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

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Venezia, Italy
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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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
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point 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.

Return Details

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 20 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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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
See all safety measures taken by St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Small Group Tour with Optional Doge's Palace.
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
See all safety measures taken by St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Small Group Tour with Optional Doge's Palace.
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
See all safety measures taken by St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Small Group Tour with Optional Doge's Palace.

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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


510 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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Far exceeded expectations!
, Dec 2021
Amazing is not an exaggeration. The palace and basilica were stunning. But the guide Susan truly exceeded her responsibilities and …due to unique circumstances of off-season and Covid reduced crowds…was able to give us a real behind the scenes look at the cathedral. She is a wealth of knowledge and actively thought about how to make our tour more special. And boy did it work.
St. Mark’s: Fun & Fascinating!
, Nov 2021
One of the Highlights of our trip to Venice! Such a fun, respectful and informative tour. So grateful we chose this after hours tour. St. Mark’s Basilica exceeded all expectations as did the tour. Highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Dear Stephanie_ S, Thank you for posting such a lovely review on our Afterhours tour. We are very happy you found both the experience and the guide to be fascinating and would highly recommend it! We hope your time in Venice was lovely and look forward to walking with you again soon. Sincerely,
, Nov 2021
This was an interesting tour. We really enjoyed our guide but it did seem like her company didn’t provide the proper equipment. There weren’t enough headsets for everyone in the group. Otherwise, she presented all the information very well and the church itself was pretty great.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Dear Taylor_L, Thank you for taking the time to review our service. We are very please you had such a lovely time on our St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace, but was also very sorry to read about the trouble your group experienced with the headsets. I know exactly what tour you are referring to, as the issue was brought to our attention immediately after the service by your guide Marie Therese. Unfortunately there was a glitch in our system due to a software update on the day before, so headsets requests for last minute bookings were not sent out. This is truly the first time it happens to us and we have taken all the necessary precautions to ensure it does not repeat in the future. Thank you again for trusting us with your holiday, we hope your time in Italy was everything you dreamed of, and that you will join us again in the future. Warm regards, Gaia
Just Amazing Experience!
, Oct 2021
What a great experience! Just beautiful! We consider ourselves fortunate to have seen the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Cathedral with so few people. It was quite a privilege. We saw the Doge’s Palace as the last group before closing. We had an informative and thorough tour covering many of the treasures that make their home there. After a snack break, we entered St. Mark’s as a small group. We had the pleasure of a thorough visit including the crypt. We also received a wonderful description of all the mosaics.
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100% Worth Every Penny!
, Oct 2021
I booked this tour because we wanted to see both sites and had limited time during the day (as we were on the 1/2 day tour of Murano, Burano, and Torcello). We only had one real day of siteseeing in Venice and wanted to make the most of it. Our guide was FANTASTIC! Not only was she was incredibly knowledable about both site - she was so passionate about it all. It was fascinating. Yes - you can get tickets to both and go on your own. But this experience - with no crowds and insight into what you're looking at - was way more than we anticipated. We learned so much! And see the Basilica illuminate (which you don't see during the day) was life changing. 100% recommend.
If you do one tour DO THIS
, Sep 2021
I've visited St Mark's Basilica a good few times and have long lamented that you can't seen the mosaics clearly. SO, this tour blows it out of the water, our guide Francesca was excellent - we started with the side entrance and round to the front inside of the Basilica and then into the Basilica itself. We were split into two groups each with a guide each; with no shows we only had 6 in our group! The other group maybe 12/15 - tops is 30. We sat down in the gloomy dark and waited......... slowly and very theatrically, all and I mean ALL the lights same up and what we saw was literally breathtaking. I've seen many stunning sight around the world but this was and always will be super special. We were the only people other than security in the Basilica for 90 minutes, we had the Pala d'Oro fully explained in all its' glory and then into the crypt which is gorgeous. If you do one tour this is IT..... if you team it with a Skip the Line to see the museum upstairs and the original (looted) four horses then you've truly seen it all - words.... well sublime, unforgettable, just magic!!!
Amazing places, rich history
, Sep 2021
Abigail, our guide was awesome. We had a small private tour through the Doge's palace and Basilica, both were fantastic places to see and taking a tour gave us the background information to make it a much more rich experience.
Avoid Viator
, Sep 2021
Tour was advertised to start at 4:30p and last 3.5 hours. When we met our guide (he was AWESOME) he proceeded to tell us that there would be an unexpected 2+ hour “break” in the middle and the tour wouldn’t end until approximately 10p (5.5 hours later). We had to miss the entire second half of the tour because the last shuttle to the hotel left at 9a and we would have been stranded. AWFUL customer service by Viator and the Tour Operator…had they been honest and disclosed the “break” we never would have booked the tour and neither Viator nor the Operator want to make it right.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hi Michael, Thank you for your feedback and my sincere apologies for the disruption to your experience. Due to COVID the Doges Palace opening hours have been temporarily altered. I appreciate this does not help with you having missed the second portion of your tour. At Walks, we are doing our very best to ensure our guests have the best experience possible as we navigate through our partner sites reopening. Your enjoyment is our top priority. Please reach out to us directly if you would like us to discuss this further and to seek a satisfactory resolution.
2 travelers found this review helpful
great guide!
, Sep 2021
Martina was an incredible guide. Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. She breathed life into the tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Inspiring St Mark's Basilica Illumination
, Sep 2021
Taking the last tour of the day of the Doge Palace was quite nice. Minimal crowds allowed us to take in the history and interact with our guide without distraction. As beautiful as the palace was the basilica was truly inspiring. The afterhours access was amazing as we were the only group of visitors in the church. Entering the dimly lit cathedral we all sat down and the ceiling mosaics were illuminated one at a time until the whole cathedral was lit up - WOW!

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