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Venice: Small Group Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

Venice: Small Group Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

From US$ 78.07 per person

Learn the history of Venice and its Byzantine architecture on a 2-hour walking tour. Then, take a gondola ride down some of the enchanting canals of the city center. Pass over and under romantic bridges and discover more about the Venetian Empire.

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  • Learn the architectural secrets and history of the Rialto Bridge
  • Punt down the hidden canals of Venice with a professional gondolier
  • See the Rialto Fish Market and learn about the famous cuisine of Venice
  • Discover the house where Marco Polo lived
  • Explore the enchanting district of Cannaregio
  • Look inside St. Mark's Basilica
  • See typical Venetian architecture on the Campo San Giovanni e Paolo
Full description
Discover the magic of Venice on foot and by water on a combined walking tour and gondola ride. Explore the city center with a local guide and then take an unaccompanied punt down the canals on the city’s famous mode of transport. Meet at the Campo San Giacomo di Rialto near the Rialto Bridge and learn why it was initially considered a very bad idea to build it. Take a quick look at the Rialto Fish Market to learn about the long fishing history of the city and its famous cuisine. Get a couple of restaurant recommendations from your local guide! Continue to the sestiere (district) of Cannaregio, home to some of the city’s hidden gems. Discover the house where Marco Polo once lived, and go to the unique Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli. See a remarkable statue by Verocchio on the Campo San Giovanni and Paolo, where you will also see a variety of typical Venetian architectural styles. Meander through hidden alleyways, and hear tales of the city’s past. Learn what it is like to live on the island today as you walk to St. Mark’s Square. Look inside St. Mark’s Basilica for a better understanding of how Venice built a mercantile empire that once spanned the entire Mediterranean. Gaze at exquisite mosaics and other treasures inside and hear how the city begged, borrowed and stole to grow from a tiny island to one of the biggest powers in the medieval world. Your guide will then leave you to enjoy a 20-minute (approximately) gondola ride with a professional gondolier. Limited to only 6 people per gondola, this experience will be both intimate and relaxing. Punt through the quieter canals of Venice as you relax and enjoy the city at its best!
  • Walking tour with local guide
  • Entrance to St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Gondola ride with no more than 6 people (unguided)
  • Headsets
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants who are 12 years and older must present a Green Pass that is valid in the EU and has a verifiable QR code. Valid Green Passes can be obtained by uploading either proof of vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months, a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts, or a negative antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts to the Green Pass or Covid Certificate apps
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the central fountain of Campo San Giacomo di Rialto (Campo San Giacometto). Campo San Giacomo di Rialto is located just to the west of the Rialto Bridge, towards the Rialto Market. The closest vaporetto stop is the "Rialto Mercato" stop.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Long pants
  • Long-sleeved shirt

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers

Know before you go

  • Until further notice, entrance inside St. Mark’s Basilica is not possible due to ongoing restoration work. Tours will visit the basilica's Terrace and its Museum instead
  • The walking tour is in groups of no more than 20 people
  • Unfortunately this tour is unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, in wheelchairs, or with strollers
  • St. Mark's Basilica is subject to unforeseen closures due to particular liturgical celebrations. If the basilica is closed, your guide will talk about it from the outside
  • After your 2-hour walking tour of Venice, your guide will drop you off at the gondola stand. The guide will not accompany you on the gondola
  • This tour runs rain or shine
  • Please note that on Sundays the Rialto Market is closed
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Pleasant walk and gondol ride

July 31, 2018

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