St Mark's Basilica After-Hours Tour with Doge's Palace Upgrade

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Explore St Mark’s Basilica without the crowds on an after-hours tour, and enjoy an optional visit to Doge's Palace, if you wish. Inside St Mark’s Basilica, admire treasured mosaics and a Byzantine altarpiece, and then follow your guide into the crypt where St Mark himself is believed to rest. Upgrade for late access to the Doge’s Palace and learn about the Higher Council Hall, the Doge's apartments and the Bridge of Sighs as you explore. Numbers are limited to 15 for a small-group experience.
Meet your guide in St Mark’s Square, and then set off toward the grand domes and soaring steeples of St Mark’s Basilica. Learn how the histories of the basilica and Venice intertwine, and then admire the cathedral’s imposing façade up close.When the doors of St Mark’s Basilica are unlocked for your after-hours visit, head inside to explore and enjoy the rare silence that fills the structure. Admire valuable treasures including the Pala d’Oro, a stunning Byzantine altarpiece. Head down to the crypt where the remains of St Mark himself are believed to lie, and see where the basilica’s walls have been stained by flooding over the years. Marvel at mosaics illuminated by soft lighting and listen as your guide explains their historical significance.Upgrade to the 3.5-hour tour for a late visit to Doge’s Palace, entering with the last of the days' visitors. Explore the Higher Council Hall (Sala del Maggior Consiglio) and Voting Hall (Sala della Scrutinio) as well as the courtrooms, armory and apartments of the doges. Cross the 17th-century Bridge of Sighs to admire the bell tower, library and clock tower from the outside.Both tour options finish back at St Mark’s Square.

What’s included

  • Professional guide
  • After-hours entrance to St Mark's Basilica
  • Entry to Doge's Palace (if option selected)

What’s not included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Highlights

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