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Skip The Line: Guided Tour of The Doge's Palace + The Royal Palaces

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Delve into the glorious history of Venice on an hour-long guided visit of the Doge's Palace, after which you can visit any of the 3 museums in St. Mark's Square on your own since your ticket includes access to them as well! Your experience also provides you with a chance to see a 20-minute glass blowing demonstration, conveniently located near the Square; what better way to end your day?

Highlights

  • Skip the long ticketing lines and embark on an hour-long tour of the Doge's Palace with your professional and friendly guide.
  • Your ticket also gives you access to the 3 museums in St. Mark's Square, the Museo Correr, the Museo Archeologico Nazionale and the Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, so you can visit them on your own at a leisurely pace.
  • Round off your experience by viewing a complimentary 20-minute glass blowing demonstration near St. Mark's Square.
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Your Experience

Embark on an hour-long tour of the Doge's Palace

Bypass the ticketing lines in front of the Doge's Palace and go directly to security check with your direct access ticket. Once you gain entry, your guide will help you navigate through this Venetian wonder. The seat of Venice's political power for hundreds of years, it was the place from which the Duke and his closest council members governed this 1000-year-old republic. You will get to relive this history with your guide as you walk through the halls of power and you will quickly discover that the Palazzo Ducale has lost none of its splendor over the years. Marvel at the golden staircase and the exquisite detail that gives it life, as well as the works of several artists that adorns the rest of the Palace, all depicting Venetian life in one way or another in breathtaking detail. Your guide will provide you with incredible facts and tales of those who once ruled Venice, making this tour a highlight of your visit to La Serenissima!

Visit the 3 museums in St. Mark's Square on your own

After your tour of the Palace, your guide will leave you to continue exploring Venice's rich history on your own by visiting the 3 museums in St. Mark's Square. You can start by visiting the Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Marciana, the walls of which are decorated by works of art created by masters like Titian and Veronese. The Archaeological Museum is home to a collection of Greek and Roman sculptures, objects and artifacts, as well as Egyptian, Babylonian and Assyrian antiquities. In contrast, the Museo Correr holds perhaps the most modern collection of art, poised between the Procuratie Vecchie and the Procuratie Nuove, in perfect position to usher in a new era in Italian history.

View a Complimentary 20-minute Glass Blowing Demonstration

Admire the traditional Venetian art of glass blowing during a 20-minute complimentary demonstration, located very close to St. Mark Square so you won't have to go far to partake! Staff on the ground will give you instructions so you don't miss this local treat.

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Inclusions

  • Skip the line tickets to the Doge's Palace.
  • Guided Tour of the Doge's Palace.
  • Entry to the Museo Correr, the Museo Archeologico Nazionale and the Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana.
  • Complimentary 20-minute glass blowing demonstration.
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Know Before You Go

Important Information

This tour is shared with other guests that do not belong to your party. Please do bear that in mind at the time of booking. Although your Skip the Line tickets allow you to bypass the ticketing line you, you cannot skip the security line.

Timings

This guided tour of the Doge's Palace is available daily at 10:45 AM and at 2:15 PM in the summers. This tour does not operate on the 25th of December or the 1st of January. The tour does not operate in case of exceptional high tide (in these cases it can be postponed the day after otherwise it will be refunded).

  • Museo Correr

Open: 1st April - 31st October 10:00 am – 7:00 pm / 1st November - 31st March 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Address - S. Marco 52, 30124 Venice

  • Archaeological Museum

Open: 1st April - 31st October 10:00 am – 7:00 pm / 1st November - 31st March 10:00 am – 05:00 pm

Address - S. Marco 52, 30124 Venice

  • Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Marciana

Open: 1st April - 31st October 10:00 am – 7:00 pm / 1st November - 31st March 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Address - S. Marco 7, 30124 Venice

Guide Languages

Until October 31st, 2018, from Monday to Saturday:

  • English, German, Spanish and French every day.
  • Italian only on Saturday.
  • The visit will be monolingual

From November 2nd, 2018 to March 31st, 2019, from Monday to Saturday:

  • English: Every day.
  • German: Monday and Friday.
  • French: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
  • Spanish: Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • The visit could be bilingual.

Getting There

Arriving by Public Vaporetto

If you are taking line #1 and get off at “San Marco Vallaresso”. If you are taking line #2 and get off at “San Marco Giardinetti”. After you alight, walk to Saint Mark’s Square. Once here, look for the Bell Tower and cross the adjacent Basilica. You will find our assistant waiting for you.

Arriving by Private Watertaxi

Ask the driver to take you to the “Todaro” landing stage. Once you alight, walk to Saint Mark’s Square. Once here, look for the Bell Tower and cross the adjacent Basilica. You will find our assistant waiting for you.

Arriving on Foot

The Clock Tower is located in Saint Mark’s Square. Once by the Bell Tower, go straight on leaving the Basilica on your right and you will find the assistant waiting for you.

Dress Code

We suggest that you wear comfortable shoes since this tour involves a fair bit of walking.

Accessibility

This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities.

For security reasons suitcases, backpacks or large bags are not allowed inside the Doges’ Palace. Prior to your visit, you must deposit them at the Ateneo San Basso (St. Mark’s Square- Calle san Basso). The storage service is free of charge, but please allow sufficient time for you to do so!

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Super Flexible Cancellation Policy

You may cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.

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My Tickets

How to Use Your Tickets

You will receive an email confirmation with your Skip The Line: Guided Tour of The Doge's Palace + The Royal Palaces voucher shortly. You may display your vouchers on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID to your guide at the meeting point for your guided tour. For the other 3 museums at St. Mark's Square, you can tap your barcode embedded electronic mobile voucher at the reader located near the entrance of each attraction. Instructions to take part in the glass blowing demonstration will be given to you by the tour representative locally.

Meeting Point

Your meeting point is located at St. Mark's Square - the Clock Tower near the exchange office (the white building with the blue clock facade). Please be there 15 minutes before the beginning of the tour.

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Where?

St. Mark’s Square - Clock Tower Near Exchange Office, Venice

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