• Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
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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

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What You Can Expect

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

Upgrade your tour and visit the beautiful Doge's Palace

Customer Reviews

Andrew B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

St. Mark's is a wonder. The ceiling mosaics are truly breathtaking. The challenge is... everyone visiting Venice wants to see St. Mark's. If you don't book ahead, you'll be spending much of your day in line, likely uncomfortable in the heat; if you do book ahead, you're still likely to be in with a lot of other people wanting to see the crown jewel of La Serenissima.With this tour, you'll be in a small group with a personal guide to give you some of the history, and you won't have to battle the crowds. Our group was probably about a dozen people, and there were three or four of the groups... which gave everyone plenty of space in a building that size.The caretakers brought up the lights to maximize the golden glow of the ceiling, as well.Definitely a good way to make the most of your time in Venice.

Barbara G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

What a terrific experience to be able to see these two sights up close and personal without the daytime invading masses! If you are lucky enough to get Ms Susan as your guide you are in for a real treat. Her enthusiasm combined with in depth knowledge on Venetian history and the glorious artworks throughout the tour is indeed special. Treat yourself!!!

Holly C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

Tour guide Matteo was excellent! He provided a great deal of information over the 3+ hours but we were never bored or tired.

Katherine G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

Would highly recommend. Lighting of the Basilca at night was something I will never forget. Elena’s was one of the best tour directors I have ever been with. She was so knowledgeable and her delivery was even better. A tour not to be missed in Venice. Highlight of my stay

Irene R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

We truly enjoyed our tour of the St. Marks Basilica and the Doggi Palace. Eleonora was amazing. Knows a lot and is very clear on the explanation. Highly suggest to visit St. Marks after hours. Much less traffic. I have a disability, so Eleonora made sure that I had access to the elevator while in the Doggi Palace. I was totally impressed with everything and everyone. I am definitely using Viator in the future.

farah a

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Beautiful sights, great guide, no lines or crowds - there's no reason not to choose this tour :

Michelle D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

This tour was fabulous, it was worth every penny! We got to see many things that the general public does not get to see. Our guide, Moses, was one of the most knowledgeable resources on Venice and St. Mark's history. The tour allowed us to spend ample time in the Basilica. Highly recommend this tour.

Howard S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

It was an amazing experience to see the basilica at night!! I would totally recommend this tour to anyone!

Anca N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

It was a wonderful experience in Venice! Our guide Romy introduced us to old Venice and showed us the wonderful Doge’s Palace and then we went to St Mark ‘Basilica. The lights in Basilica which was slowly turn on was impressive. Romi provided us with lots of information not only about the Doge Palace and St Mark’s Basilica but about all Venice. It was great! We had a wonderful time and I will do it again!

Jon U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Amazing! If you're taking a tour of St Mark's Bassilica you MUST take the after hours version. We got to see areas that you can't see on the other tours. You'll feel like a VIP with exclusive access that others don't have. We got to go up to the alter and even see behind the alter to view the golden picture normally only seen by dignitaries and church leaders. We sat in the chairs in the main church and witnesses as they turned the lights on slowly to reveal the golden mosaics which was breathtaking. Normal tours only get routed along the edge. A great benefit is since this is after hours there's very few people with you so you can move about freely. What made it even better though was our guide was excellent and explained things clearly and you could see his energy and expertise in the subject matter. This is a must tour if you're visiting Venice.

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