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Venice: St. Mark’s Basilica with Terrace & Doge’s Palace
112 USD
Discover the essence of Venice on a guided small-group adventure, delving into the majestic St. Mark's Basilica and the historic Doge's Palace. Take advantage of priority entry and skip-the-line tickets, allowing you to maximize your time and make the most of your Venetian experience.
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Embark on an unforgettable adventure in Venice by combining two of its most iconic landmarks in one extraordinary guided tour. With skip-the-line access and pre-reserved tickets, you'll dive straight into the heart of St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace, uncovering the secrets and stories behind these architectural marvels. Begin your journey at St. Mark's Basilica, the spiritual epicenter of Venice, where you'll marvel at the mesmerizing blend of Eastern and Western architectural styles and be dazzled by the dazzling gold mosaics. In the company of a local expert, get up close and personal with the basilica's most treasured possessions, including the ancient Quadriga of four golden horses. Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take in the breathtaking views of St. Mark's Square from the balcony, while uncovering the fascinating tales of how many of the basilica's prized possessions were acquired. Next, you'll venture into the grand Doge's Palace, the former residence of the Doge of Venice and the seat of government. With pre-reserved tickets, you'll bypass the long lines and delve into the sprawling council chambers, impressive audience rooms, and a stunning ballroom adorned with magnificent works by revered Venetian masters like Veronese and Tintoretto. Listen as your guide regales you with the intriguing history of this ancient building, which housed the world's oldest republic and even held the notorious Casanova captive. To conclude your morning of discovery, follow in the footsteps of Venetians from centuries past as you cross the iconic Bridge of Sighs from the inside and enter the somber New Prisons, a striking contrast to the opulent halls and galleries of the palace across the canal.