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

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3.5 hours

Max 25

Why take this tour?

Highlights

  • 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.

$143.66
Free Cancellation
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Had the most amazing after hours tour of The Doges Palace and St Marks Basilica with the guide Alessandro who was very knowledgeable and passionate. We learnt so much and it was amazing to see everything without the crowds. It was so easy book, a straight forward process and a great evening overall. Would definitely book again

This tour, the Doge’s Palace and Basilica After Hours, is a wonderful way to gain a snapshot of knowledge about the government and how it operated before Napoleon and during his dominance of Venice. We walked the same halls of the prisoners that were also housed in the same Palace walls. We proceeded to the Basilica, after a short break, that was only open to private tours, ours being the After Hours tour. The mosaics were spectacular. Our docet, Romy, was the perfect guide with an incredible knowledge of the history and art present in the Palace and the Basilica. I highly recommend this tour and wear comfortable shoes. There are many steps to climb in the Palace.

Romy was an encyclopedia of knowledge when it came to the Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Basilica down to the tiny tiles and Venetian History. The tour was entertaining, informative and well paced! We had a great time! We even had a 30min break in between the Palace and the Basilica. Highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in these two iconic places in Venice as well as crossing the Bridge of Sighs (like a doomed prisoner! ?) ??

The Exclusive Along in St. Mark's & Doge's Palace Tour was amazing. It was so nice to see these two great buildings without all the other peoples and tour groups. Watching the lights come on in the St. Mark's Basilica was such a beautiful thing, and not having hundreds of people squished in next to us was amazing. I have already recommended this tour to others, and will continue to do so.

Moses was terrific and knowledgeable and great to listen to! He had great info on all the art and history connected to the palace and basilica. He was also considerate of a member who was in a wheelchair, though we wonder if there is a way to make sure that folks can be accommodated. (At times it seemed dependent on whether one of the guards could take them via elevator.) The Walks team was super-professional, on hand at the start testing headphone devices and instantly replacing a defective one, and the guide carried extras just in case. We had a wonderful time and would recommend to anyone!

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.

FAQs

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.