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

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St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour with Optional Doge's Palace Visit
from USD $109.05
Explore St Mark’s Basilica without the crowds on an after-hours tour, and enjoy an optional visit to Doge's Palace, if you wish. Inside St Mark’s Basilica, admire treasured mosaics and a Byzantine altarpiece, and then follow your guide into the crypt where St Mark himself is believed to rest. Upgrade for late access to the Doge’s Palace and learn about the Higher Council Hall, the Doge's apartments and the Bridge of Sighs as you explore. Numbers are limited to 15 for a small-group experience.

Upgrade your tour to include a 2 hour late entry tour of the Doge’s Palace, including the armory, New Prisons and incredible council rooms and frescos of Palazzo Ducale. Traveling in small groups of 15 people or fewer, you’ll enter the Palace at the last entry time, finding one of Venice’s most popular attractions much quieter than other times during the day. (Please see seperate prodcut sheet.)
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In Brief

Venezia, Italy
90 to 210 minutes
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Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice Italy

Piazza San Marco

Stop At: Basilica di San Marco, Piazza San Marco 328, 30124 Venice Italy

Basilica di San Marco, Veneto

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)—empty! No standing elbow-to-elbow with other tourists, no seeing the church as if through a strobe light from hundreds of popping flashbulbs, no noise from the crowds. Instead, you’re alone with your guide and the custodian. So you can experience the basilica as it should be experienced: in tranquility and peace.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Doge's Palace, Piazza San Marco, 1, 30124 Venice Italy

The Doge Palace visit is included with the Doge Palace option only.

Upgrade your tour to include a 2 hour late entry tour of the Doge’s Palace, including the armory, New Prisons and incredible council rooms and frescos of Palazzo Ducale. Traveling in small groups of 15 people or fewer, you’ll enter the Palace at the last entry time, finding one of Venice’s most popular attractions much quieter than other times during the day. (Please see seperate prodcut sheet.)

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Bridge of Sighs, Piazza San Marco, 1, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy

The Bridge of sights visit is included with the Doge Palace option only.

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.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Torre dell'Orologio, Piazza San Marco, Venice Italy

The Torre d'Orologio is included with the Doge Palace option only.


  • Professional guide
  • After-hours St. Mark’s Basilica tickets
  • Doge’s Palace tickets (if option with Doge Palace selected)
  • Small groups of 20 people or fewer
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica di San Marco
  • Entry/Admission - Doge's Palace


  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Museo Correr, Piazza San Marco, 52, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Returns To

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

Additional Information

  • 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 otpion with Doge's Palace selected: Please note that there will be a short break (15-30 min) between your visit at the Doge’s Palace and your after-hours visit at St.Mark’s Basilica.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

We went last night to the after hours tour. Our guide ‘Moses’ was just fabulous. He managed to convey everything with just the right touch of information and explanation. We got to see the stunningly beautiful interior lit as no ione on a day tour can see. Also seeing the pala d’oro was stunning. Without hoards of people it meant we got to see everything in confort. Highly rate every aspect of this tour.
• Submitted 30 Dec 2019
We booked the St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour with Optional Doge's Palace Visit which was certainly worth the money. The tour was fantastic and made more enjoyable by very few people in both places. In particular in St Marks there were only 4 groups totalling about 80 people. The evening lights in the ceiling of St Marks was spectacular.
• Submitted 15 Nov 2019
This was very well worth our time and money. Martina was our guide and she was excellent. It was a small group and very manageable. We were able to enjoy the Doge's Palace room by room without feeling trampled on and were able to hear our guide speak to the highlights. She managed the break between the Palace and St. Mark's based on the group's feedback. Entering St. Mark's with it mostly dark, then they gradually turned on the lights as we sat there. It was very very beautiful, relaxing, informative and respectful. I highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 11 Nov 2019
The guide was very informative and really knew so much about the history of Venice and St. Mark's Basilica. Would definitely recommend this tour.
• Submitted 30 Oct 2019
We loved our tour of the St Mark's Basilica! Having the evening tour by going at night when they turned on the lights was just amazing. What awesome history and stories are tied to the Basilica!
• Submitted 24 Oct 2019
Elena was a fantastic guide. Very knowledgable and friendly. The light up at the church was amazing. It was great to enjoy the places in peace. Totally worth the money!
• Submitted 24 Oct 2019
We were 3 separate groups of 15 that had the whole basilica to ourselves! Absolutely incredible... The Doge was practically empty too. Our guide, Pamela, was so knowledgeable that she put this tour over the top. Well worth it. This was our highlight experience in Venice
• Submitted 22 Oct 2019
I cannot praise our tour and tour guide enough for this incredible tour. It was a little pricey, but it was the capstone of our time in Venice. I don't have words to describe how incredible this tour is and how I would never tour St. Mark's Basilica any other way. To be in a small, intimate group, in the quiet of the after hours tour was breathtaking! Truly the highlight of our entire trip. That evening we took the last trip up to the top of Campanile (skip the line) at twilight in San Marco Square, followed by an elegant dinner in the Square at the Florian, then the fabulous Basilica after-hours tour. Highly recommend you do this if you're able. It was the best part of four memorable days in Venice. We have never been disappointed in Viator. Have seen many places around the world and in our country using Viator. They are always very, very good!
• Submitted 22 Oct 2019
This was an outstanding experience. The guide was knowledgeable with a great deal of historical references and humor. It was a small group as advertised and so pleasurable to visit after hours without the crowds. The visit to the altar and underground sites were so moving and memorable. We definitely recommend this tour.
• Submitted 21 Oct 2019
Elena was an excellent and informative guide. We all agreed that this was our highlight from our time in beautiful Venice. Bravo!!
• Submitted 16 Oct 2019
Our guide was both knowledgeable and entertaining.One of the best ever( Audrianna)She went out of her way to answer any and all questions.Would reccomend everyone do this tour.
• Submitted 10 Oct 2019
Amazing tour. Fantastic guide, Pamela, with excellent knowledge and ability to share it. Visiting the place after hours, without crowds, allowed me better appreciation of the treasures of Basilica and Doge’s palace
• Submitted 08 Oct 2019
I cannot say enough about this tour - it was outstanding! The guide was fantastic, and seem to know every political, factual geographic and historical fact about Venice possible, We were blown away bey the scope of her knowledge. And there there was the palace itself - it is stunning! Accompanied by the guide who clearly loved everything about it, it became alive. If that wasn't enough, the basilica was like a miracle on earth. It is beautiful, and its story was incredible. The drama of turning the lights off and then turning them on to reveal the art of the ceilings was incredible. I cannot rate this tour high enough!
• Submitted 07 Oct 2019
Exceeded my expectations. Basilica gold ceiling with lights is amazing. Much less crowded than during normal hours.
• Submitted 01 Oct 2019
We had the most wonderful time on this tour. Our guide was absolutely fantastic. I wasn't sure which tour to book in Venice, and I am so happy I chose the after hour tour. This was a highlight of our 3 week vacation. Highly recommend this to anyone wanting to book a special tour in Venice.
• Submitted 01 Oct 2019
Hope your guide is Moses then it will be unforgettable for the humour and knowledge put across wonderfully, enjoy!
• Submitted 27 Sep 2019
Go after hours! We missed all the crowds and was able to see doges palace and better yet st. Marks basilica in “peace”. Alessandro was our guide and he was truly passionate about his city. He is a true historian and showed us from floor to ceiling, every important detail in history. He was informative and entertaining too!
• Submitted 23 Sep 2019
A wonderful experience to see the church at night in all its glory without crowds of people.The guide was very informative.
• Submitted 16 Sep 2019
Doge's palace and St Marks basilica tour turned out to be an exceptional experience . The after Hours tour was well worth it and it is highly recommended. Roberta was highly knowledgeable and was passionate of the tour that transformed into a great experience for us.
• Submitted 16 Sep 2019
It was a great tour and because it was after hours no crowds and you really enjoy. You are able to see and go places others can’t.
• Submitted 09 Sep 2019
Susan gave a wonderful tour of St Mark’s. She was so knowledgeable and the time just flew by! Highlight of my trip to Venice.
• Submitted 05 Sep 2019
We decided upon this tour to simply avoid the large crowds. We had no idea that it would end up being one of our favorite evenings in Italy. Our tour guide Alessandro was quite simply the dream guide to make one fall in love with Venice. His knowledge, genuine enthusiasm and passion for his topic was infectious! We will simply never forget the grand Doge's Palace and will always have a moment of personal serenity when we reflect back upon the Basilica lit from within by night. If you are visiting Venice this is a "must do". Salute' Alessandro!
• Submitted 05 Sep 2019
Great guide. Very knowledgeable. Worth the money to see after hours without the crowd. Highly recommended.
• Submitted 05 Sep 2019
I am so pleased that we chose this after-hours tour to view Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. When we entered Doge's palace in the evening, it was practically empty, as if we were having an exclusive tour. Our tour guide was Mosè, and he was informative and animated. We enjoyed his commentary about the Doge's and their elaborate palace. The palace was immense and impressive, and the frescos were amazing. Once we'd finished the tour of the palace, we took a brief break and then met back up to enter St. Mark's Basilica. All of the crowds were gone, and only our tour groups were allowed inside for this private tour. Before entering the sanctuary, Mosè explained all of the mosaics and their significance. Also, they took us into the sanctuary with all of the lights off and then waited until everyone was seated to illuminate the room. The interior lit up and we all were silent for a moment to take in the beauty. After exploring the sanctuary, we were allowed to walk up behind and even had a tour of the crypts.
• Submitted 02 Sep 2019

In Brief

Venezia, Italy
90 to 210 minutes
Select dates