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Saint Mark’s Basilica After-Hours Exclusive Walking Tour with Guide

Inclusions
  • Saint Mark's Basilica walking tour with exclusive after-hours access
  • Access to Pala d’Oro, the golden altarpiece
  • Visit to restricted areas like the Crypt, normally closed to the public
  • Live tour guide
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Guests
  • Adult (13+)
  • Child (4-12)
  • Infant (0-3)

Key Highlights

  • Get an exclusive entry to St. Mark’s Basilica beyond the public hours
  • Experience a peaceful personal visit without the usual interruptions of a day tour
  • Enjoy a one-of-a-kind late-evening walking tour of the famous basilica without the crowd
  • Listen to your expert guide’s enlivening commentary on the cathedral’s history and artistic beauty
  • Observe 43,000 square feet of splendid mosaics, specially lit up for this tour
  • Experience the beauty of Pala d’Oro, a Byzantine altar screen of gold, studded with countless gems
  • Enjoy privileged access to areas like the crypt, that otherwise are not open to the masses

Overview

This one and a half hour long St. Mark’s Basilica walking tour is unlike any other tour at this precious cathedral, since it begins after its closing time, long after the hordes of tourists have left. Starting late evening, you shall be a part of an exclusive group visiting St Mark’s Basilica with an expert guide.

Marvel at the gorgeous and enormous golden mosaics as your guide explains the intricacies of the art work and the history of this sacred place. Observe beautiful Byzantine enamel, made from gold and precious gems at the renowned Pala d’Oro.

Continue this tour further to explore areas of the Basilica like the crypt and the main altar, that are otherwise restricted for the public during the operational hours.

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Please find 2020 Availability

  • Duration

    1 hour and 30 minutes

  • Start time

  • Meeting Point

    Piazzetta dei Leoncini - on the left hand side when facing the Saint Mark's Basilica in St. Mark's Square, Venice. Look for our assistant who will be holding an Orange umbrella and a sign with the name of the tour on it.

  • Ending Point

    Same as the starting point

Itinerary

  • Assemble at Piazzetta dei Leoncini in Saint Mark’s Squareto get an insightful introduction of your soon-to-begin evening walking tour at Saint Mark’s Basilica. Listen to your expert guide’s discourse on the rich and vibrant history of Venice with incredible tales of tyranny.

    Feel the excitement of the custodian opening the doors of Saint Mark’s Basilica especially for your group, as you enter one of the most sought-after and impressive cathedrals in the world. Enjoy the exclusive access to this sacred space after the closing hours without having to wait behind a mass of other eager sightseers. Embrace the peace and tranquility within the church, formerly the private chapel of the Doge of Venice, in the restricted company of fellow visitors within your small group, the basilica’s custodian and your guide.

    Marvel at this Byzantine architectural masterpiece and its 43,000 square feet of magnificent golden mosaics, illuminated just for this tour. Prepare to be awed as your guide enthusiastically describes the elaborate work and the history behind the intricate beautification. Walk further to visit the Pala d’Oro and witness one of Italy’s most famous examples of Byzantine enamel, decorated in gold and with over 1900 precious gems.

    This intimate tour further gives you the precious opportunity to visit spaces within the Basilica that are otherwise restricted for the masses during its operational hours. One of such areas is the crypt, renowned for being the laying ground of Saint Mark, and the main altar.

    Your tour ends with a walk back to your meeting point.

Inclusions & Exclusions

  • Saint Mark's Basilica walking tour with exclusive after-hours access
  • Access to Pala d’Oro, the golden altarpiece
  • Visit to restricted areas like the Crypt, normally closed to the public
  • Live tour guide
  • Admission to the upper floor of the Basilica and the treasury
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Food and drink
  • Optional gratuities

Please note

Voucher information: No need to print! You can show your voucher on your smartphone or other devices. (But if you’d rather print a copy – that’s fine too!) Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the tour start time to confirm all departure details.

Please check-in 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.

This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

Dress appropriately. Shoulders and knees must be covered in the Basilica.

Backpacks are not allowed inside the Basilica.

The tour will be operational irrespective of the weather conditions. 

Additional info

The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

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