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Explore the famous sites and hidden charms of Venice on this walking tour, followed by a ride through the city’s canals on an iconic gondola. Admire the splendor of St Mark’s Square, and then follow your local guide through a romantic maze of surrounding backstreets to discover some of Venice’s lesser-known gems. Learn the fascinating history of Venice as you wander through narrow alleys and over stone footbridges, and then hop aboard a Venetian gondola for a leisurely ride along the Grand Canal.  

Highlights

  • 2-hour Venice tour including a gondola ride and walking tour
  • Take a 35-minute gondola ride down the Grand Canal of Venice!
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Venice, passing sights that the tourist maps miss
  • Stroll through narrow back streets and alleyways while learning about Venetian history

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What You Can Expect

Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

Enjoy a Gondola Ride in Venice!

This 2-hour walking tour of Venice provides an excellent introduction to the city’s highlights and history, plus the classic Venetian experience of riding in a gondola. Meet your guide near St Mark’s Square, where you’ll get an insider’s overview of world-famous attractions like St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. 

Wander through the surrounding neighborhood as your guide illuminates the history of Venice as a maritime superpower and incubator of Renaissance art. Admire iconic Venetian landmarks such as the Teatro la Fenice opera house, the Rialto Bridge and the mysterious spiral staircase of Scala del Bovolo. The specific tour itinerary may vary by day, as there is so much to see!

After exploring the city’s romantic streets by foot, climb aboard a traditional gondola boat for a romantic ride along the city’s famous canals. Navigated by a friendly gondolier, cruise by spectacular historic structures along the Grand Canal and float down smaller watery ways in the Fenice neighborhood. After a 35-minute ride, step back on solid ground at the Dogana/Valaresso Station in central Venice.

Please note: The walking tour does not include entry to the monuments.

Customer Reviews

Sharon C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Our guide Franchesca was excellent. She was a lovely friendly lady, humorous, very informative and passionate about her City. A great way to see parts of Venice other than the main tourist spots. We were only there for a very short time so well worthwhile as we didn't have too much time to explore ourselves and we wouldn't have known the history behind what we were seeing. Would highly recommend.

Ruth R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Wonderful guide informative and amusing. Magic gondola ride experience not to be forgotten thank you.

Sheryl F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Lovely tour guide. She told us lots of information about the local area and its history. Would recommend the tour to others

Russell A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed the tour.

Carla B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Walking tour gave wonderful overview of the city of Venice and its history. Very much enjoyed and appreciated the gondola ride.

Nadine

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Giovanna was very informative and took us to a lot of off the beaten path side streets. Venice is rich in mystery and wonder I am sad we were only there 3 days as I am sure there was still much to discover. I hope to return soon. The people are wonderful and the food, delicious!

Lisa L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

What I beautiful walk through the city of Venice. So much rich history that everyone can learn and benefit from. Its a once in a lifetime thing! I strongly recommend to anyone.

Susan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Fabulous intro to Venice - very good guide who was very informative and showed us parts of Venice we wouldn't have found ourselves. Excellent gondola ride too. Highly recommended and fantastic trip

Kim H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This tour was very good and very informative.

Laura P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The tour guide was outstanding!! He showed us some really unique things about Venice not commonly seen and gave is an excellent dinner reservation

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