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St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour with Optional Doge's Palace Visit

  • See St Mark's Basilica in Venice minus the crowds on an after-hours tour 
  • Tour the interior in a calm, fully lit setting with in-depth commentary
  • View the Pala d’Oro crowd free, and visit the usually off-limits crypt
St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour with Optional Doge's Palace Visit
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Includes after-hours tour of St Mark's Basilica and visit to Doge's Palace; starts at 5pm
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Includes after-hours tour of St Mark's Basilica; starts at 8pm
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Includes after-hours tour of St Mark's Basilica; starts at 7pm
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St. Mark's Basilica is a Venice must-see, but usually elbow-to-elbow with crowds. This small-group tour lets you explore after hours in a crowd-free environment with the lights ablaze, so you can fully appreciate the interior. Plus, you get in-depth guided commentary and to visit the usually off-limits crypt, inaccessible to the general public. Upgrade to tour another Venice highlight—the Doge’s Palace and Bridge of Sighs—at a quieter, more peaceful time slot.
What to Expect
Greet your guide in St. Mark’s Square and walk to St. Mark’s Basilica as you learn how its history is intertwined with Venice’s past.

Absorb the magnificent façade and step inside, entering after the day’s crowds have left, when the lights are fully switched on. Marvel at the mosaics, all illuminated by the lights, and hear about their historical significance from your guide.

Admire the Pala d’Oro, the Byzantine altarpiece that's often hard to see because of long lines, and  enjoy special access to the crypt, the reputed burial place of St Mark. Also, see the wall marks left by flooding through the centuries.

Choose to upgrade to add a tour of the Doge’s Palace during its later, and quieter, opening hours. Explore the halls, courts, armory, and apartments; and cross the Bridge of Sighs to admire the palace exterior.

Both tour options end at St Mark’s Square.
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1 - 5 of 64 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
Amazing tour!

Andrea was absolutely the best tour guide!!! We had a little mix up finding where to meet the guides in the beginning. To be clear, the Correr Museum is directly across Saint Marks Square (if you are looking at the Basilica, turn around and look...More

Thank Bturk14
Reviewed 6 days ago
Highlight of our trip to Venice

Absolutely phenomenal tour by Mirko - a knowledgable, interesting and personable tour guide. We went as a small group into St Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace after hours so that there was a cap on the number of guests allowed. We were able to...More

Thank JA1987
Reviewed 1 week ago

We started our tour at 6:15 with our tour guide Matteo going directly to Doge's Palace, Matteo was very knowledgeable and provided a great deal of information on the Palace including the paintings, the governance structure of Venice and history. It started to rain before...More

1  Thank Holly C
Reviewed 1 week ago
St. Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour

Guide was excellent. Very knowledge and explained details in layman’s terms so very easy to follow. Loved her passion for the topic. Our family felt blessed being able to see the basilica lit up in in all it’s glory.

Thank WalkingwithGrace
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
If there is only one thing you could do in Venice then do this one.

Fantastic, overwhelming, educational, breathtaking. Our guide, Susan mentioned that it was an honor for her to show this to us. I must say it was a honor for us to be introduced to this amazing cultural experience. Very comfortable tour, no crowds, forgiving pace and...More

Thank Dmitrikotchetov
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20 September 2018|
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Response from Chinay | Reviewed this property |
Sorry. I don’t know the answer. The best way is to get hold of the tour guide and ask. When we were there I don’t remember seeing any dogs inside. Good luck.
17 September 2018|
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Response from l-globetrotter | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, i was able to book the 5.15pm tour and it was done before 9pm for sure, plus you can always leave earlier as there is plenty of time that you get in the basilica. I heartily recommend the tour, but see if you can... More
Carly S
25 July 2018|
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Response from Anne G | Reviewed this property |
Very. It is entirely possible he will need to stay outside.