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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.  


  • 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

Mary P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Good tour! Saw the famous sights such as St. Marks square and the less visited back streets. Learned that Venice was built on layers of petrified forest! Good historical overview. Also took tour to see the famous Bovolo staircase which I may not have found on my own! The gondola ride was relaxing and our gondolier had a sense of humour and was entertaining

Trace L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great guide, great tour, great way to get to understand Venice, and the gondala ride at the end is a nice way to top off this tour

Mark H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The Walking Tour and Gondola ride was very good and I would recommend it to anyone. I wish that we had booked up a tour of Doges Palace and St Marks Basilica as well because the queues were really long and at the information office to get the tickets and we never got to see inside although we did see some beautiful Churches in other parts of Venice.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our guide was Venetian. She shared her knowledge, passion and love for the city in a fun and easy to understand manner. Her attention to how Venice came about and how it was structured and the impact of tourism today was really appreciated. This tour has given us a deeper understanding and clarified the many myths we hear about Venice. The Gondola ride meant more by having the Walking tour first. A great combination.

Susan W United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our Venetian guide Marina did a great job imparting her love for her native city in impeccable English. This walking tour does NOT hit the most popular places such as St Mark's so don't be looking for that. Instead we saw campos not piazzas and monuments that are meaningful to the history and residents of amazing Venice. We also got the lowdown on how it stays afloat and the problems that climate change is intensifying. See Venice while it's still here! You've got about a century.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A two hour walking tour with Marco was informative and entertaining.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was great! I learned a lot about Venice.

Ryan T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

alain b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

it was very good

Kim E E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The enthusiasm of the guide was contagious! She made Venice come alive with her stories. A really informative tour. If you can only pick one, this is it! Include the gondola tour, so much fun!

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