Secret Venice & Gondola Tour

Secret Venice & Gondola Tour

From US$ 54.41 per person

Enjoy a guided walking tour of the lesser-known piazzas of Venice and admire the harmonious Renaissance architecture of the exquisite buildings. Learn fascinating facts about their history and functions, and end with a sublime gondola ride.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German, Spanish, French, Italian

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore a lesser known side to Venice
  • See hidden piazzas and palaces
  • View the stunning Fenice Theater from the outside
  • Go to the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo and admire its exterior staircase
  • Take a tranquil gondola ride along some of Venice's canals
Full description
Explore a lesser-known side of Venice on a 2-hour tour of the city’s hidden piazzas and palaces. In the company of a professional multilingual guide, you will set off from the Venice Pavillon, in front of the Royal Gardens near San Marco Square and stroll for approximately 90 minutes through little squares and down narrow canal-side streets. Head for the world-famous Fenice Theatre, completely restored inside after the disastrous fire of 1996. See San Fantin Church, a harmonious Renaissance building built initially by Scarpagnino and extended by Sansovino. You will then proceed towards Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo to view its unusual spiral staircase overlooking the tiny courtyard. The tour ends back near San Marco Square, where you will swap land for water and enjoy a 30- minute gondola ride along some of Venice’s beautiful canals.
Includes
  • Guided tour
  • Gondola ride
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users
    COVID-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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    • Comfortable shoes

    Know before you go

    • German language tour is available on Monday and Friday only. Spanish tour is available every day.
    • Tour is not suitable for the handicapped.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    3.9 / 5

    based on 149 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.7 / 5
    • Transportation
      3.1 / 5
    • Value for money
      3.9 / 5
    • Safety
      4.2 / 5
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    Very interesting tour

    We liked the guide, she was Venetian, i think it was Giovanna. She was very informative and helpful. The gondola ride was shared with others which was fine for us. Be careful of pickpockets though, 1 girl on our tour was pickpocketed-she had her backpack on her back so it was easy for them to access but not long after they came running up to her and returned her wallet-she wasnt sure why.

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    September 20, 2017

    Very interesting walk

    We enjoyed the Secret Venice walking tour which wound around many little corners and we got a good idea of the basic structure of the Venetian islands and buildings. However, we were sorry we added the gondola ride. There were two of us and we ended up at the end of the line, so had to wait about 20 minutes for another tour to come along to fill the boat. No apology was offered, it might have made things better. There is a Disneyland-like feel to these gondola rides, probably unavoidable in the season but we could cheerfully have skipped this part.

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    August 7, 2017

    Gondola experience was amazing

    The use of google maps was helpful to find the meeting point once there was unclear. Turned out to be a little tourist office. Guide was friendly and took us to some lovely spots however she did repeat herself quite a bit. Even still very interesting and saw bits I wouldn't have been drawn to while alone. Gondola ride was amazing! Best part of the whole experience definitely would book to go on a gondola again with this company. The guys were lovely and joked with us and also gave lots of useful facts and history that was not said on the first segment of the tour. Price similar if you book with the office in person however was good to book online allowing us more spending money.

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    July 8, 2017

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