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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
From US$103.50
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Includes after-hours tour of St Mark's Basilica and visit to Doge's Palace; starts at 5pm
From US$150.02
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Includes after-hours tour of St Mark's Basilica; starts at 8pm
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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.
Reviews (278)
1 - 5 of 84 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago
An unforgettable Venice experience

If you only do one tour while in Venice, make it this one! Truly the best way to see the Basilica. No queues or crowds, just a small group led by a knowledgeable and engaging guide (we had Susan, who was great). Only two other...More

Thank SoulJude
Reviewed 1 week ago
Wow...where do we begin?

Wow...where do we begin? Our guide, Pamela, was absolutely amazing...Having come from another tour right to ours in the early evening, one would think she would be tired and the length and detail of ours would somehow show in her presentation...never happened...this woman was so...More

1  Thank Odyssey44960295022
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
The highlight of Venice

Yes the Basilica is all that it claims to be and more. However this tour is the difference between seeing it up close and personal verses just another tourist passing through. Our tour guide, I am so angry with myself I did not write her...More

1  Thank Neelum K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Another Fabulous Tour wiht Walks! Absolutely a must!

This tour was an absolute revelation! Absolutely fantastic! Our passionate guide, Alessandro, was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and marvelous! Seeing St. Mark's without the crowds was beyond description and you can be assured I will encourage anyone & everyone to not miss it! MANY years ago, I...More

Thank ladolcevitaforme
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Outstanding Tour

Our guide, Susan, was personable and extremely knowledgeable. Great interaction with her and we learned a lot. An enjoyable evening.

Thank Voyage791357
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26 October 2018|
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Response from Kelly G | Reviewed this property |
Nowhere in the description by the company does it say how long the tour is, we looked everywhere. That was the only downside, we didn’t realize quite how long it was. The first portion is the Doge’s palace, which moves from... More
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
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