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

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icon1 hour 30 minutes to 3 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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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 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.
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After-hours St. Mark’s Basilica tickets
Doge’s Palace tickets (if option with Doge Palace selected)
Small groups of 25 people or fewer
Hotel pickup and drop-off San Marco, 76 , San Marco, 76, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

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

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

St. Mark's Square

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • If option with Doge's Palace selected: The prisons and the armory of the Doge's Palace are not wheelchair-accessible
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Please remember that the basilica is a holy place and attire must be appropriate: Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress
  • Backpacks are prohibited inside of St. Mark's Basilica.
  • If option with Doge's Palace selected: Please note that there may be a break of up to 2 hours between your Doge’s Palace tour and your exclusive After Hour Visit, due to temporary earlier closing time at the Doge’s Palace. Your guide in this case will provide bar/restaurant recommendations
  • Walks complies 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
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Walks - Italy, Spain & Greece
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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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
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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
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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
See all safety measures taken by St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Small Group Tour with Optional Doge's Palace.
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." See review
  • "After hours is the best time to visit this cryptic basilica." See review


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Great tour with 1.5 hour intermission
, Jun 2022
The tour was great. My complaint was that the 3.5 hour tour included a 1.5 hour break where we were to go find dinner and meet back. The tour should more accurately ne described as a 2 hour tour with a 1.5 hour break.
Highly recommend!
, Jun 2022
Iole was our tour guide and she was amazing! She pointed out the most important things while always keeping our interest. Her energy and passion for her work really shined through. Palace and Basilica were incredible; we are so happy we booked this tour.
Not worth it
, Jun 2022
Calling this a small group tour is misleading. Your group may be small, but you will be one of many other small groups in there at the same time.
Take the After-Hours Tour
, Jun 2022
My husband and I enjoyed this after-hours small group tour while the Basilica was empty and quiet. The tour starts outside in the square and slowly makes it way inside where, sadly, you can see the destruction of water intrusion and uneven flooring. It is most evident as the guide takes you below to the crypt where water still remains. It is a beautiful Basilica and I recommend seeing it and experiencing the solitude within. The tour guide was very knowledgeable, passionate and obviously loved doing this tour.
Alejandro was awesome! He...
, Jun 2022
Alejandro was awesome! He had a great personality and was very knowledgeable. We really enjoyed this tour and would recommend it to anyone!
Excellent Experience
, Jun 2022
Loved the small groups and the guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. It was expensive but worth it.
A Great Time
, Jun 2022
Tour was great! Very informative and a great way to start our trip in Venice. Romy was extremely knowledgeable.
Viator came through
, Jun 2022
Our guide didn’t show, another group member got ahold of tour company who said they couldn’t reach her either. Meeting place is very vague with little direction if guide isn’t there to greet you. Viator refunded money within days which is the only reason for the 2 stars.
Do this tour but avoid guide Romy.
, Jun 2022
Excellent new tour, our guide did not use her microphone equipment correctly so there were a lot of drop offs as she turned her head and talked at the same time. Amazing sights, highly recommend if you use a guide other than Romy.
An Exceptional guide and tour!
, Jun 2022
Tour guide Andrea was extraordinary! We learned SO MUCH because of his knowledge of architecture and really got to see so many magnificent things that they just can't show you during a day tour. For example, at night in the basilica they shut off the lights for you and start to turn the lights on and it is magical! You get to visit the crypt where they first kept the body of ST Marco before placing him on the altar. The paintings in the crypt are from 12th century(?) and you don't get to see these unless you go after hours. I also didnt realize the story of the merchants stealing st mark's body and bringing it back to Venice was depicted in the mosaic on the front of the church! in the basilica the most extraordinary thing to me was the bejeweled artwork on the back side of the wooden painting on the main altar that they hid from Napoleon so he wouldn't take it! And it was lovely to see how they turn it around for special occasions for the people to enjoy. Andrea made this 3.5 hour tour fly by! And there is a nice 25 minute break in between. His knowledge, pleasant delivery, thoughtful responses to any questions asked of him and passion for his work shine through! It felt as though you were on a tour with a knowledgeable friend. In the Doge's palace you will see works by Titian, Tiepolo,Tinoretto and others. There is a secret passage tour that I would like to do next time. The historical significance of the Scala di Giganti was so interesting and the gold staircase was most beautiful at the top looking down the staircase. Also interesting to learn about the wells to make drinkable water! My husband and I have done many tours in many cities around the world and we agreed this was the best we've ever done! Absolutely, 100% worth every penny! Lastly, the use of easy to use headsets was great so you could always hear and understand our guide.
Andrea is fantastic tour guide!
, Jun 2022
Andrea was a thoroughly engaging and fantastic guide. He was able to communicate a huge amount of information in a very clear way. My 3 young boys were captivated for the entire 3.5 hour tour. Thank you!
, Jun 2022
Very personal and unique experience and excellent and knowledgeable guide. Truly beautiful in the evening.
A Must -Do Experience
, Jun 2022
Iole was a wonderful guide! This tour was a surprise and a delight. Our favorite of all our tours in Italy (Four total). St Mark's is jaw-dropping. It's definitely not 'just another church' in Italy. The night tour was a special experience and worth every penny. If someone could only do one tour in Italy, this is the one we would recommend.
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Awesome tour! Loved a...
, Jun 2022
Awesome tour! Loved a fact that it was not crowded. The guide was fabulous. San Marco Basilica is breathtaking!
Perfect way to see St Mark's and the Doge Palace
, Jun 2022
Perfect way to visit St Mark's and the Doge Palace. We avoided the crowds and got to see many more behind the scenes sites! Very relaxing and informative. Our tour guide Susan was fantastic. There is nothing compared to seating in the Basilica closing your eyes and opening them after the lights are turned on . Magnificent!!! Highly recommend this tour!
Excellent experience
, Jun 2022
Alessandro was a mine of information. An excellent tour. Really enjoyed it. Access to St Marks was exclusively for the tour groups so very limited.
Take this tour
, Jun 2022
Absolutely stunning. I have been to St. Mark's several times and never knew what beauty there was there. Seeing it after dark and all lit up was an inspiring moment.
Amazing church with top tour guide!
, Jun 2022
Amazing church to see. This was our last day in Italy and had already seen many, many churches. So glad we did not skip this one. Our tour guide Alexandro (hope we have name correct, he is a university professor) was the best guide ever. He really kept the entire experience informative and fun at the same time for me and teenage daughters.
Best thing you can do
, Jun 2022
Best tour we did!! Really enjoyed the tour guide, to access this tour provided and ability to see this great facility at a leisure pace.
Susan was a really great guide
, Jun 2022
Susan was a really great guide. We had a great time and learned a lot. Kinda hard to find the group, would be nice if they had a flag or soemthing.

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