After-Hours Access: St. Mark's Basilica
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After-Hours Access: St. Mark's Basilica

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Tour Highlights

  • Exclusive after-hours access to St. Mark's Basilica when the doors are opened for our groups alone
  • Explore the glorious interior at a slower pace with unobstructed views of its treasures
  • Gain access to areas that are usually off-limits to the public, such as the crypts
  • Marvel at the gem-laden Pala d'Oro
  • Embark on an evening stroll covering some of Venice's top sights without the daytime crowds


This once-in-a-lifetime experience inside St. Mark's Basilica is sure to be the highlight of your trip to Venice. The doors of this ancient church will be opened for special access slots only for our tour groups, so you'll be able to enjoy its breathtakingly luminous mosaics and other treasures in the company of just a few other people.

See Venice in a New Light

Journey into the history and culture of Venice on this Exclusive Evening Access to St. Mark’s Basilica Tour with Venice Highlights including the Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge, and of course St. Mark’s Square.

St. Mark’s Basilica to All to Yourself

Inside St. Mark’s Basilica our groups alone will get the chance to see its shimmering gold mosaics and special access areas like the crypt and Pala d’Oro without the daytime crowds to take away from the dazzling experience.

The Mystery of Venice After Hours

This is a unique occasion to see Venice from another perspective, when the major sights are less crowded and you have time to admire its beauty. Enjoy captivating commentary on its history, art and mystery from a local expert guide.

Tour Description

Our St. Mark’s Basilica Privileged Night Access tour is perfect for those who want an exclusive taste of this enigmatic city as the sun goes down. In just a few hours, we'll take you to Venice’s most famous sights, including the Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s Square. We'll also go to some quieter, less-obvious spots where you can get a real feel for life in the Floating City. The tour will finish with an after-hours visit to St. Mark’s, where the empty basilica’s doors will be opened specifically for our groups.

Discover More of Venice with our Expert Guides

As you wander the streets and campi (squares) of central Venice, your expert guide will keep you entertained, explaining why the city was built on water and just how it became one of the history’s most important trade empires. Listen as your guide reveals anecdotes about Venice’s most popular residents and the extravagant parties that earned the city its flamboyant reputation. These elements will illustrate the defiant spirit and thriving artistic culture that has made Venice one of the world’s most popular destinations for centuries.

From the Rialto Bridge to St Mark's Square

Our tour starts at the popular landmark Rialto Bridge, the design of which was considered a Renaissance-era triumph. From there, follow your local expert guide through the winding streets and over the narrow bridges as we delve further into the heart of the city. After marveling at the enormity of St. Mark’s Square (declared the “finest drawing room in all of Europe” by Napoleon), we’ll be granted special access to St. Mark’s Basilica, which will by this time have closed its doors to the general public for the night.

Skip the Line into St. Mark's Basilica

Once inside, you’ll have the chance to explore the deserted interior, allowing you unobstructed, up-close views of the famed glass-and-gold mosaics. Your guide will show you around, explaining the significance of the east-meets-west design elements, which reflect Venice’s role as a crossroads in the Mediterranean and beyond. During your visit, a custodian will also unlock special access areas that the busy daytime crowds make difficult to visit, such as the crypt which is said to hold the bones of St. Mark himself and the dazzling Pala d’Oro, a gem-laden Byzantine altarpiece with over 1,900 precious stones.

Join us for a fascinating and intimate introduction to Venice that covers its most important sights, as well as granting exclusive nighttime access to St. Mark’s Basilica, so you can experience the church as few ever get the chance to: in peace and privacy!

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What's Included

  • Expert English-speaking guide
  • Privileged Night Access to St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Small groups of 25 people or less
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide

Sites Visited

  • Privileged night access to St. Mark’s Basilica with crypts and Pala d’Oro
  • View of Grand Canal
  • Rialto Bridge
  • Columns of San Marco and the Lion of Venice


  • How can I book a tour?

    Reservations for all tours can be made on our website. Just pick a day and time that works well for your schedule. For your comfort, our Customer Care Team is also happy to take your reservations over the phone, or via our Live Chat application.

    If you are organising a tour for a larger party and you have any special requests, we would be happy to assist you over the phone, via email or Live Chat.

  • When will I receive confirmation of my booking?

    You should expect to receive an email within minutes of booking with your confirmation voucher.

  • Is an advanced booking necessary or can I just show up at the meeting point?

    We strongly advise against arriving at the meeting point without a booking as we cannot guarantee that there will be space left on the tour. Our guides are unable to accept payment for tours so any bookings made on the spot will still need to be processed over the phone with payment by credit card.

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