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Small-Group Tour with Evening Access to Saint Mark's Basilica

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Venezia, Italy

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

Experience Saint Mark's Basilica after hours on this 1.5-hour evening tour. Look around the chapel with your small group of 15 people, learning about its history and Byzantine architecture without the buzz of a thousand other visitors.
  • 1.5-hour after-hours evening tour of Saint Mark's Basilica in Venice
  • Small group tour of 15 people or fewer
  • See the treasure's of Saint Mark's illuminated just for your nighttime tour
  • Learn about the role of the Basilica in Venice's history
  • Skip the lines and crowds
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Exclusive access for Venice Events' groups to Saint Mark's Basilica after hours
Small groups of 15 people or less
Includes Saint Mark's Square, inside Saint Mark's Basilica and its breathtaking mosaics, the Crypt, normally not accessible and the Pala d’Oro alterpiece
Professional local guide for 1 h 30 min
Admission to the upper floor of the Basilica and the treasury
Optional gratuities
Hotel pick up and drop off
Food and drink

Departure Point

Piazzetta dei Leoncini, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide and small group of just 15 people or fewer at Piazzetta dei Leoncini in Saint Mark’s Square 15 minutes before your chosen start time. 

Begin by looking around Saint Mark's Square, learning about the origins of Venice through your guide's commentary. Enter the Basilica without waiting in any lines or pushing past any crowds. This after-hours experience really begins when the church custodian unlocks the door for the lucky few evening visitors. There will be a maximum of six small groups in the Basilica with you. 

Visit areas not usually open to the public, such as the crypt. Learn about the intricate artworks, such as the Pala d'Oro, a work of Byzantine enamel decorated with more than 1,900 precious gems. View the 43,00 square feet (3,995 square meters) of golden mosaics, illuminated just for your tour. 

End your tour after 1.5 hours of exploration and learning.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Piazzetta dei Leoncini
Meet the assistant, collect your headset and start the tour with your professional guide. Venice Event’s personally selected guide will ensure your small group can embrace the art and history of this sacred location. There will be no more than 6 groups in any one time in the Basilica, and therefore, ensuring this one-and-a-half-hour tour is a once-in-a lifetime experience behind closed doors.
Stop At:  
Piazza San Marco
Starting in Saint Mark’s Square, our specialized guide will introduce you another side of Venice and its origins. Enjoy fantastic tales of tyranny and embrace the dynamic history of Venice, whilst discovering the history of the most dramatic and awe-inspiring building in Venice, Saint Mark’s Basilica.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Basilica di San Marco
Without the need to skip the queues or wait behind hundreds of other sightseers you will enter this sumptuous building, when all of the other tourists have long gone. The clink of the custodian's key as he opens the doors for your group will be the start of this very special and moving experience. Without the buzz of a thousand tourists, relish in the glorious golden mosaics, all 43,000 square feet, illuminated just for this tour. Your passionate, and expert guide will explain the intricate works and history of the ornate decoration found throughout this architectural masterpiece. Witness the Pala d’Oro, one Italy’s most refined and accomplished examples of Byzantine enamel, decorated in gold and with over 1,900 gems. As the Basilica, has been opened just for this intimate tour, we will also visit areas that otherwise are not open to the masses, such as the crypt, where the relics of Saint Mark are said to be laid and the main altar.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time
  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible
  • Shoulders and knees must be covered in the Basilica
  • Backpacks are not allowed inside the Basilica
  • The tour will take place rain or shine
  • Pick up from a centrally located meeting point
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Venice Events srl

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small-Group Tour with Evening Access to Saint Mark's Basilica?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Tour with Evening Access to Saint Mark's Basilica.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Small-Group Tour with Evening Access to Saint Mark's Basilica?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Tour with Evening Access to Saint Mark's Basilica.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Small-Group Tour with Evening Access to Saint Mark's Basilica?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Tour with Evening Access to Saint Mark's Basilica.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small-Group Tour with Evening Access to Saint Mark's Basilica?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Tour with Evening Access to Saint Mark's Basilica.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Small-Group Tour with Evening Access to Saint Mark's Basilica?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Tour with Evening Access to Saint Mark's Basilica.

Traveler Tips


  • "A blogger friend of mind recommended this ttour and although pricey it is such a treat and privilege to be able to see inside this unique building." See review

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small group tour with evening access to St Marks Basilica
Adpoh
, Dec 2019
Fantastic experience! We were fortunate to have Iole as our guide. She was very knowledgeable and made all the history come alive - my kids who are not history buffs were enthralled (that says a lot) and she always made it a point to include them! Totally recommend! Best guide we encountered and the most interesting tour of our stay in Venice.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Dear Guest, Thank you for your review. We are really happy to see that you enjoyed our Basilica after hours tour and we look forward to see you again.
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St Mark’s Basilica Evening Tour
foster19571
, Jul 2019
Highly recommend this tour as so very special. Very different to the day tour as it’s a very small group and the experience of sitting in the dark quietly and the lights coming on gradually to expose the spectacular ceilings is something to experience. Very special tour.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Dear guest, thank you for your awesome review. We are really pleased to see that you had a great experience with us and we look forward to seeing you again.
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Night Tour
Global33403293831
, Jun 2019
This was a fantastic tour. We also went to the regular day tour to St Marks. There was not an overlap and each covered different areas. Overall the evening tour was best but that could have been because we had such a terrific guide. Highly recommend
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Dear guest, thank you for you good review. We are really happy that you had a great tour in Venice, and we look forward to seeing you again.
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Amazing
cshep25
, Sep 2018
History lesson: Our guide was absolutely amazing. Andrea's was fluent on the history of San Marco's and he shared it. He told us of some of the obscure details. FascinatingThank you
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enriching and moving experience
Bonnie A
, Sep 2018
It was such a pleasure to see this beautiful Basilica is a quiet peaceful and informed manner. We had time to sit and meditate as the lights were slowly brought up and could see the altar up close.
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Amazing experience
LReego
, Sep 2018
This is the best way to see St. Mark's Basilica! You get to go slowly through the church and spend almost an hour seeing the incredible art. Our guide was fantastic and we learned so much about the church that we would never have known or appreciated. Worth every penny.
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Small group tour with evening access to St Marks
michelemhunter
, Jul 2018
Seeing the Basilica in the evening was very special and very beautiful, the lighting made the mosaics more beautiful if that is possible. We went back in the day time to see the museum. Our tour guide was great and very informative.
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This is the best tour I have ever...
Sundy F
, Jul 2018
This is the best tour I have ever been on! Our guide was an architect and this made the tour even more special. We had toured St. Mark's last fall during the day, but this was beyond our expectations. Seeing the Basilica at night was amazing and we felt privileged to be there. It is by far worth the price. You will not be disappointed!
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Don't miss this ...
Clogsandsari
, Jun 2018
Our third visit to Venice and our first to St Marks as we could never face the crowds. I read a blog post about this tour and thought it sounded amazing and it was. I can't recommend it highly enough if you want to see the beauty of the building and learn about its history. Our guide Andrea was superb. I would skip the gondola ride and do this tour everytime if you are on a budget.
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Escape the crowds. I'd recommend this to everyone
Clogsandsari
, Jun 2018
This was our 3Rd visit to Venice. We did the Doges Palace on the first visit but always avoided ST. Marks as it just looked like wall to wall people. A blogger friend of mind recommended this ttour and although pricey it is such a treat and privilege to be able to see inside this unique building. When the guides turn the lights on to see the ceiling mosaics I was awestruck. I'm lucky enough to have travelled extensively over the years and done many tours so am not always easily wowed but I really would suggest you skip the expensive gondolas get in with the locals on the water buses and spend your money on this tour. Our guide, Andrea, was engaging and educational and I came away feeling I understood not only the basilica better but Venice in general too.
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