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  2. Veneto
  3. Venice
  4. Doge's Palace

Venice: Doge's Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica By Night

Product ID: 221409
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Discover the evening glamor of Venice through its most-loved buildings. With exclusive access through St. Mark’s, you can tour without the crowds before skipping the lines to the Doge's Palace.
About this activity
Duration 3.5 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the art of Venice with skip-the-line access into the Doge’s Palace
  • Experience St. Mark’s Basilica with just your group
  • Gain special access to usually off-limit areas such as the Crypt and the Pala d’ Oro
  • Learn about the history of Venice from an expert local English-speaking guide
  • Tour in a small group of 25 people or less for an intimate experience
Full description
Your exclusive journey into Venice by night begins at the Doge’s Palace, the starting point for most of Venice’s past stories. Skipping the lines, your guide will bring you along the corridors of what used to be the home of the powerful Dukes of Venice. You will discover how the fascinating history of Venice is reflected in the many uses that the Palace was put to. From city courts, to the city jail, and now a city art museum, this building has seen a constant flow of people and now you can view the stunning collection of art and frescoes which remain within its walls.

Leaving the palace and its art, your guide will bring you through the enormous St. Mark’s Square, under the cover of the night, to the iconic Church of Gold. Considered one of the most beautiful churches in the world, very few people manage to see it without the crowds. For this exclusive tour, all is quiet and the lights are lowered so you can adjust to the interior's darkness. Above you, the glittering mosaics of gold which the church is famed for will come to life. You can watch as the lights are slowly turned on, causing the spell-binding ceiling to shimmer.

You can relax in this peaceful atmosphere, listening to your guide explain the stories that the mosaics portray. They reflect the position of Venice when it was the epicenter of one of the most successful trade networks in the ancient world. The crypt will be open below if you wish to pay your respects at the resting place of St. Mark the evangelist himself. You will also be able to get closer to the Byzantine masterpiece of the Pala d’Oro, and its thousands of precious gems.

In just 3.5 hours, you will walk through the exotic history of Venice, from its birth as the world’s first great international financial hub, through to its exotic blends of Ottoman, Christian, and Arab styles.
Includes
  • Skip-the-line access and entrance tickets to the Doge’s Palace
  • Privileged Night Access to St. Mark’s Basilica (includes exclusive after-hours access to the Basilica, visit of the crypts with St. Mark’s relics, and the gem laden Pala D’Oro altarpiece)
  • Small-group tour of 25 people or less
  • Headsets when necessary
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Gratuities
  • Food and beverages
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

At the foot of Ponte della Paglia, the bridge with the view of the Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs), just outside in front of the Doge's Palace, facing the lagoon.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts
Know before you go
• It is strongly suggested to avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour
• Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women to enter to the venues
• This tour is divided into two parts, with some free time offered between the first and second parts
Organized by

City Wonders Ltd.

Product ID: 221409