• Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
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Discover the famous landmarks and hidden gems of Venice, first by land, and then by sea! Accompanied by a local guide, enjoy a leisurely walking tour around the city’s charming bridges, streets and hidden squares. Admire unique architecture and Renaissance masterpieces while your guide shares fascinating tales from the history of this former maritime superpower. Then, enjoy a romantic ride through the city’s canals aboard a classic Venetian gondola.

Highlights

  • Venice walking tour and gondola ride, with a local guide
  • Finish the tour with a 35-minute Venice gondola ride through the city
  • Choose between a morning or evening tour to suit your schedule
  • Visit the quieter side of the Grand Canal exploring the city's lesser-known gems
  • Enjoy as your expert, English-only speaking local guide brings the dark history of Venice to life
  • Relax on a shared gondola ride with a real local ‘gondoliere’

What You Can Expect

Venice Hidden Gems Tour Including Gondola Ride

Enjoy your gondola ride through the city!

Spend a leisurely 2 hours exploring the world-renowned highlights and tucked-away delights of Venice. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure to suit your schedule, and then meet your guide in central Venice near the Accademia Bridge. 


Follow your expert, English-speaking guide through the quieter streets and piazzas of Venice. As you walk, your guide will captivate you with histories of Ca’Dario, the cursed (and possibly haunted) house whose owners have continuously met untimely and often suspicious deaths. You’ll learn why music schools around the world are called ‘conservatories’ at Fondamenta degli Incurabili, the hospital where monks took orphans from the streets and trained them as nurses and world-famous musicians. And at Redentore Church, your guide will help you to imagine the huge festivals that once flowed from here to Piazza San Marco, gondolas filling every inch of the canals for huge firework shows.

Along with local legends, you’ll hear some tales of familiar characters. You’ll see Harry’s Bar across the canal where Ernest Hemingway once kicked back after a long day of writing. You’ll see the home of Peggy Guggenheim, the heiress who lost her father to the Titanic but gained the means to build one of the world’s most interesting art collections. (Back in her day Peggy used to scandalize the locals by sunbathing naked on her roof and parading around town with a pack of tiny dogs on leashes.)
Ever heard of Othello? You’ll see the house where Desdemona supposedly lived before her tale was transcribed by an Italian author and stolen by a man called William Shakespeare.

For a romantic finish to your tour, climb aboard a classic Venetian gondola and enjoy a 35-minute ride through the city’s famed canals. As your expert gondolier navigates the watery ways, soak up the passing sights of historic palaces and homes that line the canals, and get a glimpse into daily life in this magical city. 

Customer Reviews

matthew.timms5153

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Really interesting tour that took us away from the larger, more crowded tourist areas of Venice. Our guide was excellent and informative, and the gondola ride was the icing on the cake. Loved it.

Anthony C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Very Informative, passionate tour which we learnt a lot. Ending on a sunset gondola ride, who could ask for more?! RECOMMENDED!!!

Monique W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Tour guide was very knowledgeable! We learned a lot! The Gondola Ride is the highlight just make sure to get a good seat.

John W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This was a great tour to give you a few hidden gems as the tour states. Venice is an amazing city and Franka did a great job not only explaining some of the history of the city but linking it to notable names to bring even more intrigue to the tour. So...the hidden gems portion of the tour was great. The gondola ride seemed like it might have been cut short by a few minutes and when it's a 30 minute ride...every minute counts. I would recommend this tour!

Adrian C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Wonderful. Perhaps a little too short but an experience that no-one visiting Venice should miss.

Mike L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

nice tour.

Melissa W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Amazing tour! Our guide, Moses, was wonderful. We loved seeing the authentic aspects of Venice. The gondola ride was the highlight of our trip.

milly

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

Brilliant. Thoroughly enjoyable. Gondala had to share so seat I wanted was taken by someone else as they got on first

John L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

This was a fantastic tour, we had already walked all over Venice and had a great time but this tour took us to places we would have never gone on our own and our guide was excellent ! We went into residential areas and beautiful spots that weren't nearly as crowded as most.

kent.adams

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

Eleanora was fantastic. Local girl with amazing commentary on the city - so much information and beauty!

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