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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 566 Customer Reviews

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
Martina was fantastic! We really enjoyed our tour and the insights she provided.

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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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.
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We thoroughly enjoyed our walking tour with Paola. This was our second time to Venice and we saw so much more, and the gondola ride was very nice. It was good value and time well spent.
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We actually took two Walks of Italy tours during our recent trip to Italy. The first one was a full day walking tour of Rome on September 12th with Emma. She was absolutely fantastic. Very knowledgeable and personable, and very attentive to the groups' needs. At the end of the tour she gave us a recommendation for a dinner restaurant near our hotel. The food and service there was the best of our trip and it made our vacation memorable. The second tour was the half-day walking tour of Venice. Paola was an absolute delight. She was totally knowledgeable and fun and was a pleasure to be with. we are SO happy we took these tours. We would have missed so much if we decided to do this on our own or take a bus tour. Walking give you a feel for the city and enables you to walk off all the calories from the pizza, pasta and gelato!! :-)
Matteo was absolutely the best guide! He shared the fascinating history of Venice and took us on a many step tour with a focus on Rialto Bridge area and St. Mark's Square. The gondola ride was the cherry on top.
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Lole was brilliant. Knowledgeable, passionate, engaging and funny. A great tour.
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This was a great way to get an overview of the unique features of Venice, a skip-the-line entry into St. Mark's Basilica with a knowledgeable guide, plus a pre-arranged gondola ride. Well worth the cost.
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She was funny and informative. She was great at telling us how Venice has changed and is changing and mixing this with the history and architecture.
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Andrea was a fantastic guide. He really brought a personal insight into the history of the city and also about contemporary life in Venice. He was a gracious host and made the tour a highlight of the trip. Thank you!
My husband and I essentially had a private tour (only 2 of us signed up!) When they say small groups, they mean it! And the price of a gondola ride alone was €80 per person so the way I see it, the amazing tour was free and we only paid for the ride. Tullia was fabulous, friendly, and informative. She answered all questions and even gave us tips on where to eat and drink. Would book this again in a heart beat!
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The tour guide was amazing thank you.
Very informative and fun. Moses was excellent.
I thoroughly enjoyed my tour with Marie-Therese! She was a fabulous, patient and informative guide. The tour exceeded my expectations and I would highly recommend it to anyone traveling to Venice. Thank you very much! Sincerely, Maria Kowalski