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Welcome to Venice Small Group Walking Tour with Basilica San Marco and Gondola Ride

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US$ 77.51
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If you’ve always wanted to explore enchanting Venice on foot and from the water, the Venice Walking Tour & Gondola Ride is the perfect introduction to this magical city. You’ll enjoy Venice’s finest sights and hidden gems with a local insider, and to top it off you’ll take a relaxing, all-inclusive gondola ride through Venice’s gorgeous canals.
  • A small-group tour makes for an intimate way to discover the city
  • See many of Venice’s most famous landmarks in a single tour
  • Discover locals-frequented areas of the city many tour groups miss
  • Go on a gondola ride, and enjoy this quintessential Venetian experience
What to Expect
This morning tour begins when you meet your guide at the Campo San Giacomo di Rialto. With only a small group for company, you’ll enjoy a personal discovery tour of Venice. Your first stop is the Rialto Bridge: built in the 16th century, it’s the oldest bridge over the Grand Canal, and one of Venice’s most recognizable landmarks. While you’re there, peek into the Rialto Fish Market, and learn about the city’s one-of-a-kind culinary traditions. Next, you’ll head to an area of the city many tour groups miss: the district (sestiere) of Cannaregio, home to picturesque, winding streets. Wander by Marco Polo’s House and continue onwards to the Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, among other noteworthy sites. The tour continues with a stop at St. Mark’s Square and St. Mark’s Cathedral. As you go, learn from your guide about Venice’s past as a medieval powerhouse, and how the city has evolved today. Finally, finish the tour with a lengthy gondola ride along the Grand Canal, as well as the city’s quieter waterways.
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Departure Point
Campo San Giacomo di Rialto, Campo S. Giacomo di Rialto, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy
Departure Time
8:30 AM
Return Details
St. Mark's Square, Piazza San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
  • Walking tour (maximum 18 people)
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Venice gondola ride (maximum 6 passengers)
  • Headsets
  • Tickets to St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica di San Marco
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
  • Guide (during gondola ride)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • St. Mark's Basilica can be subject to unforeseen closures due to particular liturgical celebrations. In the case in which the basilica is closed, we will give you explanations from the outside.
  • Gondola rides can be subject to unforeseen closures due to the weather, an alternate activity will be provided in those circumstances
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Backpacks are prohibited inside of St. Mark's Basilica
  • Rialto Market closed on Sunday
  • No strollers allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • This tour runs rain or shine. However, occasionally St. Mark's Basilica is closed to the public, without previous notice, due to high tides or particular festivities. In these cases we endeavor to contact customers as soon as possible to arrange a suitable alternative.
  • After your 2-hour exploration of Venice, your guide drops you off at the Gondola Stand for a relaxing gondola ride. The guide will not be with you on the gondola.
  • Most travelers can participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Thoroughly enjoyed this tour. I had been to Venice before but it was nice to see some places in detail as part of a walking tour and have a guide who I could ask questions. I really enjoyed this tour. I did find Doges Palace...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I am so glad I did this tour in Venice. In just a few hours you get a great overview of the city, including must-see locations such as Rialto market, Rialto bridge, the Basilica di San Marco and some very interesting back streets. And of...More

Thank SCV3
TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at Walks of Italy, responded to this reviewResponded today

Hello SCV3, Thank you for your kind review. We are thrilled to learn that you enjoyed your Welcome to Venice. We strive for 100% customer satisfaction, and we are so glad we were able to provide this for you, and hope you will get the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Being in Venice for 2 days and 1 night, we had to make the most of it. Having done Walks of Italy Tours in Rome, we knew they were the company to call when we wanted the best English tour for our money and our...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Mortalmom
TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at Walks of Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Mortalmom, What a pleasure to read your review - thank you so much for sharing your feedback with us, it is much appreciated! We are delighted that you had a wonderful time in Venice with us, and that this tour enhanced your whole experience...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We only had 3 days in Venice and this tour was brilliant Susan our guide was exceptional funny professional engaging and so helpful She is from Britain but a Venice local and her passion was there from the start Just loved it great tour and...More

Thank dispeaks
TakeWalksSF, Guest Relations Manager at Walks of Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello dispeaks, Thank you so very much for your kind review of our Welcome to Venice tour, and our terrific guide Susan. We are delighted that we were able to inspire such a great experience for you, and we can't wait to welcome you back...More

Reviewed 18 August 2019

Roberta was excellent She was excited to tell us about the history and was very accommodating We even ran into her that evening and she helped us navigate the people mover . Would highly recommend

Date of experience: July 2019
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18 June 2019|
Response from Chris H | Reviewed this property |
There is quite a bit of walking, with numerous bridges to walk up and down stairs to cross canals. Our guide had a leisurely pace and we did stop to rest several times. You have a break at mid-day for lunch also. But... More
15 April 2019|
Response from mikeck-ret | Reviewed this property |
I don’t remember any tipping or tirade “issues”. From what I recall there was the opportunity to tip after the gondola ride but nothing forced or intimidating. GREAT tour and fun gondola ride!
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20 August 2018|
Response from donna0341 | Reviewed this property |
About 2.5 hrs
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