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Venice: St. Mark’s Basilica & Doge's Palace After Dark

Product ID: 53678
Explore 2 of the most famous landmarks in Venice after dark on a 3.5-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.
About this activity
Duration: 3.5 hours
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English
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Experience

Highlights
  • 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
  • Discover stunning frescoes by Tintoretto and Veronese
  • Walk across the Bridge of Sighs from the inside
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Access to St. Mark’s Basilica after closing
  • Entrance tickets and reservation fees for the Doge’s Palace
  • Live guide
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off

Prepare for the activity

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
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
• Backpacks are not permitted inside St. Mark's Basilica
• Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
• 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
• Please note that there will be a short break (15-30 minutes) between your visit to the Doge’s Palace and your after-hours visit to St.Mark’s Basilica
• This is a small group tour of 20 people or fewer
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 / 5

based on 23 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.9 / 5
  • Organization
    5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.8 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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We didn’t know what to expect. Doing the night tour was a great decision. It was a small group but way less crowded in the palace and St Marks. The prison was also interesting. Because we were the only group in St Marks we got to see so much more. Well worth the price.

24 October 2019

Fantastic program!

Although it was a bit pricey, the value and the price was in harmony. Mat, the tour guide was a knowledgeable, enthusiastic, passionate about the subject, about Venice. He was a real expert. Most of the group members are over their 50-60, he was tolerant when they wanted to sit down and listening to him while having some rest. He was ready to answer every question, and was sincere when he didn't have information for the question. He has a great sense of humor, and he had a lot of stories about the Palace and the Basilica. Both place were a great experience, although it was my 4 visit in my life there. The group size 13 people, was ok.

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18 August 2019

Wonderful tour and excellent guide for Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s

The combination of Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Basilica after hours made for a wonderful tour. It had started cooling off and there crowds had mostly left so we loved it. Our guide Pam was so good - she was very knowledgeable about Venetian history and these two historic places. And she was very charming. I highly recommend this tour. The walking is moderate and there are some stairs but not a lot. And the stairs were more half-flights at a time which made them easy to get past. And the views from Doge’s are magnificent. St Mark’s is breathtaking with the gold ceiling and we practically had the place to ourselves.

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4 July 2019

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Product ID: 53678