Inside Venice: Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour

Inside Venice: Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Tour

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  • Duration:

    2 Hours

  • Languages:

    en,fr,de,es

  • Suitable:

    Solo Travel, Couples, Children, Groups, Students, Business

  • Available:

    Daily (except Sundays)

Why this Event?

A combined tour that allows you to discover the Doge’s Venice and its oriental empire. This guided tour is divided into two parts. From a centrally located meeting point you will be lead by a professional guide to the magnificent Doge’s Palace, once the seat of the power of the Republic of Venice, and then onto the majestic Saint Mark’s Basilica, discovering its Byzantine history, the Golden Pall (Pala d'Oro) and the glittering mosaics.

Our guide will accompany you to the Doge’s Palace, which dominates Saint Mark's Square, the heart of Venice, standing out for its size and its extraordinary structure, where Byzantine, European and Oriental architecture collide. Immediately entering the Palace you will pass through the great courtyard and admire the wealth of detail on the famous Golden Staircase. Once inside the Palace, you will visit the halls where the Duke (Doge) and his Council controlled the fate of the Serene Republic, whilst surrounded by hundreds of artistic masterpieces and discover the political history of Venice and its people. You will be able to admire the paintings realised by some of the most important artists of the Italian Renaissance, amongst them, the world's largest oil painting by Tintoretto. Passing through the famous Bridge of Sighs, you will reach the new prisons. The bridge was given its name by the English poet Lord Byron, probably referring to the last breath of the prisoners, who had their last view of the lagoon and of Venice from the window of this bridge, before they were to be imprisoned.
During the second part of the tour you will visit the Basilica, once the private chapel of the Doge of Venice, and the only one of its kind in Italy, thanks to the sumptous golden mosaics and impressive marble inlay flooring.
During the tour you will be able to sit down in the church and absorb the atmosphere whilst listening to your guide who will describe the biblical scenes represented throughout the building, together with history and particularities of this ancient Basilica.
We are the only tour operator with special authorization to be seated in the central nave inside the Basilica.

The tour includes the visit of the famous Pala d'Oro, an altarpiece made of gold and silver and an exquisite example of Byzantine art with a myriad of gems and precious stones.

This 2 hour combined tour concludes outside the Basilica, in Saint Mark's Square.

Included

  • Guided Tour of the Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica;
  • Admission fees;
  • Skip-the-line entrance;
  • Personal audio system and headset for tour commentary;
  • Live tour commentary provided in English, French, Spanish and German;
  • Pick up from a centrally located meeting point.

Excluded

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

Essential Information

• Check-in is 15 minutes prior to booked tour start time;
• This activity is not wheelchair accessible;
• Shoulders and knees must be covered inside the Basilica;
• Backpacks are not allowed inside the Basilica and the Doge's Palace;
• This tour operates rain or shine;
• You should wear comfortable walking shoes;
• From the 1st of November to the 31st of March there is no skip-the-line entrance to the Basilica;
• Tour maybe affected in cases of high tides.

Itinerary

• Saint Mark's square
• Doge's Palace
• Bridge of Sighs
• Saint Mark's Basilica
• Correr museum (on your own with the same ticket)

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Oct 05 2016
 
Excellent
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
 
Excellent
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
 
Excellent
Aug 18 2016
 
Our tour went great. Wayne was a great tour guide.

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