Exclusive Alone In St. Mark's & Doge's Palace Tour

501 reviews

3.5 hours

Max 25

Why take this tour?


  • Private access to St. Mark's Basilica after hours, only for Walks groups - no crowds, no lines!
  • Experience being inside St.Mark's Basilica like almost no one else… Alone! Illuminated mosaics are even more breathtaking at night.
  • Enter the Doge's Palace after closing time - on this tour you will see Venice's most famous sites in the best possible way!
  • Explore both centres of Venice's power: church and politics!
  • Enjoy the intimacy of our small groups with your enthusiastic, English-speaking guide.
  • Sites Visited
  • St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco)
  • St. Mark's Basilica
  • St. Mark's Crypt
  • Pala d’Oro Altarpiece
  • Bell Tower in St. Mark's Square (exterior)
  • Clock Tower on St. Mark's Basilica (exterior)
  • Marciana Library (exterior)
  • Doge’s Palace
  • New Prisons
  • Bridge of Sighs
  • Tour Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Expertly guided walking tour
  • Exclusive access ticket for St. Mark's Basilica (after closing)
  • After-closing ticket to the Doge's Palace
  • Headset

Take a flashlight! Explore both St Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace after-hours.


Verified Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.9 /5
based on 501 reviews
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Latest reviews
Andrea was a fantastic tour guide. He was so knowledgeable but presented the info in such a way that kept the four interesting.
Robert · Oct 04, 2022 · United States · Male · 35 to 44 years
Andrea was great. You can tell he is passionate about what he does. I would recommend this tour to my friends and family
Joel · Oct 04, 2022 · United States · Male · 25 to 34 years
Our party loved this tour! Martina was a wonderful guide, very professional with excellent knowledge and stories. Thank you!
Christine · Sep 14, 2022 · Canada · Female · 55 to 64 years
We had an amazing tour. I guide was very knowledgeable and funny! Getting to go in after hours made the whole experience special.
Stephanie · Sep 14, 2022 · United States · Female · 35 to 44 years
Walks was very accommodating when I was the only one of our group of 14 who wanted to do both tours. I was able to do the Doge's Palace with a fantastic Guide and then transfer into the same tour as the others for the Saint Mark's Basilica tour. However, this proved to be a bit unfortunate. The Guide I had for the Doge's Palace was great, but the Guide that we all had for the Basilica was not very good at all. I'm sure that my original Doge's Palace Guide could have provided a wonderful experience for us, but, unfortunately, because of the quality of the Basilica Guide, the tour that the 14 of us got was nowhere near worth the money that we spent. If you get a good Guide, then this is a combined tour that I would easily recommend. If you get a bad Guide, then it is a waste of money.
Richard · Sep 02, 2022 · Canada · Male · 55 to 64 years

Meeting Point

Meeting Point Map ⟶

Meeting Point
This tour meets underneath the Portico, just outside the entrance of the Correr Museum in Piazza San Marco, 30124. The Correr Museum is directly opposite the entrance of St. Mark's Basilica.

Please meet 15 minutes prior to the tour start time.


What can I bring into the Doge's Palace?
You are permitted to enter the Doge's Palace with handbags and small backpacks. But any large backpacks or luggage are not permitted inside. You have to check them in the cloakroom.
Does St. Mark's Basilica have a dress code?
Yes. Because it is a holy place, St. Mark's Basilica insists that both men and women wear clothing that covers their shoulders and knees. They can and will refuse entry to anyone who does not meet this standard and we can't do anything about it, so come prepared.
Does the Doge's Palace accommodate wheelchair users?
The Doge’s Palace is not wheelchair-friendly. Some parts are accessible, but the Secret Rooms, Prisons, and Armory and not. Our route, in particular, is not wheelchair-friendly so we do not recommend that wheelchair users take this tour.
Are there any breaks on this tour?
During this tour there is a short break (15 to 30 minutes) in between visiting the Doge's Palace and entering St. Mark's Basilica.
Can I take a bag with me into St. Mark's Basilica?
You can only take small bags into St. Mark's. Anything bigger than a purse - backpacks or luggage - is prohibited. There is no coat check either, so do not bring any large bags with you.
What can I bring with me on this tour?
St. Mark's Basilica has very tight rules about what you can and cannot bring inside. Anything bigger than a purse - including backpacks or luggage - is NOT allowed inside the Basilica. There is no coat check either, so do not bring any bags larger than a purse with you.
Is this tour wheelchair accessible?
No. Unfortunately, due to site restrictions we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on this tour. If you use a wheelchair and book this tour by accident, we are happy to offer you credit for a future tour that is wheelchair accessible anywhere in the world, or a full refund.

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