Guided tour

Venice: St. Mark’s Basilica & Doge's Palace Evening Tour

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90 reviews

Activity provider: Walks of Italy

Venice: St. Mark’s Basilica & Doge's Palace Evening Tour

Activity provider: Walks of Italy
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From US$ 141.72 per person

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Explore St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge's Palaces in Venice on a 3-hour evening live guided tour. Discover hidden prisons, hear stories, and marvel at the gilt decorations of the Byzantine basilica.

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Duration 3 hours
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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
  • 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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Important information

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
  • There may be a break of up to 2 hours between your Doge’s Palace tour and your after hour visit due to changing closing times at Doge’s. In this case, your guide will provide bar/restaurant recommendations
  • This is a small group tour of 25 people or fewer
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4.8 /5

based on 90 reviews

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Unfortunately my family all got food poisoning the night before and stayed in hotel all day. I had to go by myself with the group. No refunds are offered as it was within 24 hours. So I paid over $500 for a tour for one. My guide was very knowledgable, but we could have done the tour a lot quicker. She was extremely slow, but she was very nice and knew a lot of history. We did the tour of the palace first, and by the time We finished I was ready to Leave as it took so long. This tour should be an hour and not two hours. Many of the other tourists felt the same way……. It was great to see the palace without all the other tourists and so I highly recommend an evening tour.

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July 25, 2022

Love Pamela really kept the tour very authentic and informative. For each and every question from us, stand it and answer it. Her English is really very pleasant and easy to understand. The only shortcoming I have to contribute is the transmitter we got on site. Unfortunately, this had a very poor quality, so that it was very difficult to understand and with noise. Tip: don't go in midsummer, as it's like a sauna in the two sights.

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July 20, 2022

The tour started in Piazza San Marco at the appointed time. Small group (under 20) and the guide distributed ear pieces so we could hear her without straining. She was a local, very knowledgeable, with a pleasant Italian accent that made the experience authentic. She brought the Doge’s heyday to life and also explained a lot of details on the Basilica’s orthodox style layout. Great way to see these world famous sights and going in while other tourists left was a blast. We were literally the only people in these monuments.. well worth the additional expense.

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July 16, 2022

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