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Venice: Walking Tour and Shared Gondola Ride

Activity provider: Very Viva Venice Srl

Venice: Walking Tour and Shared Gondola Ride

Activity provider: Very Viva Venice Srl

From US$ 61.56 per person

Discover Venice's many treasures on a shared or private tour with an expert guide. See the facades of the Fenice Theatre, Scala del Bovolo, and Rialto Bridge, followed by a gondola ride along the Grand Canal and some of Venice’s minor canals.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, Italian, German
Private group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy a combined Venice sightseeing walking tour and gondola ride
  • Drift along the Grand Canal and minor canals in a gondola
  • See the restored Fenice Theatre
  • Admire the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo
  • Gaze upon the famous Rialto Bridge
  • Enjoy the less known treasures in Venice
Full description
Discover the greatest treasures of 'minor Venice' on this 2-hour combined walking tour and gondola ride. Start things off on a dreamy note, drifting along the Grand Canal and some of Venice’s minor canals on a romantic gondola ride. Once you're back on dry land, visit the famous Fenice Theater, which was completely destroyed in 1996 by a fire. You can see the completely reconstructed theater from the outside before heading to Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo, a Gothic construction in Calle della Vida. The building features a large variety of arcades and a parapet with little columns that follow the line of the staircase. Thanks to its wonderful exterior, the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo is considered one of the architectural jewels of Venice. Hidden inside a small courtyard close to Campo Manin, it reflects the typical Venetian character of the period when it was built, combining elements of the Renaissance with the techniques of the Gothic-Byzantine period. Continue on to the Rialto Bridge, the most famous walkway across the Grand Canal. It was constructed from stone by Antonio da Ponte between 1588 and 1591. The structure is formed by 2 inclined ramps, flanked by shops on each side and covered by a portico.
Includes
  • 1.5-hour walking tour
  • 20-minute shared gondola ride
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Calle Larga Ascensione between Museo Correr and the Post Office.

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    Important information

    Know before you go

    • Please note that this tour may be held in more than one language at a time
    • This is not a private gondola ride; the gondola can carry a maximum of 6 people
    • A fully private option is available
    • The gondolier is not a tour guide
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4 /5

    based on 459 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.4/5
    • Transportation
      4.2/5
    • Value for money
      3.8/5
    • Safety
      4.3/5

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    Elisabetta our private guide was awesome! She took care of the children and was considerate of the dog. Elisabetta is a real Venetian, smart, well-read and very personable. The 30 minute gondola ride was also a highlight. Stefano drove into side canals with little traffic and tells a lot about the history, about the buildings, about the gondolas and about himself. Elisabetta's private osteria tip Antico Dolo was the crowning glory. Great local food "fatto in casa" with decent prices. Dogs and children very welcome. Rather spend a little more money for a private tour and enjoy it as much as we do!

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    May 29, 2022

    Very informative but a bit disorganised

    The gondola ride was fantastic as was the walking tour. The walking tour gave a detailed insight into Venice and the bits you wouldn't ordinarily see. My only criticism is the bit in between the gondola and the tour, it seemed a bit disorganised as the tour guide hadn't been provided with a microphone and radios so we couldn't hear her. She then had to get someone from the tour group to deliver some. But apart from that, excellent tour!

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    March 7, 2018

    This adventure was well worth the money. Our guide Gina was from Venice and took our tour a little off the beaten track and provided information I would have never discovered had I walked the streets on my own. As a added bonus we had a short trip 15-20 minute Gondola ride. Honestly, that was enough for me because you are in tight confines with about five other people, get in first to get the most comfortable seat.

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    October 26, 2017

    Product ID: 6511