Best of Venice Tour

St. Mark's Basilica, St. Mark's Square, Doge's Palace
Pick-up, and skip-the-line tickets included!


about 3 hours

Skip-the-line tickets

Pick up at your hotel*

Flexible Starting time

Professional Guides

Activity level


Sights Included

St. Mark's Square
– St. Mark’s Basilica Tour
– Bell Tower (from outside)
– Procuratie (from outside)
Doge's Palace Tour
– Room of the Great Council
– Scala dei Giganti
– Scala d’Oro
The Prisons
– New Prisons
– Bridge of Sighs
– Cells of the prisoners

Tour Description

Choose our Best of Venice Tour and enjoy the highlights of the most magical city with a private skip-the-line tour. 

The ancient Republic of Venice is a unique and unforgettable place: its canals, amazing buildings, and romantic atmosphere make it a must-see place for everybody.

During our Best of Venice Tour, you will visit the most important sights in the lagoon: St. Mark’s Basilica, St. Mark’s Square, and the Doge’s Palace. Your private guide will lead you through the most fascinating areas of this charming city, and reveal the secrets of its most precious treasures. 

1. St. Mark’s Basilica and Square

The tour begins in St. Mark’s Square, the heart of Venice. 

Your guide will give you an engaging introduction to the history of the city, its legends and mysteries, and the development of St. Mark’s Square.

Then, you’ll enter the spectacular Basilica of St. Mark’s (with skip-the-line tickets), which is one of the most impressive churches in Italy. 

St. Mark’s Basilica is where East and West meet, and where the Byzantine and Roman Catholic traditions merge to create something completely original. 

You’ll learn about the history and architecture of this astonishing building, and admire its golden mosaics and elegant design.

Is the body of St. Mark the Evangelist really kept in the Basilica? And how did it get there? Take advantage of your private guide’s expert knowledge, and ask as many questions as you want!

2. The Doge’s Palace

Your Best of Venice Tour will continue with a visit to the Doge’s Palace, the residence of the city Rulers. 

This impressive building is one of the masterpieces of Gothic architecture. 

Your private guide will lead you through its marvelous rooms, where you can admire famous paintings by Tintoretto, Veronese, Tiziano, and other masters of the Venetian Renaissance.

The Doge’s Palace was not only the seat of Venetian power, but also a courthouse and a jail. 

3. The Bridge of Sighs

On your way out, you will cross the famous Bridge of Sighs to reach the Prigioni Nuove (New Prisons). 

Your guide will tell you the story of the most famous prisoner in the Doge’s Palace: Giacomo Casanova. The renowned Venetian seducer spent more than a year in the nearby “Piombi” prison. But he finally managed to escape through the roof, and leave the city on a gondola.

Don’t waste your time with a big group. Book our Venice Tour and enjoy a private tour with a guide who will be there just for you. Let us show you the best of Venice, and turn your vacation into an unforgettable experience.

And for the perfect ending to the day, why not go on a gondola ride after the tour? Just ask your guide for information.


Pick up is included only if you’re staying within the pick up area. If your hotel is not in the pick up area, let us know and we will find the best solution.

You MUST bring an ID, a passport or a driver’s license to enter the sights.

Your knees and shoulders must be covered to enter St. Mark’s

440 € for 1 person
90 € per additional person
What's included
Skip-the-line tickets
Pick-up at your hotel

if within the pick-up area

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June 2024
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