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Secret Itineraries Doge’s Palace & St. Mark's Basilica

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  • Gain exclusive VIP Access to the secret itineraries of the Doge’s Palace
  • Only tour in Venice that visits all these sites and explores the backstage of the Doge's
  • Reveal Venice’s dark secrets, fascinating stories, and entertaining anecdotes.
  • Get a comprehensive tour of St. Mark’s Basilica with Skip-the-Line access.
Discover the Doge’s Palace in the most complete and rewarding way possible: with an expert guide, entertaining anecdotes, and by exploring what 99% of visitors to the Doge’s Palace never get to see. We’re talking, of course, about the secret passages, the palace’s hidden labyrinth of secret meeting halls, offices, torture chambers and top-security prison cells!

By exploring the secret passages, you get away from the crowds elsewhere in the Doge’s Palace and walk in the footsteps of Venice’s most colorful characters. Our favorite? Casanova, the legendary brigand (yes, he did exist!). As you’ll learn, he deserves all of the lore: Against all odds, he was able to escape his cell here in the palace, a cell you’ll get to see exclusively in the secret passages.

As well as hearing Venice’s juiciest stories, a visit to the secret passages means getting to walk through the hidden cells and rooms—parts of the palace that not only most visitors don’t see, but that the vast majority of Venetians in the past never knew about, either! Exploring the secret rooms, with their antique cabinets and creaky floors, will truly make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time.

You will also discover the rest of the Doge’s Palace with your expert guide, from the Doge’s own lavish apartments to the Hall of the Great Council, where the city’s all-important general assembly made decisions. Admire the beautiful and dramatic paintings by Veronese and Tintoretto and explore the magnificent halls that demonstrate the prestige of the Most Serene Venetian Republic. What the Vatican is to Rome, the Doge's Palace is to Venice: For seven hundred years, the remarkable palace has been the home of not only the Doge, but of Venice’s (independent!) government, courts, and even prisons.

At the end of your Doge’s Palace Tour, get a comprehensive tour of St. Mark’s Basilica. With access to the group entrance you’ll avoid long general access lines. Here you will get a deep look at the way that Venice built a mercantile empire that once spanned the entire Mediterranean. As you gape at the mosaics and other treasures inside, your expert Venetian guide will explain how the city begged, borrowed, and yes, stole, almost all of them as it grew from a tiny island to one of the biggest powers in the Medieval world.


****NOTE: Children under 6 are not allowed inside the Secret Passages so child price has to be from 7 upwards, no infants.
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Richelle Ramirez From USA At
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Beverley Alfred From Australia At
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“We loved this tour of the secret passages of the Doge palace where we saw the Wells, the torture room and the cell from which Casanova escaped. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and we learnt about the excellent judicial system in the Republic of Venice. We saw all the fabulous paintings in the Doge’s palace and then went into the beautiful St Marks Basilica. I would highly recommend this tour, but it’s not suitable for young children or anyone with walking difficulties as there are lots of stairs and you walk through confined spaces.”
what’s included
  • Special access to the Doge’s Palace Secret Itineraries
  • Skip-the-Line Tickets to St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Tickets & reservation fees
  • Expert tour guide
  • Headsets
what's excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
Tour details
Availability Daily except Sun
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 3 hours
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 20 participants
Age Requirement 5 +
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Venice, Italy/ Venice, Italy
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NOTE: Children under 6 are not allowed inside the Secret Passages, no infants. ● Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory. ● Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure. ● The prisons and secret passages are not wheelchair-accessible, nor is the route suitable for those with walking disabilities or for pregnant women.
Cancellation Cancellations:
- For cancellations made more than 72 hours prior to tour commencement: Full refund.
- For cancellations made within 72 hours prior to tour commencement: No refund can be provided.

Amendments:
- For amendments made more than 72 hours prior to tour commencement: No amendment fee, pending availability.
- For amendments made within 72 hours prior to tour commencement: Amendments subject to a amendment fee per person, per tour, pending availability.

Late Arrivals & No Shows:
- No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
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