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Exclusive St. Mark’s Basilica After Dark and Doge’s Palace Tour

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Explore St. Mark's Basilica after the crowds go home with nothing but a small group and also visit the Doge's Palace at last entry time with this Exclusive Guided Tour.

  Duration: 3:30h
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Exclusive St. Mark’s Basilica After Dark and Doge’s Palace Tour

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€ 129
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Group: Max 15 people


What you'll do

You can’t go to Venice without visiting St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge's Palace, the city’s two top sites. So why not make the experience as enjoyable, educational, and easy as possible? 


Give us a few hours of your time, and we promise you’ll feel like you didn’t just “do” these sites—you experienced them in the most rewarding, fascinating way possible. You will not only enjoy privileged access to the Doge’s Palace, minimizing your time in line, but you will get private access to St.Mark's Basilica after hours.[readmore]Start with a guided tour of the Doge's Palace. What the Vatican is to Rome, the Doge's Palace is to Venice: for seven hundred years, the remarkable palace has been the home of not only the Doge, but of Venice’s (independent!) government, courts, and even prisons.


Visit the centre of Venice’s power and history at Palazzo Ducale, including the sumptuous Doge’s apartments and the Hall of the Great Council, with its stunning frescoes by Veronese and Tintoretto. Discover the secret stories behind the artworks, like why one doge in the painted series is covered by a black veil. Learn the history of Venice’s famed Dukes - how they were chosen, what they did and why you may not have wanted the position for yourself.


On this guided tour you’ll have the opportunity to explore the massive armory and the spooky prisons. Finish with a visit inside the Bridge of Sighs, where your guide will tell you why it’s not quite as romantic as you thought. After a short break you will continue to St. Mark's Basilica (already closed to the public for the day) where a custodian unlocks the Basilica’s doors for you, walking you inside Venice’s most important site - empty!


Inside, take a deep breath. You’re experiencing St. Mark’s Basilica as almost nobody else does, or ever has ever been able to aside from the Doge himself. You’ll experience the basilica as it should be experienced: in tranquillity and peace. You will also get to see the Pala d’Oro, the spectacular, Byzantine altarpiece that uses more than 1,900 gems! During the day, there’s a line to see this, but now? You have it all to yourself.


Since you’re alone in the basilica, you can even go where others visiting during the day, can’t. Like the crypt, which the custodian unlocks for you: This is where the bones of St. Mark are said to actually be kept. Plus, you can see the stained walls here from the past floods that have devastated Venice—the crypt used to be flooded every time the high tide hit the city! Aside from the emptiness of the basilica, nighttime is the best time to visit because that’s when the mosaics are at their most beautiful. All 43,000 square feet are lit up, glimmering and sparkling in the dark!

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Included / Excluded
St. Mark’s Basilica Tour alone with your Group and Doge's Palace at last Entry
After-Hours St. Mark’s Basilica Tickets
Last Entry to Doge’s Palace Tickets
Professional Guide
Comfortable Small Groups of 15 people or fewer
Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off

Before You Go

Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure

Please do not bring any bags larger than a purse with you

During this tour there is a short break (15 to 30 minutes) in between visiting the Doge's Palace and entering St. Mark's Basilica

St. Mark's Basilica insists that both men and women wear clothing that covers their shoulders and knees

Unfortunately, due to site restrictions we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on this tour


Meeting Point

Piazza San Marco, 30100 Venice, Italy. Outside the entrance of the Correr Museum.

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