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City: Venice


Duration: 3hrs


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Highlights

  • Our most complete half-day Venice tour, Legendary Venice combines the top two sights of Venice for an insight into the history, art and architecture of Venice.

  • Enjoy a St. Mark’s Basilica tour plus the Doge’s Palace, where you’ll see prisons, apartments, courtrooms & incredible art: With skip the line access you'll have more time inside.

  • Traveling in small groups of 25 with an expert guide passionate about the art & history of Venice, your experience will be fun and engaging.

Tour Description

Special Access Tour of St Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access

Meeting in St. Mark’s Square we’ll take a few moments to appreciate this incredible space before using our pre-reserved entrance tickets to enter the Basilica. Absolutely enormous, the Basilica has 43,000 square feet of mosaic alone! Its history, which dates back to the 9th century, is just as hard to get your mind around. But there’s no understanding Venice without understanding St. Mark’s Basilica.

On our St. Mark’s Basilica tour, your guide will take you far beyond the guidebook to really understand St. Mark’s Basilica and Venice as a whole. Hear the swashbuckling tale of the basilica’s founding (a story that involves an angelic prophecy and a bold theft!) and explore the church’s countless treasures. One s...

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Special Access Tour of St Mark's Basilica with Terrace Access

Meeting in St. Mark’s Square we’ll take a few moments to appreciate this incredible space before using our pre-reserved entrance tickets to enter the Basilica. Absolutely enormous, the Basilica has 43,000 square feet of mosaic alone! Its history, which dates back to the 9th century, is just as hard to get your mind around. But there’s no understanding Venice without understanding St. Mark’s Basilica.

On our St. Mark’s Basilica tour, your guide will take you far beyond the guidebook to really understand St. Mark’s Basilica and Venice as a whole. Hear the swashbuckling tale of the basilica’s founding (a story that involves an angelic prophecy and a bold theft!) and explore the church’s countless treasures. One such treasure is the bronze horses, which you will see up close during your special access visit to the balcony. With this access, your guide will also have an opportunity to speak with you inside the basilica too (not usually afforded to groups), using their time on the balcony to help you really appreciate the ceiling mosaics up close.

The cherry on top comes as you walk outside onto the terraces themselves. From here you'll witness the most beautiful views in all of Venice, over St Mark's Square and past the Doge's Palace down into the lagoon.

Unearth Secret Tales of Power and Corruption at the Doge's Palace - Plus Some Incredible Art!

St. Mark’s Basilica is only the tip of the iceberg though. The Doge’s Palace was the real heart of the Republic of Venice – home to the duke, the government, torture chambers, prisons and so much more. Our Doge’s Palace tours show you the best, telling you stories of scandal and politics that you won’t believe (but you should, we’d never lie to you.)

We’ll skip the line here, too, taking you right to the heart of Venice’s power and history, from the Doge’s own lavish apartments to the Hall of the Great Council, where the city’s all-important general assembly made decisions before beautiful frescoes by Veronese and Tintoretto. Learn the secret behind why the painted series of doges is interrupted by a mysterious black veil (hint: it has to do with a beheading); discover just what the Doge really did, who he was and why you might not want the job yourself.

You’ll also get to explore the massive armory as part of your Doge’s Palace tour, and the so-called ‘New Prisons’ where your guide will teach you about the grim life of a Venetian prisoner. You’ll cap it all off with the Bridge of Sighs, which you’ll learn isn’t quite as romantic as you thought. But a bridge that connects interrogation rooms to prison cells will be that way.

Privileged Entrance, Small Groups and Expert Guides - for a Tour to Remember

In order to do justice to these incredible sites, we’ve kept our group sizes to only 25 people or fewer. You’ll have headsets throughout your tour, so you’ll be able to hear your guide clearly, engage with them and ask all the questions you want – a good thing too since they’re some of the best in the business.

We’ve spent years building the best team of guides, chosen for their knowledge, enthusiasm and friendliness. We know how important your guide is to the quality of your tour, so we only work with those who are passionate about sharing their passion for the history, art and stories of Venice with you.

For the best, most enjoyable and informative way to see the top sights of Venice, take a walk with us on our Legendary Venice Tour. It’s three hours, two top sites, and dozens of tales you’ll be retelling forever!

  • Sites Visited
  • St. Mark's Basilica
  • St. Mark’s Square
  • Doge’s Palace (general access rooms)
  • New Prisons
  • Bridge of Sighs
  • Included
  • Skip the line access tickets at St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Skip the line access tickets at the Doge’s Palace
  • Headsets on groups over 6 people
  • Expert and passionate tour guides
  • Small groups of 25 people or fewer

Reviews

5-stars from over 1756 Customer Reviews

We enjoyed our tour. The Basilica was lovely and visiting the terraces was fun. At the Doge's Palace, we wished there had been more information about the role of Doges instead of focusing on only the art within the Palace. Our tour guide was wonderful and pleasant.

Dana

Oct 25, 2019

Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. A Great tour and at a pace that meant you had time to enjoy what you were being shown. I would definitely recommend this tour.

Frances

Oct 29, 2019

We scheduled five walks during our 10 days in Rome, Florence and Venice. By far, this tour - and this tour guide - was the absolute BEST! Francesca has a way of bringing everything to life while you're looking at centuries-old buildings and paintings. As we walked through the Doges Palace, she took us back in time, and we truly had a feeling for what it must have been like to walk up the Golden Staircase and experience the power and beauty of Venice. We loved this tour!

Eben

Oct 29, 2019

We learned quite a bit about the cathedral and really truly enjoyed your guide's passion for her city and this magnificent facility. The Doge's Palace was tremendous and quite enlightening of an experience. Our only complaint would be the two gentlemen with massive back packs that apparently couldn't read that they wouldn't be allowed into the cathedral and then were put off because they had to got store them. Making a couple dozen people stand around waiting at the entry is just a jackass thing to do. We loved the four horses and the view of the piazza from the terrace. We love using your services and will continue to in the future. D. Gibson

Douglas

Oct 28, 2019

The tour guide was super knowledgeable and the information on the tour was very interesting.

Jaceene

Oct 27, 2019

My wife & I spent an extra day in Venice after spending 12 days on a Viking Cruise from Barcelona to Venice. We were exposed to many guides along the way. “Moses” was our guide. He was the best. His passion made the whole experience so enjoyable. He mixed his knowledge and sense of humor keeping the 25 people in the group listening to his every word.

R

Oct 25, 2019

We enjoyed our tour. The Basilica was lovely and visiting the terraces was fun. At the Doge's Palace, we wished there had been more information about the role of Doges instead of focusing on only the art within the Palace. Our tour guide was wonderful and pleasant.

Dana

Oct 25, 2019

Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. A Great tour and at a pace that meant you had time to enjoy what you were being shown. I would definitely recommend this tour.

Frances

Oct 29, 2019

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Important Information

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