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Saint Mark's and Doge's Palace: VIP After Hours Tour

Saint Mark's and Doge's Palace: VIP After Hours Tour

From US$ 205.75 per person

Get exclusive, after-hours access into Saint Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace, all in a small group tour.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 6 participants


  • Discover Saint Mark's Basilica with exclusive and after hours access
  • Enjoy a thorough and enchanted tour of the Doge's Palace
  • See and learn all about the Bridge of Sighs
  • Get the intimacy and personalised feel of a semi private tour
  • Admire the ancient Pala D'oro altar piece up close
Full description
Enjoy exclusive, after-hours access into one of the most prestigious landmarks of Venice, the incredible Saint Mark's Basilica, preceded by a thorough and enchanted tour of the Doge's Palace, all in a semi-private group. Meet your guide in one of Italy’s most famous piazzas – St Mark’s Square – noted for its charming, Italian-Gothic beauty, just off the shores of the canal. Head to the Doge’s Palace and learn about the amazing color-changing facade of the Doge’s Palace and why it changes color from day to night. Go to the famous Bridge of Sighs, the last sight for prisoners on their march towards imprisonment. Make your way to Saint Mark's Basilica, the gates of which will have already closed for all other visitors, but will reopen exclusively for you. Admire the Pala D’oro ancient altarpiece up close, an act that is seemingly impossible during hurried daytime crowds. See the crypts where noble Venetians have been laid to rest. Be completely alone in the basilica for the portion of your tour – a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
  • Entrance and tour of Doge's Palace
  • VIP after-hours entrance
  • Tour of Saint Mark's Basilica
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

Meet under the winged lion column in Saint Mark's Square, closest side to Grand Canal. Your guide will be holding a LivTours sign. Please arrive 10 minutes prior the tour start time.

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5 /5

based on 12 reviews

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Well worth the money spent. No way you would get the same experience during the day. We were shown things you wouldn’t normally see during the day visits or in larger groups. Our guide Erika was lovely, so informative and engaging. She answered any questions we had and made sure everyone was happy and understood what she was saying. We would 100% recommended taking this tour.

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July 1, 2022

A huge thank you for this extraordinary experience! We were able to discover the Palace and the Basilica in an intimate way, without crowds and with a passionate and fascinating guide! Nicole made this visit magical, with lots of anecdotes, lots of detailed explanations, answered our questions with a smile and a lot of kindness! Clearly, if we return, we will take a visit with her again! Congratulations and thank you again, we are leaving with a lot of magic in our eyes! Aude and Antoine

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May 29, 2022

Marie was infirmary informative and witty. No lines and great access.

August 18, 2022

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