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

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Location: Venice
Category: Tours & Sightseeing
Duration: 210.0 minutes
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Currency: EUR
Language: English
TimeZone: Europe/Rome
Highlights - 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.
- Gain privileged entrance to the Doge's Palace - 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.
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 small groups. 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!

Commentary English: Guide
Included After-hour access to St. Mark’s after closing
Doge’s Palace tickets
Expert Walks tour guide
Small groups of 20 people or fewer
Excluded Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Know before you book The prisons and the armory of the Doge's Palace are not wheelchair-accessible, as well as the Crypts in St.Mark's Basilica. We advise clients to contact our Customer Service Team to find suitable alternatives.
Know before you go 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.
Backpacks are prohibited inside of St. Mark's Basilica.
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.
Photography is not permitted inside St Marks Basilica
Additional Information
  • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
Dress Code: 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. Backpacks are prohibited inside of St. Mark's Basilica.
Health Items Face masks required for travelers in public areas, Face masks required for guides in public areas, Face masks provided for travelers, Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff, Social distancing enforced throughout experience, Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas, Gear/equipment sanitized between use, Guides required to regularly wash hands, Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival, Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

Operating Info

Product Start Date 2020-05-01
Product End Date 2021-10-31
Booking Cut-off 2 hours
Minimum 1 guests per booking
Maximum 20 guests per booking
Valid Only on date on reservation

Availability Notes

From To Notes
March 01, 2021 October 31, 2021 5:00 PM Departure -Mon, Wed, Fri


Type: Ends location
Lat & Long: 45.4341668, 12.336283
Address: St. Mark's Square, Piazza San Marco, Venice, 30124, IT
End Location Address St. Mark's Square, Piazza San Marco, Venice, 30124, IT
Start Location Notes Museo Correr, Piazza San Marco, 52, Venice, 30124, IT
Type: Starts location
Lat & Long: 45.4332089, 12.3376764
Address: Museo Correr, Piazza San Marco, 52, Venice, 30124, IT
Directions: https://www.google.de/maps/place/Museo+Correr/@45.4332089,12.3376764,18z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x12c68bff26b97ed8
Notes: On St.Mark's square at the opposite side of the Basilica you will find the Correr Museum entrance underneath the portico.
End Location Address St. Mark's Square, Piazza San Marco, Venice, 30124, IT
Start Location Notes Museo Correr, Piazza San Marco, 52, Venice, 30124, IT


Cancellation Policy: standard
Cancellation Cut-off: 72 hours
Cancellation Notes: Cancellations received greater than 72 hours prior to tour commencement are fully refundable. Cancellations received within 72 hours of tour commencement are nonrefundable. Amendment requests are subject to availability and price changes. Late arrivals and no shows are nonrefundable. This is applicable to any tour participant that fails to arrive, or arrives after tour departure.


Adult 15-99 years €129.00 Available on request
Child 2-14 years €124.00 Available on request
Infant 0-1 years €0.00 Available on request


Option Name 2020/2021 Pricing
Option Description 2020/2021 Pricing

Other Information

Terms and Conditions

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements.

Voucher Info

Mobile tickets will be accepted

FAQ Can I bring a bag into the Doge’s Palace?

Although you are unable to carry large backpacks around the Doge’s Palace, there is a free bag check at the entrance. Feel free to leave handbags and purses here too and collect them after your tour.

Confirmation necessary? No
Redemption Your voucher will be collected or scanned on redemption