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Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

Venezia, Italy
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icon2 hours 9 minutes to 2 hours 27 minutes  (Approx.)
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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. 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.
  • Venice tour including a gondola ride and walking tour
  • Take a 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

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This bestseller pairs a walking tour with a gondola ride, for not much more than the price of the ride alone.
This 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, 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. Then, 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.
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Canal Grande
The itinerary of this Gondola Ride will take you on the Grand Canal.
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Ponte di Rialto
During the Gondola Ride you will reach the Grand Canal and have a look at the Rialto Bridge
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Piazza San Marco
The Gondola Ride leaves from Bacino Orseolo, right behind St. Mark's Square which you can visit by your own
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Gondola Bacino Orseolo
You will get on the Gondola in Bacino Orseolo, right behind St. Mark's Square.

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A Tour Not to be Missed
, Feb 2020
This was the first time my wife and I were in Venice, a truly unique city with a history that was instrumental in shaping Europe from the period spanning the late medieval and modern eras. Since our arrival coincided with the Italian Government closing many tourist venues and annual events due to the number of coronavirus cases in Northern Italy Venice was very quiet, due to a steep decline in tourism, the overall effect being a monumental loss in all businesses dependend on tourists. One of the highlights of our trip, though, was the Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride. The company was very professional and accommodating. Our paticular tour comprised three couples, two from India and us (from America). Two Japanese women partcipated in the gondola ride segment only. The gondola ride is usually the last part of the tour, but the tour coordinator switched it to the beginninng. This turned out to be a plus, since the enjjoyable half-hour ride, in part on Venice's iconic Grand Canal, gave the group a chance to become comfortable with one another. The actual walking tour was fascinating, due in very large measure to our guide, Matteo. Matteo started his part of the tour by explaing the historical origins of Venice, first contextualizing the lagoon environment and the oddity of building, but improbably, a city-state that in many aspects made it the queen of the Adriatic for 11 centuries. As the tour progressed he explained in great detail the technology behind Venice's complex system of venetian wells. After that he tured our attention to the world of gondola construction, how it is a direct response to navigating the myriad canals that channel all through the city, and the techniques employed by the gondoliers who maneuvor this singular boats. Finally, as we walked along Matteo exlained the ever-increasing problematic of flooding and its baneful effects on Venice's buildings. We found the whole time fascinating. I do not hesitate to recommend the Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride to anybody visiting this wonderful city. By all means request Matteo as your tour guide.
Informative fun in Venice.
, Feb 2020
The tour guide explained lots of personal facts about Venetian history which was great. The gondolier was good fun and we had lots of chat with him.
Queit, Informative, Unforgettable
, Feb 2020
Andrew, our guide, was amazing!!! We had a brilliant walking tour, about 1,5hr, through the quiet small streets of Venice, away fro all the crowds. Andrew told us how and why Venice was built. This them concluded with a lovely gondola ride throw the narrow streets and went on to the grand canal. Absolutely fantastic. Highly recommended. Please remember, this goes through the small streets only, not big tourist areas. Beautiful and quiet.
Do not book any tickets through Vistor
, Feb 2020
I was never in Venice but was at the Venician Hotel and resort in Las Vegas for the gondola ride there and called in plenty of time to tell them it was a mistake and needed a refund but they said I couldn’t get one. What kind of ticket sales company will not give a full refund for a tour where you are not even in the country of Italy. I need my full refund.
Venice walking and Gondola ride
, Feb 2020
The walking tour does not cover the most popular attractions like St Mark's Square but does offer an alternative viewpoint regarding the history of Venice and takes your around an area that I would not have necessarily went to but it was informative and intresting. The Gondola ride was an experience and well worth doing. I thought this was well worth the money paid.
Pleasant and Informative
, Feb 2020
We had a lovely walk around Venice. We were lucky with the weather. Our guide was Effy. She was full of information that I wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. Definitely recommend it.
Well worth it.
, Feb 2020
Very nice walking tour with a great guide. Got some of the lesser known hidden gems and it was very interesting. Gondola was awesome as well.
Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride
Paul W
, Dec 2019
Below average tour, not a lot of important information about the places visited. Gondola ride was mediocre, too dark. Not worth the money. The guide was nice though.
Insensitive group
, Nov 2019
The organizers were very insensitive. 3 pm tour started late by 15 min. We were approx 15 min short of time (as we had a return train to Milan at 5.45 pm). Our request to give us gondolas ride a little earlier was bluntly turned down. We eventually could not take the gondola rides though we had paid for the same. The walking tour guide was good.
Fantastic guide
, Nov 2019
Our guide was fantastic. He was historically knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor which added to the experience. His English was great too so we were able to understand things thoroughly.

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