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St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's Palace provided by Walks

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

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 29/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 29/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
St. Mark's Basilica is a Venice must-see, but usually elbow-to-elbow with crowds. This small-group tour lets you explore after hours in a crowd-free environment with the lights ablaze, so you can fully appreciate the interior. Plus, you get in-depth guided commentary and to visit the usually off-limits crypt, inaccessible to the general public. Upgrade to tour another Venice highlight—the Doge’s Palace and Bridge of Sighs—at a quieter, more peaceful time slot.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Museo Correr
    P.za San Marco, 52, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
    Please note we meet in front of the entrance of Museo Correr, which is at the opposite side of the St. Mark's Basilica in St. Mark's square. The group will meet just outside the entrance of the Correr Museum in Piazza San Marco.
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Piazza San Marco
  • 1
    Basilica di San Marco
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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  • 2
    Doge's Palace
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Bridge of Sighs
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Torre dell'Orologio
  • You'll end at
    St. Mark's Square
    Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
    St. Mark's Square
    See address & details
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Highlights
  • See St. Mark's Basilica in Venice minus the crowds on an after-hours tour 
  • Tour the interior in a calm, fully lit setting with in-depth commentary
  • View the Pala d’Oro crowd free, and visit the usually off-limits crypt
  • Upgrade to add a visit to the Doge’s Palace and Bridge of Sighs
  • Group limited to 15 for an intimate, more personalized experience
What to Expect
Greet your guide in St. Mark’s Square and walk to St. Mark’s Basilica as you learn how its history is intertwined with Venice’s past. Absorb the magnificent façade and step inside, entering after the day’s crowds have left, when the lights are fully switched on. Marvel at the mosaics, all illuminated by the lights, and hear about their historical significance from your guide. Admire the Pala d’Oro, the Byzantine altarpiece that's often hard to see because of long lines, and enjoy special access to the crypt, the reputed burial place of St. Mark. Also, see the wall marks left by flooding through the centuries. Choose to upgrade to add a tour of the Doge’s Palace during its later, and quieter, closing hours. Explore the halls, courts, armory, and apartments; and cross the Bridge of Sighs to admire the palace exterior. Both tour options end at St. Mark’s Square.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Museo Correr, P.za San Marco, 52, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
Duration
90–210 minutes
Return Details
St. Mark's Square, Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
Inclusions
  • 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
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • 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.
  • If you book a private tour you will have a private tour guide, but you may have another Walks group inside the Basilica at the same time.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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robin a wrote a review Jan 2020
10 contributions1 helpful vote
If you're looking for a quiet visit to this magical place, this is it. We had the opportunity to really learn about the art and history of this magnificent church, and spend time just observing its beauty. A daytime visit is nice, but the tourist traffic has become overwhelming.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
Responded 1 Feb 2020
Hello robin1827! Thank you for choosing Take Walks for this extra special experience, and for your kind review. We are thrilled that you had such a fantastic time, we think it is the perfect way to see St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace too. We hope to tour with you again soon! The Walks Team
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WaitForIttttt wrote a review Jan 2020
Hazlet, New Jersey1,796 contribution275 helpful votes
My husband and I took the St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour with Walks and it ended up being one of our favorite tours of our entire trip to Italy! We had visited St. Mark's Basilica earlier in the day, and while it was beautiful, it was difficult to appreciate amidst the
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Response from TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
Responded 6 Jan 2020
Hello WaitForIttttt, Thank you for your kind words for our St. Mark's Basilica After Hours tour, and for choosing to tour with us during your trip to Venice! We are genuinely thrilled to hear that this experience was a highlight of your trip, as that is what we all work so hard to achieve here at Walks. We know how exciting a visit to a city as wonderful as Venice can be, and we do our utmost to ensure that all of our guests have a wonderful time with us. Thank you again for walking with us! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
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Patrick J wrote a review Jan 2020
Bossier City, Louisiana31 contributions17 helpful votes
Easy to find - had radio headphones so you could easily hear and keep up. Check in was simple and on time. Guides were very informative. Avoided huge lines That are visible during the day - which was worth the price of the ticket without anything else. The Church is packed
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
Responded 6 Jan 2020
Hello N7614GXpatrickj, It is lovely to hear that you had such a great time on our tour of St. Mark's and the Doge's Palace. We always want our guests to feel that the process was smooth and that their guide was a fantastic and knowledgeable resource! Thank you so much for joining us in Venice, and for your kind review. Warmest regards, The Walks Team
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antongunter wrote a review Jan 2020
Shropshire, United Kingdom66 contributions31 helpful votes
We booked this after hours tour as it felt more personal and it sounded like we would get to see and hear more. We met our Guide - Moses (WOW THE BEST GUIDE EVER WHO IS CLEARLY BOTH KNOWLEDGEABLE AND IMPORTANLTY PASSIONATE ABOUT VENICE AND ITS HISTORY) at the opposite side of
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Date of experience: December 2019
2 Helpful votes
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Response from TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
Responded 6 Jan 2020
Hello Anton G, Thank you so much for joining us in Venice for this special trip to St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace, and for your kind review! It is great to hear that our guide Moses made such a fantastic impression on you and that together you were able to explore these two wonderful sites. They really are awe-inspiring and we are delighted that you found the whole experience to be so worthwhile. We hope that you had a wonderful vacation in Italy and that we can tour with you again soon! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
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Diane H wrote a review Dec 2019
Abbotsford, Canada88 contributions13 helpful votes
We only did the St Mark's Basiclica After Hours tour (not the Doge's Palace Visit). Loved the tour because they turn on the ceiling lights and it's amazing. The lights are not turned on for day time visits. The small group allowed in after hours was so much better than the
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Response from TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's Palace
Responded 10 Dec 2019
Hi Diane H, Thank you for your review of our Alone in St. Mark's experience - we agree that this tour is something special indeed and we are delighted to have shared the experience with you! We hope to be able to share many more memorable experiences with you in the future! Warmest regards, Take Walks
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Christopher D
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Great tour
Great tour and tour guide! It was very informative and great package. Had plenty of time to explore.
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Despot G
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Recommended
Very knowledgeable guide. Great detail and some gentle humour in the descriptions. Worth the money. Recommended.
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vickisI2889ID
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Very informative!
Very informative tour, covering the history of Venice as well as art history and explanations of the most famous wo
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coldplay17
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Great Tour Fantastic Guide
Great tour with a very knowledgeable guide. What a beautiful place! Amazing architecture and art, fully recommend
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pessi79
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Ist was ok
Average tour with a really nice and smart guide. Duration was 2,5 hours. We couldn‘t enter the St. Marks because of
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Jonas H
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Well worth it
Well worth the money even if it’s more than usual. Marie Terese knew her stuff and more. Clearly educated in histor
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Zimbo999
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Expensive and a bit too art-orientated
The guide was very knowledgeable and had excellent English. But she tilted her commentary in the Doge's Palace too
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kix2mix2
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Wonderful guide with funny insights every once in a while
So the guide was clearly experienced and had a wealth of knowledge about all the art pieces we visited. She was als
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447mylesp
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Enjoyable Tour
Very enjoyable tour of St Marks Basilica and Doges Palace with excellent guide. The guide provided gave an excellen
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splewy
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Brilliant tour
An excellent tour and guide. Our guide, a german lady but whom has been resident in Venice for many, many years and
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M9286PVbriant
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A very informative and worthwhile tour
Our tour guide (sorry I cannot remember his name, maybe Matt??) was exceptional!!! He was friendly, funny, and very
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NeilAHarris
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All you need to know about Venice
Excellent! Not only did we see the Basilica and Doge’s Palace (without queuing), but we learnt a lot about the hist
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chriscC7550KV
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Very worthwhile experience.
Very helpful guide and great access. Well worth doing. We met off St Marks Square and went over to the Basilica for
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JosieDonsie
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Amazing tour of Doge palace, St mark Basilica
Our guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about the history of Venice and we loved very moment. We were avai
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jackiebilly2017
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Knowledgeable and Passionate
The guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about his country, and no question was unanswered. The cathedral w
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  • Duration: 90–210 minutes
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