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Venice Hidden Gems Guided Walking Tour Including Gondola Ride

Venice Hidden Gems Guided Walking Tour Including Gondola Ride

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Venezia, Italy
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Overview

Discover the famous landmarks and hidden gems of Venice: first by land, and then by water. Accompanied by a local guide, enjoy a leisurely walking tour around the city’s charming bridges, streets, and hidden squares. Admire the 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.
  • Venice walking tour and gondola ride, with a local guide
  • Finish the tour with a 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 English-speaking guide brings the dark history of Venice to life
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Expert-English Guide
30 minutes Shared-Gondola Ride
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
Gallerie dell'Accademia , Campo della Carità, 1050, 30123 Venezia VE, Italy

Meet in front of the white marble Accademia di Belle Arti (Venetian Academy of Fine Arts) near the Accademia Bridge and the Accademia vaporetto (waterbus) stop. “ACCADEMIA DI BELLE ARTI” is written across the top and “GALLERIE” is written over the door. Not at the Accademia school.

5:00 PM
Campiello Traghetto , Campiello Traghetto, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Santa Maria del Giglio Gondola point in Campiello Traghetto near the Gritti Palace hotel, San Marco side.

Spend a leisurely morning or evening exploring the world-renowned highlights and tucked-away delights of Venice. Choose the departure time that suits 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 captivates you with histories of Ca’Dario, the cursed (and possibly haunted) house whose owners have continuously met untimely and often suspicious deaths. 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 helps 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, hear some tales of familiar characters. See Harry’s Bar across the canal where Ernest Hemingway once kicked back after a long day of writing and 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.

Ever heard of Othello? 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 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. 
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Gallerie dell'Accademia
Spend a leisurely 2 hours exploring the world-renowned highlights and tucked-away delights of Venice. Choose afternoon departure and then meet your guide in central Venice near the Accademia Bridge.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Ponte di Rialto
Walking tour
Pass By:  
Scuola Grande di San Rocco
Walking tour
Pass By:  
Campo Santa Margherita
Walking tour
Pass By:  
Ponte dell'Accademia
Walking tour
Pass By:  
Chiesa di Santa Maria del Giglio (Zobenigo)
Walking tour
Pass By:  
Ente Gondola
Walking tour
Pass By:  
Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari
Walking tour
Pass By:  
Campo San Polo
Walking tour
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • The gondola ride cannot operate during heavy rain or adverse weather conditions. In this case an alternate date or a partial refund will be provided
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders Ltd
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.


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Fantastic tour although the weather...
Gordon M
, Oct 2018
Fantastic tour although the weather turned so we couldn't take a Gondola ride. Either way it was a delight to learn about Venice and it's history. Beautiful architecture and a city worth visiting!
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If you're looking for a more...
Scott S
, Aug 2018
If you're looking for a more romantic experience of the gondola ride I would not recommend this tour.
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Hidden Gems
erdoc212
, Jul 2018
Very nice guide, a lot of walking. Loved the gondola ride. Learned some interesting facts about Venice.
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Great our off the beaten path of Venice
mjtimms
, Jul 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.
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Very Informative, passionate tour...
Anthony C
, Jan 2018
Very Informative, passionate tour which we learnt a lot. Ending on a sunset gondola ride, who could ask for more?! RECOMMENDED!!!
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Tour guide was very knowledgeable...
Monique W
, Oct 2017
Tour guide was very knowledgeable! We learned a lot! The Gondola Ride is the highlight just make sure to get a good seat.
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Our tour guide was great. I...
Shawn Q
, Oct 2017
Our tour guide was great. I recommend this tour just to see the old Venice and hear the stories about how Venice came to be. The gondola ride as ok, you share with others which was ok but you had to ask the gondola driver questions to get any type of spoken word about what you are seeing. The evening tour is in the dark after the sun sets and it was nice tat the streets had few people on them but I think the day tour would have been better to see the sites clearer.
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Elizabeta was amazing and so nice to...
Kelly W
, Oct 2017
Elizabeta was amazing and so nice to get her view of Venice as a Venician. The gondola was short and packed and kinda scary. I recommend this tour because of Elizabeta and her knowledge of Venice and her lovely stories and getting a glimpse of real-life there instead of the disney-land areas of tourist-ville.
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The Gondola ride was a...
Robin T
, Sep 2017
The Gondola ride was a disappointment. I knew that we would be in a Gondola with four other people, but the route that was taken was very plain and not very many lights. The tour guide on the walking tour was great. She took us on the backstreets of Venice by the Academia bridge. She had great knowledge of Venice. The next day we took the route of the tour in the daylight so we had a different perspective.
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This was a great tour to give you a...
John W
, Sep 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!
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