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

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3 hours

Max 20

Why take this 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

Covid 19 Guidelines

At Walks we take your health and the health of our community seriously. We would like to remind you that this country is updating its COVID regulations. Please visit here to find and follow local regulations.

  • Walks has been certified by SanseeShield.com an award distributed to businesses with a proven dedication to excellence in safety
  • Due to Covid-19, your tour may be amended to ensure safety and wellbeing

Take some time to explore Venice from a local's point of view

  • Sites Visited
  • St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco)
  • St. Mark's Basilica
  • Gondola ride
  • Rialto Bridge
  • Rialto Fish Market
  • House of Marco Polo (exterior)
  • Santa Maria dei Miracoli (exterior)
  • Tour Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Expertly guided walking tour
  • Skip the line ticket for St. Mark's Basilica
  • Gondola Ride
  • Headset
The Rialto Bridge is one of the iconic sights of the Grand CanalThe Grand Canal is the main artery of VeniceExploring the canals of Venice with an expert guideA gondolieri in traditional dress awaits his passengersAncient architecture mixes with modern life in Venice. Inspecting fresh fish in the Rialto MarketMuch of the fish in the Rialto market is still locally caughtSeafood doesn't get fresher than what you can find in Rialto marketFresh fish come into Venice's markets every morningWelcome to the Piazza San Marco, 'Europe's Drawing Room'There's nothing like seeing Venice by waterGondolas are a good way to escape tourist crowds in VeniceThe palaces on the Grand Canal are some of the prettiest in VeniceSeeing the Rialto Bridge from the water is a unique experienceA Venetian gondola is one of the most beautiful crafts in ItalyNo one cuts the 'bella figura' quite like a Venetian gondolierThe variety of seafood in Venice is staggering

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Latest Reviews

The only complaint I would have is of the other staff at the debarkation site. They were not very professional but our guide was superb and went above and beyond her duties when we had questions about how to get to airport for an early morning flight. Great tour and very informative and fun.

Our tour guide was excellent. She made Venice and it’s history come alive.


Is this tour wheelchair accessible?
No. Unfortunately, due to site restrictions we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on this tour. If you use a wheelchair and book this tour by accident, we are happy to offer you credit for a future tour that is wheelchair accessible anywhere in the world, or a full refund.
What if the weather is bad (rain, snow, hail, etc.) on the day of my tour?
Our tours run rain or shine so please dress for the elements. We also ask you to please remember hats and sunscreen if you are taking this tour in the summer as it might be very hot.
Can I take a gondola ride if I use a wheelchair?
No. Unfortunately, gondolas are not wheelchair accessbile.
Does this tour always visit the Rialto Market?
The Rialto Market is closed on Mondays. If you take the tour on a Monday we will still visit Rialto but you won't see as much activity around the market.
Can I take a bag with me into St. Mark's Basilica?
You can only take small bags into St. Mark's. Anything bigger than a purse - backpacks or luggage - is prohibited. There is no coat check either, so do not bring any large bags with you.
Does my guide accompany me on the gondola ride?
No. During your gondola ride you will be alone with maximum 5 other people and your Venetian gondoliere. This experience is much better as quiet time. Just sit back, relax and soak up the beauty of the city's canals.
Does St. Mark's Basilica have a dress code?
Yes. Because it is a holy place, St. Mark's Basilica insists that both men and women wear clothing that covers their shoulders and knees. They can and will refuse entry to anyone who does not meet this standard and we can't do anything about it, so come prepared.

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