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Time2 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Discover the famous landmarks and hidden gems of Venice, first by land, and then by sea! Accompanied by a local guide, enjoy a leisurely walking tour around the city’s charming bridges, streets and hidden squares. Admire unique architecture and Renaissance masterpieces while your guide shares fascinating tales from the history of this former maritime superpower. Then, enjoy a romantic ride through the city’s canals aboard a classic Venetian gondola.
  • Venice walking tour and gondola ride, with a local guide
  • Finish the tour with a 35-minute Venice gondola ride through the city
  • Choose between a morning or evening tour to suit your schedule
  • Visit the quieter side of the Grand Canal exploring the city's lesser-known gems
  • Enjoy as your expert, English-only speaking local guide brings the dark history of Venice to life
  • Relax on a shared gondola ride with a real local ‘gondoliere’
Spend a leisurely 2 hours exploring the world-renowned highlights and tucked-away delights of Venice. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure to suit your schedule, and then meet your guide in central Venice near the Accademia Bridge. 


Follow your expert, English-speaking guide through the quieter streets and piazzas of Venice. As you walk, your guide will captivate you with histories of Ca’Dario, the cursed (and possibly haunted) house whose owners have continuously met untimely and often suspicious deaths. You’ll learn why music schools around the world are called ‘conservatories’ at Fondamenta degli Incurabili, the hospital where monks took orphans from the streets and trained them as nurses and world-famous musicians. And at Redentore Church, your guide will help you to imagine the huge festivals that once flowed from here to Piazza San Marco, gondolas filling every inch of the canals for huge firework shows.

Along with local legends, you’ll hear some tales of familiar characters. You’ll see Harry’s Bar across the canal where Ernest Hemingway once kicked back after a long day of writing. You’ll see the home of Peggy Guggenheim, the heiress who lost her father to the Titanic but gained the means to build one of the world’s most interesting art collections. (Back in her day Peggy used to scandalize the locals by sunbathing naked on her roof and parading around town with a pack of tiny dogs on leashes.)
Ever heard of Othello? You’ll see the house where Desdemona supposedly lived before her tale was transcribed by an Italian author and stolen by a man called William Shakespeare.

For a romantic finish to your tour, climb aboard a classic Venetian gondola and enjoy a 35-minute ride through the city’s famed canals. As your expert gondolier navigates the watery ways, soak up the passing sights of historic palaces and homes that line the canals, and get a glimpse into daily life in this magical city. 

Reviews

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G
, Oct 2018

Fantastic tour although the weather turned so we couldn't take a Gondola ride. Either way it was a delight to learn about Venice and it's history. Beautiful architecture and a city worth visiting!

S
, Aug 2018

If you're looking for a more romantic experience of the gondola ride I would not recommend this tour.

D
, Jul 2018

Very nice guide, a lot of walking. Loved the gondola ride. Learned some interesting facts about Venice.

m
, Jul 2018

Really interesting tour that took us away from the larger, more crowded tourist areas of Venice. Our guide was excellent and informative, and the gondola ride was the icing on the cake. Loved it.

A
, Jan 2018

Very Informative, passionate tour which we learnt a lot. Ending on a sunset gondola ride, who could ask for more?! RECOMMENDED!!!

M
, Oct 2017

Tour guide was very knowledgeable! We learned a lot! The Gondola Ride is the highlight just make sure to get a good seat.

S
, Oct 2017

Our tour guide was great. I recommend this tour just to see the old Venice and hear the stories about how Venice came to be. The gondola ride as ok, you share with others which was ok but you had to ask the gondola driver questions to get any type of spoken word about what you are seeing. The evening tour is in the dark after the sun sets and it was nice tat the streets had few people on them but I think the day tour would have been better to see the sites clearer.

K
, Oct 2017

Elizabeta was amazing and so nice to get her view of Venice as a Venician. The gondola was short and packed and kinda scary. I recommend this tour because of Elizabeta and her knowledge of Venice and her lovely stories and getting a glimpse of real-life there instead of the disney-land areas of tourist-ville.

R
, Sep 2017

The Gondola ride was a disappointment. I knew that we would be in a Gondola with four other people, but the route that was taken was very plain and not very many lights. The tour guide on the walking tour was great. She took us on the backstreets of Venice by the Academia bridge. She had great knowledge of Venice. The next day we took the route of the tour in the daylight so we had a different perspective.

J
, Sep 2017

This was a great tour to give you a few hidden gems as the tour states. Venice is an amazing city and Franka did a great job not only explaining some of the history of the city but linking it to notable names to bring even more intrigue to the tour. So...the hidden gems portion of the tour was great. The gondola ride seemed like it might have been cut short by a few minutes and when it's a 30 minute ride...every minute counts. I would recommend this tour!


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