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Exclusive VIP Saint Mark's Basilica after dark and Doge's Palace tour

Based on 19 reviews
Availability: On selected dates
Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
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  • Exclusive private access to St. Mark's Basilica after hours: no crowds, no lines!
  • Experience being inside St.Mark's Basilica alone!
  • Enjoy the intimacy of a small groups, with a maximum of 15 people
  • Gain privileged entrance to the Doge's Palace, admire Venice's most famous sites
What to expect

You can’t go to Venice without visiting St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge's Palace, the city’s two top sites. So why not make the experience as enjoyable, educational, and easy as possible? Give us a few hours of your time, and we promise you’ll feel like you didn’t just "do" these sites - you experienced them in the most rewarding, fascinating way possible. You will not only enjoy privileged access to the Doge’s Palace, minimizing your time in line, but you will get private access to St.Mark's Basilica after hours.

Start with a guided tour of the Doge's Palace. 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.

Visit the centre of Venice’s power and history at Palazzo Ducale, including the sumptuous Doge’s apartments and the Hall of the Great Council, with its stunning frescoes by Veronese and Tintoretto. Discover the secret stories behind the artworks, like why one doge in the painted series is covered by a black veil. Learn the history of Venice’s famed Dukes - how they were chosen, what they did and why you may not have wanted the position for yourself.

On this guided tour you’ll have the opportunity to explore the massive armory, and the spooky prisons. Finish with a visit inside the Bridge of Sighs, where your guide will tell you why it’s not quite as romantic as you thought.

After a short break you will continue to St. Mark's Basilica (already closed to the public for the day) where a custodian unlocks the Basilica’s doors for you, walking you inside Venice’s most important site empty!

Inside, take a deep breath. You’re experiencing St. Mark’s Basilica as almost nobody else does, or ever has ever been able to aside from the Doge himself. You’ll experience the basilica as it should be experienced: in tranquility and peace.

You will also get to see the Pala d’Oro, the spectacular, Byzantine altarpiece that uses more than 1,900 gems! During the day, there’s a line to see this, but now? You have it all to yourself.

Since you’re alone in the basilica, you can even go where others visiting during the day, can’t. Like the crypt, which the custodian unlocks for you: This is where the bones of St. Mark are said to actually be kept. Plus, you can see the stained walls here from the past floods that have devastated Venice - the crypt used to be flooded every time the high tide hit the city!

Aside from the emptiness of the basilica, nighttime is the best time to visit because that’s when the mosaics are at their most beautiful. All 43,000 square feet are lit up, glimmering and sparkling in the dark!

If just seeing the basilica this way weren’t entrancing enough, there’s also your guide, an expert who’s passionate about Venetian art and history - and about sharing it with you in the most fun way possible. You’ll hear the swashbuckling tale of how St. Mark’s became St. Mark’s… a story that pivots on a kidnapping and and a dangerous sea voyage! You’ll learn where the precious marbles decorating St. Mark’s really come from…

It’s just a few hours, see two top sites and get memories that will last a lifetime!

Sights included:

  • Private access to St. Mark's Basilica at night
  • Pala d'Oro
  • St. Marks' Basilica Crypt
  • St. Mark's Square
  • Doge's Palace (including the Hall of the Great Council, courtrooms, the Doge's apartments, and Sala della Scrutinio)
  • Bridge of Sighs
  • Palace Armory
  • Prisons
  • Bell Tower (outside)
  • The Maricana Library (outside)
  • Torre d'Orologio (outside)
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What's included
  • Access to St. Mark's Basilica after closing
  • Entrance tickets and reservation fees for the Doge's Palace
  • Small groups of 15 people or fewer
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
Reduced price
  • Infants (0-3): free (no reservation required)
  • Children (4-12): reduced price
Where

Piazza San Marco, 619, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Meeting point:

Just outside the entrance of the Correr Museum on Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venice - Meeting Point Directions: On St.Mark's square at the opposite side of the Basilica you will find the Correr Museum entrance underneath the portico.

What to remember
  • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory
  • 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 the armory of the Doge's Palace are not wheelchair-accessible
  • The basilica is a holy place and attire must be appropriate. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. The tour operator cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress
  • Backpacks are prohibited inside of St. Mark's Basilica
  • This tour runs rain or shine. However, occasionally St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace are closed to the public, without previous notice, due to high tides or particular festivities
  • There will be a short break (15-30 min) between your visit at the Doge's Palace and your after-hours visit at St.Mark's Basilica
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When
  • Meeting time: 4.45pm
  • Departure time: 5.00pm
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Provider
Walks of Italy
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100 % refund if you cancel up to 3 days before the activity begins.
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