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Doge's Palace Privileged Entrance and Guided Tour

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Venezia, Italy
Doge's Palace Privileged Entrance and Guided Tour

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Overview

Skip the line and leave the modern world behind on a 2-hour guided tour of the Doge’s Palace in Venice. Discover layers of rich history, from 14th-century foundations to a gilded staircase and the picturesque Bridge of Sighs. Step into the world of powerful doges, merchants and explorers, and learn about Venetian culture and traditions through one of the city’s most dramatic landmarks.
  • 2-hour guided tour of the Doge's Palace
  • Skip the line
  • Learn about local history and art
  • Explore breathtaking architecture in the heart of Venice
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible
  • Instant Confirmation
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Ticket Entrance to the Doge's Palace
Gratuities
Hotel pickup
Giardini Ex Reali , Giardini Ex Reali, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Departure Point: Alilaguna Ticket Office, in front of the Royal Gardens (St. Mark's Square) and next to the Vaporetto Stop "San Marco Giardinetti"

11:00 AM
Doge's Palace , P.za San Marco, 1, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

The tours ends inside the Doge's Palace, which you can explore at leisure after the guided tour

Meet your guide near Saint Mark’s Square, and learn about the history of the city as you make your way to the onetime home of the Doges of Venice, who ruled ‘The Most Serene Republic of Venice’ for over one thousand years. Stand at the heart of the gracious courtyard, where you can see two spectacular staircases that lead to the upper floors.

Learn about the senates and councils that determined the fate of the city in the Institutional Chambers, and take in the stunning side of the Chamber of the Great Council, one of the largest rooms in Europe. Spot Renaissance and rich Mannerist detailing, then stand at the feet of Sansovino’s great statues of Mars and Neptune, who represent Venetian power on land and at sea.

Follow in the footsteps of condemned prisoners as you cross the 17th-century Bridge of Sighs to a former prison, and learn about the men who were locked in the infamous original prison, including Casanova, who made a daring escape. Finish your tour at the Doge's Palace, which is convenient to public transport and some of the city's most important sites.   
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Piazza San Marco
Before entering the palace, you will have a glimpse at St. Mark's Square and a guide will explain you the main features of the square and the key points of the history of the Most Serene Republic of Venice.
Stop At:  
Doge's Palace
Enter the Doge's Palace and discover its history, from the internal courtyard to the magnificent Chambers of the Great Council.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Scala dei Giganti di Palazzo Ducale
Stop by the famos Giant's Staircase inside the Doge's Palace and admire its beauty.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
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The Chamber of the Great Council is by far one of the most spectacular and magnificent Chambers to be seen.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Ponte dei Sospiri
Cross the Bridge of Sights and discover its history from the inside.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Receive your confirmation at time the of booking
  • Involves a moderate amount of walking
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Bucintoro Viaggi
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Doge's Palace Privileged Entrance and Guided Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Doge's Palace Privileged Entrance and Guided Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Doge's Palace Privileged Entrance and Guided Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Doge's Palace Privileged Entrance and Guided Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Doge's Palace Privileged Entrance and Guided Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Doge's Palace Privileged Entrance and Guided Tour.

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star-1
Disgusting experience
Leah_B
, Jul 2019
I came half an hour in advance, but the explanation about the meeting place was vague and I was running all around the three Ticket offices around. When I finally found the meeting point (one minute before the time of the appointment) the group was already gone. I asked a women in the office to explain how the guide looks like so that I will catch the group on the way, to call the guide or to give me his/her number but she refused. I asked to let me join the next group. She refused. She wanted only to sell me a new ticket. She was very impolite and impatient.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
I wish I remembered our guide's name...
Archana_K
, Jul 2018
I wish I remembered our guide's name but she was amazing! She was very knowledgable and spent time explaining so many historical facts and highlights of the palace. The palace itself is very beautiful but our experience was enhanced because of the tour guide. Highly recommended!
star-5
We toured the Doge's palace with a...
Susan J
, Apr 2018
We toured the Doge's palace with a very knowledgable guide and got to skip the long line. I wish I remembered our guide's name but she was amazing! She was so knowledgable and spent time explaining so many historical facts and highlights of the palace. The palace itself is exquisite but we got so much more out of it by having a guide. Very worthwhile tour and fun.
star-2
Our guide Francesca was great, but...
William H
, Jan 2018
Our guide Francesca was great, but we got off to a rocky start due to poor instructions on where to meet, how to exchange our voucher for tickets, and rude staff at the ticket kiosk Alilaguno. The skip-the-line part was mostly the case at the Doge's Palace itself, but there was a long line at the kiosk to exchange vouchers. The tour itself was entertaining and informative, and the Doge's Palace is a must see in Venice. However, we would recommend finding a different tour operator with a better record on customer service.
star-5
Tour guide was exceptional...
David F
, Nov 2017
Tour guide was exceptional, unfortunately the man in the kiosk where you redeem your paper tickets was extremely rude to everyone, especially us, and definitely needs a change of career!!! A bad start but the tour was amazing and our guide was so informative and very funny. The Doges Palace is beautiful and so full of amazing dramatic history. A must do tour, if you can through unscathed at the ticket kiosk!!! Beware!!!
star-4
The tour was great. It was a bit...
LATIA W
, Oct 2017
The tour was great. It was a bit difficult to find the meeting place because it was a very crowded in the morning and we didn't start at Doge's Palace. But customer service was very helpful and we eventually found our place. The time was also different. Viator listed it at 11 and the tour actually starts at 1115. Our guide said her company has mentioned this to Viator a couple of times. Since my friend and I was running to get to the meeting place it worked out well. We ended up with a personalized tour because another couple didn't show up, and once we got started, we discovered it was better just with the two of us any way. On the flip side, our tour guide kept getting asked questions by other people touring the Palace. A little annoying but she handled like a pro and wasn't rude to us or them. All and all I would definitely recommend the tour.
star-3
Tour was most informative and the...
Christopher_E
, Sep 2017
Tour was most informative and the Doges Palace itself is well worth seeing BUT the point of pre-boking the tour is to SKIP the Line So when the tour Guide is 20mins late for the start of the tour and you then fimnd yourself behind 10 other large groups and have to wait for a further 15 mins to enter it defeats the purpose.
star-5
Our guide was fabulous. She was...
Kathi D
, Sep 2017
Our guide was fabulous. She was polite, took our picture and was very informed.
star-5
Our guide is very knowledgeable and...
Eugene_G
, Sep 2017
Our guide is very knowledgeable and answers all questions. She even give us tips where local eat and other places to shop and must try.
star-4
Very informative and recommended...
Shari T
, Sep 2017
Very informative and recommended. Gave on 4 stars only because our tour guide was a bit condescending when asking questions or making statements he did not approve of.
star-5
The others on the tour did not show...
Cheryl R
, Aug 2017
The others on the tour did not show up, so we had a private tour of the Palace. Our guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating. One in our party could not handle the stairs, so our guide was able to take us on a route that reduced the steps as well as gained access to the elevator, which we may not have figured out ourselves. The Palace was beautiful and impressive.
star-5
Our tour turned into a personal tour...
Robert S
, Aug 2017
Our tour turned into a personal tour by Frederica because it was only my wife and in the group. She was extremely knowledgeable on the history of the area and the palace which made the tour even more informative. Pace of the tour was good. If you are limited on time, highly recommend this tour to get the most out of the palace and it's history.
star-5
This tour was really good and it was...
Mark G
, Jul 2017
This tour was really good and it was definitely worth doing. Our guide was Fredericka and she was very personable and knowledgeable about everything. The meeting point was a little confusing at first, but you have to make sure you go to the ticket counter that is the last one in the row. Show them your voucher with the code and then you get your tickets. This tour was nice as it was just my wife and I along with another gentlemen. So it was essentially like a private tour. Very nice. Interesting to go through the whole palace and see all the different aspects of it. There are a few places that we could have gone more in depth with, but as the guide said, she was showing us the best that the palace has to offer. We planned the Doge palace on one day, and St. Mark's Basilica on the next because we didnt want to overload ourselves, but you could very easily do both in the same day, as they are right next to one another. Highly recommend this tour!
star-5
Our guide Andrea a native Venetian...
Nick P
, Jun 2017
Our guide Andrea a native Venetian was very good. He was interesting and informative about Venice in general and, of course, the Doge's Palace. The start time of this tour at 11am is also good, though you could see that there would be more crowds the later you waited. This is a must visit place when you are in Venice.
star-5
Excellent place, excellent guide...
Justin D
, Jun 2017
Excellent place, excellent guide. Option to spend extra time if wanted
star-4
This was a good tour. Much to see here...
Heidi Y
, Jun 2017
This was a good tour. Much to see here, and I recommend doing the tour.
star-5
Short, but sweet, with everything I...
Ellen O
, Apr 2017
Short, but sweet, with everything I needed to know from a great guide.
star-5
Having been to Venice before on...
FredT_N
, Mar 2017
Having been to Venice before on tours and cruises and missed doing this, we looked forward to it. Our Viking Ocean cruise included a tour of many of the things we had done previously so we opted for the Viator tour instead. We used the Viking transport to get us near where we were to meet up with our guide. We were late but thankfully he waited just long enough for us to do it. Our guide was very informative with so much history to take in. We got to see the opulence of the upper quarters as well as the squalor of the prison area where such people as Casanova spent time. We got to walk inside the Bridge of Sighs too. Wonderful tour and excellent guide. I tipped him 20 Euros as he patiently waited for us and Christmas was coming. Thank you Viator.
star-5
A lovely tour. Everything went...
Andrew_A
, Aug 2016
A lovely tour. Everything went smoothly according to instructions, we met at the right location and on time. We were a small group of 6 and our guide was courteous and knowledgeable. She was mindful if we wished more info. Would defo recommend this.

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