Guided tour

St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-the-Line Tour with Pala d'Oro at Night

St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-the-Line Tour with Pala d'Oro at Night

From US$ 92.79 per person

Skip the long lines at St. Mark’s Basilica and admire it shimmering at night. See its opulent Pala d’Oro altar and collection of Byzantine art on a guided tour.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Duration options: 2 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Optional audio guide
Small group available
Important information

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Backpacks

Know before you go

  • In cases of religious ceremonies access to St Mark's Basilica may not be permitted
  • In case of adverse weather or a change in tidal conditions, the length or route of the tour is subject to change
  • Enjoy a nighttime guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica with skip-the-line entry
  • Admire the basilica’s golden mosaics and marble floor inlays beautifully lit
  • See some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world
  • Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the magnificent artworks
  • View the Pala d’Oro altar decorated with thousands of gems and precious stones
Full description
Benefit from skip-the-line access to St. Mark’s Basilica and explore one of Venice’s most iconic buildings on a nighttime guided tour. View impressive artworks and magnificent interiors and admire the beauty of the gem-encrusted Pala d’Oro altar. Meet your guide in the evening and step inside the illuminated St. Mark's Basilica, a cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Take in the golden mosaics and marble floor inlays beautifully lit. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder. Lastly, marvel at the opulent Pala d’Oro, the high altar of the basilica, decorated with thousands of gems and precious stones.
  • Access to Saint Mark's Basilica
  • Access to Pala d'Oro
  • Access to Piazza San Marco, Venice
  • Live tour guide
  • Access to St. Mark’s Museum
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet 15 minutes before the tour departure near the water well at Piazzetta dei Leoncini (on the left hand side when facing the Saint Mark's Basilica in St. Mark's Square). Address: San Marco, 314, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy. Look for your guide who will be holding a sign with the local supplier's name on and an orange umbrella.

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 179 reviews

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Helena was an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide with excellent communication skills in English. Her commentary about the Basilica and Venice was really informative. Seeing the Basilica without the crowds was really lovely in terms of soaking up the atmosphere and the intricacies of the decor. It's pricey but I would recommend it.

May 30, 2022

Such an amazing experience. There were 8 of us plus the guide and we sat in darkness, waiting for the lights to be turned on and once they were, the mosaics were breathtaking! Our guide gave us a history of the basilica and then we went down to the crypt where St Mark's tomb once was and now the tombs of the Patriarchs of Venice lay. We then went to view the Pala d'Or and the high altar, both amazing! Our guide Elena was amazing (I know I uae the word a lot!) and I would highly recommend this tour. It may seem pricey but so worth it!

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August 31, 2020

We chose this St. Marks Basilica after hours tour due to all the crowds that are there during the day and we were constantly bumping into other tourists. This tour was worth the extra money. Our guide Marte ie. Matt was excellent! He explained so much about the Basilica itself, how and when and why it was built etc. We could walk around without crowds of other people inside and see different things. And the lighting inside at night is incredibly beautiful. I highly recommend this tour, for us it was a great way to learn about this fascinating place.

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September 20, 2019

Product ID: 397216

VA ID: 397216