Venice: St. Mark, Doge's palace and much more


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Activity Level



City, First Time Visitor, Museums / Culture


Kid Friendly: Yes. This is mainly a cultural tour, which may be perfect for grown up children.
The youngest will be fascinated by the rich decorations of the monuments and the beautiful views from the terrace.

Friendly: Yes.
Access to the Basilica and Doge's Palace is wheelchairs' friendly.
To get to the terrace of the Basilica there' are only steep steps.

Maximum travelers: 10



English (fluent), French (fluent), Italian (fluent)

The perfect private tour for first-time visitors

Enjoy your first-time tour in Venice, getting to know its fascinating history and its most famous monuments.
Come with an experienced guide to discover the maze of side streets of this ancient and charming city, you'll have an in-depth insight into the political history of Venice and an understanding of the incredible longevity of La Serenissima - The Most Serene Republic of Venice. We'll sightsee infact its iconic monuments, the Basilica of Saint Mark where the Apostle Mark's body has been kept for over a thousand years, and the Doge's Palace that displays many masterpieces of Venetian painting: with this tour you will discover all secrets of the most ancient republic in the world. Let's climb finally on the Rialto bridge to have a glance at the Gran Canal, with its elegant and precious aristocratic palaces.


We start with the magnificent view from St. Mark's Square: the Doge's palace, the Library, and the islands in front of St Mark.
We'll enter then the Doge's Palace, a wonderful core of history and art: having been the seat of the local Government for many centuries, it was decorated by the main Venetian artists such as Titian, Tintoretto, Paolo Veronese.
We'll see the armoury, the state's rooms and the dark prisons, passing through the famous Bridge of Sighs.
We'll visit then the Basilica of Saint Mark with its amazing medieval mosaics and we'll climb the beautiful terrace to see the bronze horses from close.
The walking tour leads then towards the Rialto bridge, passing by traditional local shops until we'll overlook the Grand Canal with its stunning elegant palaces.

* The itinerary may be led also in the opposite direction, starting from Rialto and ending in St. Mark.

IMPORTANT: A dress code is required to enter St Mark: No shorts or sleeveless tops, knees and shoulders must be covered (for men-women).

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: St. Mark's Square under the big column with the lion on top.

End location: If the tour starts from St. Mark: end at Rialto Bridge

If the tour starts from Rialto: end in St. Mark's Square.

Duration: 3 hours 30 min.

During the high season (May to September) Venice may be crowded and it may take longer to enter the monuments.
Due to recent security measures, some queues could be formed at the entrance to the Palazzo Ducale and the Basilica, also for with priority entry ticket holders.
The tour takes place also in case of rain. In case of an exceptionally high tide, this itinerary may be impossible to do, as St. Mark is subject to flooding.


Walking tour

What’s Included

  • Guiding Services

Other: - Skip-the-line entrance to Palazzo Ducale (the Doge's Palace)
- Skip-the-line entrance to St. Mark's Basilica

On demand I can buy all tickets in advance
If the group exceeds 10 people whispers are mandatory for the Doge's palace (cost of 1€p/p to be paid at the entrance)

Estimated Local Cash Needed

50 EUR - Venice may be a quite expensive city. Walking around is tiring and you may prefer to catch a water bus ride, that costs € 7,50 for a single fare.

What’s Extra

Other: Access ticket to the Doge's palace € 20 (fam. with children and senior 13€)
Access ticket to the terrace of the Basilica (5€)
Personal expenses and snacks.

A Recent Review of this tour

Daniela Z was a GREAT tour guide!!! We had a group of 10 adults and 2 children. She was very knowledgeable and answered all of our 6yr old's inquisitive questions. She was considerate towards every one in our group, making sure we were all together and ready to move on throughout the tour. You can tell she loves what she does. We would absolutely recommend her to others! We would have loved to have her join us for the Florence and Rome legs of our trip as well! Daniela THANK YOU for a very enjoyable day!
Duane Hansen

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