Exclusive Alone In St. Mark's Basilica After Hours

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Location: Venice
Category: Tours & Sightseeing
Duration: 90.0 minutes
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Currency: EUR
Language: English
TimeZone: Europe/Rome
Highlights - Special after-hours access to St. Mark’s Basilica - Venice’s most famous site.
- Feel privileged as a Basilica guard will unlock the doors for you to explore special areas usually missed by visitors (like the Pala d’Oro!)
- See the 43,000 square feet of illuminated mosaics; even more breathtaking lit up at night.
- Delve into the history of St. Mark’s and of Venice with your enthusiastic, English-speaking guide.
- Small groups of only 20 people per guide.
Summary
See St. Mark’s like almost no one else… almost alone! Explore the most famous sight in Venice and one of the most magnificent churches in the world without the lines or crowds. A Basilica guard unlocks the doors just for Walks and its small groups of maximum 20 participants. It’s the ultimate in VIP treatment, and the most unique way to visit St. Mark’s Basilica - it will be an experience you will never forget!
Description
Your guide meets you at St. Mark’s Square. Through thrilling anecdotes and swashbuckling stories, learn about the history of Venice and St. Mark’s Basilica—like how it received its precious relics via a 9th-century kidnapping!

But then comes the real treat. All of the passersby will wonder where you’re going as a custodian unlocks the basilica’s doors for you and Walks’ small groups of maximum 20 clients… And walks you right in.

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)—empty! No standing elbow-to-elbow with other tourists, no seeing the church as if through a strobe light from hundreds of popping flashbulbs, no noise from the crowds. Instead, you’re alone with your guide and the custodian. So you can experience the basilica as it should be experienced: in tranquility and peace.

Of course, you’ll also be able to skip all the lines—not only into the basilica, but also 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 almost all to yourself.

Since you’re alone in the basilica with Walks groups only, 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 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… 

A one-hour tour that will give you memories which will last a lifetime!


Commentary English: Guide
Included After-hour access to St. Mark’s after closing
Expert Walks tour guide
Excluded Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Know before you book Please note, this tour is wheelchair accessible with some difficulties. However, we advise clients to contact Walks Customer Service Team to make further arrangements.
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with strollers on this tour.
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. Walks cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress.
Backpacks are prohibited inside of St. Mark's Basilica.
Occasionally St. Mark's Basilica is closed to the public, without previous notice, due to high tides or particular festivities.
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.
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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
January 01, 2021 February 28, 2021 7:00 PM Departure - Not running
March 01, 2021 October 31, 2021 7:00 PM Departure - Mon, Wed, Fri

Locations

Type: Ends location
Lat & Long: 45.4341668, 12.336283
Address: St. Mark's Square, Piazza San Marco, Venice, 30124, IT
Notes:
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

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.

Pricing

2020/2021 PRICING RETAIL PRICE NET RATE
Adult 15-99 years €89.00 Available on request
Child 2-14 years €84.00 Available on request
Infant 0-1 years €0.00 Available on request

Options

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

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Terms and Conditions

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

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Mobile tickets will be accepted

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