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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

jshoelmer

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our guide was very knowledgeable. She took us into parts of Venice that we would not have seen. The value was very good for a walking tour and a gondola ride.

Karthikeyan S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Fredi has great knowledge and sense of humor, from the start to end she gave lot of informations and make everyone smile every minute :

Randall E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very good look at the life of ordinary citizens of Venice and also great lesser known facts about the city and its history. Excellent. Very well organized gondola ride, which was much longer than I anticipated.

Ivan S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very nice tour. I really enjoyed :. Something what I can remember for all my life :

RACHAEL S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great tour round the back streets, seeing off the mainstream things. The guide was very informative and I got to know thing I would never have learned. The gondola ride was fab. Glad we booked this.

Kwan Yew C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This is a good tour for visitors who do not have time for a full half day tour. Be aware that it does not cover the usual touristy sights but focuses on the less traveled parts. Our guide Laura was friendly and knowledgeable and provided interesting commentaries about Venice and our sights. The icing on the cake was the complimentary gondola tour although this is shared with other members of the tour group.

ROBERTO C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Venice must be viewed by everyone! Is very-very special, still it is very old and damaged...
And ... is very romantic...

Beverly S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The gondola ride was a treat! The walking tour was very informative. We enjoyed hearing about the history of Venice, and seeing the old buildings!

Kate A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was good. We got to see bits around the city we wouldn and #39;t have thought to look at. The gondola ride is obviously a must and this is a good way to do it.

Roslyn G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great guided tour of the less crowded and interesting parts of Venice. Tour guide very knowledgeable. Group of about 25. Gondola ride was wonderful! Excellent value to get both the tour and Gondola ride!

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