Daily except Sunday
4 hours approximately
same as meeting point
Led by an expert guide, explore the splendid Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace), which for centuries represented the hub of Venetian political power. See the magnificent council chambers embellished with stunning artworks and climb the sumptuous ‘Golden Staircase’.
Marvel at the golden ceiling mosaics and marble inlays in the Basilica San Marco (St Mark’s Basilica), and gasp when you see the gem-encrusted altar screen and the glittering contents of the Treasury.
You will also explore the back streets of Venice, home to beautiful canals, churches and piazzas that enthrall visitors. One of those you will see was the home of Marco Polo, while there you will learn more about the famous explorer.
At St. Mark's Square see the Basilica, Bell and Clock tower and more as your guide tells you the fascinating stories behind these buildings. Move on to explore the dynamic Campo Santa Maria Formosa with its splendid Gothic Palaces.
Learn about the renowned trade schools of Venice which laid the foundations of the great mercantile empire at the Scuola di San Marco. The sights with enriching historical narrations enlighten you on how illustrious Venetians, the likes of Marco Polo, and more common citizens made this stone city a lively and magical place. Walk by Marco Polo's House and enjoy tales of this legendary globe-trotting Venetian. Praise the Church of San Giovanni e Paolo, known as the Pantheon of Venice.
Next, you will walk to the Doge's Palace for your tour of what is arguably Venice’s most important building, the Doge's Palace, the seat of the Government for centuries. See the lavish chambers and enter areas that were closed to everyone but a few trusted men of the republic. See the Chancellors Office where secret documents were kept and the Torture Chamber where enemies of the state would be tortured before the state inquisitors. You will also see the "I Piombi" Prisons, where among others, Casanova was imprisoned.
After the palace visit, enjoy a guided tour of the interior of St. Mark's Basilica, the greatest of Venice’s monuments. Built in the 9th century, this huge Basilica (or Cathedral) is one of the world’s best examples of Byzantine architecture. Marvel at the stunning golden ceiling mosaics telling the story of the Gospels over an expanse of 8,000 square meters. View the incredible San Marco Treasury – a vast assemblage of gold, silver, glass and other precious materials.
Save your greatest admiration for the Basilica’s most precious possession – the eye-popping Pala d'Oro, an exquisite altar screen made from hundreds of pieces of enamel stuck onto gold leaf and enriched with all kinds of gems: sapphires, garnets, pearls, emeralds, amethysts, rubies, agate and topaz.
Your tour ends at St Mark’s Square.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all departure details.
Passengers have to reach the meeting point 15 minutes prior to departure.
Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.
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