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€ 52.00
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Deep Into Venice Morning Walking Tour & Gondola Ride

4.8 / 5 total 8 reviews
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Tour ID: 2494
Overview

This tour will take you right to the heart of Venice, visiting the famous water city from two unique perspectives: first through a walking tour, which will take us among some of the most beautiful and hidden places surrounding St Mark's Square.

Then, through a gondola ride which will make us marvel in front of the games of reflections and majestic facades dotting the channels.

A unique way to discover Venice away from the crowded alleys and admiring it from the water. Our walk among the beauties of Venice will take us to discover some of its more famous sites as well as hidden gems.

The first highlight is St. Mark’s Square, with the description of the majestic St. Mark’s Basilica, the elegant Doge’s Palace, the Clock Tower and the Procuratie (only external).

From St. Mark’s Square, we will move forward to Campo Santa Maria Formosa, where we will admire the SS. Giovanni e Paolo church with the famous Pantheon. Follow the Scuola Grande di San Marco also knowns as “Great School of Charity” (the Captains of Fortune).

Last but not least, head back to St. Mark’s and admire the Malibran Theatre, step through the famous Mercerie, once the pulsing heart of commercial life back in time, nowadays Venice’s main shopping district between Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s Square.

The second part of the tour will let us literally slide into the deepest side of Venice, admiring it from a unique perspective: the water. Maybe not many people know that the gondola is one of the main symbols of Venice, as emblematic of the famous water city as mysterious in its origins.

Not many people know that at the beginning this unique vessel was different from the one we can admire today, changing across time together with the city it is associated with. Of course, the history of the gondola is deeply bonded to the one of Venice.

Considered one of the most beautiful and elegant boats on Earth, it is built through unique techniques and that each part of it has symbolic meanings.

For example, its multi-pronged Ferro, or prow, does have five or six “Pettini”, symbolic of the six “Sestieri” in which Venice is divided into.

The function of this part made of iron is to balance gondolier’s weigh and it has an “S” shape evoking the flow of the Canal Grande. Not only elegance and beauty then, a whole world embodied into this boat nowadays a symbol of Venice. Let yourself experience in first person the gondola through this tour.

An enchanting and relaxing way to enjoy the colours, lights, sights, charm and beauty of Venice. We will admire elegant bank-side palaces, unique bridges and breathe the charming and magic atmosphere that only a town built on the water can give you.

Board assistance will be provided, no commentary included during the ride. We will take a place on the Gondola (max 6 people per Gondola, shared one) and let the local gondolier, with his distinctive blue and white striped shirt, bring us along the hidden channels of Venice.

Please note that it is a shared gondola (up to six people for each one) so the gondola might be shared with other people.

Highlights
  • See the majestic St. Marks Basilica, the elegant Doge's Palace, the Clock Tower and the Procuratie from the outside
  • At Campo Santa Maria Formosa, we will admire the SS. Giovanni e Paolo church with the famous Pantheon
  • Step through the famous Mercerie, once the pulsing heart of commercial life back in time, nowadays Venice’s main shopping district between Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s Square.
  • Discover the deepest side of Venice from a unique perspective, the water
  • On the Gondola be enchanted and relax as you enjoy the colors, lights, sights, charm and beauty of Venice.
Good to Know
  • Languages offered on activity/tour Languages offered on activity/tour: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Duration Duration: 2 to 3 hours
  • Printed Voucher Accepted Printed Voucher Accepted
  • Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start timeCheck-in is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time
  • This tour is available everyday at 09.00 from 1st April to 31st OctoberThis tour is available everyday at 09.00 from 1st April to 31st October
  • Live Guide Live Guide
    English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Easy Cancellation Easy Cancellation
    Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a full refund
  • Instant Confirmation Instant Confirmation
  • Cut-off TimeCut-off Time
    Available to be booked until 1 hours before the tour starts. We reserve the option to confirm the tour or not due to availability.
Inclusions
  • Qualified tour guide
  • Personal headphones to hear the guide better
  • 30 minutes ride on the Gondola
  • Boarding assistance on the gondola
Exclusions
  • Entrance to the main historical sites
  • Commentary during the gondola ride
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotels pickup/drop off
Meeting Point
Under the Clock Tower (the one with the blue clock) in St Mark's Square Please be sure to get there at least 15 minutes prior to tour starting time
Know Before You Go
  • Please note this tour does not include entrance to main sites and it will completely take place outside (only external comments of the various sites will be provided).
  • Please note that it is a shared gondola (up to six people for each one) so the gondola might be shared with other people
  • No refund will be accepted for no shows or late arrivals. The Gondola Ride will take place also with rain, only in case of very heavy rain or exceptional high tide it might be cancelled and the tour will be refunded (if not taken another day/time)
  • Please note that once finished the walking tour our staff will take you to the gondola station for the gondola ride, so please do not spread out or go away after the walking tour
  • Languages: English: Everyday in English, German, French and Spanish / Italian: Saturday
  • Children 0-1 year old go free if seated on a parents lap
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Reviewed by T ANNESLEY ZA   April 07, 2018
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Great tour and the tour guide was really friendly and had great info to share. We only came to Venice on a day trip and we felt that we did the major attractions and a gondola ride for a very good price.
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Reviewed by The Jamesions US   April 02, 2018
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I chose this tour specifically because it included a gondola ride and wanted to keep costs down. It was worth every cent and is a must do in this city.

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Reviewed by Madeline Young GB   October 27, 2017
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As we had various ages in our family group I was worried that this tour would not suit all of them. It turned out to be amazing. Our twin boys aged 11 really loved our great guide Ada who always included them when she was describing the beautiful places that we went to. They were very disappointed that she did not join us for the Gondola ride. This tour deserves 5 stars as it was well organized from start to finish.
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Reviewed by Alley2002 MA   October 19, 2017
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Took a gondola ride that was fun, but the canals are very crowded with many boats and gondolas. Our guide on the walking was one of the best guides I have ever seen. She was informative and even the children enjoyed her witty stories. A very good tour which I highly recommend.
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Reviewed by Colin and Sam GB   October 17, 2017
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The gondola ride was fantastic as was the walking tour. The walking tour gave a detailed insight into Venice and the guide was very informative. My tip for the gondola is to get in first to get the best seat.
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Reviewed by PR21 AE   October 16, 2017
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AN EXCELLENT TOUR ALL ROUND.
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Reviewed by Lizzie AU   October 14, 2017
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Great to understand more about how Venice started out and how the Venetians overcame problems such as clean water to drink and flooding. Our guide was delightful and supplied us with interesting information. Felt we had a glimpse of hidden Venice not just the major tourist attractions. Although the Gondolier did not say anything it was still a fun activity to do.
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Reviewed by Gaynor US   October 02, 2017
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Historical information was very good and the sights we saw were astounding. The highlight of any trip to Venice must be a gondola ride and our kids really enjoyed it…as did we.
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