Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace

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Location: Venice
Category: Tours & Sightseeing
Duration: 3.0 hours
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Currency: EUR
Language: English
TimeZone: Europe/Rome
Highlights - Admire 4,000 square meters of mosaics in St. Mark’s while you hear the improbable story of its construction and how it came to house all its treasures.
- Get special access to the terraces of St. Mark’s Basilica with spectacular views over Venice.
- Enjoy skip-the-line access to the Doge’s Palace.
- Visit the Doge’s apartments, the Hall of the Great Council (with frescoes by Veronese and Tintoretto), the Armory, and the New prisons in the Doge’s Palace.
- Take in the view from the Bridge of Sighs and learn why the spot isn’t quite as romantic as you’ve been lead to believe.
- Enjoy an intimate group of 25 people or fewer led by an expert, local Venetian guide with great English and an incredible passion for the art, history, and culture of the city.
Summary
If you want to submerge yourself in the incredible history of Venice’s once-great maritime empire, our Legendary Venice tour is the perfect excursion for you. We take you on a tour of two of the floating city’s most important buildings: St. Mark’s Cathedral, and the Doge’s Palace. As you explore these jaw-droppings spaces, your expert local guide will bring them to life with the histories and stories of how they were built and the human dramas that played out inside. History buffs and casual visitor alike will love the way this tour brings the stones of Venice to life. 
Description
We start in the world-famous St. Mark’s Square, taking a moment to appreciate the space before diving into St. Mark’s Cathedral. Here you will get a deep look at the way that Venice built a mercantile empire that once spanned the entire Mediterranean. As you gape at the mosaics and other treasures inside, your expert Venetian guide will explain how the city begged, borrowed, and yes, stole, almost all of them as it grew from a tiny island to one of the biggest powers in the Medieval world. You’ll also get special access to the first floor terrace where you can see the famous horses stolen from Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade as well as amazing views over St Mark’s Square and the city. 

Next it’s off to the Doge’s Palace, where pre-reserved tickets once again get us past the lines and inside what was the political heart of the empire for hundreds of years. Here you’ll visit the Doge’s own opulent apartments and the Hall of the Great Council where matters of state were decided under beautiful frescoes by Veronese and Tintoretto, You’ll also see the armory and the New Prisons, where you’ll learn about the grim lives of anyone unlucky enough to be taken prisoner. You’ll also find out the secret behind the mysterious black veil that interrupts the official series of Doge’s portraits. Hint: it will make you not want to work in Venetian government. 

Finally, you’ll wander over the Bridge of Sighs and learn why this romantic icon is a little more grim than you have probably been taught. 
Venice is a beautiful city but it doesn’t really come to life until you have an expert, local Venetian guide to show you around and tell you the stories that take you deep into the history and lore of the city. In a small group of no more than 25 people you will have intimate access to your guide and be able to ask them all the questions you want about improbable history of one of the world’s most unique cities. 


Commentary English: Guide
Included Tickets to St. Mark’s Basilica
Special access to the terraces of St. Mark’s Basilica
Skip the line access tickets at the Doge’s Palace
Headsets when necessary
Expert local tour guide
Excluded Gratuities
Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
Know before you book The terrace of St. Mark's Basilica, the prisons and the armory of the Doge's Palace are not wheelchair-accessible, as a result of which we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on this tour.
Please note that it is not possible to bring large backpacks on the tour
St. Mark's Basilica can be subject to unforeseen closures due to particular liturgical celebrations. In the case in which the basilica is closed, we will give you explanations from the outside.
Know before you go Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
St. Mark's Basilica can be subject to unforeseen closures due to particular liturgical celebrations. In the case in which the basilica is closed, we will give you explanations from the outside.
Please remember that the basilica is a holy place and attire must be appropriate: Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress. Backpacks are prohibited inside of St. Mark's Basilica.
This tour runs rain or shine. However, occasionally St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace are closed to the public, without previous notice, due to high tides or particular festivities. In these cases we endeavor to contact customers as soon as possible to arrange a suitable alternative.
Please note that it is not possible to bring large backpacks on the tour
Sometimes the tour runs in reverser order.
Photography is not permitted inside St Marks Baslica
Additional Information
  • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
Dress Code: Please remember that the basilica is a holy place and attire must be appropriate: Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress. Backpacks are prohibited inside of St. Mark's Basilica.
Health Items Face masks required for travelers in public areas, Face masks required for guides in public areas, Face masks provided for travelers, Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff, Social distancing enforced throughout experience, Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas, Gear/equipment sanitized between use, Guides required to regularly wash hands, Regular temperature checks for staff, Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

Operating Info

Product Start Date 2020-04-16
Product End Date 2021-10-31
Booking Cut-off 2 hours
Minimum 1 guests per booking
Maximum 20 guests per booking
Valid Only on date on reservation

Availability Notes

From To Notes
November 01, 2020 October 31, 2021 2:00 PM Departure - Daily (Except: 24 Dec 2020, 25 Dec 2020, 31 Dec 2020, 01 Jan 2021, 16 Feb 2021, 02 Apr 2021, 04 Apr 2021, 05 Apr 2021, 25 Apr 2021)

Locations

Type: Ends location
Lat & Long: 45.4341668, 12.3373774
Address: St. Mark's Square, Piazza San Marco, Venezia, Venice, 30124, IT
Notes:
End Location Address St. Mark's Square, Piazza San Marco, Venezia, Venice, 30124, IT
Start Location Notes Museo Correr, Piazza San Marco, 52, Venice, 30124, IT
Type: Starts location
Lat & Long: 45.4332089, 12.3376764
Address: Museo Correr, Piazza San Marco, 52, Venice, 30124, IT
Directions: https://www.google.de/maps/place/Museo+Correr/@45.4332089,12.3376764,18z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x12c68bff26b97ed8
Notes: On St.Mark's square at the opposite side of the Basilica you will find the Correr Museum entrance underneath the portico.
End Location Address St. Mark's Square, Piazza San Marco, Venezia, Venice, 30124, IT
Start Location Notes Museo Correr, Piazza San Marco, 52, Venice, 30124, IT

Cancellation

Cancellation Policy: standard
Cancellation Cut-off: 72 hours
Cancellation Notes: Cancellations received greater than 72 hours prior to tour commencement are fully refundable. Cancellations received within 72 hours of tour commencement are nonrefundable. Amendment requests are subject to availability and price changes. Late arrivals and no shows are nonrefundable. This is applicable to any tour participant that fails to arrive, or arrives after tour departure.

Pricing

2020/2021 PRICING RETAIL PRICE NET RATE
Adult 15-99 years €74.00 Available on request
Child 2-14 years €69.00 Available on request
Infant 0-1 years €0.00 Available on request

Options

Option Name 2020/2021 Pricing
Option Description 2020/2021 Pricing

Other Information

Terms and Conditions

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements.

Voucher Info

Mobile tickets will be accepted

FAQ Can I bring a bag into the Doge’s Palace?

Although you are unable to carry large backpacks around the Doge’s Palace, there is a free bag check at the entrance. Feel free to leave handbags and purses here too and collect them after your tour.

Confirmation necessary? No