Venice absolute tour

Our Most Extensive Tour of Venice

Type: Small group tour (private options available)
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Availability: Daily, except December 24th and 31st
Special information: Entry to churches in Italy requires appropriate attire (no miniskirts, shorts or uncovered shoulders)


Guided tour of Piazza San Marco, Doge's Palace (visit to the Bridge of Sighs and Prison included) and San Marco Basilica

Our Venice Absolute Tour is the perfect way to see the main sights of Venice's historical centre both inside and out. It features the most famous must-see attractions in Venice, including St Mark's Square and its iconic Basilica, Doge's Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Private and shared tour options are available and we highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Venice on a sightseeing vacation with us - please contact your personal travel expert to add this tour to your Venice package.


Tour itinerary

On this Venice Absolute Tour, our tour guide will take you around the famous Piazza San Marco (St Mark's Aquare), where you will see Doge's Palace, San Marco Basilica, the Bell Tower (known as Campanile di San Marco) and the Clock Tower with its high archway leading to the street known as the Mercerie (a main thoroughfare and shopping area of the city).

First, our guide will take you around of one of the most magical cathedrals in the world: San Marco Basilica. The Basilica is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice. It lies at the eastern end of the Piazza San Marco, adjacent and connected to the Doge's Palace. Originally, it was the chapel of the Doge, and has only been the city's cathedral since 1807. Our tour guide, appointed in accordance with the Curia of Venice, will lead you around this majestic building for a full one-hour tour. You will be able to take in the unique collection of Byzantine art, the gold mosaics and the marble inlays of the floors. You will also be guided around Doge's Palace (Italian: Palazzo Ducale), which was the seat of the Venetian political power for many centuries. The palace was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the Republic of Venice. In the splendid rooms of the Palace you can admire hundreds of works of art that bring to life the days of supreme authority from yesteryear. This tour will also involve a trip to the famous Bridge of Sighs (Italian: Ponte dei Sospiri), which is an enclosed bridge that is made of white limestone and has windows with stone bars. It passes over the Rio di Palazzo and connects the old prisons to the interrogation rooms in the Doge's Palace. It was designed by Antoni Contino and built in 1602. For a full experience and understanding of Venice's history, you will also be able to witness the old prisons during this tour.

If you would like to book this tour or you would like us to arrange any customised tour for you, please call one of our dedicated team on (UK) 01223 637331 or (US) 1-347-594-5500, or Click here to send us an enquiry.