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Venezia, Italy
Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

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icon2 hours 9 minutes to 2 hours 27 minutes  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Explore the famous sites and hidden charms of Venice on this walking tour, followed by a ride through the city’s canals on an iconic gondola. Follow your local guide through a romantic maze of surrounding backstreets to discover some of Venice’s lesser-known gems. Learn the fascinating history of Venice as you wander through narrow alleys and over stone footbridges, and then hop aboard a Venetian gondola for a leisurely ride along the Grand Canal.
  • Venice tour including a gondola ride and walking tour
  • Take a gondola ride down the Grand Canal of Venice!
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Venice, passing sights that the tourist maps miss
  • Stroll through narrow back streets and alleyways while learning about Venetian history

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This bestseller pairs a walking tour with a gondola ride, for not much more than the price of the ride alone.
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Gondola ride (30 minutes)
Professional guide
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Interior visits to Venice attractions
S. Marco , Riva degli Schiavoni, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Alilaguna ticket office at the Royal Gardens gate, San Marco stop. Please refer to this information (don't look for Alilaguna office on Google maps). Strictly requested to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the departure of the tour.

3:00 PM
Bacino Orseolo , Bacino Orseolo, 30124 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

The tour ends at Bacino Orseolo, right behind St. Mark's Square

This walking tour of Venice provides an excellent introduction to the city’s highlights and history, plus the classic Venetian experience of riding in a gondola.

Meet your guide near St Mark’s Square, wander through the surrounding neighborhood as your guide illuminates the history of Venice as a maritime superpower and incubator of Renaissance art. Admire iconic Venetian landmarks such as the Teatro la Fenice opera house, the Rialto Bridge and the mysterious spiral staircase of Scala del Bovolo. The specific tour itinerary may vary by day, as there is so much to see!

After exploring the city’s romantic streets by foot, climb aboard a traditional gondola boat for a romantic ride along the city’s famous canals. Navigated by a friendly gondolier, cruise by spectacular historic structures along the Grand Canal and float down smaller watery ways in the Fenice neighborhood. Then, step back on solid ground at the Dogana/Valaresso Station in central Venice.

Please note: The walking tour does not include entry to the monuments.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Canal Grande
The itinerary of this Gondola Ride will take you on the Grand Canal.
Pass By:  
Ponte di Rialto
During the Gondola Ride you will reach the Grand Canal and have a look at the Rialto Bridge
Pass By:  
Piazza San Marco
The Gondola Ride leaves from Bacino Orseolo, right behind St. Mark's Square which you can visit by your own
Pass By:  
Gondola Bacino Orseolo
You will get on the Gondola in Bacino Orseolo, right behind St. Mark's Square.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Bucintoro Viaggi
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride.

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Traveler Tips


  • "You need to travel in single file since the streets are so narrow so its hard for large groups to navigate and hear everything." See review
  • "It can be a little crazy getting into a gondola if it is busy." See review

Reviews

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2,905 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Excellent knowledge by...
Kevin_E
, May 2022
Excellent knowledge by the guide. Just what we wanted and the Gondaloda ride was a bonus. Well worth the money was shown and told about things you would never discover on your own
star-5
Venice Walking Tour
BruceMcFaul
, May 2022
Mattao was our guide. Great English. He was extremely knowledgeable. Answered lots of question and appeared to really enjoy his work. The gondola ride at the end made for a perfect ending. Reasonably priced and well worth the investment.
star-4
Walking tour good. Gondola ride not so good. Had to wait 40 minutes for a 30 minute ride.
Eugene_F
, May 2022
Local guide knew area history as she is local resident living in the area we toured. Gondola service was chaotic.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Wonderful Venice
Heather_M
, May 2022
A wonderful experience especially the gondola ride. A mixed group but lovely companions..walking tour interesting but a bit slow. Would have liked to see more
star-4
Very organised tour.
Elvira_P
, May 2022
Stephano our Tour guide is very accomodating. The weather is great. The timing for Gondola ride is perfect.
star-3
Gondola uncomfortable
Mary_L
, May 2022
Gondola should not be shared or it should be disclosed that it is a shared experience. Enjoyed our Guide on the walking tour.
star-5
A Viator Mother’s Day in Venice
margaret_c
, May 2022
Avisa was our tour guide and did a fabulous job navigating through busy San Marco square and through the narrow streets of Venice. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. Georgio, our gondolier was wonderful as well. We had a beautiful afternoon and ending to our trip.
star-4
Gondola ride was worth it
Paul_L
, May 2022
The walking tour part was fairly brief, though informative and the guide was very good. It was a nice chance to ask all those questions like "does everyone have a boat?" or "Do you need a license for a boat?' and to hear about the floods. The gondola ride was nice. Calm through some of the small canals for about a half hour. Enough to enjoy is and not overly long or expense.
star-5
Great value.
paulasilbey
, May 2022
Excellent value and lovely guide. Inexpensive way to take a gondola ride. Guide spoke perfect English and was very informative.
star-5
Fantastic, memorable tour
Hendrikus_M
, May 2022
The walking tour we had was more than fantastic, of course because it showed the not major touristic sites but instemde the small streets and its insiders. But the major difference was made by the tour guide , the way he presented and above all his humor was for us incredible and more than fantastic. It made the tour really so memorable. Thanks and highly recommendable
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Venice explained
Anthony_B
, Apr 2022
Very interesting tour with some unusual places visited. Gondola was good fun met up with more people.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Good enough.
Mauricio_C
, Apr 2022
It was a good tour, but if I have to compare with other walking tours we have taken, this one was quite simple in terms of the history we heard. May be it was about expectations. May be what it was offered was just what was delivered. Based on what we saw here in Venice, there’s a lot more to talk about during the walking tour or gondola tour.
star-5
A really good intro to this beautiful city
jacqueline_O
, Apr 2022
The guide was informative , amusing and knowledgable . He made it fun . The gondola trip was on time and really beautiful
star-2
Great tour and gondola ride
Paul_H
, Apr 2022
Great tour and gondola ride but spoilt by the fiasco of ticket redemption. 1hr 1/2 searching for a ticket redemption office with no clear signs or direction.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fabulous Venice
Sandra_I
, Apr 2022
We really enjoyed our guide and his unique take on some aspects of the tour. He had a great sense of humour abd was very knowledgeable. The gondola ride sfter was great too well worth the price.
star-3
Too many people in...
joanne_s
, Apr 2022
Too many people in walking tour. Long wait in lines. Line to gondola very long and too many people in gondola.
star-5
Better than any guide book - excellent value for money
Juliet_O
, Apr 2022
Great tour guide - very informative. Audio system a great idea - we learnt much more than a guide book tells ! Gondola trip was 30 minutes and made the tour exceptional value for money.
star-5
Loved the walk
Jose_I
, Apr 2022
Very nice and informative. The gondola ride is a must while you visit Venice. Our guide was quite informative.
star-5
Good tour
Robert_L
, Apr 2022
Good tour, maybe too many people so we lost connection with her voice on long single file walks. Didn’t do the ride as one of the other attendees made my other half uncomfortable.
star-4
A must!
Sharon
, Apr 2022
We really enjoyed this tour and gondola ride. The guide was lively and entertaining. Her information was pitched at a good and interesting level. The gondola ride was a good experience too.

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