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Venice Walking Tour, St. Mark's Basilica & Gondola Ride

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Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    April to October: Daily, except Sunday

  • Duration

    3 hours 

  • Start time

    8:30am 

  • Meeting Point

    At the central fountain of Campo San Giacomo di Rialto (Campo San Giacometto).

    So there’s no last-minute rush please arrive at the start point 15 mins early

  • Ending Point

    In St. Mark's Square

Key Highlights

  • Take to the streets and canals of Venice in this walking (and floating) tour
  • Explore the neighborhood of Cannaregio, and familiarize yourself with its history
  • Immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of St. Mark's Basilica
  • Enjoy a 30-minute gondola ride through the city's canals
  • A guide will accompany you at all times

Overview

Get to the heart of Venice and learn your way around The Floating City in just three hours with this introductory Venice walking tour and gondola ride, led by a passionate local guide.

You'll meet your guide and a small group of no more than 5 people at the Rialto Bridge, which has been at the heart of Venetian commerce for hundreds of years. After admiring the architecture of the bridge and gaping at the fresh fish in the Rialto Fish Market, you'll turn a few corners and suddenly find yourself off the normal tourist path in the neighbourhood of Cannaregio. 

As you wind your way through the quiet piazzas and narrow back streets of what used to be Venice's Jewish Ghetto, your guide will give you an introduction to the history of the city, as well as practical tips like where to eat and how to find your way through the notoriously chaotic streets. 

Of course, some of the big tourist sites can't be missed. That's why your guide will take you to St. Mark's Basilica, where you'll stroll right in with pre-reserved tickets and marvel at the beautiful golden mosaics that cover the ceilings. You'll also learn about the peculiar connection that Venice has long maintained with Asia, and how Byzantine architecture took hold in the city and helped to define the image of it that persists today. 

After beautiful bridges, ancient churches, fascinating stories and plenty of practical tips, the best is yet to come. At the end of the tour, your guide will leave you in the hands of an official gondolier for a 30-minute Venice gondola ride. With no more than 5 people per gondola, you can kick back, relax, and see Venice the way it was built to be seen: from the water.

Inclusions

  • Guided walking tour
  • Skip-the-line St Mark's Basilica tickets
  • Venice gondola ride
  • Expert local guide
  • Headsets

Exclusions

  • Gratuities (if you wish, go on then)
  • Hotel transfers

Please note

Voucher Information: You can show your voucher on your smartphone (But if you’d rather print a copy – that’s fine too!).

Luggage Restrictions: Large bags, backpacks, suitcases not allowed

Wheelchair Accessibility: No 

Dress Code: Due to the religious nature of sites on this tour, all individuals (regardless of gender) must cover their shoulders and knees.

Always keep a photo ID handy for security checks.

The gondola ride included has a max capacity of 5 people per gondola boat. This includes children and infants.

The Rialto Fish Market is closed on Sundays.

During times of high tides, flooding, or heavy rain, the gondola ride may be substituted for another experience.

Sites visited on this tour occasionally close due to holy days, high tides, and/or flooding. If time permits, we will notify you prior to your tour. For last-minute closures, modifications may be communicated at the tour start time. If a site closes, you will tour the exterior of the site.

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