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Skip-the-Line St Mark’s Golden Basilica Tour

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Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Daily except Sunday

  • Duration

    1 hour visit to St Mark’s Basilica

  • Start time


  • Meeting Point
    YEX exchange office on St. Mark's Square.
  • Ending Point

    San Marco

Key Highlights

  • St. Mark’s Basilica is considered one of the most valuable treasures of history, art and faith in the world
  • Admire the golden mosaics and marvel at the Pala d’Oro (Golden Pall), one of the most renowned works of Venetian goldsmiths
  • A knowledgeable guide will be present to enlighten you on the history of the famous cathedral
  • Enjoy a FREE tour of the charming island of Murano, known for its glass-making tradition
  • You can enjoy a glassmaking demonstration and even take home beautiful glass souvenirs


Avoid long queues and gain skip-the-line access to the famous Byzantine masterpiece, St Mark’s Basilica. Known for its opulent design, gilded Byzantine mosaics and its status as an emblem of Venetian wealth and power, St Mark’s Basilica is a major Venice attraction and one of the most famous cathedrals in the world. Explore the exquisite Basilica as the guide enlightens you about the history and the background of this majestic 11th century structure.


Skip the line access to St Mark’s Basilica

Meet the tour at YEX exchange office on St. Mark's Square and enjoy a skip the line access to St Mark’s Basilica. The tour starts at noon and it is recommended that you reach the meeting point, 30 minutes in advance.

One of the most valuable treasures of history, art and faith in the world, the cathedral is situated on St Mark’s square and has been nicknamed the Chiesa d'Oro (Church of Gold) for its opulent design, gilded Byzantine mosaics and its status as a symbol of Venetian wealth and power.

Study the influences of Byzantine, Western European, and Islamic architecture on Saint Mark's Basilica due to Venice's powerful seafaring past. The cathedral boasts many of the finest frescoes and mosaics found anywhere in the world and is a must-visit for every Venice tourist.


  • Guided tour of St Mark’s Cathedral


  • Hotel transfers
  • Meals

Please note

Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all departure details.

Shorts or tank tops are not permitted and for security reasons backpacks are not allowed.

On certain days due to church services or exceptionally high crowds, access may not be possible.

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.

Additional info

The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

Customer Reviews

  • Mr Duffin

    Guide was excellent, area suffered from a small amount of flooding which closed the Basilica temporality but our guide made sure we were first in line as soon as it re-opened.

    United Kingdom 10/01/2018

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