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

Cultural & Theme Tours in Italy

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This 1.5-hour evening walking tour will provide you access to Saint Mark’s Basilica, one of the most spectacular cathedrals in the world, after closing time. Enter this Byzantine treasure trove with just your guide and the church custodian, out of hours. Leave the crowds outside, while you discover the peace and serenity of this spiritual location, what was once the private chapel of the Doge of Venice.
Starting in Saint Mark’s Square, our qualified local 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. 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 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 of the most refined and accomplished examples of Byzantine enamel, and decorated with over 1,900 gems.As the Basilica has been opened just for this intimate tour, you will also be able to 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.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 at any one time in the Basilica, and therefore, ensuring this 1.5 hour tour is an unbelievable experience.

What’s included

  • Exclusive access for Venice Events' groups to Saint Mark's Basilica after hours
  • Small groups of 15 people or less; a maximum of 6 groups per day
  • 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
  • 1 hour and 30 minutes guided walking tour
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica di San Marco

What’s not included

  • Admission to the upper floor of the Basilica and the treasury
  • Optional gratuities
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Food and drink


  • Exclusive after-hours access
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide