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Hidden Venice Walking Tour with Gondola Ride, Cicchetti and Wine

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Key Highlights
  • See the Venice which most visitors never see
  • Learn about the life of merchants and visit areas where they indulged in trading and entertainment
  • Take a gondola ride to Rialto and San Polo district
  • Savour traditional Cicchetti and wine at a typical Venetian osteria
  • Your walking tour is led by an English speaking guide
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    06 Feb 18 - 31 Mar 18: Saturday
    01 Apr 18 - 31 Oct 18: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday

    Duration

    2.5 hours to 3 hours

    Start time

    11:15am

    Meeting Point

    Campo San Bartolomeo near the statue in the middle of the square.

    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    The tour ends at the Rialto bridge

  • Overview & Itinerary
    Overview

    Leave the hustle and bustle of the popular hot spots in Venice behind to discover a Venice that is not very well known, but equally enchanting. Cross over the Grand Canal in a gondola to the colourful Rialto market and San Polo district, the prison where tax evaders served time, the red light district and the old houses of Venice are fascinating.

    Listen to engrossing stories as you walk through streets and narrow passageways of the city that has delighted millions of visitors. Also, visit a Venetian osteria and savour Ciccheti and wine.

    Itinerary

    Your English-speaking guide will be waiting for you at Campo San Bartolomeo near the statue in the middle of the square, from where you will start your walking tour.

    Leave the hordes of tourists behind and discover the Venice of your dreams as you navigate a fascinating labyrinth of narrow alleyways punctuated by delicate bridges and enchanting canals.

    You will visit little squares that formerly were oar workshops for the gondolas. Venture through to the Cannareggio district to see one of the oldest churches in Venice that dates from 7th Century and was restored in Renaissance times.

    Next, get on a gondola and cross the Grand Canal to reach the other side of Venice – Rialto and San Polo District.

    Explore the lively and colourful market area of the Rialto and learn of the legend of the hunchback of San Giacomo. Pass by the old locandas, where the merchants would sojourn and encounter the famous Venetian courtesans in the old red light district of Venice, home to the notorious "Ponte delle Tette".

    At Rialto, you will visit a Venetian osteria and taste few Cicchetti with a glass of wine.

    Moving forward you will head further in to the Hidden Venice and explore the secret areas of the San Polo district, which was the main trading centre for spices, precious fabrics, silk and many other goods.

    During this walk, you'll see some of the oldest houses in Venice, quaint picturesque bridges and palaces, an old prison for tax evaders and learn about how life used to be in Venice and how life is today for the modern day Venetians.

    The tour will conclude back by the Rialto bridge.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    Inclusions
    • English-speaking driver-cum-guide
    • Gondola to cross over the grand canal
    • Two Cicchetti and a glass of wine at a Venetian osteria
    • Guided walking tour
    Exclusions
    • Hotel pick up & drop off
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    Please call the local activity operator anytime between 9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday to Saturday, atleast a day prior to the start of the tour to confirm the departure details.

    Your tour guide will be holding a sign with the name of the tour written on it

    Your guide will be waiting for you at the top centre of the Rialto Bridge.

    Unfortunately, this tour is not suitable for people with mobility problems.

    Wear comfortable footwear as this tour involves a lot of walking. However, please advise while booking so that  alternative routes could be arranged.


    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

    This tour can easily be taken by those arriving in Venice as part of a cruise. Most cruise companies offer water taxi transfers into St Marks Square (approx 10 minutes) from where you can take a pleasant 10 minute walk to the Rialto Bridge which is clearly signposted. Alternatively if you have more time and would like to explore the enchanting back streets of Venice you can walk in around 50 minutes.

  • Customer Reviews
    • Fantastic Tour off the Beaten Track

      Tour guide was knowledgeable, friendly and funny. We went to parts of Venice that we wouldn’t otherwise have known about. Thoroughly recommend it, extremely enjoyable....

      Kathleen Bargh, United Kingdom, 23/Oct/2017
    • Nice tour, great guide

      I thought we had signed up for a combination of a walking tour and 30 minute gondola ride in Venice. Turns out I had signed up for a longer walking tour and a quick, cross Grand...

      Gene Boyars, United States, 19/Sep/2017
    • Excellent tour thank you....

      Brian Everett, United Kingdom, 13/Oct/2016
    • Great value for the time and sites we saw.

      Mark Washburne, United States, 22/Aug/2018

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