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History of "Legendary Venice St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace"

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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.
  • GROUP TOURS & ACTIVITIES-
  • 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.
  • PRIVATE TOURS & ACTIVITIES-
  • Cancellations received greater than 7 days prior to tour commencement are fully refundable.
  • Cancellations received within 7 days of tour commencement are nonrefundable.
  • All amendments made to private tours may be subject to an administrative fee up to 20%.
  • LATE ARRIVALS & NO SHOWS-
  • Late arrivals and no shows are nonrefundable. This is applicable to any tour participant that fails to arrive, or arrives after tour departure.
  • CHANGES TO THIS POLICY-
  • From time to time, the terms of this policy may change at the Company's discretion. In the event of such changes, the new policy will apply for all tours booked after the date and time of the policy change. For any further questions about our cancellation policy, please feel free to e-mail us at [email protected]

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Description 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. 
  • If you want to submerge yourself in the incredible history of Venice’s once-great maritime empire, this Venice tour is the perfect excursion for you. Take access 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 visitors 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. 
  • Step inside the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica to learn the history of Venice in one captivating tale after another. You'll meet your local guide in St. Mark's Square, one of the loveliest public squares in all of Europe, before using your pre-reserved tickets to skip long lines for a complete St. Mark's Basilica tour.
  • Inside, you'll encounter opulence at a level you can barely imagine. With 43,000 square feet of golden mosaics glowing above your head, you'll explore this vast church and hear the story of how it was founded through angelic prophecy and, um, grave robbing; as well as how it grew along with the fortunes of Venice, which weren't always the most scrupulous. With special access, you'll also get to see some of its most coveted treasures. On the first level, you'll find the famous bronze horses (they have a great story) and get closer to the mosaics. Finally, step out onto the balcony of the church for a beautiful view over St. Mark's Square, the Doge's Palace and the lagoon beyond.
  • Next up, it's your skip-the-line Doge's Palace tour. Walk through the palace doors and enter into the administrative and political heart of an empire that once encompassed much of the Mediterranean. You'll explore the general access rooms, as well as the incredible council chamber where the Doges held their most important meetings under frescoes by Veronese and Tintoretto. As you marvel at the architecture and decorations, your guide will tell you about all the backstabbing and skullduggery that went on behind the scenes here; and why one of the Doges has been covered with a veil in his official portrait.
  • You'll also walk through the palace armory, featuring all the weapons that Venice used to defend its trade routes; as well as the New Prisons, where inmates could be thrown for a litany of offenses that were deemed threatening to life in the lagoon. On the way you'll stroll across the famous Bridge of Sighs, which, as your guide will tell you, isn't quite as romantic as you might have thought.
  • Led by a local tour guide, this tour is the most enjoyable (and affordable) way to get a taste for the history of Venice. And with skip-the-line access at both the busiest sites in the city, it's the best way to make the most of your time on the islands of Venice.
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Full Description
  • Sites Visited: 
  • St. Mark's Basilica
  • St. Mark’s Square
  • Terrace of St. Mark’s Basilica
  • The Horses of St. Mark
  • Doge’s Palace (general access rooms)
  • New Prisons
  • Bridge of Sighs
  • Greet your guide in central Venice and head straight to your first stop, St. Marks Basilica (Basilica de San Marco) to bypass the long lines often in excess of two hours. Inside your guide reveals hidden details and leads you to the first-floor terrace not usually open to the general public.The next stop is Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), where skip-the-line tickets allow you to avoid waiting in line once again. Visit the opulent Hall of Great Council, home to frescoes by the likes of Veronese and Tintoretto, and discover the palace’s dark history in the Armory and New Prisons.Your tour culminates with a walk across the Bridge of Sighs, where you bid your guide farewell.
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. Marks 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.
  • Guarantee entry to the often sold-out Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica
  • Save hours waiting in line with skip-the-line entry to two top Venice attractions 
  • Enjoy special access to the first-floor terrace of St. Mark's Basilica 
  • Discover hidden details that are often missed when exploring alone
Included
  • Venice walking tour including local Venetian guide
  • 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
  • Venice walking tour including local Venetian guide
  • Special access to the terraces of St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Headsets when necessary
  • Expert English-speaking guide
  • Tickets to St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Skip the line access tickets at the Doge’s Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Ponte dei Sospiri
  • Entry/Admission - Doge's Palace
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
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.
Know Before You Book
  • Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.
  • 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.
Additional Info
  • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.
  • 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 of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress. Backpacks are prohibited inside of St. Mark's Basilica.
  • 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

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Cancellation Notes
  • GROUP TOURS & ACTIVITIES-
  • 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.
  • PRIVATE TOURS & ACTIVITIES-
  • Cancellations received greater than 7 days prior to tour commencement are fully refundable.
  • Cancellations received within 7 days of tour commencement are nonrefundable.
  • All amendments made to private tours may be subject to an administrative fee up to 20%.
  • LATE ARRIVALS & NO SHOWS-
  • Late arrivals and no shows are nonrefundable. This is applicable to any tour participant that fails to arrive, or arrives after tour departure.
  • CHANGES TO THIS POLICY-
  • From time to time, the terms of this policy may change at the Company's discretion. In the event of such changes, the new policy will apply for all tours booked after the date and time of the policy change. For any further questions about our cancellation policy, please feel free to e-mail us at [email protected]
  • GROUP TOURS & ACTIVITIES- 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. PRIVATE TOURS & ACTIVITIES- Cancellations received greater than 7 days prior to tour commencement are fully refundable. Cancellations received within 7 days of tour commencement are nonrefundable. All amendments made to private tours may be subject to an administrative fee up to 20%. LATE ARRIVALS & NO SHOWS- Late arrivals and no shows are nonrefundable. This is applicable to any tour participant that fails to arrive, or arrives after tour departure. CHANGES TO THIS POLICY- From time to time, the terms of this policy may change at the Company's discretion. In the event of such changes, the new policy will apply for all tours booked after the date and time of the policy change. For any further questions about our cancellation policy, please feel free to e-mail us at [email protected]

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Cancellation Notes
  • GROUP TOURS & ACTIVITIES- 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. PRIVATE TOURS & ACTIVITIES- Cancellations received greater than 7 days prior to tour commencement are fully refundable. Cancellations received within 7 days of tour commencement are nonrefundable. All amendments made to private tours may be subject to an administrative fee up to 20%. LATE ARRIVALS & NO SHOWS- Late arrivals and no shows are nonrefundable. This is applicable to any tour participant that fails to arrive, or arrives after tour departure. CHANGES TO THIS POLICY- From time to time, the terms of this policy may change at the Company's discretion. In the event of such changes, the new policy will apply for all tours booked after the date and time of the policy change. For any further questions about our cancellation policy, please feel free to e-mail us at [email protected]
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.