Guided tour

Venice: St. Mark’s Basilica & Doge's Palace Evening Tour

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Venice: St. Mark’s Basilica & Doge's Palace Evening Tour

Activity provider: Walks of Italy
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From US$ 136.28 per person

Explore 2 of the most famous landmarks in Venice after dark on a 3-hour evening live guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge's Palace. Discover hidden prisons away from the crowds, and marvel at the gilt decorations of the Byzantine basilica.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Access St. Mark's Basilica after hours
  • See the lavish apartments and meeting halls of the Doge's Palace
  • Look at the Pala d’Oro altarpiece without the crowds
  • Hear stories about the dukes of the Venetian Empire
  • Walk across the Bridge of Sighs from the inside
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Escape the crowds on a late afternoon guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, and discover 2 of the icons of Venice away from the crowds. Meet your guide by the statue of the winged lion on St. Mark’s Square. Then, enter the Doge's Palace to learn more about the center of power during the Venetian Republic. See the sumptuous apartments of the Venetian rulers, as well as the Hall of the Great Council with its stunning frescoes by Veronese and Tintoretto. Hear secret stories behind the art, such as why one doge in the painted series is covered by a black veil. Learn how the were dukes were elected, and what they did. Explore the massive armory and spooky prisons. Cross the Bridge of Sighs on the inside, and hear why it is not quite as romantic as you might have thought! After a short break, continue to the Byzantine basilica of St. Mark's, and see its gilt decorations after the crowds have left for the day. A custodian of the cathedral will unlock its doors so that you can experience like only a doge could. Marvel at the gemstones of the Pala d’Oro altarpiece. Visit the crypt, where the bones of St. Mark are said to be kept. Admire mosaics in the soft glimmer of the evening light, and learn about Venetian art and history from your passionate guide.
  • Access to St. Mark’s Basilica after closing
  • Entrance tickets and reservation fees for the Doge’s Palace
  • Live guide
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

Just outside the entrance of the Correr Museum on Piazza San Marco, 30124. This is on St. Mark's Square at the opposite side of the Basilica. You will find the Correr Museum entrance underneath the portico.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Please remember that St. Mark's Basilica is a holy place and you must wear suitable clothes. Both men and women are asked to keep their shoulders and knees covered. Your tour operator cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress
  • The prisons and armory at the Doge's Palace are not wheelchair-accessible
  • This tour runs rain or shine. However, occasionally St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace are closed to the public without previous notice, due to high tides or particular festivities
  • There may be a break of up to 2 hours between your Doge’s Palace tour and your after hour visit due to changing closing times at Doge’s. In this case, your guide will provide bar/restaurant recommendations
  • This is a small group tour of 20 people or fewer
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4.9 /5

based on 52 reviews

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This experience was phenomenal. We have done tours all over the world but Martina was an exceptional guide, the tour was very well planned and executed and the experience incredibly special. I feel very lucky to have been able to see these amazing places without crowds. They were well worth visiting and really left us lost for words. The Basilica was breathtaking. Martina was lovely, informative and we learned so much. A really wonderful tour and not overpriced for the experience.

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May 11, 2022

The after hours tour of the Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica was fantastic! Those attractions are among the most popular in Venice, and are filled with people from opening until close. To be able to see them without having to fight people for a view was worth it's weight in gold. Our tour guide, Iole, was so knowledgeable and sweet, she really enjoys sharing her city with tourists. I highly recommend this tour for anyone spending any amount of time in Venice, really spectacular!

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May 9, 2022

This was amazing! Loved not being in a large crowd and getting to see things up close and that the you can not see on regular tours. Our guide was Iole and she was amazing! So knowledgeable and passionate about the beauty and history, she is a true gem and asset to your company. I will say do not follow the GPS coordinates on the site they are wrong and the map is wrong! Just put in the name of the museum ypu arr to meet at. We almost missed the tour because it put us in the wrong place and we had to call to find out where we should be since we couldn't find the group. We were only 200 meter away but on the wrong side of the square.

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May 1, 2022

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