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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 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 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 12 people or fewer for walking section
  • Headsets

Reviews

5-stars from over 398 Customer Reviews

Mose was fabulous. He handled everything, including the tides, with ease. Very knowledgeable and easy going. He loves the city and it shows.
The tour was great! Our tour guide was knowledgeable, fun and quick on his feet due to having to take different paths due to flooding. The Gondola ride was so fun and beautiful! Would recommend this tour time and time again!
Our Guide Paolo was so incredibly knowledgeable. She was awesome!!! Many thanks to her!!! Hope she gets this feedback to. The Tour was perfect and very interesting! WE LOVED IT! And Venezia of course is amazing, such a pretty city!

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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Mose was fabulous. He handled everything, including the tides, with ease. Very knowledgeable and easy going. He loves the city and it shows.
The tour was great! Our tour guide was knowledgeable, fun and quick on his feet due to having to take different paths due to flooding. The Gondola ride was so fun and beautiful! Would recommend this tour time and time again!
Our Guide Paolo was so incredibly knowledgeable. She was awesome!!! Many thanks to her!!! Hope she gets this feedback to. The Tour was perfect and very interesting! WE LOVED IT! And Venezia of course is amazing, such a pretty city!
The guide was informative great walk
Nice tour, glad I did it, but weather was a bit challenging.
Tour was outstanding. Our guide was outstanding. Thoroughly enjoyed the tour.
Elena was a wonderful guide. She was so enthusiastic and informative. She was outstanding! Looking froward to doing another tour with her soon. Thanks
Very friendly and informative guide.
Our guide was great and the tour was fantastic even with the freezing temps! We would recommend it to anyone wanting to learn more about Venice!
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This is the third tour we have had with your company, the others were in Rome and as with your other guides, the tour guide Francesca was excellent. The tour was informative, interesting and we really enjoyed it. Thanks
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Elena was an amazing guide. She was very informative and entertaining. Great tour. Thank you!
We (Caitlin and Tomek) very much enjoyed this tour and would definitely recommend this tour to our friends. Elena's knowledge of Venice and the routes around the city were amazing and we even enjoyed getting our welly covers for Saint Mark's Square! Thanks again.
Our family loved this tour. Elena was very informative and obviously loves her home town. She showed us so much in 2 hours and made it fun. Great having the gondola ride as part of the tour. Too easy!
Very informative and fun.
Everything was excellent, i enjoyed every minute.
Fantastic tour. Our Guide, Giuseppina, was brilliant. Her knowledge of the history was extraordinary. She was born in Venice, and her love and passion for Venice was evident. Great tour!
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We had an absolutely WONDERFUL time and enjoyed every minute of it!!!
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This was a great tour! We loved the sites and information that was provided.
Giuseppina our guide was excellent, she knew Venice like the back of her hand. We saw the main tourist spots but also the back alleys and canals.
Signing up for this tour was one of the best things we did on our trip. Elena was an excellent guide. We saw things with her that we would not have seen or been exposed to otherwise. Her historical and cultural insights were invaluable. And the gondola ride was the perfect culmination. We just loved the whole tour.
We really enjoyed this tour, everything was very well coordinated and organized. Our guide Elena was great she was very well informed as well as engaging it was the perfect way to get an overview of Venice in a few hours. We would definetly recommend this tour!
The guide Nicolette had to wait too long for people who were lost. Therefore it took a while to start the tour even though we were there on time. Nicoletta was personable, knowledgeable and professional. Through her we learned about the Armenian monetary on St Lazzaro island which we visited on another day. Thank you for a wonderful tour of Venice.
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Amazing experience! Our guide was wonderful!
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Excellent tour full of information and beautiful walk..
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It was a fantastic tour! Our guide Paola was so knowledgeable and set the perfect pace for our tour. The highlight of our stay in Venice!!
Josie was amazing! She was super informative and patient with my family when my dad would fall behind. My favorite part of my Italy trip was this tour!
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We loved Marie-Terese's tales of the early Venetians' ethically challenged escapades. These events were very entertaining. She is well informed, with a great sense of humour, and a refreshing frankness. Our gondolier was less forthcoming--he indicated that he had a sore throat, so in that case, I understand his reluctance to speak with us until the end of the ride. Perhaps his role does not include information sharing. Nonetheless, the entire tour experience was engaging!
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We loved the tour. Moses was a wonderful guide, very knowledgeable and entertaining, and we were completely engaged the whole time. Also we very much appreciated that when we missed the first tour because of issues with the fog and vaporettos we were put on a replacement tour. Italian Food today in Rome - excellent as well!
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Our guide was fun and lively and made us feel comfortable and also made us laugh with her personal comments! She was great!