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Guided Tour of St. Mark's Basilica

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Venezia, Italy
Guided Tour of St. Mark's Basilica
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Overview

Discover the golden mosaics, soaring domes and iconic architecture of St. Mark’s Basilica on a 1-hour guided tour of the cathedral. Learn about the history and culture of Venice through the treasures inside the Byzantine landmark, and hear the story of how St. Mark's body came to rest in the city. See how the unique building combines Eastern and Western architecture, and stand before the stunning Pala d’Oro altar, which glimmers with gold, gems and precious stones.
  • 1-hour tour of St. Mark's Cathedral in Venice
  • Skip the long lines and have more time to spend inside
  • See the iconic site with an experienced guide
  • Learn about architecture, art and history
  • All entrance fees included
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Professional guide
Personal headsets
Terrace and Museum of St. Mark's Basilica
Basilica Skip the line ticket
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Calle larga de l'Ascension , Calle larga de l'Ascension, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Calle Larga Ascensione, in front of the Post office just next to St.Mark's Square. Go to the wooden stand with the yellow sign "Meeting point".

10:45 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please arrive at your designated meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to the tour
  • No refunds are given for no show or late arrivals. Tours take place rain or shine, though may be cancelled if tides are exceptionally high. In this case we provide full refunds
  • Please dress appropriately to enter the Basilica (no bare legs or shoulders)
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Park 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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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Guided Tour of St. Mark's Basilica?
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
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star-5
Great experience; would do again!
Cindy_P
, Jun 2022
Our guide was great at giving us an overview of what would have been overwhelming on my own. She kept our group of 20 moving, but gave us time for pictures. Gorgeous building and it definitely meant more with a tour guide. 'Skip the line' still means dealing with the crowds, but expedites the whole experience. Would definitely recommend.
star-4
Good but a bit rushed.
JuliaL
, Jun 2022
Beautiful church, lots of information, but felt a bit rushed. Our guide was excellent, however she would point things out and then we would have to move quickly on to the next area, so I felt like I missed some key points. Audio worked great - do yourself a huge favor and bring your own dual earbuds - much better sound. You can stay in the church after the tour and revisit things you missed.
star-4
Great tour
Ger_G
, Mar 2022
The information and history of the bascillica was excellent all went well until I fell on the balcony it is very slippy
star-5
Such a Fantastic Building
Sue_D
, Feb 2022
Fantastic & detailed building. We had a very knowledgeable tour guide who was happy to answer questions
star-1
Didn’t have the tour we paid for or any tour!
Suzanne_B
, Nov 2021
We couldn’t get in or meet anyone the square was under water there was no obvious meeting place and we did not do a tour. Can you please refund and we will try again on our next trip here
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Dear Suzanne, we are truly sorry that you could not join our Basilica tour. Our staff were the meeting point - which was reported inside your voucher - starting from 10.30 until after departure time. If you were not able to find the meeting point, you should have called us at the number inside your voucher and we would have helped you go to the correct place. Our guests are supposed to check-in at the meeting point in order to be assigned to a guide, receive their headphones and tickets and then head to the skip-the-line entrance to the Basilica. The Basilica staff do not allow visitors without a ticket inside. Kind regards, Park Viaggi
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Professional, engaging and flexible
franklin_M
, Nov 2021
The guide(Katerina?) managed a very difficult situation with grace and wisdom. We were severely delayed by the Basilica management but she spoke interestingly as we waited, managed ti extend her time and was very professional and intelligent about the art historical details and the best way to tour.
star-5
Guided Tour of St. Mark's Basilica
G1688BFrichard
, Oct 2019
We wanted a brief tour that skipped the line and provided us some of the history of the Basilica. This tour achieved all these things. The interior is just amazing.
star-5
Excellent Day
T9829WRpeterv
, Jan 2019
The Guide for our tour was just fantastic! We learnt so much from him. We are glad we went and we really sooooo pleased with our Guide - pity is, I forgot to take his name!
star-1
I do not recommend this tour at all...
Jill G
, Oct 2017
I do not recommend this tour at all. You would be better off with a self guided tour with an audio guide. You would save money and see more of the church. In this tour you get quite a bit of information, but most of it was nothing we were interested in. I kept thinking we would be seeing more of the church, but you get inside, see some of the interior as you head to the altar area. No photos allowed and then you sit in the main sanctuary for 30 or so minutes getting some history on the church. There is so much we didn't get to see and then they want to charge you 5 more euro to go to the upstairs with the outdoor balcony. For 24 Euro a person this tour is a rip off! Choose something else!
star-5
What a beautiful tour... we had no plan...
Nancy M
, Aug 2017
What a beautiful tour... we had no plan and just booked it that morning definitely worth it.
star-3
We had to wait over half an hour for...
Paul_G
, Oct 2016
We had to wait over half an hour for an English speaking guide and although she herself was very pleasant and knew her subject we got the impression she was asked to be as quick as possible as the company were behind schedule and I think she missed one or twoo places other tours went on.The big plus is that we did jump a 2Hr queue. The ear piece I had had to be held in by hand which was a little awkward.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
This trip was disappointing. It was...
Edward_P
, Oct 2016
This trip was disappointing. It was a 12:30 one hour tour, the English speaking guide did not appear until 12:50. She was lovely, but it was so difficult to understand her English, not much was learned. In addition, even with such a late start the tour ended at 1:30. We've had some great tours but this one was disorganized and not worth the money.
star-3
very good for avoiding massive queues...
C J
, Aug 2016
very good for avoiding massive queues in the heat of the day with no shade.
star-3
Group was too large. Started 25 minutes...
Ellen_F
, Jun 2016
Group was too large. Started 25 minutes late. Disorganized
star-2
The ear pieces for the tour sound...
Caleb R
, Jun 2016
The ear pieces for the tour sound terrible and our tour guide for the palace had a very thick accent so it was virtually impossible to understand her. When we left the tour early to drop off the speaker system, nobody could be found to drop it off. Bad tour all in all.
star-1
The earphones/speaking equipment was...
Carol W
, Jun 2016
The earphones/speaking equipment was not working properly. Many people had to turn them in for another one. This caused the tour to be late getting started. The guide was hard to understand and I missed much of the history/presentation. The group was too large. The guide was short and she did not have anything to tell the group where she was located - such as an umbrella or sign that she could hold up. Very unhappy with this tour.
star-5
Merci Barbara !
France_O
, Jul 2022
Barbara est une guide extraordinaire et qui donne des informations très intéressantes et sortant parfois des sentiers battus. Tous les visiteurs de Venise devraient avoir un guide de cette qualité ! Seul regret, la visite est trop courte, j'aurais tellement aimé pouvoir rester plus longtemps dans cette merveilleuse basilique !
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
La planta de la basílica...
ROLF_B
, Jun 2022
La planta de la basílica de San Marcos se parece a la Santa Sofía en Estambul (tamaño distinto, obvio)
star-5
Nuestra guía en español...
Mercedes_C
, Nov 2021
Nuestra guía en español nos hizo muy agradable y entretenida la visita contándonos la historia de la creación de la basílica hasta nuestros días!!! Completamente recomendable!!! 😃👌🏻
star-5
Très bien et idéal en terme de durée
Delphine_L
, Oct 2021
Idéal en terme de durée, explications super claires et intéressantes avec des anecdotes qui nous ont permis d’apprendre encore un peu plus sur l’histoire de Venise. Guide claire et sympathique.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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