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

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3 hrs

Max 18

Why take this tour?

Take to the streets and canals of Venice in this walking (and floating) tour that combines some of the city's top sites with a few of her hidden gems, and throws in a gondola ride for good measure. Led by an expert local guide who is happy to show you where to eat, what to see, and how to avoid the tourist crowds; it's the perfect introduction to a city that is notoriously hard to figure out.

Highlights

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    Explore the neighborhood of Cannaregio, and familiarize yourself with its history

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    Immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of St. Mark's Basilica

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    Enjoy a 30-minute gondola ride through the city's canals

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

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 small group of no more than 18 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 neighborhood of Cannaregio.

As you wind your way through the quiet piazzas and narrow back streets of what u...

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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 small group of no more than 18 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 neighborhood 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 six people per gondola, you can kick back, relax, and see Venice the way it was built to be seen: from the water.

  • Sites Visited
  • St. Mark's Basilica & Square
  • Grand Canal
  • Rialto Fish Market
  • Rialto Bridge
  • House of Marco Polo
  • Church of Miracles
  • & More
  • Tour Includes
  • Skip-the-line St Mark's Basilica tickets
  • Venice gondola ride
  • Expert local guide
  • Small groups of 18 or fewer
  • Groups of six or fewer for gondola ride
  • Headsets
The Rialto Bridge is one of the iconic sights of the Grand Canal
The Grand Canal is the main artery of Venice
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Excellent tour and our guide was fantastic.


FAQ

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.
Can I take a gondola ride if I use a wheelchair?
No. Unfortunately, gondolas are not wheelchair accessbile.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.