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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.
Reviews (261)
1 - 5 of 73 reviews
Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Wonderful tour!

This was one of the best tours we have take in Italy. Our guide made it very special, and kept the group engaged through imaginative stories and history. The tour was also amazing, and a very sensory filled experience. We entered to Basilica in darkness,...More

Thank MBFNCNative
Reviewed 3 days ago
Great way to see the sights with an knowledgeable tour guide

It definitely was a special way to see the sights, and the guide was very knowledgeable. My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed the evening. It could've been 1/2 hour shorter (overall), but the guide did recognize that it had been a long day with everyone....More

Thank sarahnapa_CA
Reviewed 5 days ago
My favorite tour in Venice

If you do one organized tour in Venice, this is the one to do. The experience of going into the Basilica after hours is amazing. 1. It's still crowded but much fewer people 2. You can take pictures 3. You get to go into places...More

2  Thank Jlr1013
Reviewed 1 week ago
Just the After-hours Basilica tour - very magical & memorable

Friends had recommended we do this tour as the best way to see the Basilica. First piece of advice - book well in advance of your visit to Venice!! I booked about 2 weeks before, and even though it was going to be the first...More

1  Thank John W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Good but not as advertised

The evening was not constructed in the way that was advertised with a guided tour of San Marco first followed by a less-structured tour of the Doge's Palace lasting, in all about 2 hours. As it turned out we had a long conducted tour of...More

Thank David M
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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.