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Venice Walking Tour & Gondola Ride

From US$ 75 per person
Excellent 4.6
Based on 14 Reviews
  • No booking or credit card fees
  • E-ticket/Mobile voucher
  • Learn the secrets of the architectural marvel of Rialto Bridge & visit Rialto Fish Market
  • Explore a maze of charming alleyways, bridges and palaces
  • Get special access to the terraces of St. Mark’s Basilica with spectacular views
  • Take a relaxed Gondola ride through the canals.
Your tour starts at the lovely Campo San Giacomo di Rialto where you’ll meet your expert tour guide (always a local Venetian) and head to the world-famous Rialto Bridge. Find out why it was initially considered a very bad idea to build and how it has proved its naysayers wrong. Near the bridge you’ll peek into the Rialto Fish Market to hear about the long fishing history of the city its famous cuisine (with a restaurant recommendation or two).

Next you’ll dive into the sestiere of Cannaregio, one of the loveliest, most authentic neighborhoods in Venice and home to some of the city’s finest hidden gems.

You’ll continue through Venice on foot. Stop to admire the House of Marco Polo, the unique treasure-box design of the church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, and the Campo San Giovanni and Paolo, home to an incredible statue by Verocchio. You’ll even have time to stop at Campo Santo Maria Formosa, home to a variety of typical Venetian architectural styles and an amusing grotesque!

As you wind through Venice’s hidden alleyways, your local expert will regale you with tales of the city’s past—and with what it’s like to live on the island today. From real estate prices to how to get around when the city floods, you can ask your guide almost anything in your small group of no more than 12 fellow travelers.

Next it's off to the world-famous St. Mark’s Square, taking a moment to appreciate the space before diving into St. Mark’s Cathedral - with access to the group entrance you’ll avoid long general access lines. Here you will get a deep look at the way that Venice built a mercantile empire that once spanned the entire Mediterranean. As you gape at the mosaics and other treasures inside, your expert Venetian guide will explain how the city begged, borrowed, and yes, stole, almost all of them as it grew from a tiny island to one of the biggest powers in the Medieval world.

The highlight of the tour comes at the end with an all-inclusive half hour gondola ride with a professional gondolier. With only 6 people maximum per gondola, your experience will be intimate and relaxing, as you punt through the quieter hidden canals of Venice. This is your time to relax, unwind, and enjoy the city at its best!

Sites Visited:
- Rialto Bridge
- Rialto Fish Market
- Fondaco dei Tedeschi (from outside)
- House of Marco Polo (from outside)
- Church of Miracles (from outside)
- Campo San Giovanni e Paolo
- Scuola Grande di San Marco, Venice's main hospital (from the outside)
- Bronze Equestrian monument of Bartolomeo Colleoni by Verocchio
- Campo Santa Maria Formosa
- Arch of Paradise
- Church of San Zulian (from outside)
- St. Mark's Basilica
- Gondola ride (30 minutes)
what’s included
  • Venice walking tour including local Venetian guide
  • Skip the line access tickets at St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Venice gondola ride with no more than 6 people (unguided)
  • Headsets
what’s excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
Tour details
Availability Daily except Wed
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 3 hours
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
meeting/Start point Venice, Italy
Good to know ● Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.

● Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.

● After your 2-hour exploration of Venice, your guide drops you off at the Gondola Stand for a relaxing gondola ride. The guide will not be with you on the gondola.

● This tour runs rain or shine. However, please note that the gondola ride cannot operate during heavy rain or high tides. In this case we will provide an alternative itinerary.

● Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour.

● Please note that on Sundays the Rialto Market is closed.
customer reviews
4.6 - Excellent Based on 14 reviews
Enjoyed the tour
From United States of America USA At
5 - Excellent
“Susan provided a comprehensive and thorough overview of Venice. Her knowledge of Venice's history was second to none. Susan also gave me a really good tip on shopping which I greatly appreciated. I very much enjoyed the tour.”
Good tour!
From United States of America USA At
5 - Excellent
“Our guide, Giuseppina, provided information about living in Venice toady and in years past, architectural features, food procuring and preparation, Travel in and around Venice, weather changes. She set a nice pace and we had an enjoyable walk from Realto to St Mark's Square. The time passed quickly.”
Wonderful guides and tour!
From United States of America USA At
5 - Excellent
“Our guides for both events (Susan a.m. and Andrea p.m.) were both wonderful. You hate to leave them at the end of the tour, you wish you could spend the whole day with them, asking questions and hearing them talk about the history and the city that they have so much passion for. We returned to some of the places we visited on the tour and were so glad we had seen them with Susan and Andrea. On a side note, if either of the guides has recommendations for a good analysis/biography of either Carpaccio or Tintoretto, or about Byzantine Empire relations with Venetian Republic, that would be wonderful. Our knowledge of Venice is still very general, we've read Norwich history, some other general histories (and books on 4th Crusade), and general art history, but would appreciate educated recommendations that would allow us to go a little deeper. Thanks for the great tours and thanks to our guides. I would unhesitatingly recommend Walks of Italy to anyone I knew who was traveling to Italy and will look to Walks of Italy on our next trip to the country.”
Excellent tour
From United Kingdom UK At
5 - Excellent
“The organisation from this company was excellent. Clear instructions for meeting together with maps, phone numbers etc all very helpful. The organisation on the day was great as was our guide Francesca. We liked the tour and the social history around the city and market place. The gondola trip was great too. We would recommend this tour to our friends. Thank you.”
Cancellation Cancellations:
- For cancellations made more than 72 hours prior to tour commencement: Full refund.
- For cancellations made within 72 hours prior to tour commencement: No refund can be provided.

- For amendments made more than 72 hours prior to tour commencement: No amendment fee, pending availability.
- For amendments made within 72 hours prior to tour commencement: Amendments subject to a amendment fee per person, per tour, pending availability.

Late Arrivals & No Shows:
- No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
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Walks of Italy / Product Category: Sightseeing Tours
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