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Key Details

  • City: Venice
  • Duration: 3hrs
  • Start Time: 9.30AM

Tour Highlights

  • Get a comprehensive view of the city, from top sights to hidden palaces, on our local-led Venice walking tour.

  • Enjoy a 30 minute gondola ride through quiet, atmospheric canals (for much less than the going rate!)

  • Skip long lines at St. Mark's Basilica for a guided tour inside.

The Rialto Bridge, visited on our tour The view from the Rialto Bridge Explore quiet neighborhoods & canals You never know what you'll see Small groups mean easy interaction The Rialto Market Rialto Fish Market Rialto Fish Market Rialto Fish Market Rialto Fish Market Rialto Fish Market St. Mark's Square Plus a Venice gondola ride! Max 6 people per gondola Venice gondola on the Grand Canal Venice gondola on the Grand Canal Who wants to travel by vaporetto? Gondolier by the Rialto Bridge Navigate the quieter canals Navigate the quieter canals Rialto Fish Market Rialto Fish Market Rialto Fish Market Rialto Fish Market Rialto Fish Market Rialto Fish Market Rialto Fish Market Rialto Fish Market The Venetian flag

EXTENDED TOUR DESCRIPTION

GET TO THE HEART OF VENICE IN 3 HOURS

Combining big-name sights and hidden corners, this Venice walking tour takes you to the heart of the city in just 3 hours; giving you a broad view of the history, culture and character of the Floating City.

Led by an expert local guide (Venetians do exist!), you’ll start by the Rialto Bridge. Hear how the structure was considered so audacious in its engineering that critics at the time predicted it would fall (it’s still standing, 420 years later). Drop by the Rialto Fish Market to hear about the city's fishermen before veering off the beaten path into Cannaregio; one of the loveliest, most authentic areas of Venice.

We’ve carefully chosen the stops on this tour to give you a real insight into the city. Sure, you’ll see the Rialto Bridge, 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 present. Curious about real estate prices? Or how they handle flooding? Now’s your chance to ask a real insider! And since your group is so small, with a maximum of 12 people, there’s no reason to be shy.

SKIP LONG LINES AT ST. MARK’S BASILICA

While the atmosphere of Venice is best experienced on a walking tour of its streets and canals, there are some sights you really can’t miss. St. Mark’s Basilica is top of this list, as long general access lines usually attest.

With skip the line entry you’ll get straight inside for a 30-minute tour with your guide. Learn how the relics of St. Mark arrived here by dubious means, admire its incredible gold mosaics and understand why the church’s east-meets-west architecture is a perfect representation of the city of Venice.

ENJOY A 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.

Sites visited

  • St. Mark's Basilica & Square
  • Gondola Ride
  • Rialto Fish Market
  • Rialto Bridge
  • Grand Canal
  • House of Marco Polo
  • Church of Miracles
  • & numerous hidden streets and squares

Included

  • Skip the line tickets to San Mark's Basilica
  • Venice gondola ride with no more than 6 people (unguided)
  • Venice walking tour including local Venetian guide
  • Small groups of 12 people or fewer for walking section
  • Headsets

Reviews

5-stars from over 202 Customer Reviews

Was fantastic. Loved it. :)
Our Guide, Freddy was delightful and helped to make our visit to Venice memorable. My only regret was that I did not thank her properly, as we boarded the gondola and we did not see her again. Please pass on our thanks. Sarah and Harriet
We had a great tour with a great guide. In your email you write that you have saved that our guide was called Giuseppina. That is not correct. Our guides name was Mose. Just wrirting that to make sure he gets the credit for his great job. ;)
Frederica was a true Venetian and we were so happy to have her as our tour guide. Very knowledgeable and personable .
Angelo is fantastic
Again a very knowledgeable guide. I will use your services again and so recommend you to Friday.
Thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Mose was full of information and able to answer any questions asked.
Very happy with the tour and the guide
Mose was extremely competent guide. First, he is so knowledgeable. Second, he was able to answer everyone's questions and was patient with all of us. The tour was measured and we enjoyed it immensely. Mose is a really fine guide.
Josey was wonderful! We enjoyed our tour of Venice!
My wife and I really enjoyed Giuseppina's insight on the tour. We would highly recommend her, and this tour, to our friends.
We also did a highlights of Venice tour the next day with the same guide. My family and I were very satisfied and judged all other tours against the quality of this tour. Thank you.
Great tour. Long, rainy day and flooding in Venice, but our guide was wonderful. So knowledgeable and open to questions. This portion exceeded expectations.
Our guide, Giuseppina, provided informaion about living in Venice toady and in years past, archetetual 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.
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.
Very good tour. Mirco was great - informative, interesting, good sense of humor. Loved that we only had 7 people in the group - moved right along.
Mirco was very good and we loved our tour. Good to be in small groups too (7 on ours). We followed Mirco advice and visited bacari in the afternoon.
It's nice to have two guides that love their city. It shows. Thank you.
Our first walking tour in any city and we really enjoyed it and our guide (Laura?). Insightful, enthusiastic, funny and memorable.
A very enjoyable start to our visit to Venice. The gondola ride was a great topped, but the tour with Mose was fun and informative. We all felt like we knew Venice much better after the tour.
Fantastic tour! Fabulous and knowledgeable guide! Thank you!
Mosè is unique, entertaining, knowledgeable! Also, he knows how to rock a scarf!
Mose was the best! He was so good that we lost track of time and before we realized, two wonderful hours had gone by! Thoroughly enjoyed the Rialto Market visit!
Loved Mose's introduction to Venice! Only wish that we had scheduled additional tours with your firm.
Moses has a gift as a presenter!
This was our first trip to Venice and this tour was excellent. Mose did a great job of explaining all the sights and his English was very good. I would highly recommend this tour.
Mose was great, very knowledgable and passionate. He also had a great senses of humour and looked after the group very well.
This was an excellent tour. Highly recommended, excellent value and excellent information.
Wonderful tour and fantastic guide.
Excellent guide. Best tour of our holiday!
Freddie was a brilliant tour guide striking a good balance between history and local anecdotes. We really enjoyed our morning, thank you!
Best was gondola ride. Also guide recommendation for spritz. Guide was very good.
I cannot say enough about how delighted we were with the quality of the tours that Mose led. He is speaks excellent English and his knowledge of all the places we saw were amazing. I truly felt I had taken a semester of Venetian history with him. Both my husband and I were very impressed.
What an interesting tour I learnt a lot about Venezia and its history. Very well presented and an easy pace. Highly recommend.
Mose was the best tour guide. We enjoyed our time as it was our first visit to Italy - Venice. He had lots of valuable information & history knowledge and his sense of humor made us enjoy the day!
Our guide was wonderful. very knowledgeable and easy to understand.
Moise was very knowledgeable, friendly, efficient, entertaining, and an excellent tour guide.
Moses was very knowledgable and very engaging
Mirco was excellent very knowledgeable and interactive. He was a great tour guide and ensured we had a great time and we're safe
Mose was very knowledgeable about the various places/sights and answered every question with enthusiasm and patience. Best tour guide we had on our 2-week Italy tour! Great job done and we would like to praise him for his excellent services.
Frederica was a great guide. She made us feel as if we were truly friends being given a tour by a hostess, not an impersonal guide. She was also very attentive to the needs of my 84 year old mother during the incredible heat wave Italy experienced this summer.
Mirco wan fantastic. He took a personal interest in each guest and tailored his information and points of interest in such a way that we felt as if we were having a personal tour with old friends . I would highly recommend this your to colleagues
Wonderful tour Really appreciate the headphones so we do not have to stand on top of the guide to hear him
Wonderful tour Really appreciate the headphones so we do not have to stand on top of the guide to hear him
Josie did a brilliant job at keeping the adults and kids interested whilst providing so much interesting information! Highly recommended!
This was a very good tour. We love it. Highly recommended to everyone visiting Venice for the first time. The time went by very fast. And very informative. The tour guide (sorry I cannot remember his name), was extremely very good. His knowledge of Venice was enlightening.
My guide, Susan, did a great job guiding the tour. It was very interesting and relaxing.
Federica was friendly and extremely knowledgable on Venice. Wonderful tour!
Very informative and interesting. It was nice having a small group it made it easier for listening and getting around.
The guide was wonderful. It was such a treat to explore the streets with a native Venetian!
Well organized, informational, and fun. Definitely a great option if you'd like to add some structure to a day in Venice without committing an entire day.
Our guide and her coverage was one of the best I have witnessed. Although there was a bit of commotion at the end re the Gondola ride, overall was great.
Great! Venice is so unique. The guide was so helpful with local shops and restaurants.
Federica was great, she gave us really interesting information, she went at a good pace and she made the tour very enjoyable.
Susan was wonderful! My Mom and I loved how she pointed out small details from buildings and the neighbourhood.
Freddy was fabulous an catered it to our need and wants. I highly recommend her!
This was a very good tour and the tour guide was very engaging.
Moose was very knowledgeable and interesting and really looked after us. We appreciated his professionalism and enjoyed the tour very much.
Moose was very knowledgeable and interesting and really looked after us. We appreciated his professionalism and enjoyed the tour very much.
Our guide was truly excellent and did a great job.
Our guide was truly excellent and did a great job.
One of the most enjoyable and well-run tours I have experienced.
He was engaging and well-informed.
A good start for exploring Venice!
Guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Would highly recommend!
This tour was a lot of fun. We explored the Realto market and moved to St. Marks. I especially enjoyed the gondola ride. A " must not miss" experience in Venice.
Francesca was excellent. We have recommended your tour to other people on the ship
We very much enjoyed our Vatican tour. The knowledge of the guide (Daniel I believe) was outstanding. There was so much to take in but our guide did a great job of highlighting interesting facts/stories about what we were seeing. Highly recommend this tour! Craig..
Francesca was SO knowledgeable and told us so much about the history of Venice - it was a great way to be introduced to a truly magical place!
We were very pleased with the tour. Susan provided lots of very interesting details about Venice. It was a pleasure to meet Susan and learn first hand from an expert guide. Please extend our thanks to Susan. Lynne and Greg
I enjoyed our guide's insight into Venice and the people living in Venice.
Our guide Francesca was fabulous. I can not say enough about how good she was in terms of her knowledge and politeness. Please let her know we thought she was great.
Another great tour. I don't know where you keep coming up with such great guides. We saw Venice just as the Venetians do. Keep up the great work
Frederica was a wonderful guide. I appreciated the local color. The gondola ride was a nice finish
we learnt many interesting facts about Venice that you wouldn't read in books. She was a great guide and we loved the narrow back streets of the tour.
So glad that we took this tour with Mose. His knowledge was excellent, and was able to answer all of our questions. We learnt so much, both of the history of Venice, and of modern day Venice. And the gondola ride was a great way to end the tour. Well done, and well done to Mose.
Excellent service during the 2 tours with Francesca.
The Venice tour was incredible! We saw all of the little hidden sights as well as the major ones and our guide was amazing - very friendly, funny and helpful.
We loved Mirco! The fact that he was a native Venetian made the experience even more special! I wanted to buy an authentic Venetian made mask and he told me just where to go!
An excellent introduction to Venice, just what I needed to begin my stay. Guide Francesca was very knowledgeable and her English was very good. The gondola ride was a nice way to complete the tour - something I probably would not have done solo. Highly recommended.
Excellent introduction to City and good value for money. Guide was passionate about HER City.
Our first tour was Venice walking with Moise (?). He was great! We then had a tour in Florence and 2 in Rome. All guides were excellent. We loved the small group size. The guides were all informative and funny and made the experience very worthwhile. Thank you.
Really nice tour. Informative guides who seem enthusiastic. Lots of great information.
We had a great time during our tour in Venice.
Wonderful tour! We loved our guide, Marco. He was very informative and friendly!
Mose' was excellent. He gave us some valuable information which I was able to use the rest of my stay in Venice!
We just spent 10 days in Italy and Greece and these were by far the best tours of our trip. Small group with a knowlegable and passionate guide. Will definitely look at Walks of Italy tours when we are next in Italy
This tour was really good. Mose was an awesome tour guide. He had lots of useful information and fun anecdotes.
Marina took us through some beautiful parts of the city, and was extremely knowledgable about the area and history. The gondola ride was quite a bit of fun, and went longer than I had anticipated.
The Guide Susan was excellent, very knowledgeable and took very good care of us. She saw to our assigned gondola ride. What a lovely tour it was. thank you.
Both tours were lead by Marina who was very knowledgeable and thorough on both tours. I would recommend her to others.
Our guide was a native of Venice so she was so wonderful to listen to. I was disappointed that there was no guidance on the Gondola ride. Our Gondolier at one point took a smoke break and also talked on cell phone
Excellent tour. Giusy was knowledgeable and gave great insight into Venetian life. Enjoyed it and the Gondola ride too.
Wonderful walking tour - guide was friendly and informative. Would highly recommend.
We had a great morning with Giusy. The tour was interesting and there were a lot of interesting facts shared. A point of view from locals is always helpful and Giusy made our first day in Venezia a great experience.
Susan was absolutely amazing! She is very considerate of everyone's needs and made the tour excellent. She is a great public speaker and made everything sound interesting. Thank you Susan for making us love Venice even more!
We loved all the tours! The guides were extremely knowledgeable on their topics and gave interesting presentations.
Again your guides are wonderful he was very knowledgable and the tour took us to some great places
The tour guide is very professional, on time, the group size is good - enough so that all can ask qustions from the tour guide.
Excellent introductory tour. Guide (Marco) was very entertaining and informative. Enjoyed all of the funny bits of history and Venetian pride he would throw in.
Both the tours were great and the Guides were also good. Thank you
Marina was our guide for this tour and she did a fabulous job. Her knowledge of the city was excellent and she brought the history of Venice alive. The day of our tour it was rainy but we barely noticed as we saw the beautiful
Walks of Italy offers consistently excellent value and very professional guides.

Important information

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

After your 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.

On Sundays the Rialto market is closed, but we will still visit the area.

St. Mark's Basilica can be subject to unforeseen closures due to particular liturgical celebrations. In the case in which the basilica is closed, we will give you explanations from the outside. Please remember that the basilica is a holy place and attire must be appropriate: Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress. Backpacks are prohibited inside of St. Mark's Basilica.

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Was fantastic. Loved it. :)
Francesca was absolutely amazing as our tour guide. She was thorough in her explanation of Venice, easy to speak to, and happily answered any questions we had. We felt like we were able to see all of Venice and actually understand the historical sites and their importance in such a short amount of time. Cannot stress more how we loved our guide - we did about 5 tours in Paris and Italy among 2 different tour companies and she was hands down our favorite.
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Our Guide, Freddy was delightful and helped to make our visit to Venice memorable. My only regret was that I did not thank her properly, as we boarded the gondola and we did not see her again. Please pass on our thanks. Sarah and Harriet
We had a great tour with a great guide. In your email you write that you have saved that our guide was called Giuseppina. That is not correct. Our guides name was Mose. Just wrirting that to make sure he gets the credit for his great job. ;)
Frederica was a true Venetian and we were so happy to have her as our tour guide. Very knowledgeable and personable .
Francesca was knowledgable about area and had excellent recommendations for local restaurants, sites.
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Federica was professional and knowledgeable. We enjoyed the tour and gondola ride.
Good morning walk ... Overall good Intro to city. Could use more "substance" , more content I showing the city .
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The tour was a lovely introduction into the every day life of Venetians - and dispelled a few of those Hollywood myths! There certainly is more to see than just St Marks square and Giuseppina was equally entertaining and informative. The gondola ride was a nice addition - I wouldn't have chosen to go for a gondola ride (too touristy!) but it was surprisingly peaceful on the water in the back canals away from all the foot traffic. Very enjoyable way to see Venice.
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This was a great tour to see the behind the scenes action of Venice. Giuseppina did a great job of pointing out places to go after the tour; restaurants to eat, shops to visit and places of interest. I wish the gondola ride was centered on the grand canal a bit more. We were actually on the grand canal for about 5 or 6 mins out of the entire 30 min ride. Maybe a different loading area would have been better.
Angelo is fantastic
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Again a very knowledgeable guide. I will use your services again and so recommend you to Friday.
Thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Mose was full of information and able to answer any questions asked.
Very happy with the tour and the guide
Mose was extremely competent guide. First, he is so knowledgeable. Second, he was able to answer everyone's questions and was patient with all of us. The tour was measured and we enjoyed it immensely. Mose is a really fine guide.
I have a degree in Fine arts and art history, so when I have a knowledgeable guide I appreciate it. She was great! Having the electronic head sets was very helpful so all could hear very clearly. The gondola ride was great- just long enough.
Josey was wonderful! We enjoyed our tour of Venice!
My wife and I really enjoyed Giuseppina's insight on the tour. We would highly recommend her, and this tour, to our friends.
We also did a highlights of Venice tour the next day with the same guide. My family and I were very satisfied and judged all other tours against the quality of this tour. Thank you.
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.
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We thought our tour guide was very interesting & informative. We appreciated inclusion of the gondola ride at a reasonable cost, as it is a unique Venice experience that we probably would not have purchased separately.
Great tour. Long, rainy day and flooding in Venice, but our guide was wonderful. So knowledgeable and open to questions. This portion exceeded expectations.
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Our guide, Giuseppina, provided informaion about living in Venice toady and in years past, archetetual 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.
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.
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.
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Very good tour. Mirco was great - informative, interesting, good sense of humor. Loved that we only had 7 people in the group - moved right along.
Mirco was very good and we loved our tour. Good to be in small groups too (7 on ours). We followed Mirco advice and visited bacari in the afternoon.
Very informative. Our guide walked us to many parts of Venice looking at historic sites, architectural examples and culturally important parts of town. Our guide was easy to understand and was willing to answer any questions. He was very well informed and clearly cared about helping us understand the sights we were seeing. Gold stars to him.
It's nice to have two guides that love their city. It shows. Thank you.
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Our first walking tour in any city and we really enjoyed it and our guide (Laura?). Insightful, enthusiastic, funny and memorable.
Great tour. Guide friendly, interesting, well-spoken. Venice is a very confusing city and this tour helped us to discover parts of the city unknown to us. We felt more comfortable and less confused finding our way around Venice after the tour. Thank you. One suggestion: Gondola ride was the last part of our tour. It was very exciting but the gondolier was not informative- he spent his time talking in his native tongue to other gondoliers. And when the ride was over, we did not know how to find our way back to a familiar sight. We didn't realize that we were on the other side of the canal! Perhaps our guide could have informed us how to get back to the starting point before the gondola ride began. A very worthwhile tour.
We loved our Walks of Italy tour! In fact, we took 3 WOI tours during our vacation! all 3 were fantastic with very attentive and knowledgeable guides that were personable and always eager to answer our questions. We learned so much more using a tour !! Loved the gondola ride, cheesy! but a must do while in Venice!! Thankyou!
A very enjoyable start to our visit to Venice. The gondola ride was a great topped, but the tour with Mose was fun and informative. We all felt like we knew Venice much better after the tour.
Fantastic tour! Fabulous and knowledgeable guide! Thank you!