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

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Venezia, Italy
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icon1 hour 30 minutes to 3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 2 more

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

See the wonders of Venice's St. Mark's Basilica without the crowds during this after-hours, small-group tour. Learn about the basilica's famed mosaics from your guide and explore the crypt below the church to see where St. Mark's remains are said to lie. Upgrade to see the Doge's Palace after the basilica and wander the former home of the Venetian Republic's government.
  • After-hours tour of St. Mark's Basilica with optional Doge's Palace visit
  • Enjoy evening access to St. Mark's Basilica, a historical Venice attraction
  • Admire valuable treasures such as the Pala d’Oro, without the crowds
  • Visit the crypt where the remains of St. Mark are believed to lie
  • Upgrade to visit the Doge's Palace after St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Explore the Doge's apartments and cross the famous Bridge of Sighs
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 people for personal attention from a guide

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

With this tour, bypass daytime crowds and upgrade to see the Doge's Palace.
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour with Optional Doge's Palace Visit?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour with Optional Doge's Palace Visit.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour with Optional Doge's Palace Visit?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour with Optional Doge's Palace Visit.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour with Optional Doge's Palace Visit?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour with Optional Doge's Palace Visit.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour with Optional Doge's Palace Visit?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour with Optional Doge's Palace Visit.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour with Optional Doge's Palace Visit?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour with Optional Doge's Palace Visit.

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Worth every penny
Jan M
, Dec 2019
We went last night to the after hours tour. Our guide ‘Moses’ was just fabulous. He managed to convey everything with just the right touch of information and explanation. We got to see the stunningly beautiful interior lit as no ione on a day tour can see. Also seeing the pala d’oro was stunning. Without hoards of people it meant we got to see everything in confort. Highly rate every aspect of this tour.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Hello Jan M, Thank you for your review. It is truly a pleasure to learn that you had such a fantastic time on our St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour with Moses. St. Marks Basilica truly has a stunning interior and is a must-see when in Venice, and we are so glad you chose Walks to share this experience with! We hope that you will get the opportunity to share another walk with us again soon! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
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Confusing
kpter
, Nov 2019
From the Viator description it says you visit the basilica and then the Doge’s Palace. This is not the case. First you go through the Doge’s Palace and then the Basilica after it closes to the public but the basilica remains open for mass and the tour doesn’t start until the clergy and parishioners are gone at about 7:45. Our main interest was the basilica and then we planned to visit as much of the Doge’s as possible. My husband had to leave before seeing the basilica which was a shame in that it is impressive. After visiting some of Italy’s main attractions you’ll appreciate seeing one without hordes of visitors. Our guide was fine and how the basilica is illuminated is impressive. Just sorry my husband missed the basilica.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Hello kpter, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We rely on our clients' experience to always improve, so we are very grateful for your comments. We are very sorry to hear experience with Walks was a disappointing one, that is far from what we want for your clients. Our St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour with Optional Doge's Palace visits the Doges Palace first as we aim to have alone access to St. Mark's Basilica without other tour operators present. We visit the Palace before it closes so that our clients can experience it as quietly as possible while it is still open. We do our utmost to accurately illustrate our tour itineraries for our customers to make an informed decision before booking. We take this feedback into account and will work to ensure information is communicated as clearly as possible going forward. Nevertheless, we realize how frustrating this must have been. We hope that if you return to Italy or any other country we serve, you will give us another try - we’re certain you won’t be disappointed! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
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Great way to see San Marco
carol2119
, Nov 2019
Excellent tour and it was terrific to see the interior of the Basilica with all the lights on and without the daytime crowds.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Hello carol2119, Learning that you had such a fantastic time on our St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour with Optional Doge's Palace Visit is the best thing we could hope for. Our goal is 100% customer satisfaction, and it sounds like we achieved that goal with you! We look forward to sharing another walk with you soon! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
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St Mark's
timwardell2
, Nov 2019
We booked the St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour with Optional Doge's Palace Visit which was certainly worth the money. The tour was fantastic and made more enjoyable by very few people in both places. In particular in St Marks there were only 4 groups totalling about 80 people. The evening lights in the ceiling of St Marks was spectacular.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Hello timwardell2, We are thrilled to learn that you enjoyed our St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour with Optional Doge's Palace Visit. The evening lights in the ceiling of St Marks are truly spectacular and are a must-see when in Venice, and we are thrilled you chose Walks to share this experience with! We look forward to sharing another walk with you soon! All the best, The Walks Team
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Definitely do the After Hours to avoid crowds and have unique experience
margiemharper
, Nov 2019
This was very well worth our time and money. Martina was our guide and she was excellent. It was a small group and very manageable. We were able to enjoy the Doge's Palace room by room without feeling trampled on and were able to hear our guide speak to the highlights. She managed the break between the Palace and St. Mark's based on the group's feedback. Entering St. Mark's with it mostly dark, then they gradually turned on the lights as we sat there. It was very very beautiful, relaxing, informative and respectful. I highly recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Hello margiemharper, Thank you for your kind review and recommendation! Our Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour with Optional Doge's Palace is truly the best way to see the best sites Venice has to offer, and we are absolutely delighted to learn that you enjoyed this experience with us as customer satisfaction is our number one priority, and we are glad it shows. We hope you will get the opportunity to join us for another walk soon! All the best, The Walks Team
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Great Tour and Guide
Faith C
, Oct 2019
The guide was very informative and really knew so much about the history of Venice and St. Mark's Basilica. Would definitely recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hello Faith C, Thank you for your kind words about our St. Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour, it is fantastic to hear that you enjoyed the experience! We hope to walk with you again on your next visit to Italy! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
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What a phenomenal visit!
658rm2019
, Oct 2019
We loved our tour of the St Mark's Basilica! Having the evening tour by going at night when they turned on the lights was just amazing. What awesome history and stories are tied to the Basilica!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hello 658rm2019, I am thrilled to hear that our St Mark's Basilica After-Hours experience was so enjoyable for you, we think it is an incredible tour too! It is definitely a highlight of any stay in Venice, and we are grateful for your recommendation! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
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Fantastic tour
ongs0903
, Oct 2019
Elena was a fantastic guide. Very knowledgable and friendly. The light up at the church was amazing. It was great to enjoy the places in peace. Totally worth the money!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hello ongs0903, We are so glad that you enjoyed our St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour, it truly is a very special experience. We are delighted that you chose us to tour with while in Venice, and would love to see you again on your next trip to Italia! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
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A must do in Venice
Henry E
, Oct 2019
We were 3 separate groups of 15 that had the whole basilica to ourselves! Absolutely incredible... The Doge was practically empty too. Our guide, Pamela, was so knowledgeable that she put this tour over the top. Well worth it. This was our highlight experience in Venice
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hello Henry E, We always receive fantastic feedback from our St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour, and honestly it never gets old! This tour is one of our most special offerings, and we are always thrilled to hear that guests have a had a wonderful experience with us in the Basilica and the Doge's Palace. Thank you for joining us in Venice, and we hope to see you again very soon! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
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Spectacular, Epic Tour
sfisher53
, Oct 2019
I cannot praise our tour and tour guide enough for this incredible tour. It was a little pricey, but it was the capstone of our time in Venice. I don't have words to describe how incredible this tour is and how I would never tour St. Mark's Basilica any other way. To be in a small, intimate group, in the quiet of the after hours tour was breathtaking! Truly the highlight of our entire trip. That evening we took the last trip up to the top of Campanile (skip the line) at twilight in San Marco Square, followed by an elegant dinner in the Square at the Florian, then the fabulous Basilica after-hours tour. Highly recommend you do this if you're able. It was the best part of four memorable days in Venice. We have never been disappointed in Viator. Have seen many places around the world and in our country using Viator. They are always very, very good!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hello sfisher53, Thank you for your glowing review of our St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour, we are so thrilled that you found the experience to be so incredible! Viewing the Basilica in the evening after all of the crowds have left is incredibly special, and it is lovely to hear how inspired you were by the experience. That is certainly how we want all of our guests to feel after touring with Take Walks! Warmest regards, The Walks Team

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