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St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's Palace provided by Walks

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Overview
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.
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You'll start at
Museo Correr
Piazza San Marco, 52, 30124 Venezia VE, ItalyPlease note we meet in front of the entrance of Museo Correr, which is at the opposite side of the St. Mark's Basilica in St. Mark's square. The group will meet just outside the entrance of the Correr Museum in Piazza San Marco.
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  • Pass by Piazza San Marco
  • 1
    Basilica di San Marco
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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  • 2
    Doge's Palace
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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  • 3
    Bridge of Sighs
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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    Pass by Torre dell'Orologio
You'll end at
St. Mark's Square
Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, ItalySt. Mark's Square
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Highlights
  • 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
  • Upgrade to add a visit to the Doge’s Palace and Bridge of Sighs
  • Group limited to 15 for an intimate, more personalized experience
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, closing 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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Important Information
Departure Point
Museo Correr, Piazza San Marco, 52, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
Duration
90–210 minutes
Return Details
St. Mark's Square, Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • After-hours St. Mark’s Basilica tickets
  • Doge’s Palace tickets (if option with Doge Palace selected)
  • Small groups of 20 people or fewer
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica di San Marco
  • Entry/Admission - Doge's Palace
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • If option with Doge's Palace selected: The prisons and the armory of the Doge's Palace are not wheelchair-accessible
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Please remember that 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. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress
  • Backpacks are prohibited inside of St. Mark's Basilica.
  • If otpion with Doge's Palace selected: Please note that 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.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Due to Covid19, until the end of 2020, this tour will be amended to ensure your safety: St Mark’s Basilica will be exclusively open to Walks guests, with a maximum of 30 guests inside. If you book a private tour you will have a private tour guide, but you may have another Walks group inside the Basilica at the same time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Maja D wrote a review Jun 2020
Radstadt, Austria1 contribution
I reserved the tickets for Exclusive st. Marcs alone in March 2020 for May 2020. Due to CORONA border closure I had to cancel our whole trip in April. By the end of June still no reimbursement. They assured I will receive the payment by July 6th... I’m just warning other
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Response from TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear 388majad, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate your feedback and are sorry to learn about your negative experience thus far. We take customer reviews seriously and we always seek to find effective solutions, and that is why we kindly ask that you reach out to us at info@takewalks.com referencing tour Tripadvisor username and we will ensure your case is resolved promptly. Warmest regards, The Walks Team
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robin a wrote a review Jan 2020
10 contributions1 helpful vote
If you're looking for a quiet visit to this magical place, this is it. We had the opportunity to really learn about the art and history of this magnificent church, and spend time just observing its beauty. A daytime visit is nice, but the tourist traffic has become overwhelming.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
Responded 1 Feb 2020
Hello robin1827! Thank you for choosing Take Walks for this extra special experience, and for your kind review. We are thrilled that you had such a fantastic time, we think it is the perfect way to see St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace too. We hope to tour with you again soon! The Walks Team
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WaitForIttttt wrote a review Jan 2020
Hazlet, New Jersey1,165 contribution141 helpful votes
My husband and I took the St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour with Walks and it ended up being one of our favorite tours of our entire trip to Italy! We had visited St. Mark's Basilica earlier in the day, and while it was beautiful, it was difficult to appreciate amidst the
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Response from TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
Responded 6 Jan 2020
Hello WaitForIttttt, Thank you for your kind words for our St. Mark's Basilica After Hours tour, and for choosing to tour with us during your trip to Venice! We are genuinely thrilled to hear that this experience was a highlight of your trip, as that is what we all work so hard to achieve here at Walks. We know how exciting a visit to a city as wonderful as Venice can be, and we do our utmost to ensure that all of our guests have a wonderful time with us. Thank you again for walking with us! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
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Patrick J wrote a review Jan 2020
Bossier City, Louisiana31 contributions4 helpful votes
Easy to find - had radio headphones so you could easily hear and keep up. Check in was simple and on time. Guides were very informative. Avoided huge lines That are visible during the day - which was worth the price of the ticket without anything else. The Church is packed
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
Responded 6 Jan 2020
Hello N7614GXpatrickj, It is lovely to hear that you had such a great time on our tour of St. Mark's and the Doge's Palace. We always want our guests to feel that the process was smooth and that their guide was a fantastic and knowledgeable resource! Thank you so much for joining us in Venice, and for your kind review. Warmest regards, The Walks Team
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antongunter wrote a review Jan 2020
Shropshire, United Kingdom65 contributions11 helpful votes
We booked this after hours tour as it felt more personal and it sounded like we would get to see and hear more. We met our Guide - Moses (WOW THE BEST GUIDE EVER WHO IS CLEARLY BOTH KNOWLEDGEABLE AND IMPORTANLTY PASSIONATE ABOUT VENICE AND ITS HISTORY) at the opposite side of
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
Responded 6 Jan 2020
Hello Anton G, Thank you so much for joining us in Venice for this special trip to St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace, and for your kind review! It is great to hear that our guide Moses made such a fantastic impression on you and that together you were able to explore these two wonderful sites. They really are awe-inspiring and we are delighted that you found the whole experience to be so worthwhile. We hope that you had a wonderful vacation in Italy and that we can tour with you again soon! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
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A MUST DO---but not a "luxury" boat!
Only reason for 4 stars....is the boat WAS NOT A LUXURY type boat. Especially the first one...we had to change boa
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A bridge of small “size” but a big history
Amazing architecture Great history Great atmosphere Great art work February was a great time to visit as not man
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The best way to see inside all of the special parts of Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica
Everything is very well organized on the Walks' tours. Our guide Pamela was very interesting and she provided a wea
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A culture bath in Venice
Very interesting visit, a nice lesson of history and art in one of the most beautiful place of Europe!
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Great Tour!!
This was an awesome tour! I'm a student and I took my parents to Venice for the day and this was the perfect thing
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Interesting tour of Venice's well known landmarks
Informative tour giving insight and knowledge you would not gain if you were not guided. The tour was well organise
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jamiebeer2018
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excellent tour
our guide Susan was so informative and passionate. im not really one for city walks but this really is worth it, pu
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Legendary Venice
Superb tour with Susan who really knew her stuff and also kept children included and engaged . Having a professio
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kuismina
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Great tour in Venice
The tour was brilliant. Our guide, Julietta, was friendly and very knowledgeable. The tour was very informative and
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merrymanct
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Great context to beautiful architecture
This was our 3rd city on our trip to Italy, after visiting Milan and Florence. We had been given tours to all the c
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Eddie D
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Venice tour of San Marco and doges palave
The whole tour was fantastic.. 10 out of 5 stars at least.. Finding the start point really easily, then the wondrou
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Paulgq
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Brilliant tour and guide
Sabrina was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and passionate about the subject and Venice generally. All arrangements w
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Gravw
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Beautiful
We had a great time and a wonderful tour with a great guide full of knowledge and enthusiasm. It is a pity it got
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Sue_Jo_01
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Well worth the Money
We had Moses who was an incredible guide. He had some much enthusiasm and obvious love for the history of Venice t
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Jane_fulton
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Fantastic tour — so interesting
We took this tour today with Elena. We were tired from a great deal of walking and the thought of a 3 hour tour was
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  • Duration: 90–210 minutes
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