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St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's Palace

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icon1 hour 30 minutes to 3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Overview

See the wonders of Venice's St. Mark's Basilica without the crowds during this after-hours, small-group tour. Learn about the basilica's famed mosaics from your guide and explore the crypt below the church to see where St. Mark's remains are said to lie. Upgrade to see the Doge's Palace after the basilica and wander the former home of the Venetian Republic's government.
  • After-hours tour of St. Mark's Basilica with optional Doge's Palace visit
  • Enjoy evening access to St. Mark's Basilica, a historical Venice attraction
  • Admire valuable treasures such as the Pala d’Oro, without the crowds
  • Visit the crypt where the remains of St. Mark are believed to lie
  • Upgrade to visit the Doge's Palace after St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Explore the Doge's apartments and cross the famous Bridge of Sighs
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 people for personal attention from a guide

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

With this tour, bypass daytime crowds and upgrade to see the Doge's Palace.
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Professional guide
After-hours St. Mark’s Basilica tickets
Doge’s Palace tickets (if option with Doge Palace selected)
Small groups of 20 people or fewer
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

P.za San Marco, 76, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Please note we meet in front of the entrance of Museo Correr, which is at the opposite side of the St. Mark's Basilica in St. Mark's square. The group will meet just outside the entrance of the Correr Museum in Piazza San Marco.

Return Details

Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

St. Mark's Square

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • If option with Doge's Palace selected: The prisons and the armory of the Doge's Palace are not wheelchair-accessible
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • 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.
  • If option with Doge's Palace selected: Please note that there may be a break of up to 2 hours between your Doge’s Palace tour and your exclusive After Hour Visit, due to temporary earlier closing time at the Doge’s Palace. Your guide in this case will provide bar/restaurant recommendations
  • From August 6th 2021, all Italy sites we visit will require clients and guides alike to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test completed within 48 hours prior to entry. They will also require a legal form of ID matching the vaccination or test results. More info on the Italian Government website
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Walks - Italy, Spain & Greece

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's Palace?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's Palace.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's Palace?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's Palace.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's Palace?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's Palace.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's Palace?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's Palace.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's Palace?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Group or Private Tour with Optional Doge's Palace.

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star-1
Avoid Viator
Michael_T
, Sep 2021
Tour was advertised to start at 4:30p and last 3.5 hours. When we met our guide (he was AWESOME) he proceeded to tell us that there would be an unexpected 2+ hour “break” in the middle and the tour wouldn’t end until approximately 10p (5.5 hours later). We had to miss the entire second half of the tour because the last shuttle to the hotel left at 9a and we would have been stranded. AWFUL customer service by Viator and the Tour Operator…had they been honest and disclosed the “break” we never would have booked the tour and neither Viator nor the Operator want to make it right.
star-5
great guide!
Jeff_S
, Sep 2021
Martina was an incredible guide. Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. She breathed life into the tour.
star-5
Inspiring St Mark's Basilica Illumination
William_K
, Sep 2021
Taking the last tour of the day of the Doge Palace was quite nice. Minimal crowds allowed us to take in the history and interact with our guide without distraction. As beautiful as the palace was the basilica was truly inspiring. The afterhours access was amazing as we were the only group of visitors in the church. Entering the dimly lit cathedral we all sat down and the ceiling mosaics were illuminated one at a time until the whole cathedral was lit up - WOW!
star-1
Lousy
Kirsten_C
, Sep 2021
Tour operator never showed up , when call was placed agent said tour guide was running late. Waited over an hour and still no tour guide, unable to contact agent on multiple phone tries after that. Received a refund confirmation by email that will take 5-7 days, funny how they can take the money out of your account instantly but a refund takes a week! Email apology weak , this stole our chance of seeing both building as it was our last day in Venice. Nothing offered as compensation except a slow refund . Will never use this company again total lousy unprofessional service. Ruined our trip to Venice.
star-5
Awesome tour!
Brian_A
, Sep 2021
Awesome tour of St Marks. We were able to take pictures as if we were the only one’s in the basilica. Avoids all the ridiculous lines and the tour guide was super informative! Best tour and way to see St. Mark’s. Thanks!
star-5
unique experience
Donato_C
, Aug 2021
wonderful experience in one of the most beautiful churches. the tour was very nice and the guide Mattia explained in a perfect way the main attractions of both Doge's palace and San Marco
star-5
Highly Recommend!
Paul_S
, Aug 2021
We loved this tour it was amazing. Highly recommend. Our tour guide was hilarious and very knowledgeable and made the tour that much more enjoyable.
star-4
Doge and St Mark
Roxann_H
, Aug 2021
The historical information of the politics of Venice as a sovereign city/country was fascinating and added such depth to the visuals.
star-1
Waste of time
Jackie_D
, Jul 2021
Host left meeting point early and didn’t make an attempt to call us… we then tried to buy our own tickets into basilica and it was too late… meeting time was not accurate and we missed the entire experience
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hello Jackie, I am so sorry to read that you were unable to find the guide in time. Having investigated the details of this tour departure I can see that all other guests arrived to the meeting point, as advised, 15 minutes before departure, and along with the guide they departed at the correct departure time. Unfortunately, if our guests are unable to arrive to the meeting point on time our guides are obligated to depart promptly. We do this not to cause frustration to anyone who is running late or lost but to ensure that our guests who are present are not kept waiting and that the tour can run to the correct schedule. While we do wait until the last minute to depart, if our guides take calls once they have commenced the tour this can negatively impact the experience of all other guests so we do require everyone to be there on time. I am genuinely sorry that you missed out on the tour and hope you understand our need to adhere to our schedule.
star-5
One of the best guided tours I’ve had in my travels
Jae_K
, Jul 2021
Our guide was amazing! She knew so much and answered all the questions because of her wide knowledge on art history and the history of Venice. I really recommend doing the doge’s palace tour as well because getting a narrative throughout such a beautiful/historic building made it so much more interesting. Also seeing the cathedral privately was amazing!!!! One of the best guided tours I’ve been on.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hi Jae, Thank you so much for this lovely 5-star review. Music to our ears when you tell us we are doing everything right. Hope to see you again and thank you for choosing Walks.

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