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

572 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.

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Total Customer Reviews: 572

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4.8 /5
based on 572 Walks' reviews
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Our Guide Andrea was great. He was very knowledgeable and entertaining.
Verified · Michael · Sep 21, 2023 · USA · Male · 55 to 64 years
We thought the structure of your not well organized.. why was there a 20 minute break? Could have been completed in 2.5 hour tops. Way too much standing. Guide chose to ignore major artwork that other guide in sane company reviewed. Guide someway uninspiring. And, told us we would incur high tide upon departure from st marks and advised buying water booties. We did; $20; no high tide. Wasted money. no tip.
Verified · Linda · Aug 29, 2023 · USA · Female · 55 to 64 years
I gave this tour a great a review because of our tour guide Roberta. She is so passionate about what she does that it spills over. The only thing that I was a little disappointed in, was that we weren’t aware that there was an 1 1/2 hour break in between for us to eat. We hurriedly ate before we went. Otherwise we were very satisfied.
Verified · Clint · Aug 27, 2023 · USA · Female · 55 to 64 years
Amazing to see these two places lit up at night with limited others. Nico the guide was amazing
Verified · Jason · Jul 25, 2023 · USA · Male · 35 to 44 years
Amazing experience, I highly recommend the guide Nico, he talks great and explains in an understandable way, which makes you want to listen to him. I recommend this tour to everyone who wants to see these beautiful monuments at night!
Verified · Stefan · Jul 25, 2023 · Poland · Male · 18 to 24 years

Meeting Point

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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. Your guide will be holding a green Walks sign. 

Please meet 15 minutes prior to the tour start time.


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.
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.

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