Welcome to Venice

Walking Tour & Gondola Ride


2 hrs 30 mins

running days

Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat

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Why choose between a Venice walking tour and a gondola ride when you can do both? In this Venetian adventure, you’ll enjoy an off-the-beaten-path walking tour and a relaxing Venice gondola ride through beautiful canals. And you'll save money.


During your stroll through the city you’ll see varied sights from the famous Rialto Bridge, to beautiful artworks by Bellini hidden in little-visited church. You'll soak up the atmosphere of the city’s winding streets led by an expert local Venetian, then float along its stunning canals.


During your Venice walking tour you'll travel in small groups of 12 people or fewer, while your gondola will hold a maximum of 6 people - for a more relaxed and intimate experience. Not only that, but you'll save too. Venice gondola rides are normally priced at €80.

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What's included?

Venice walking tour led by a local Venetian guide; (unguided) Venice gondola ride with no more than 6 people per gondola; small groups of 12 people or fewer for walking section of the tour; headsets when required.

Due to the high probability of bad weather in winter, the next running date of this tour is April 3, 2015. Book now for dates after that or for visits before, consider our Legendary Venice Tour, our only Venice tour running year-round.

Why Choose this Tour?

What could be more romantic than a stroll and a gondola ride through Venice?

Experience this magical city in the best ways possible, while learning the fascinating history behind the most famous sites. A true Venetian (they do exist!) leads you through this open-air museum, letting you get your bearings as you explore a maze of charming alleyways, bridges and palaces. Top it off with a relaxing Venice gondola ride and you have the perfect introduction to this one-of-a-kind floating city.

Enjoy a Venice walking tour, visiting famous icons and secret sights.

After meeting your local expert at the lovely Campo San Giacomo di Rialto, you’ll head to the world-famous Rialto Bridge. Hear how the structure was considered so audacious in its engineering, critics at the time predicted it would fall. (It’s still standing, 420 years later!) And don’t forget to take those postcard-worthy pictures.

We'll drop by the Rialto Fish Market to hear about the city's fisherman and its famous cuisine before going off the beaten path into the sestiere of Cannaregio, one of the loveliest, most authentic neighborhoods in Venice. This area also happens to be home to some of Venice’s finest hidden gems.

In the Church of San Giovanni Grisostomo, admire stunning paintings by Bellini and Sebastiano del Piombo; visit the house of Marco Polo; admire the treasure-box church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli; at Campo San Giovanni and Paolo, you'll see a statue by Leonardo Da Vinci's former master; while Campo Santo Maria Formosa, offers a compact view of the varied and beautiful Venetian architectural styles.

Hear the stories that bring the streets and canals of Venice to life.

We’ve carefully chosen the sights on this tour to give you a real insight into the city. Sure, you’ll see the Rialto Bridge and pass some of Venice’s prettiest postcard spots, but you’ll also delve into quiet streets, pass peaceful canals and go beyond the areas that visitors usually see. This is where Venice is hiding its best architecture and secret stories – and that’s what we’re out to find.

As you wind through Venice’s hidden alleyways, your local expert will regale you with tales of the city’s past and tell you what it’s like to live on the island today. Curious about real estate prices? Or how they handle flooding? Now’s your chance to ask a real insider! And since your group is small, with a maximum of just 12 people or fewer, there’s no reason to be shy.

After spending some time with our expert local guides on our Venice walking tour, you’ll be well set up to get the best from the rest of your vacation – with top tips on what to visit, what to avoid and where to eat.

Enjoy a memorable Venice gondola ride with 6 people or fewer.

The best is yet to come! At the conclusion of your tour, your local insider will leave you in the expert hands of a professional gondolier. Climb onboard a traditional Venice gondola for a half-hour excursion through the city’s canals. Sit back and enjoy exploring the city as it was meant to be seen - from the water!

This is your time to relax, unwind, and enjoy Venice at its best. And with no more than 5 other people on your boat (max group size of 6) it’s sure to be every bit as romantic as you had dreamed. Venice gondola rides normally cost €80 but can cost more - so not only are you ticking another must-do off your bucket list, you're saving money too.

Allow us to introduce you to our Venice – a city of winding streets, stunning canals and stories untold.

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements here.

Meeting Point: Meets near the Rialto Bridge. Ends near St. Mark's Square. Full details provided upon booking.

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Prices for the Whole Family

Our tours aren't one-size-fits all and neither are our prices, which is why infants under 3 travel free and we have special pricing for children, students and seniors - just remember to bring ID on the day of your tour.

Adult: €59
Senior: €54
Child: €39
Student: €54

Private Tour Option Available

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5-star tours, as voted by TripAdvisor users

"We took the "Highlights of Venice: Walking Tour & Gondola Ride" with Walks of Italy. Loved every minute. Our guide was very knowledgeable, born and raised in Venice. It’s the perfect introduction to this one-of-a-kind “City of Water”! The tour last 2 hours plus the 30 minutes Gondola ride."

Walks of Italy won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2011, 2012 & 2013 - and we're on track to win in 2014!

Customer Reviews

"Excellent tour. Giusy was knowledgeable and gave great insight into Venetian life. Enjoyed it and the Gondola ride too."
Dayne & Kay S.
"Wonderful walking tour - guide was friendly and informative. Would highly recommend."

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements here.

Meeting Point: Meets near the Rialto Bridge. Ends near St. Mark's Square. Full details provided upon booking.

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