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Venice: Shared Gondola Ride Across the Grand Canal

1. Venice: Shared Gondola Ride Across the Grand Canal

Share a gondola ride with up to 5 other people and a master gondolier through the canals of Venice. Glide gracefully through the mysterious canals of Venice on a peaceful 30-minute ride. Discover the quaint and charming canals of Venice that have different charms and appeals, which you'll experience on this tour. Float down the iconic Grand Canal, ride down minor waterways, and pass by the famous theater, La Fenice, to soak up the atmosphere.

Venice: Sightseeing Tour with a Local Guide

2. Venice: Sightseeing Tour with a Local Guide

See the beautiful attractions of Venice on a sightseeing tour with a local guide. Cross the network of canals using the small bridges and narrow lanes of the historic Rialto, San Marco and Cannaregio districts.  Discover the site of the old trade center from the days of the Venetian Empire. Pass the former home of the explorer Marco Polo and learn how he built trade agreements with China providing an important link between the East and West. See the impressive church of San Pantalon in the Dorsoduro district. Continue to the large Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, where the painter Titian is buried. Enter the narrow square of the Campo San Bartolomeo, and continue to the Basilica di San Giovanni e Paolo, where 25 of the doges are buried. End on St. Mark's Square and admire St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace.

Venice: Grand Canal Boat Tour

3. Venice: Grand Canal Boat Tour

Hop into a motorboat and cruise down the Grand Canal of Venice. See dozens of palazzos, mansions, churches, and iconic bridges that span the waterways. Marvel at the ancient Rialto, the oldest and most famous bridge, and then admire the modern Della Constituzione, a glass bridge constructed near Calatrava. Pass central Venetian patrician houses, home to art collections, museums, and university seats. See major city and state institutions like Ca' Grande and Ca' Balbi, and the luxurious hotel Gritti. Catch a glimpse of the bustling casino at Ca' Vendramin Caliergi, and the soirees' palace Ca' Pisani Moretta, before passing through international communities like Fondaco dei Tedeschi. You will also get to see the grand religious edifice of La Madonna Della Salute.

Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride Combo

4. Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride Combo

Combine an engaging 1.5-hour walking tour of Venice, strolling the streets between St Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge and market, with a Venice experience that everyone must try: a 30-minute gondola ride! During the 1st part of your itinerary, an expert guide will reveal the magic and history of Venice outside some its most famous buildings. Walk from St. Mark’s Square at the heart of the former Venetian Republic. Admire the Byzantine façade of St. Mark’s Basilica and the imposing edifice of the Doge’s Palace before you depart. Head towards Campo Santa Maria Formosa to learn the story of one of the most beautiful churches in Venice. See the former home of the explorer Marco Polo, and pass the Malibran Theatre, known for having the most extravagant stage in the city. Finally, walk to the Mercerie to discover a fascinating array of narrow streets where the valuable goods brought to the city from distant markets were sold. Then, climb aboard a gondola for a 30-minute punt along the canals of Venice. Be lulled by the gentle sway of the lagoon as you move deeper into the minor canals. Coast past lesser known areas to see quaint corners and majestic palaces from a new perspective. Admire the Basilica della Salute as you drift gently back to St Mark’s Basin and the start of the Grand Canal.

Venice: St Mark's Square Walking Tour & Gondola Ride

5. Venice: St Mark's Square Walking Tour & Gondola Ride

Start the tour in the historical heart of Venice with a morning promenade from Saint Mark’s Square to some of the most important monuments in Venice. See Santa Maria Formosa, the Teatro Malibran, the Basilica di San Giovanni e Paolo, known as the Venetian Pantheon, and much more. Learn about the amazing history of these monuments from your professional guide. Pass through the main shopping street, until you reach Rialto Bridge. Stroll through the typical markets which were once the commercial center of Europe. Continue your experience with a gondola ride on the Grand Canal, towards the Salute Church, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. See some of the stunning Venetian palaces that run along the canal like Mozart’s house, Gritti Hotel, and many others. Pass by Punta de la Dogana before making your way back to the start point in front of Campo San Moisè. Enjoy commentary on your gondola tour by downloading the mobile App onto your phone. The App will provide audio commentary to explain all about the magnificent palaces and attractions around you. Later, enjoy the audio guide with digital map to discover the five districts of Venice and their best attractions and squares, day or night, on a self-guided tour. Listen to the automatic audio narration of the city’s highlights, with more than 200 points of interest including the glorious La Fenice theater, Rialto Bridge, Jewish Ghetto, the Arsenale, the majestic Accademia Bridge, and much more. Thanks to this app, you will also enjoy the most secret and picturesque places of Venice known only by true Venetians.

Strolling in Venice 1.5-Hour Afternoon Walking Tour

6. Strolling in Venice 1.5-Hour Afternoon Walking Tour

Discover a more authentic side to Venice on a 90-minute walking tour, and wander among the alleys and peaceful canals away from the crowded areas. Encounter precious gems of art and architecture, and get a deeper more intimate experience of the city. Your guide will take you to some of the “campi” (little squares of Venice) and point out thriving “bacari” (local bars), describing the surroundings and telling you interesting facts about life in a city built on water along the way. Head towards the famous opera house of La Fenice, before going to the Bovolo Staircase, inspired by the architecture of the Orient and a living example of the city’s bond with the East. Named after the Venetian word for snail, the “Bovolo” clearly refers to its original spiral shape. Although pretty hard to find, a visit to this little gem is worth it. Stroll the elegant area surrounding the Rialto Bridge, connecting the Sestieri (“districts”) of San Marco and San Polo. Learn how it was a busy crossing area in commercial life, always crawling with local and foreign merchants. The Rialto is still the pulsing center of shops and commercial life in Venice, as well as home to the picturesque food and fish market of the city. Enjoy a beautiful view of the bridge from a dock on the Grand Canal. Photography lovers get ready!

Venice: Historic Walking Tour

7. Venice: Historic Walking Tour

Join a guided walking tour and immerse yourself in the fascinating city of Venice. Explore Rialto, St Mark’s Square, the Grand Canal, and more with a local expert. Pass over 100 famous sights along two different routes. With this flexible experience, if you fancy stopping for gelato or taking a gondola ride, you can hop off the guided tour at any point. Once you’re ready to re-join, simply use the app to auto-locate your nearest guide. You’ll also benefit from unlimited access to a mobile city guide, with suggested itineraries and routes to explore. Plot where you’re staying, find the nearest free Wi-Fi spots, and discover the best photo spots.

Venice: Grand Canal Gondola Ride and Walking Tour

8. Venice: Grand Canal Gondola Ride and Walking Tour

Discover the 5 districts of Venice with their best attractions and squares, day or night, on a self-guided tour. This mobile app includes a map which escorts you through the city, letting you decide what to see. Listen to the automatic audio narration of the city’s highlights, with more than 120 points of interest including the glorious La Fenice theater, Rialto Bridge, Jewish Ghetto, the Arsenale the majestic Accademia Bridge and much more. Thanks to this app, you will also enjoy the most secret and picturesque places of Venice known only by true Venetians. Make your way along the Grand Canal aboard a traditional gondola with a professional gondolier. Pass the house where Mozart lived at Ca' Falletti and admire the beautiful exterior of Teatro La Fenice. Drift past the modern art museum of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, see the beautiful Palazzo Dario and the impressive church of Santa Maria della Salute. Continue to the Punta della Dogana in the old Sea Customs House and end at St. Mark's Square with its amazing Byzantine basilica.  Then, stroll through the heart of the city with a guide in your chosen language. Explore the Rialto and St Mark's area and the network of canals and narrow streets. Arrive at the Rialto Bridge and see the historical market before you cross over the Grand Canal. Listen to tales about the district and learn more about some of the historical figures who lived there, such as Marco Polo.

Venice: Evening Gondola Ride and Guided City Walking Tour

9. Venice: Evening Gondola Ride and Guided City Walking Tour

Just when the sun begin to set down, at the most quiet time, with the sky changing colors.... take a sit and enjoy the comfort of a not crowded gondola: a 4 seated gondola, so you will really enjoy your ride and the relaxing quiet of Venetian canals without worrying. On this enchanting and relaxing way to enjoy the sights, charm, and beauty of Venice, you’ll admire elegant canal-side palaces, unique bridges, and the magic atmosphere that you’ll only find here. The second part of the tour will take you along an unusual walk. We all know how a city can completely change during day and night. This is particularly true in Venice, where a new, charming city seems to reveal once the Sun goes down and the crowds leave as well. This is the right opportunity to explore Venice as you would never expect to, discovering its beauty not only with the charm of the night, but also delving into some of the less beaten tracks. Interesting tales and stories about Venice's present and past will accompany our walk throughout the night of Venice. Please note that after the gondola ride you will have approx 1 hour break.

Ravenna Port: Transfer to Venice with Tour and Gondola Ride

10. Ravenna Port: Transfer to Venice with Tour and Gondola Ride

Take this stress-free transfer with your luggage from Ravenna port on a shore excursion to Venice. Store your luggage and go on a guided tour to admire sights like Doge’s Palace, Rialto Bridge and St Mark's Basilica. Enjoy an extraordinary gondola ride to round off your experience. Skip crowds and walking by transferring within Venice by boat. Be greeted by your host and hop aboard an air-conditioned vehicle with room for luggage storage. Sit back and relax as you take in views of the Italian countryside on the ride to Venice. Upon arrival, meet your guide and leave your luggage securely locked away on the bus. Transfer from the bus parking area to Piazzale Roma to begin your tour. Stroll across the first bridge of Venice and hop on a beautiful private water boat to get transferred to the St Mark's Square. Along the way, see the main sights of Venice the way they were meant to be seen - from the water. See the central square of Venice, St Marks Piazza. Watch as your guide points out the mosaics adorning the ancient Basilica and its clock tower along with the Campanile (belltower). Admire views of Doge’s Palace, which for over 1000 years, served as the government administrative center of the region. Here you will also experience the world-famous Venice gondola ride, in small groups of maximum 5 people. Next, explore the San Marco Square on your own, or join your guide and head to the lively Rialto market where locals go for fresh fish and produce. Have the opportunity to buy a snack or drink, browse the local delicacies, and go souvenir shopping (at your own expense). Cross the Rialto Bridge and soak in the views of the canal. Learn about the lives of traders and merchants. Afterward, transfer to the luggage storage. Your guide will help you with tips or arrangements to get to your next destination, whether the airport, hotel, or a train station.

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Elena was wonderful! It was so nice seeing the from a tour guide who’s ancestors were from Venice, and all of her stories were so much more interesting because they were personal growing up there in Venice. She was so nice and accommodating anything, and everything we needed. We couldn’t have asked for anything better! I would definitely recommend the tour and especially Elena!

After a long day of walking through Venice, this was such a nice way to view the canal and learn a bit about the city’s history. Our guide was very knowledgeable and our 3 boys loved the experience.

Carolina was a perfect guide through the streets of Venice: friendly, enthusiastic and informative. The tour was a great blend of less popular, hidden places and the most famous tourist attractions.

Beautiful . A trip to Venice isn't complete without a Gondola ride.

Our guide was wonderful and we learned so much about Venice.