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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

edith.1966

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Tour guide was fabulous.Definitely recommend this tour. She explained the history and about the city today. So glad we did this. She was also very considerate of the weather being so hot, she would let us stand in the shade to cool down as she kept explaing things.A great tour to do

Julia G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

It was so much fun to explore beautiful Venice and learn more about it's history and the gondola ride was so much fun. Wished that our gondolier could have been a singer...

lalaswad2k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Amazing. Many thanks to Josephina who made this tour with a lot of lough and fun, I will never the nice experience with the walking tour under the rain. Thanks

Robyn P Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Marco our tour guide was so passionate about Dubrovnik and of course Croatia. He made the whole experience of walking the wall and wars tour fantastic. Can't recommend it highly enough.

Lorraine888

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great walking tour! Our guide was knowledgeable and easy to understand. The gondola ride was a nice touch. The gondolier pointed out buildings of interest. Would highly recommend.

Challen

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The guide was informative and we learned a lot about the history of Venice, since it was my first time there I really appreciated learning about the amazing city.

Patricia F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great tour. The guide was knowledgable and really made the tour.

Brienna K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our guide was very knowledgeable on Venice and very proud to be from there. She was great to get a tour from.

Alma G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great! One thing however, our guide kept showing us gardens and tries. I understand that it is a rarety in venice, but not for most countries - it would have been nicer if she concentrated more on famous people's homes and history.

CLIVE S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

interesting and informative walking tour and entertaining gondolier ride. Be prepared to share your Gondola with other people, we didn't mind as there is only six to a boat the 2 of us shared with a lovely group of Americans.

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