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

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


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 20 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.

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • After-hours St. Mark’s Basilica tickets
  • Doge’s Palace tickets (if option with Doge Palace selected)
  • Small groups of 25 people or fewer
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Museo Correr San Marco, 52, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

    Correr Museum (Museo Correr) in Piazza San Marco. Meet under the portico just outside the entrance of the museum.

Return Details

  • St. Mark's Square
    Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

    St. Mark's Square

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour is in English.
  • This is a walking tour. Guests should be able to walk at a moderate pace without difficulty.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • The tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds can be provided for late arrivals or no-shows.
  • If you cannot join your tour at the last minute (running late, etc), please contact us. We may be able to reschedule your tour with a small amendment fee depending on availability.
  • Due to the religious nature of St. Mark's Basilica, all individuals regardless of gender must cover their shoulders and knees. You can bring extra covering (scarves, etc) to put on just before entering St. Mark's. Walks cannot be held responsible for those denied entry.
  • Sites visited during this tour are subject to occasional closures due to holy observances, high tides, and/or flooding. If a site closes, your guide will tour the exterior of the site. If time permits, we will reach out to you prior to your tour. For last-minute closures, modifications may be communicated at the tour start time.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Large bags and backpacks cannot be brought into St. Mark's Basilica.
  • On certain days there may be a short break between the visit to the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica (never more than one hour). This may extend the overall length of the tour.
  • Walks comply with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to Italy government guidelines for the most up to date information
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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 Small Group Tour with Optional Doge's Palace?

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

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Small Group Tour with Optional Doge's Palace?

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

Q:What is the social distancing policy during St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Small Group Tour with Optional Doge's Palace?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Small Group Tour with Optional Doge's Palace?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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Traveler Tips

Time is money, don't waste your day standing in the heat to just get in, the line we saw was about 2 hours to get in.
After hours is the best time to visit this cryptic basilica.
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Andrea was great! So...
marasaurus1, Aug 2022
Andrea was great! So passionate and informative. It would be nice to say on the ticket that someone will be holding a sign at the meeting spot so they know what to look for.
Venice at Night
Robert_J, Aug 2022
We enjoyed the small tour group size and the ability to see the Doge Palace and St. Mark's in the evening when there were far fewer people and the accompanying noise and distractions.
Night Tour Rocks!
Joan_B, Aug 2022
Excellent guide. Great experience! So glad we took the Night Tour. Got to see so much of the private spaces.
Great tour!
Susanne_B, Aug 2022
Our tour guide Virginia was amazing!!! She was passionate and knowledgeable. She made the experience like a story. She knew it all too. As a family we loved the tour!!
Wonderful Experience
Monica_G, Aug 2022
Grace was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. My husband and I enjoyed the tour immensely. Visiting the church after hours with less of a crowd was worth every cent!!
A must see tour!
Carole_C, Aug 2022
Small group tour is the way to go. Our tour guide was amazing. So friendly, extremely knowledgeable, and has a great sense of humor.
Interesting and entertaining
Luke_C, Aug 2022
So much to see and learn. Loved the small group and excellent guide. The laser pointer was so helpful.
Melissa_M, Aug 2022
I had booked tours ahead of time and booked the Venice in One Day tour for my husband and I and our two teens, and the St. Marks at night the next day just for me and my husband. On the way there I was wondering why I had booked the night tour since it was kind of expensive compared to the all day tour. But we were so happy we did!! The Church was empty and the caretakers turned the lights on for us which made the ceilings glow. We got to go up and around St. Mark’s altar and resting place and down in the crypts. Our guide, Marco, was our favorite guide of our 2 week vacation… not only did he explain everything well but he was laugh out loud hilarious! By the way, the Venice in a Day tour was great, too, with two excellent guides, but if you have the time and means to do the St. Marks at Night, do it. You will love it.
My tour guide was...
lisa_l, Aug 2022
My tour guide was amazing, she was so knowledgeable. Would highly recommend. Thank you for a great experience
Nice experience without crowds
Silvia_C, Aug 2022
Our guide was great, we visited the Basilica with only 2 more groups of 15 people max. Very impressive to go in without lights and then admire the Basilica once the lights go on!
Well worth the money
Pamela_O, Aug 2022
Amazing seeing the Palace and Basilica once all the crowds had departed. Our tour guide was amazing and very organized. There is about an hour or so break between the Palace tour and Basilica, but we liked that as we gave our feet and brains a rest and had a water and gelato in the square. We were able to see places that aren't available on the regular tours as well like under the Basilica and Palace dungeons. Highly recommend this tour.
St. Marks and the Dodge Palace after hours
James_P, Jul 2022
The tour guide was excellent. She knew what she was speaking about. Going in after hours without the crowds was wonderful.
Worth it
LaiChu_C, Jul 2022
We joined this tour with the Doge’s Palace. It is good tour but will be better if they inform us the schedule ahead. We started the Dog’s Palace tour around 6:15pm then 7:15-8:15pm an hour break for dinner; started the amazing St Mark’s Basilica tour and ended at 10:30pm. Same tour guide for both tours. Worth it!
After Hours Tour A Must
Lori_H, Jul 2022
Our tour guide was amazing…so knowledgeable.. she made the tour so interesting. I pull highly recommend the After Hours Tour!
So glad we did this tour
Jordan_N, Jul 2022
This was such an awesome tour. It was a real privilege to visit the basilica and the palace after hours when it was mostly empty. The buildings were gorgeous and filled with history, and having a tour guide definitely made the experience better as we got to learn so much more about everything. Andrea, our tour guide, was obviously incredibly knowledgeable. He seemed very excited to share the history of the buildings and their architecture with out group, which made the experience all the more enjoyable because you could tell how much he enjoyed it. This was a fantastic tour and definitely worth the price.
Allesandro was an awesome tour guide!
Tim_S, Jul 2022
Allesandro did a great job showing us St Mark's for this night tour. His knowledge and passion were evident - he made it an educational and exciting event.
Too awesome for words!
Bobbie_S, Jul 2022
We had seen the Basilica earlier in the day. This tour was so much more amazing!!! Just can't recommend it enough. Won't give too much information so you can fully experience it yourself. Just book it and enjoy the splendor!
Excellent experience for our family...highly recommend
lisa4derose, Jul 2022
This experience was one of our most favorite during our family vacation. Our tour guide was wonderful and extremely knowledgeable. Going after hours made it even more special as we were in a small group and it felt as though we had the entire place to ourselves.
An amazing experience
Janice_E, Jul 2022
The crypt was amazing. The after hour tour provides a peaceful experience. It is amazing to witness security turning off all lights in the cathedral, it is completely dark and than turn on lights that highlight the frescos throughout the cathedral.
Wonderful tour guides....
Alyssa_S, Jul 2022
Wonderful tour guides. Highly recommend after hours, especially in the summer. Less crowds and more time to look at all of the beautiful details


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