen!
Aug 26 2016
Excellent because of the driver. Sufficient time to enjoy monuments. Good driving skills. Courteous.
Aug 21 2016
Tour was cancelled. Given vouchers to Big Bus Tour. Their bus broke down and we walked most of the tour. Not what I was expecting.
Aug 18 2016
Aug 18 2016
Our tour went great. Wayne was a great tour guide.

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