Private Night Tour of Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica

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11 reviews   (5.00)

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 3 hours

Departs: Venice, Venice

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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This Private Night Doge's Palace and St Mark's Tour is a perfect way to visit two of the most famous sights in the city. You will begin in St Mark's square, where you will hear all about the long history of this famous piazza, as you make your way to the Doge's Palace. Your private guide will regale you with the stories of famous prisoners who were kept in the dungeons of the Palace, as you roam the opulent rooms, prisons, courts and halls of the Doge’s Palace. Then, you will make your way to St. Mark's once it has already closed its doors. That's right! With this tour, you will have exclusive After Hours access: only you, your group, and your tour guide!!
Once inside the basilica, you will be mesmerised by a spectacular light show highlighting the sacred art and mosaics which adorn the golden mosaic ceilings. You will also see the Pala d'Oro altar, and descend into the crypt where St Mark himself is laid to rest.
We guarantee this to be a once in a lifetime experience!

What's Included

Admire the Pala d'Oro, and descend into the crypt where St Mark himself is buried

Discover the Doge's Palace, touring the prisons, apartments and courts of this historic Palazzo

Enjoy a magical light show of the Golden Mosaics inside St Mark's Basilica

Exclusive Access into St Mark's after it has closed!

Private, Professional, Expert and Local Tour Guide

What's Not Included

Food and Drink


Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 2
  • CHILD: Age: 3 - 17
  • ADULT: Age: 18 - 99

Additional Info

  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • This tour operates within current local COVID-19 protocol. We are not responsible for any persons who do not adhere to regulations, and in said circumstances will result in loss of the tour without refund.

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Piazza San Marco
Your Private Night Doge’s Palace and St. Mark's Tour starts in one of the most beautiful and famous squares in all of Venice – St Mark’s Square – which has stood through wars, flooding, changes in governments for over a millennium. As you admire the square's romantic, historic and powerful atmosphere, your guide will give you a good idea of the timelines and history of this famous piazza before, as you make your way inside the Doge’s Palace.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Doge's Palace
An exemplary work of Venetian Gothic architecture, the Doge's Palace was once the seat of the Venetian Republic and their leader, the Doge. For over 700 years, this impressive palace has housed 120 powerful Doges, as well as government offices, prison cells and the Court. You will be mesmerized by the stories your guide will share with you as you stroll through the Doge’s private, ornate apartments and impressive halls with their enormous paintings and frescoes. Walking through the corridors with your private guide you will appreciate the whole gamut of Venice’s history, not only the romantic and polished side, but also its most secret and mysterious corners. This tour takes you behind the scenes, allowing you to learn about the fear and authority the Palazzo Ducale used to represent. Your private guide will regale you with the stories of famous prisoners who were kept in the dungeons of the Doge’s the most famous one!

1 hours • Admission Ticket Included

Basilica di San Marco
By the time you exit the Doge’s Palace the sun will have set and darkness will have taken its place, offering the perfect atmosphere for your next stop. There will be no crowds and no waiting in line as we have EXCLUSIVE access to the basilica at night, so only you, your group, and your tour guide will be admitted. Imagine being alone at night in St Mark’s!!
When you enter, the church will be in complete darkness and your guide will help you find the perfect pew. Get your camera ready, as one by one the lights will be turned on to reveal gorgeous golden ceiling mosaics. This is truly a one of a kind experience, which will leave you with unforgettable memories, making history come to life – and light!
During your time in St Mark’s your guide will also take you to see normally restricted areas showing you the Pala D’oro, an ancient altarpiece made entirely of gold and silver, and access to the crypts where some of the wealthiest Venetians, including St Mark himself, were laid to rest.

1 hours • Admission Ticket Included


Awesome mosaics
John_C, 30-10-2022
Our guide was great. She made the tour fun and interesting. Because she was trained as an art historian, she could interpret the wonderful mosaics and the history of St. Mark’s. We highly recommend the night tour, too.
Nico is awesome!
Richard S, 24-09-2022
Our guide Nico is excellent. Quickly learns about his clients' interests, is engaging, and very knowledgeable. Brought extensive history to life with relevant stories and connections to the present.
Doge Palace tour
Bryce_c, 04-09-2022
Martina did a great job showing us around the Palace. Very factual and adds to the experience. Very flexible to our schedule. Nice touch sending picture to us via email.
Special experience! Intimate & informative.
Vince_D, 15-08-2022
Our guide was excellent! She was passionate about Venice. Very intimate and informative! A special experience! Expensive, but worth it.
Private Night Tour of Dodge’s Palace and St Mark’s Basilica
O4511AWkimc, 10-08-2022
The private night tour was well worth it to avoid the crowds, get access to parts typically not available generally during the day, and having a guide who can explain all the intricacies that you won’t really find easily without doing a lot of research.

Venice is rich in history and our guide Nico was very knowledgeable and gave us an amazing tour which kept us fully engaged the whole time. His passion for art and history is what made the tour for us very special. Our teens were able to ask lots of questions and really enjoyed the interaction.

Our tour ended up having a break in between both sites which was perfect for a dinner and be able to spend a perfect evening in Venice.

Highly recommended to anyone who wants to really get to see the Palace and the Basilica at your own pace.

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