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Alone In St. Mark’s Basilica & Doge’s Palace

From US$ 141 per person
Excellent 5.0
Based on 6 Reviews
  • No booking or credit card fees
  • E-ticket/Mobile voucher
  • Exclusive private access to St. Mark's Basilica after hours - no crowds, no lines
  • Illuminated mosaics are even more breathtaking at night
  • Gain privileged entrance to the Doge's Palace
  • Explore both centres of Venice's power: church and politics
See Venice's two most famous landmarks in the best possible way. Get privileged access and explore the Doge's Palace, the armory, and the prisons in the late afternoon when it is the least crowded. After a short break, continue to St. Mark's Basilica where a basilica guard will unlock the doors for Walks of Italy small groups (maximum 15 participants). Experience one of the world’s most magnificent churches and see it like almost no one else... alone! Enjoy the illuminated mosaics at night—without the lines or crowds, a magical moment that you will never forget!

You can’t go to Venice without visiting St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge's Palace, the city’s two top sites. So why not make the experience as enjoyable, educational, and easy as possible? Give us a few hours of your time, and we promise you’ll feel like you didn’t just “do” these sites—you experienced them in the most rewarding, fascinating way possible. You will not only enjoy privileged access to the Doge’s Palace, minimizing your time in line, but you will get private access to St.Mark's Basilica after hours.

Start with a guided tour of the Doge's Palace. What the Vatican is to Rome, the Doge's Palace is to Venice: for seven hundred years, the remarkable palace has been the home of not only the Doge, but of Venice’s (independent!) government, courts, and even prisons.

Visit the centre of Venice’s power and history at Palazzo Ducale, including the sumptuous Doge’s apartments and the Hall of the Great Council, with its stunning frescoes by Veronese and Tintoretto. Discover the secret stories behind the artworks, like why one doge in the painted series is covered by a black veil. Learn the history of Venice’s famed Dukes - how they were chosen, what they did and why you may not have wanted the position for yourself.

On this guided tour you’ll have the opportunity to explore the massive armory, and the spooky prisons. Finish with a visit inside the Bridge of Sighs, where your guide will tell you why it’s not quite as romantic as you thought.

After a short break you will continue to St. Mark's Basilica (already closed to the public for the day) where a custodian unlocks the Basilica’s doors for you, walking you inside Venice’s most important site - EMPTY!

Inside, take a deep breath. You’re experiencing St. Mark’s Basilica as almost nobody else does, or ever has ever been able to aside from the Doge himself. You’ll experience the basilica as it should be experienced: in tranquility and peace.

You will also get to see the Pala d’Oro, the spectacular, Byzantine altarpiece that uses more than 1,900 gems! During the day, there’s a line to see this, but now? You have it all to yourself.

Since you’re alone in the basilica, you can even go where others visiting during the day, can’t. Like the crypt, which the custodian unlocks for you: This is where the bones of St. Mark are said to actually be kept. Plus, you can see the stained walls here from the past floods that have devastated Venice—the crypt used to be flooded every time the high tide hit the city!

Aside from the emptiness of the basilica, nighttime is the best time to visit because that’s when the mosaics are at their most beautiful. All 43,000 square feet are lit up, glimmering and sparkling in the dark!

If just seeing the basilica this way weren’t entrancing enough, there’s also your guide, an expert who’s passionate about Venetian art and history—and about sharing it with you in the most fun way possible. You’ll hear the swashbuckling tale of how St. Mark’s became St. Mark’s… a story that pivots on a kidnapping and and a dangerous sea voyage! You’ll learn where the precious marbles decorating St. Mark’s really come from…

It’s just a few hours, see two top sites and get memories that will last a lifetime!
what’s included
  • Exclusive St. Mark’s Basilica tickets
  • Doge’s Palace tickets
  • Expert tour guide
what’s excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
Tour details
Availability 28 Oct 2016
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 3.5 hours
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
meeting/Start point Venice, Italy
Good to know ● Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.

● Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.

● 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.

● The prisons and the armory of the Doge's Palace are not wheelchair-accessible.

● 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.

● 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.

● Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.
customer reviews
5.0 - Excellent Based on 6 reviews
Enjoyed the tour immensely!
From Australia At
5 - Excellent
“Marco was an excellent tour guide, giving us an immense amount of interesting facts....and being able to see St Mark's Basilica without the hordes of tourists was a great relief. Next day we saw hundreds of tourist lining up for access to the Basilica, and thought how lucky we were that such a tour was available.”
The highlight of our visit!
From United States of America USA At
5 - Excellent
“We finished our week in Venice with the After Hours tour and it was the highlight of our visit! We'll never forget watching the gold mosaics slowly emerge from the darkness above us as the lights came up, and having the chance to see the basilica in such a quiet and peaceful way. Francesca was an excellent guide--we appreciated her passion for the art, the basilica, and for Venice itself.”
Favorite tour in Italy!
From Australia At
5 - Excellent
“This was one of the most amazing experiences we ever had. Being such a small group in the spectacular Basilica was breathtaking. Our guide was very knowledgeable which added tremendously to the experience. We spent 9 days in Italy and were on several tours all of which we enjoyed but this was our favorite.”
From United States of America USA At
5 - Excellent
“Marina was a superb guide. She was thoughtful, intelligent and is exceedingly knowledgeable of her subject matter. She had an especially delightful way of preparing us for the "wonders coming our way". I have experienced many tour guides in my travels over the years and Marina was most definitely the best!!”
Cancellation Cancellations:
- For cancellations made more than 72 hours prior to tour commencement: Full refund.
- For cancellations made within 72 hours prior to tour commencement: No refund can be provided.

- For amendments made more than 72 hours prior to tour commencement: No amendment fee, pending availability.
- For amendments made within 72 hours prior to tour commencement: Amendments subject to a amendment fee per person, per tour, pending availability.

Late Arrivals & No Shows:
- No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
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