Venice: St. Mark’s Basilica & Doge's Palace After Dark

Venice: St. Mark’s Basilica & Doge's Palace After Dark

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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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  • 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
  • Discover stunning frescoes by Tintoretto and Veronese
  • Walk across the Bridge of Sighs from the inside
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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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    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
    • Please note, there may be a break between your Doge’s Palace tour and your after hour visit due to changing closing times at Doge’s Palace. 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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    based on 23 reviews

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    We didn’t know what to expect. Doing the night tour was a great decision. It was a small group but way less crowded in the palace and St Marks. The prison was also interesting. Because we were the only group in St Marks we got to see so much more. Well worth the price.

    October 24, 2019

    Without a guide, they are just impressive stones

    If you visit St. Mark's Square during the day, you will see, among other things, an impressive queue in front of the entrance of the no less impressive cathedral. And you also have to queue at the Doge's Palace, although the crowds there were always a bit more manageable. You can save yourself all that if you go to the two sights after the ticket office closes. It's far from cheap, but worth every penny. It starts with the great organization. The meeting point is easy to find, the groups are not too big, and every participant is keen to understand the guide and come along. Then there are the numerous and entertaining explanations by the guide and a "show" in the cathedral, which you probably don't get to see during the day. Including a visit to the original tomb in the catacombs. And we didn't have to queue once. I would never have been able to do it on my own and then would have known much less about the history of both places.

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    October 14, 2019

    Fantastic program!

    Although it was a bit pricey, the value and the price was in harmony. Mat, the tour guide was a knowledgeable, enthusiastic, passionate about the subject, about Venice. He was a real expert. Most of the group members are over their 50-60, he was tolerant when they wanted to sit down and listening to him while having some rest. He was ready to answer every question, and was sincere when he didn't have information for the question. He has a great sense of humor, and he had a lot of stories about the Palace and the Basilica. Both place were a great experience, although it was my 4 visit in my life there. The group size 13 people, was ok.

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    August 18, 2019

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