VIP Guided Evening Visit to St. Mark's Basilica with access to the crypt

Duration: approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes 

Location: Venice


Why choose this experience?

1 To have the unique opportunity to visit St. Mark's Basilica behind closed doors, with illumination and no crowds, in the intimacy of a small group of visitors
2 To make the most of a highly specialized guide who will tell you about the history and the artistic beauty of this architectural jewel of Byzantine art
3 To visit the crypt, built in the ninth century to house the body of St. Mark and accessible only by this evening tour!

Book now

Choose your time

This tour has been already booked by 728 people

Important information


from 1 April to 31 December
(on selected days only, availability is displayed directly on the calendar of this page).

Departure point:

Piazzetta dei Leoncini. Standing in front of the Basilica, it is the small square to the left of the church.

Departure time

Please check dates and times available on the box ‘Check availability’.

Languages available



Adult: €89.00

Children up to 3 years: free
Children from 4 to 12 years: €84.00
From 13 to 22 years: €86.00

approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Guided visit
  • Entrance to the crypt
  • Ticket to visit the Pala d’Oro
  • What is not specified under "Inclusions"
Additional information:
  • After the confirmation of your booking, you can download a voucher, which will also be sent to you via email. Please remember that you will be requested to show it,  either a paper copy or on mobile devices. Make sure you have it with you!
  • We advise you to arrive at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before the departure time specified. There you will meet a representative who will check your vouchers and give you information to join the tour.
  • To visit St Mark's Basilica it is necessary to dress appropriately (no shorts or vest tops) and large backpacks are not allowed for safety reasons. Only small/medium bags and small backpacks/purses are allowed.
  • This is a shared tour, which means there might be other participants going on the tour with you, up to a maximum of 15 people per group (for a maximum of 6 groups).
  • Due to logistical problems, this tour is not recommended to people with limited mobility.
  • Unfortunately you cannot be refunded (neither totally nor partially) if you don’t show up at the meeting point at the time indicated on the voucher or if you leave before the end of the tour.Therefore we advise you to locate in advance the meeting point and how to get there in order to avoid being late or any inconveniences that would prevent you from being on time, especially in case of public transport strikes, great events or bad weather. If you need assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us at our emergency contacts indicated on the voucher you will get at the end of the reservation.

In exceptional cases and/or reasons of force majeure (i.e. acts of nature, strikes, exceptional closures,serious unexpected events or health problems experienced by the person in charge with the service after which it is really impossible to find a substitute) the service you booked might be cancelled. If this should happen, you will be informed as soon as possible and, according to the type of service you booked, you will have the possibility to choose between postponing the service on the first date available or receiving a total refund of the price paid, if the cancellation policy of the service itself allows a refund.

Read more

Full description

In the heart of Venice there lies an architectural gem of rare and undisputed beauty: the Byzantine St Mark’s Basilica.

Its unparalleled oriental charm catches the eye of even the most distracted visitors, testifying a history almost a thousand years long that has its roots in a glorious past. The fame of this building, a must destination for all those who visit Venice, annually attracts millions of tourists that inevitably alter the original atmosphere...

Thanks to our guided St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice after closing tour you get to live an exclusive experience and fully appreciate this remarkable religious building! You will have the chance to admire the building symbol of the city in complete relaxation, after the closing time to the public, taking part in an exclusive tour visit to Saint Mark’s Church in Venice and crypt with no crowds! The tour is only open to small groups to give you an intimate and unforgettable visit!

Besides privileged access to the Basilica after normal opening hours to the public, our tour includes:

  • Introduction in St Mark’s Square
  • Guided tour of the Basilica
  • Entrance ticket to the Pala d'Oro
  • Access to the crypt (normally closed to the public)

The tour will start in St. Mark’s Square, where a local highly qualified guide will be waiting for you to begin with a pleasant introduction to the visit, allowing you to frame the construction of the building within the historical and artistic context that made Venice a 'bridge between the East and West'.

The tour will continue with the access to the church... Its monumental historiated portals will be open especially for you!

Take advantage of a St Mark’s cathedral Venice guided tour and crypt entrance after closing hours and seize a rare opportunity given only to a few! You will enjoy the quiet and relaxed atmosphere that once reigned in this huge building built in the eleventh century especially for one man: the Doge of Venice.

To avoid losing precious time queueing, you will be able to directly enter the basilica: the absence of the large crowds that invade the Basilica during normal opening times allows you to get a clear view of the 8,000 square metre gold mosaics... in floodlight! During the tour, in fact, the lights of the apse will be on, allowing you to admire the mosaics in all their precious splendour. This atmosphere will recreate the original charm of the church, designed specifically to amaze the worshipper and leave them speechless in front of the amazing divine beauty.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to visit an area normally inaccessible to the public... The crypt, the original church built in the ninth century under the present one to house the corpse of St. Mark. The guide will accompany you into the intricacies of this ancient place, relating the events of the evangelist relic that was stolen in Alexandria.

Thanks to the guide's explanations, selected especially for the occasion thanks to their extensive knowledge on the monument, you will be completely immersed in this show of lights, gems and artistic beauties that have written the history of art from the founding of the church to the present day.

The visit to Saint Mark's Church in Venice and crypt also includes the apse where, inside the main altar, is preserved the body of St. Mark and access to the famous Pala d'Oro, with tickets already included in the tour cost. Before this masterpiece of Byzantine art you will be struck by a triumph of almost two thousand precious stones, gold and cloisonné enamels.

Do not wait any longer, book online our St Mark's Cathedral in Venice guided tour and crypt entrance... you will not have another opportunity to visit it behind closed doors because this is an exclusive visit! You will be escorted by a highly specialized guide who will accompany you on a tour lasting an hour and a half to discover the charm of this Byzantine icon with no queues and no crowds! In addition you will have the opportunity to visit the inaccessible crypt, usually closed to the public!

© Insidecom Tour Operator
(authorization no. 62027 dated 09/07/12 with determination no. 2052/2012)
Read more

Reviews for VIP Guided Evening Visit to St. Mark's Basilica with access to the crypt

Based on 7 Reviews
Reviews in other languages (5) Reviews in italian (2)


Solo traveler

Booking No. 185390

Reviewed on 26 Feb `18

'Th highlight of my trip'

The beast tour you can take in Venice if you will like to visit St Mark cathedral without the crouds. And if you like history. Teresa made our visit very entretained and I do recommend the tour.


The guide was just perfect. No crowds.



Was this review helpful?


Mature couple

Booking No. 17198654

Reviewed on 10 Nov `17


Would highly recommend this, the guide was very informative and professional. The small size of the group allowed you to enjoy all there was to see without feeling pressured to move on.

Was this review helpful?


Mature couple

Booking No. 17144773

Reviewed on 31 Oct `17

'VIP Guided Evening Visit to St. Mark's Basilica'

Beyond expectation. Well organized and presented. A little pricey, but worth the cost to avoid the crowds and get access to the premium locations.


Lighting Presentation and Guide


No comfortable seating while waiting. Guides should arrive 30 minutes prior to tour to let members inside to sit down and organize the group

Was this review helpful?


Mature couple

Booking No. 17185437

Reviewed on 31 Oct `17

'Night visit illuminates history'

VIP Guided Evening Visit to St. Mark's Basilica with access to the crypt was probably the best tour I’d had in Italy. It’s impossible to compare historical places and objects, but easy to compare guides. Our guide, Marie-Therese Knopp, was extremely knowledgeable and well educated. She told us a story about Venice, St. Mark’s cathedral its building, development, and treasuries in very literary English with elements of humor, and she revealed not just historical facts, but soul of local culture and life. I would recommend this particular guide to people who enjoyed history and culture. Do not miss opportunity to learn while having fun! Thank you very much Marie-Therese to you and your teachers!


Very interesting, emotional and funny


You want more!

Was this review helpful?

Mrs. LLY

Mature couple

Booking No. 17124807

Reviewed on 14 Sep `17

'St. Mark's at Night...FABULOUS!'

It's hard to leave me speechless but this tour did it. Touring St. Mark's at any time would be wonderful but to do it at night was beyond words. Adrianna, our tour guide, is a gem. She gave us wonderful information and insights, Her passion was contagious. Touring the crypt was very interesting but sitting in the sanctuary watching the lights slowly come on and illuminate the gold mosaics was so beautiful it brought tears to our eyes. Truly a highlight of our trip and cannot recommend it highly enough!


Tour guide, Adrianna; fascinating information and pure spiritual beauty.


I wouldn't change a thing about the experience so I have nothing to add here.

Was this review helpful?