Venice Private Skip-the-Line Tour of San Marco, Doge's PalaceEnjoy the best of the canal city with this private 6-hour guided walking tour of Venice plus gondola ride. Get skip-the-line access to St. Mark's (...)
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Meet your private guide in St. Mark's Square at the appointed time to begin your walking tour.
Begin with a skip-the-line tour of the Doge's Palace to admire the beautiful ceilings with frescoes by Tintoretto and walls adorned with paintings by Veronese. You will see the wooden slot where accusations of treason were passed to the Secret Police and of course the Bridge of Sighs. Did you know that Casanova, Venice’s famous lover and writer, was imprisoned in one of the palace's prison attics before managing to escape?
Next is the highlight of the tour; the spectacular Basilica San Marco - St. Mark's Basilica. Your guide will point out how Eastern architecture and Western design came together to create this unique church. In a special extended tour of the Basilica you will hear how St. Mark’s remains arrived in Venice illegally, and see a myriad of treasures - some made in the city and others plundered during the crusades. Of particular interest are the 11th-century mosaics, some of the few treasures that have survived the Basilica’s floods and fires over the centuries.
Continue your walking tour of Venice to see sights such as Campo San Giovanni e Paolo, Santa Maria Formosa, Fondamenta Nova, the Church of Holy Apostles, Marco Polo's House, and the Rialto Bridge. This famous marble bridge was a Venetian folly, running well over budget when built but now beloved and admired by Venice’s residents and visitors alike who like to watch as the sunlight dances on the smooth stone surface and the bridge is reflected in the river below.
Your day ends with something only Venice can offer - a private gondola ride. As you wish a fond farewell to your guide you will begin a peaceful and intimate trip along Venice’s famous canals with your very own gondolier.
Enjoy privileged access to the attractions visited, and all entry tickets are included. Immerse yourself in Venetian culture during this private tour.
- All entrance fees included
- Led by a local guide
- Skip the line
- Private guide for a more personalized experience
- Local guide
- Gondola Ride
- Entry/Admission - Ponte dei Sospiri
- Entry/Admission - Basilica di San Marco
- Entry/Admission - Doge's Palace
- Entry/Admission - Ponte di Rialto
- Entry/Admission - Casa di Marco Polo
- Entry/Admission - San Polo
- Entry/Admission - Campo Santa Maria Formosa
- Entry/Admission - Chiesa dei Santi Apostoli
What's NOT inside
- Lunch is not included but the local guide can give you great recommendations
- Refundable up to 4 business days prior to the travel date minus a 7% administrative fee.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Reviews & ratings Skip the Line: Best of Venice Private Tour Including San Marco Doges' Palace and Gondola Ride
"We were priveleged to have Dr. Romy Rigattieri, a learned local Venetian as our guide for the day. As Romy knew the city like the back of her hand, she took us to (...) "
"This tour was so much more than we were expecting. Our tour guide Romy was very knowledgeable and showed us the best of Venice. It was a private tour for the 4 of us (...) "
"Best way to see Venice in a day! "
"The tour guide was very knowledgeable, he was eager to show us what we wanted to see, it was so nice to have the guide to ourselves. Although it was expensive, it (...) "
"A wonderful tour! Thank you to our extremely knowledgeable tour guide Christina. We visited Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basillica and toured the city. Our tour (...) "
"Rafael Tours is a great company. Used twice and would use again. Adriana was an excellent guide-knowledgeable, flexible and funny.Plenty of time in Doges Palace and (...) "
"Truly awesome city and the tour was really good. There is so much to see in Venice that you definitely need a guide! "
"our tour guide was great. Native Venetian. Knew the city very well. She showed os pretty much everything to see in the city and answered all our questions. The only (...) "
"This was a basic one day guided tour of the city of Venice. Our guide was contracted through a local tour company that was contracted by Viator. It is a challenge to (...) "