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Venice Walking Tour & Grand Canal Gondola Ride

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The greatest walks turn to the most memorable journeys! Go on a walking tour of Venice to explore the hidden gems and stories of the ‘City of Bridges’. Learn about the architecture and Renaissance through its buildings with a guide. Finish your tour with a cruise along the canals in a gondola and you will have experienced the city like a true Venetian!

Highlights
  • Walking tour around Venice with local guide commentary
  • Gondola ride for 30 minutes without a commentary
  • Multilingual guided tour in 5 languages
  • An opportunity to see and understand the history of the Basilica San Marco, Piazzetta Dei Leoncini, Clock Tower, Procuratie Vecchie and many more buildings of importance around Venice
  • Option free voucher for a glass factory tour on Murano Island
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Why You Shouldn’t Miss This

Venice has been developing as a city since the beginning of the 1st century AD. The city known by many epithets including ‘La Serenissima’ or the serene one has seen several invasions and victories. The city was the wealthiest in all of Europe at one point in time has been defined by the Renaissance period especially. People come from across the world to catch a glimpse of the iconic floating city.

Venice is a vehicular free zone, you could enter the city via car or train but you won’t get too far! Venice is built across 118 islands with over 400 bridges across 150 canals, exclusively designed only to be explored through boat and foot. This is why it’s the perfect destination for a walking tour. Its cobblestone paths and charming bridges make for a pretty picture. And the gondolas are the icons of Venice, no trip to Venice can be complete without a ride on a gondola!

This combo tour will take you through the remarkable historic parts of the city with a local guide and journey through the Grand Canal in a Gondola Ride. It will save time and let you capture the spirit of Venice at a go!

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Your Experience

Your walking tour with a local and experienced guide begins at Piazza San Marcos and will be in the choice of your language. San Marco or St. Mark’s Square has several places of interest with rich history behind them including the Basilica San Marco, Piazzetta dei Leoncini, Clock Tower and Procuratie Vecchie. After admiring the imposing piazza you will head to the Santa Maria Formosa, a Renaissance style church with a wonderful façade. You learn why the church is named after Formosa and many other legends associated with it.

From here you will head to another square, the Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo with an impressive Gothic church. You will be crossing several bridges and canals on this short walk giving you ample opportunity to experience the Venetian way of life. The pollution free streets are a welcome change from the buzzing cities back home and take you back to a golden era. You will also see other landmarks like the great Italian explorer-merchant Marco Polo’s house, the Great School of Charity and Malibran Theatre. You will now head back towards St. Mark’s Square through the Mercerie, the main shopping street that connects Rialto to San Marco. Rialto is the main commercial area of Venice and also has the Rialto Bridge which is one of the oldest bridges in Venice.

After reaching San Marco, you will head to the gondola landing stage to start your gondola ride. Your guide will bid you goodbye here and you will move on for a pleasant ride along the canals of Venice. The gondola ride will showcase landmarks that you didn’t see on your walking tour. You will catch a glimpse of Desdemona’s House, Mozart’s House and the iconic La Fenice Theatre as you pass through the Rio De Le Ostreghe. From here you will meet the Grand Canal from where you can view the Peggy Guggenheim Museum. The gondola ride will end at the Salute Church from where you can catch a panoramic view of St. Giorgio’s Island, the Bell Tower of Saint Mark’s and Doge’s palace rounding off your entire trip through Venice on both foot and water.

You can extend your tour with a free coupon for a tour to a glass making factory on the Murano Island. Glass making in the Murano Islands is an heirloom art and passed on between generations. This optional trip by private boat can be availed separately. Just ensure your day is planned accordingly as it will take a couple of hours to visit Murano and be back to Venice.

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Know Before You Go

Timings
Every day at 9 AM
The tour does not operate on December 25th and January 1st

Tour Language Options
The tour runs in:
English – Every day
German – Monday and Friday
French – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Spanish – Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday

Meeting Point

Clock Tower near the Exchange Office in St. Mark’s Square or Piazza San Marco

Getting There

By Public Vaporetto
Take Line 1 and get off at the ‘San Marco Vallaresso’ or Take the line 1 and get off at the ‘San Marco Giardinetti’ stop. Once you are off the Vaporetto, turn right and head towards the two columns, then turn left and head towards the St. Mark’s Square. After reaching the Bell Tower, walk straight ahead with the Basilica on the right. You will spot our assistant with a signboard reading ‘TOUR’ waiting under the clock tower.

By Private Watertaxi
Ask to be dropped off at the Todaro Landing stage. Once you get off, turn right and walk towards the two columns and then turn left to head towards St. Mark’s Square. Once you reach the Bell Tower, walk straight ahead with the Basilica on the right. You will spot our assistant with a signboard reading ‘TOUR’ waiting under the clock tower.

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Moderate Cancellation Policy

You may cancel up to 72 hours in advance for a full refund.

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Eva Copeland
Eva
Reviewed in February, 2018

The walking tour was intriguing and fun. We then had enjoyed a promenade by gondola that took us along the canals of Venice. Enjoyed the cruise through the city’s most secluded waterways passing under small bridges and along part of the Grand Canal. Must do it

Monique Shelton
Monique
Reviewed in February, 2018

Beautiful ride one must enjoy it to the fullest by admiring the ebauty and not cribbing over the crowded taxis.

Rudy Malone
Rudy
Reviewed in February, 2018

This ride was really something that makes you see Venic from two different perspectives. Value for money

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How to Use Your Tickets
Once you complete the booking, you will get a mobile voucher on your email ID. There is no need to print the same. Flash this mobile voucher to your guide and proceed with the tour.

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St. Mark's Square - Clock Tower near Exchange Office, Venezia

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