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$151.77

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Key Details

City: Venice


Duration: 3.5 hrs


Start Time: 5 pm

Highlights

  • Explore the two most famous sights of Venice in the most exclusive way. Enjoy an evening Doge’s Palace tour (when most visitors have left), then unlock the doors to enter St. Mark’s Basilica after closing time!

  • Visit grand council rooms, the Doge’s apartments and incredible frescos by Veronese & Tintoretto on our Doge’s Palace tour, the enjoy access to areas not usually seen by the public on our exclusive St. Mark’s visit.

  • Throughout your tour you’ll travel in small groups of 15 people or fewer. And since this late entry time at St. Mark’s is exclusive to Walks of Italy, we can guarantee a max of three other groups inside the huge basilica during your visit.

Tour Description

Enjoy a Doge's Palace tour after most visitors have left.

You’ll start your VIP evening at the Doge's Palace. What the Vatican is to Rome, the Doge's Palace is to Venice. For seven hundred years, this remarkable palace has been the home of not only the Doge (the Duke of Venice), but of Venice’s independent government, courts, and even prisons.

We’ll take you right to the heart of Venice’s power and history on our Doge’s Palace tour, from the Doge’s own lavish apartments to the Hall of the Great Council, where the city’s all-important general assembly made decisions before beautiful paintings by Veronese and Tintoretto. Learn the secret behind why the painted series of doges is interrupted by a mysterious black veil; discover just what the Doge really did, who he was, and...

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Enjoy a Doge's Palace tour after most visitors have left.

You’ll start your VIP evening at the Doge's Palace. What the Vatican is to Rome, the Doge's Palace is to Venice. For seven hundred years, this remarkable palace has been the home of not only the Doge (the Duke of Venice), but of Venice’s independent government, courts, and even prisons.

We’ll take you right to the heart of Venice’s power and history on our Doge’s Palace tour, from the Doge’s own lavish apartments to the Hall of the Great Council, where the city’s all-important general assembly made decisions before beautiful paintings by Veronese and Tintoretto. Learn the secret behind why the painted series of doges is interrupted by a mysterious black veil; discover just what the Doge really did, who he was, and why you might not want the job yourself.

You’ll also get to explore the massive armory, with all the weapons you wouldn’t have wanted to face, and the spooky prisons, where you wouldn’t have wanted to end up! Cap it all off with the Bridge of Sighs, which you’ll learn isn’t quite as romantic as you thought.

Enter St. Mark's Basilica after closing for the most exclusive visit available.

After a short break you’ll continue to St. Mark's Basilica where you’ll get the real treat, and the highlight of our tour. Here you’ll meet an official custodian of the basilica, who will unlock the doors to allow you inside. This VIP access is only available to Walks of Italy, so you’ll see the basilica almost alone!

Enter this stunning space and take a deep breath. You’re seeing the basilica as few visitors will ever see it – as only the Doge himself was allowed to see it – empty! There won’t be any crowding, bustling or shouting during your visit. Just the peace and tranquility with which this basilica, one of the world’s most impressive, should be seen.

There’s no one here to see so we’ll take full advantage of our VIP visit. You’ll visit the Pala d’Oro, a stunning Byzantine altarpiece covered in over 1,900 gems and usually blocked by a very long line. You'll also have a special visit to the crypt, where our custodian friend will unlock the door for you. Above ground get up close to the basilica altar, where your guide will tell you the strange story of how the bones of St. Mark came to rest so far from where they originally lay.

While you’re there, be sure to look up. Night is the best time to admire the basilica’s 43,000 square feet of mosaics, shimmering through the dark.

Small groups, except local guides & special access - a truly VIP experience.

Traveling in small groups of only 15 people or fewer throughout your experience, you’ll find it easy to hear and engage with your guide – and to ask all the questions you can think of. Listen to tales of swashbuckling merchants who fitted the basilica with stolen jewels and precious stones; how it was that Casanova escaped from the Doge’s Palace; and how Venice manage to earn the title of the world’s oldest republic.

On this in-depth, exclusive tour, you won’t just see the two most important sights in Venice; you’ll explore them and by the end of your time with us, understand them. Hand-chosen for their knowledge, enthusiasm and friendliness, our local Venetian guides are the perfect hosts to help you get the most from your Venetian adventure.

  • Sites Visited
  • Private access to St. Mark's Basilica at night
  • Pala d'Oro
  • St. Marks' Basilica Crypt
  • St. Mark's Square
  • Doge's Palace (including the Hall of the Great Council and courtrooms; the Doge's apartments and Sala della Scrutinio)
  • Bridge of Sighs
  • Palace Armory
  • Prisons
  • Bell Tower (outside)
  • The Maricana Library (outside)
  • Torre d'Orologio (outside)
  • Included
  • Exclusive St. Mark’s Basilica tickets
  • Doge’s Palace tickets
  • Small groups of 15 people or fewer
  • Expert Walks of Italy tour guide

Reviews

5-stars from over 331 Customer Reviews

We thoroughly enjoyed our after hours tour in the quiet of St Marks and the Doge’s Palace with no crowds. Andrea was especially wonderful and very knowledgeable. It was so interesting hearing his perspective as a true Venetian. I highly recommend the tour and our guide.

Shannon

Jun 15, 2019

Kenneth

Jun 19, 2019

What a great way to visit St. Mark's! The tour starts with Doge's Palace and then you get to go into St.Mark's after all of the large crowds are gone. When we toured we were in the church with 3 other groups. What is great about this tour is that you get to see St. Mark's with the lights on perfectly enhancing the mosiacs throughout the church. This tour was well worth the cost and I would not hesitate to book it!

Michelle

Jun 19, 2019

Wonderful tour, very informative guide. Thanks Moses.

Nina

Jun 19, 2019

We LOVED this tour and Susan. My son was particularly charmed by her and her special attention to him made it such a glorious night for him. He declared it his favorite event of a pretty spectacular trip. I whole heartedly recommend this tour and Susan who is very knowledgeable and funny

Sonja

Jun 18, 2019

This was a nice tour - the part in St. Mark's was particularly nice. The only thing that I didn't like was the headsets. The audio quality was poor with a lot of static, and it was difficult to hear at times.

Matthew

Jun 17, 2019

We thoroughly enjoyed our after hours tour in the quiet of St Marks and the Doge’s Palace with no crowds. Andrea was especially wonderful and very knowledgeable. It was so interesting hearing his perspective as a true Venetian. I highly recommend the tour and our guide.

Shannon

Jun 15, 2019

Kenneth

Jun 19, 2019

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2011-2014

Important Information

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