Water activity

Secret Venice & Gondola Tour

Activity provider: Bucintoro Viaggi

Secret Venice & Gondola Tour

Activity provider: Bucintoro Viaggi
Likely to sell out
Likely to sell out

From US$ 46.91 per person

Enjoy a guided walking tour of the lesser-known piazzas of Venice and admire the harmonious Renaissance architecture of the exquisite buildings. Learn fascinating facts about their history and functions, and end with a sublime gondola ride.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Explore a lesser known side to Venice
  • See hidden piazzas and palaces
  • View the stunning Fenice Theater from the outside
  • Go to the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo and admire its exterior staircase
  • Take a tranquil gondola ride along some of Venice's canals
Full description
Explore a lesser-known side of Venice on a 2-hour tour of the city’s hidden piazzas and palaces. In the company of a professional multilingual guide, you will set off from the Venice Pavillon, in front of the Royal Gardens near San Marco Square and stroll for approximately 90 minutes through little squares and down narrow canal-side streets. Head for the world-famous Fenice Theatre, completely restored inside after the disastrous fire of 1996. See San Fantin Church, a harmonious Renaissance building built initially by Scarpagnino and extended by Sansovino. You will then proceed towards Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo to view its unusual spiral staircase overlooking the tiny courtyard. The tour ends back near San Marco Square, where you will swap land for water and enjoy a 30- minute gondola ride along some of Venice’s beautiful canals.
  • Guided tour
  • Gondola ride
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • 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

    Meet at the Alilaguna ticket office in front of the Royal Gardens Gate, San Marco.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes

    Know before you go

    • German language tour is available on Monday and Friday only. Spanish tour is available every day.
    • Tour is not suitable for the handicapped.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.1 /5

    based on 197 reviews

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    The tour itself was great. Great bang for your bucks. Give yourself some time to find the meeting point as it is not very clearly indicated, but once you get there it is all downhill. The guide is very knowledgeable and funny; the headsets provided are very handy and allow you to always hear the explanations even if you’re not right next to the guide. Group size is manageable and allows everyone to ask questions if they want to. I would definitely recommend this tour for couples, solo travellers and family with teenager kids. Lots of walking involved, so be prepared.

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    June 1, 2022

    The guide was amazing. Great personality, kept us laughing the whole trip through the city with his sharp wit and sassy humour. The information about the various sites in the city was interesting, encompassing historical as well as current events that introduced the life in Venice on a very personal level. Loved every minute of it. The gondola ride through the canals at the end was so beautiful and the gondolier was a real sweetheart and helped push the whole experience over the top. Top service all around for the price. Highly recommend.

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    May 11, 2022

    Marry good tour, interesting facts and shared some lesser known facts and places. Our guide was a local Venetian lady, Frederica - very friendly and excellent English. We arrived late to our tour, which has already left and they changed it for another time free of charge, which we really appreciated. The shared Gondola ride was also pleasant

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    March 16, 2022

    Product ID: 1913