Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

Enjoy a walking tour of the city to discover its treasures nestled amid charming squares, bridges and narrow streets and then hop aboard a classic Venetian gondola boat. After exploring the Grand Canal and the smaller canals around the neighborhood of Fenice, soak up the charms of the romantic city while wandering through through picturesque cobblestone alleyways and squares. Your knowledgeable guide will point out all the highlights of Venice from the area between Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square) to Rialto Bridge.

What You Can Expect

Enjoy a Gondola Ride in Venice!
Enjoy a Gondola Ride in Venice!

This walking tour is a perfect way to get to know Venice, both as a must-do introductory city tour for new visitors, as well as for anyone interested in the city’s history. After meeting your expert guide near St Mark’s Square, you'll take a leisurely stroll through the streets of Venice, learning about its colorful past through its most characteristic and iconic attractions along with its lesser-known sites.

The tour is composed of two parts and allows you to discover the lesser-known places of Venice and to try a means of transport found only in the city!
Starting with a walking tour of the city, you will explore the area around Piazza San Marco and Rialto Bridge. Learn about the top attractions and stop for photos in front of Venice's cultural centerpieces such as Teatro la Fenice, Scala del Bovolo and Rialto Bridge.
Your guide will determine the exact itinerary, depending on the day.

After your walking tour get ready to hop aboard a classic gondola boat (for up to 6 people) and enjoy a 35-minute ride through the famous Grand Canal (Salute area) as well as the smaller canals around the neighborhood of Fenice. As you glide along the Grand Canal, marvel at the glamorous bank-side palaces and churches and hear tales about how it became Venice's most important thoroughfare. The gondola ride ends by disembarking at Vallaresso Station in Dogana.

Please note: Venice walking tour does not include entry to the monuments

Days of Service


Meeting Time

3pm (meet at 2:45pm)



  • Walking Tour
  • Gondola ride (35 minutes)
  • Professional guide


  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Interior visits to Venice attractions

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
Voucher Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Schedule and Pricing

Departure Point

Veneto and Venice


2 hours 30 minutes

Return Details

Returns to original departure point


Refunds, when possible, must be requested at least 4 business days prior to the travel date. Refunds are subject to a 7% administration fee. The Rail Protection Plan™ does not apply.

Note: Tours may be delayed or run late. Please plan accordingly.

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Customer Reviews


July 2015

The guide was great and had a lovely relaxed manner. We used headphones and she gave the talk using a microphone. This made it easy to hear the info. It was very hot walking around Venice but the sights were wonderful. There was unfortunately a long wait in the hot, summer sun for the gondola ride and this took some of the magic away from the trip. However, all in all, it was a worthwhile trip@


July 2015

It was a great experience. The tour guide is knowledgeable and nice.

William H

July 2015

Great guide! Loved seeing the back streets of Venice, the Real Venice!


July 2015

The walking tour was very informative. Some gondola drivers seem to have more fun than ours. Didn't acnowledge us the whole trip.... It was a pleasant ride nonetheless.

Mark D

July 2015

The trip was wonderful! Our guides were very knowledgeable and pleasant. The sites were marvelous, especially touring the inside of the Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica. The best thing is that you really do Skip the Long Lines with Viator. Others had to wait in extreme heat for many, long hours. Go Viator!!!


Mark DeLorenzo Lake Worth, Florida

Julie R

July 2015

Lovely walking tour enabling you to get your besrings and some interesting facts. Gondola ride was amazing. Do quiet on the side canals and then the hussle and bussel of the grand canal.

Wen L

July 2015

We really loved this tour! Our tour guide, Francesca, was very knowledgeable and funny. She was non-stop talking the whole 90 minute walk! While we did not walk through San Marco Piazza, we walked through some very nice back streets and got to see some very charming and interesting sights. This was the real Venice, in my opinion.

The gondola ride was a nice way to end our tour, just leisurely riding through the canals and admiring the expert paddling of our gondolier. We'd definitely recommend this tour!

Robert F

July 2015

We thought this tour was great. The walking portion of the tour was fantastic. Our guide took us through many areas that we would never have gone. It was like a different city than the one we had spent the previous 2 days in! He had visual aides and illustrations to help educate us on the details of Venice, and he had in depth knowledge of both historical and modern Venice. The gondola ride was fun, if a bit touristy- the gondoliers were having a good time ribbing each other about their various rides and their abilities.


July 2015

Fantastic! We loved Venice! Our tour guide was Stephano and he was just wonderful.

Kristijan J

July 2015

Absolutely fantastic the tour guide person was spot on, so many information , such a lovely person love it love it love it , i will use viator definitely

Kerry M

July 2015

We walked around the main area's around San Marco Piazza and discovered some lovely sights that we would never have found on our own. The Bovolo staircase is a sight to be seen. Our guide Francesca was wonderful. I had her as a guide on a different tour 2 years ago - she is amazing and very knowledgeable. I love her dry humour. The Gondola Ride was everything you would want, except he didn't sing. Oh well we sang instead. All in all a wonderful tour.

Patrice T

July 2015

We were impressed by how informative this tour was. We got to see some things we wouldn't have otherwise, and learned some really interesting history about the founding of Florence and what it was like to live in Medieval and Reniassance Florence. It was nice that they broke up everyone into three smaller groups of 20, so we could all get a good idea of what was going on. The gondola ride at the end was a nice touch!

Patti L

July 2015

Nice way to see some nooks and crannies off the beaten path in Venice.

mario y

July 2015

love it

Ruth H

July 2015

The walking tour was awesome and the gondola ride amazing

Kanean L

June 2015

This tour was amazing!

Julie B

June 2015

Definitely recommended, the walking tour was great and our guide so passionate full of information and
really entertaining, I wouldn't try to navigate the streets of Venice on your own trust me! . And you definitely can't visit Venice without doing a Gondola ride so I thoroughly recommend this tour.

Alex G

July 2015

Great tour! I learned a few things on this tour that I would not have known had I just wandered. Aside from the fact that it was raining the entire time we were on the gondola, it was a good experience.

Robyn R

July 2015

Definately a tour for the persons who have limited time in Venice. Our guide was excellent and very knowledgable and went to all lengths to explain the history of Venice. His passion was obvious and we came away with a much clearer understanding of such a beautiful place.Gondola ride, impressive.


June 2015

Guide was excellent. Tour was quite interesting - not your usual sights which was good. We were pleased .


June 2015

This tour is very informative about Venice and its history. It does not vist St. Marks or th eDoges Palace, but is a good addition to those tours.

John S

June 2015

Excellent tour. The guide was great. We saw things we would not have looked for or noticed without the guide.


June 2015

The walking tour was excellent and very informative as was the gondola ride the only problem that day was the weather it was very heavy rain which was most unfortunate

Eddie R

June 2015

Great tour and tour guide. Lots of useful information about the histru of venice and some places you would never find when just strolling through the streets.