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

541 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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Romy was a fabulous guide. Her knowledge and presentation was second to none. Great tour!
Ron · May 18, 2023 · Canada · Male · 65 to 74 years
The "Exclusive Alone In St. Mark's & Doge's Palace Tour" was the highlight of our stay in Venice. The interior of the Doge's Palace is visually breathtaking, but the visual imagery would have been meaningless without the knowledge imparted to us by our expert guide, Niko. He was marvelous and passionate in his presentation. After an hour break, the tour proceeds inside St. Mark's. As we entered, Niko provided historical background. The group (approx. 20 outfitted with Bluetooth headsets) then Sat on pews in the dark. Suddenly, the lights were gradually turned on to reveal the majesty of the interior. Our group was the only one inside! Alone! This was the most impactful experience of our visit to Venice, and I highly recommend this tour. Niko made it happen for us. He was truly amazing!
Brian · May 10, 2023 · United States · Male · 65 to 74 years
Tour was awesome. Guide was amazing. Would definitely be booking with this company again.
T'Lecia · Nov 30, 2022 · United States · Female · 25 to 34 years
What an incredible experience! It was just magical. Being alone in Saint Mark and the Doge’s palace at night is absolutely the best way to see these amazing places. Our tour guide Nico was great, I truly enjoyed his presentation! Thanks for a wonderful tour!
Violette · Nov 28, 2022 · France · Female · 35 to 44 years
Amazing & unique experience touring St Marks Basilica & the Doges Palace in a private small group. We had the entire places to ourselves. Our guide Marie Terese was extremely informative & entertaining. A definite must do experience!
Natalie · Nov 03, 2022 · Canada · Female · 35 to 44 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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