Guided tour

Venice: St. Mark’s Basilica & Doge's Palace Evening Tour

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Activity provider: Walks of Italy

Venice: St. Mark’s Basilica & Doge's Palace Evening Tour

Activity provider: Walks of Italy
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From US$ 136.17 per person

Explore 2 of the most famous landmarks in Venice after dark on a 3-hour evening live guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge's Palace. Discover hidden prisons away from the crowds, and marvel at the gilt decorations of the Byzantine basilica.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Access St. Mark's Basilica after hours
  • See the lavish apartments and meeting halls of the Doge's Palace
  • Look at the Pala d’Oro altarpiece without the crowds
  • Hear stories about the dukes of the Venetian Empire
  • Walk across the Bridge of Sighs from the inside
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Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

Escape the crowds on a late afternoon guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, and discover 2 of the icons of Venice away from the crowds. Meet your guide by the statue of the winged lion on St. Mark’s Square. Then, enter the Doge's Palace to learn more about the center of power during the Venetian Republic.

See the sumptuous apartments of the Venetian rulers, as well as the Hall of the Great Council with its stunning frescoes by Veronese and Tintoretto. Hear secret stories behind the art, such as why one doge in the painted series is covered by a black veil. Learn how the were dukes were elected, and what they did. Explore the massive armory and spooky prisons.

Cross the Bridge of Sighs on the inside, and hear why it is not quite as romantic as you might have thought! After a short break, continue to the Byzantine basilica of St. Mark's, and see its gilt decorations after the crowds have left for the day. A custodian of the cathedral will unlock its doors so that you can experience like only a doge could. Marvel at the gemstones of the Pala d’Oro altarpiece. Visit the crypt, where the bones of St. Mark are said to be kept. Admire mosaics in the soft glimmer of the evening light, and learn about Venetian art and history from your passionate guide.

  • Access to St. Mark’s Basilica after closing
  • Entrance tickets and reservation fees for the Doge’s Palace
  • Live guide
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

Just outside the entrance of the Correr Museum on Piazza San Marco, 30124. This is on St. Mark's Square at the opposite side of the Basilica. You will find the Correr Museum entrance underneath the portico.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Please remember that St. Mark's Basilica is a holy place and you must wear suitable clothes. Both men and women are asked to keep their shoulders and knees covered. Your tour operator cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress
  • The prisons and armory at the Doge's Palace are not wheelchair-accessible
  • This tour runs rain or shine. However, 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
  • There may be a break of up to 2 hours between your Doge’s Palace tour and your after hour visit due to changing closing times at Doge’s. In this case, your guide will provide bar/restaurant recommendations
  • This is a small group tour of 20 people or fewer
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4.9 /5

based on 68 reviews

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The guide was very good. She tried to get ad much information in during the short window of time. I felt like I had a history lesson from from 800's till now. My brother is not into history and he loved it as well. He took tons of photos. Worth the cost, but in euros and time.

June 13, 2022

Ein Genuss, Palast und Dom ganz entspannt besichtigen zu dürfen, nachdem die Besuchermassen das Feld geräumt haben. Viel Ruhe für die Erklärungen der studierten Kunsthistorikerin Romy und Platz zum unbegrenzten Fotografieren. Die abendliche Beleuchtung des Doms ist ein Highlight. Achtung! Was in der Ausschreibung nicht ausdrücklich angegeben wird, ist die lange Abendessen-Pause. Es sind 3 Stunden Besichtigung plus ca. 90 min Pause!

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June 7, 2022

By far the best guided tour we’ve been on during our time in Europe (and we’ve been on a lot of tours). It really felt like such a privilege to be in the palace and Basilica after hours. Susan was absolutely brilliant and truly an expert. As an art history professor, she had tons of interesting knowledge to share and welcomed questions - she was really the highlight! Being in the museum after hours was also amazing. Other than ourselves and a couple other tours, we were the only ones there. It was a relief to be away from the busy crowds.

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June 6, 2022

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