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

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Overview
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.)
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, Piazza San Marco, 52, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
Duration
1h 30m
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 15 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.
  • 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 15 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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We met at the Correr Museum and our guide, Andrea (?), led us across the Piazza San Marco, setting the time in history and the power of the Venitian State. He shared how linked the Doge and the church were just by mentioning how the door to the palace was next to the Basilica
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Great tour and guide was very informative. Definitely recommend this tour, nor was it crowded. Had no problem finding the meeting point. Would do again.
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This was the highlight of our trip . We did not expect to have such an amazing visit . Our guide Marie - Therese was outstanding! Definitely the best ! We were there after hours for 3 hours , visited both the Palace and the basilica and time just flew by . It was just a
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Response from TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour with Optional Doge's Palace Visit
Responded yesterday
Hi Nadou123, Thank you for your kind review! Reading that our St Mark's Basilica After-Hours tour was the highlight of your trip is the best thing we could hope for! Our number one priority is 100% customer satisfaction and reading your review makes us all the more proud of what we do! We hope that you will get the chance to tour with us again soon! All the best, The Walks Team
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I’m not big on history. I prefer seeking beautiful photo opportunities. However, our guide Matteo was so knowledgeable and wonderful to listen to. I often wandered ahead to peek at the next rooms in the palace. A must see for your first visit to Venice.
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Response from TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour with Optional Doge's Palace Visit
Responded 4 days ago
Hello TOMGiRL125, Thank you for joining us while you were in Venice! I am so glad that you gave this tour a chance, as I know it can sometimes be tempting to dismiss guided tours if you are not too keen on history. We genuinely try to create experiences that will capture the attention and imagination of everyone - not just the history buffs amongst us! Hopefully you will choose to walk with us again sometime soon, as we have plenty of other tours that I am sure you will love just as much as our St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
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After hours tour of St Marks and Doge Palace was phenomenal. I only want to do tours this way from now on! No crowds, great tour guide and amazing tour!
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Response from TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour with Optional Doge's Palace Visit
Responded 4 days ago
Hello pdxfoodguy, Thank you for your review of our St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour! I am delighted that you had such a positive experience with us in Venice, and that you so thoroughly enjoyed our tour. This tour is indeed very special, as guests are able to truly experience the beauty of both St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace. Thank you again for choosing to join us for this spectacular experience, and we hope to see you again very soon! Warmest regards, The Walks Team
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