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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

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Venice draws crowds from around the world, who come to admire its many attractions and treasures. As such, daytime visiting hours can be busy. On this after-hours tour, explore in peace with a guide, and gain access to areas that are normally off-limits, such as St Mark’s Crypt.

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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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Surprisingly good. Nice to be in the Basilica with no one around. Harrowing feeling and amazing.

Colleen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This tour was great! The Doge's Palace was amazing, but the best part was taking our time in St. Mark's, without the crowds. Worth every Euro!

Adam K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

NOT TO BE MISSED. If you are at all interested in seeing the basilica in any meaningful way, you MUST take this tour. It was private, intimate, and we could dwell on elements/see things that a solo tourist simply cannot. Our guide Moses was AMAZING, and brought so much knowledge - and passion - to the tour. We've seen St. Mark's 3 other times on our own, and have never gotten as much out of the experience as we did this time. And our teens were just as captivated.

Ellen H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Excellent tour!! It was so nice getting out of the crowds in Venice and having St Mark's almost to ourselves!!! Our guide did an excellent job and shared some stories about what it's like to live in Venice. We saw parts of the Basilica I had not seen on other trips. I hightly recommend this tour!

Denise M New Zealand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Although I booked this tour out of a sense of obligation - you can't visit Venice without seeing the obvious, these two places came to life for me and I'm so glad to have done them. Apparently the tour company that runs these tours have been given sole rights to run the after-hours tours, and we got to see things that aren't always seen during the day-time tours. There were four groups with the guides working in with each other so we didn't block viewing from the other groups. To visit the crypt area of the Basilica was special but an amazing WOW moment when we got to see behind the alter photo. You need to go on this tour just for that experience alone! One of my highlights - book now!!

Andrew M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

If there is one thing to do in Venice, this is seriously it. This might be the most I've ever paid for a Viator tour but it is worth every dime. The day after taking this tour, I was back in the plaza there and saw a man trying to squint into the Basilica through a shut door and I thought to myself, Wow, we got to go in there last night and see it at its finest and go places most visitors never get to see with an excellent guide! I wish I could remember the guide's name as she was one of the best tour guides I've had worldwide and she made it one of the best Viator tours I've ever had young lady who joked she looked Scandinavian but truly is a Venetian.

Karen F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The after-hours tour of St. Mark's was a highlight of my trip to Italy. The basilica draws huge crowds during the day, and most tourists aren't able to spend much time there. With this tour, you get to see everything with only a few other groups in the church. Our guide was wonderful and super knowledgeable about the history of St. Mark's and all of the artwork there. It was an incredibly special experience to watch as the lights were slowly turned on, and then be able to walk up to view the magnificent alter piece. If you only do one tour while in Venice, this is the one to do.

Andrea Bt

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Thank you Susan for a great tour of Doges Palace and St Mark's Basilica. Your knowledge about the history of these buildings and Venice was fantastic. We really enjoyed the tour, and would recommend to others.

Aileen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

If you do one tour in Venice, this should be it. I would make sure to do the optional Doge's palace portion too. It was so nice to have a tour with a personable guide who knew what she was talking about. We were able to get really great pictures and not feel overwhelmed by hoards of crowds since it was after hours and few people were inside other than our small group. When they turned the lights on at the Basilica it was just breath taking.

Laura A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Astonishing! I learned so much from this tour. It felt very private and seeing the cathedral's walls lit up at night was incredible. Our guide was very informative and very sweet and funny. She really engaged us with her humour. All in all I would recommend this to anyone visiting Venice!

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