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Welcome to Venice

Key Details

  • City: Venice
  • Duration: 3hrs
  • Start Time: 9.00AM

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 18 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 pre-reserved tickets, 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 18 people or fewer for walking section
  • Headsets

Reviews

5-stars from over 587 Customer Reviews

The tour was wonderful, full of information, and lots of stories about the culture and birth of Venice. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, considerate, and very personable. This was my second tour and I was not disappointed.
Awesome
Susan was excellent. Witty, eloquent and knowledgeable. Delighted with the experience. Thank you

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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The tour was wonderful, full of information, and lots of stories about the culture and birth of Venice. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, considerate, and very personable. This was my second tour and I was not disappointed.
Awesome
Susan was excellent. Witty, eloquent and knowledgeable. Delighted with the experience. Thank you
Susan was fantastic! Her knowledge and love for what she does are evident and she made the day most enjoyable!! Thank you, Susan!!!
We all thoroughly enjoyed our walk with Paula even though it was very wet. She was very informative and passionate about Venice!
Mose was a pleasure to follow and learn from. He answered every question happily and knowledgeable, and we learned more than we had expected about the city of Venice. Would recommend to anyone I know going to Venice - you see all the hotspots AND understand the history and importance around it.
Moses was wonderful. Especially since the tour was just me and my husband. It was very personal. He is a very knowledgeable good person. Knows his stuff. Thank you again Moses! Ruby
Susan, our guide, was a ton of fun. She is so knowledgeable about all Venetian and we felt that we had the benefit of a true expert. Loved the fish market area, the back streets, St. Marks and the gondola ride. A wonderful package.
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Our guide was awesome and very knowledgeable. We enjoyed our tour and would recommend it to others.
Walking Venice with Paola was a wonderful experience! Highly recommended her!!
Initial e-mail problems with meeting time/place etc; responses sorted in timely manner, thanks. Tour all that we expected. Small party size made it easier to negotiate a very crowded (even for low season) tourist city and added to the ambience.
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Our guide was wonderful! He took good care of us and was extremely informative.
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I really enjoyed getting to know Venice as more than just the floating city.
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Great tour of Venice. Emanuele was very knowledgeable and engaging. Highly recommend.
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Walks of Italy is a top notch organization over the past years I have used them in Milan and Rome and enjoyed this introduction to Venice. Look forward to a return trip in the future. Great overview and great onsite to the Venice culture
This is the best way to see St Mark’s Basilicca given the number of people and the line wait otherwise. Our guide spoke excellent English and was extremely knowledgeable about the area and its history. The gondola ride in Venice is a must and nice at the end of the tour.
Paola was excellent and I liked the small size of our group.
we were in Italy for 2 weeks. took 4 tours. this was the best. great tour and fabulous guide
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Martina was fantastic! We really enjoyed our tour and the insights she provided.
Nicoletta was very good. We appreciated all of her insight. It was nice to do the tour earlier, as the area was very busy later on.
Our guide was exceptional; providing interesting historical and current information, as well as restaurant and shopping tips.
Loved the gondola ride - perfect amount of time. Laura gave us a beautiful tour of the streets and courtyards of Venice. Everyone prettier than the next. Thank you Laura. To give her
Marie Terese (I probably did not spell her name right!) was a fantastic guide full of information, humor and insight. We enjoyed our tour so much and learned more than just the average "tourist" details in our opinion. We would suggest this tour to friends and family and we'd use Walks of Italy again. Thank you for making our brief time in Italy so wonderful!
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He was very knowledgeable and genuinely provided us little details w never even thought of. He was a highly professional, entertaining guide.
Our tour guide was Mariana? So sorry I’m not sure if this is correct. In any case she was delightful, engaging, informative, cheerful, and she navigated our small group through the streets and over the bridges with ease. She pointed out very interesting things along the way. Definitely knows her history and beautiful city! She told also told us about current Venice life and pointed out some very interesting facts. She expertly guided us through San Marco square and into the Basilica. She made our tour so enjoyable and fun! Lovely personality! The gondola ride was very nice as well! Grazie Mille!
Great tour. Mosi was a fabulous resource/leader. Great story teller, and very authentic. He made Venice "come alive". Unfortunately at the very end, we had to wait 30 minutes for the gondola ride. 10 minutes is acceptable. Somehow, a better arrangement needs to be made which ensures that your clients get priority when they show up for the gondola ride. After running so many tours, one would reasonably think that this is possible. If it isn't, perhaps you should drop the gondola portion and charge much less. Overall, a memorable experience.
brilliant loved every minute of the tour and the guide was so knowledgeable and wonderful I'm sorry I can't remember her name but having someone who still lives in Venice was so enlightening. Thank you just the best experience!
Our guide Mose was really knowledgeable and gave us one of the best tours we had in our stay in Italy. He provided some detailed info we had not expected and overall a really nice overview of Venice.
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We had an amazing morning taken at a leisurely pace to learn about the formation of Venice, many of its historical key points in time and of course many of its location highlights. The meeting point was easy to find and even though we arrived 30 mins early there was already someone there to greet and check us in. The personal radio and headphones given to all meant we could hear everything our guide said even if we had fallen slightly behind. Worth every penny and more, fantastic way to get to know Venice
Fascinating insight into Venetian sights and lifestyle which you would not get from a book
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Our guide was fabulous... informative, attentive and charming. A great tour!!!
Great tour! Very knowledgeable, friendly and enjoyable guide!!
A fantastic way to find your feet in Venice! Our guide was a proud and passionate Venetian - such a joy to view the city through her eyes!
Was a great walk, a must do to see the highlights of Venice, learned a lot about the history of the fascinating area. Sara our guide was fantastic.
Excellent. Knowledgeable. Very nice. We went to the Vatican and Uta also did an excellent job. The Vatican is not easy. She was great.