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Venice: Private Walking Tour with Optional Gondola Ride

4.9 / 5

60 reviews

Activity provider: Venice Events srl

Venice: Private Walking Tour with Optional Gondola Ride

Activity provider: Venice Events srl
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From US$ 215.46 per group up to 2

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Take a guided walking tour through Venice with your private guide. Choose to add a gondola ride to your activity and relax as you go through the Venice canals.

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2 - 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, German, Italian
Private group


  • Discover the extraordinary architectural masterpieces
  • Relax on a 2-hour guided walk away from the tourist crowds
  • Stroll along the narrow streets, to encounter hidden away treasures
Full description
Enjoy a relaxing 2-hour guided walk away from the main tourist sites and crowds. Make your way through the labyrinth of alleyways towards the famous opera house La Fenice which burned down and has now been rebuilt to its original glory, then a quiet walk towards Palazzo Fortuny once known as Palace of the Orpheans. See the ornate Bovolo spiral staircase (known as ‘of the snail’) tucked away in a tiny courtyard, then onto a view of the Rialto Bridge and Grand Canal, Marco Polo’s house and much more. Take advantage of your expert guides and learn about the Venetian dialect. Hear the history of this enchanting city from your local guides. Discover the extraordinary architectural masterpieces and why they were built that way, learn how Venice lost out on the trade routes when the New World was discovered, leaving Venice medieval forever. Strolling along the narrow streets, “calle” to encounter hidden away treasures. Explore the particular difficulties Venice has to face. This tour will leave you knowing so much more about this not so practical but precious city. Upgrade your tour to include an optional relaxing 30-minute gondola ride from the gondola station of Santa Maria del Giglio next to the Gritti Palace Hotel.
  • 2-hour walking tour with qualified local guide
  • External visit of the most popular Venetian sights and hidden corners: the Fenice Theatre, the Bovolo Staircase, and Rialto Bridge
  • Pick-up from a centrally located meeting point
  • 30-minute gondola ride (if option booked)
  • This tour does not include inside visits to museums or attractions.
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Saint Mark's Square under the arches of the Correr Museum. How to reach the meeting point: Arriving by boat (Vaporetto): Arriving close to the Saint Marks Square get off the boat (Vaporetto) No:1 or No:2 at the “Vallaresso” boat stop and walk directly down the street “Calle Vallaresso” passing Harrys bar on your right and the Hotel Monaco and Grand canal on your left. When you arrive at the end of the street turn right and walk towards Saint Marks square, before you pass under the arches bear left and then go right under the arches in front of the post office making your way into the square. Here you will find the entrance to the Correr museum and will see our assistant holding an orange umbrella at the entrance to the square. By foot: Make you way into Saint Marks square, the Correr museum is at the opposite side of the church right on the other side of the square under the arches. For your tablet, smartphone or GPS System: Latitude: 45.433636 Longitude: 12.337166

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Oversize luggage

Know before you go

  • Comfortable shoes
  • The gondola ride does not include a guide
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 60 reviews

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We can highly recommend the private two-hour city tour. The starting point was described precisely, the tour started on time. Our guide took us through the city in a very pleasant way, showing us places away from the usual crowds of tourists. Historical and current topics were conveyed in a very understandable and personable way. There was also enough time for questions. We recommend the tour right at the beginning of a visit to Venice so that you can then implement the valuable tips! Highly Recommended!

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July 3, 2022

Our guide Gentiana was amazing! We are grateful and grateful to her who, in addition to her deep knowledge of Venice, is a woman with a strong gift of empathy. A rarity that we enjoyed very much. A beautiful harmony was created instantly that made all the difference on our private tour. Gentiana made us admire the beauty with amazement. A wise choice of places of cultural and historical interest selected with care and in the smallest details accompanied by exciting and engaging stories. My 11 and 14 year old sons and I were enchanted and fascinated by history, traditions, legends. Two hours of wonder, fly away! Each city should have at least one Gentiana. Congratulations and thank you because "Details make perfection and perfection is not a detail".

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April 24, 2022

Gentiana not only showed us the highlights with super interesting background knowledge about St. Mark's Square in 2 hours. Within a few steps we were far away from the tourist crowds and Gentiana surprised and enchanted us with secret secluded places, about which she also had interesting insider knowledge and funny legends. The tour was super interesting, Gentiana is a very personable, professional guide with a sense of humor, who easily managed to inspire and captivate us and our 12-year-old daughter! Highly recommended - we would do a tour with her again anytime! Many thanks again

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April 20, 2022

Product ID: 125888