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.

3:00 PMTour
Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride departing at 3pm with an English-speaking guide. Meet strictly at 2:45pm. From
$ 49.34

Customer Reviews


October 2015

We went on this tour in late September, after flying in to Venice a day early for an Eastern Mediterranean cruise.

We ended up about arriving about 10 minutes late for the start of the tour, after getting lost in the confusing streets and alleys of Venice. However, one of the outstanding customer service people at the counter immediately offered to lead us out and catch us up with the tour.

Once joined up with the tour, I was very impressed with the tour guide. He kept everyone interested with his knowledge of Venice and his great sense of humor.

The gondola ride at the end of the tour was great. We traveled through a number of quiet, small side canals before reaching the Grand Canal. I felt it was a fascinating exposure to Venice.

My one warning to others interested in this tour is to give yourself extra time and a good map to find the gathering point for the tour. Venice can be very, very confusing to a new visitor.

Doug H

October 2015

Very informative - helped us enjoy our stay in Venice.


October 2015

This was a brilliant two hours learning about Venice and discovering areas we may have missed if left to our own devices. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and very funny which made the walking very easy. The gondola ride was also really lovely. This trip is recommended and well worth the money. It paid dividends booking a couple of trips prior to arriving in Venice.

Marla S

September 2015

I truly enjoyed the tour guide, gondola ride and the overall experience.

Stephen A

September 2015

Excellent value for money given what it costs for a Gondola ride! The tour was very informative and provided by a local, and the Gondola ride of approx. 40mins was great fun. A must for Venice!

Raymond M

September 2015

Our guide was very knowledgeable! Connected with the group members!


September 2015

Great tour guide sharing the Gandola Ride was on par with the ticket price paid, however, our party of three would have preferred to pay extra for a private ride if there was such an option.

Frankie S

September 2015

Venice is beautiful and amazing . The canals were interesting. The history is unforgettable.

Britt P

September 2015

This tour was great! I learned so much about Venice.

William K

September 2015

Excellent guide. Very knowledgeable and entertaining. Really enjoyed the gondola ride. A must!!


September 2015

this was amazing! We learned so much about Venice. It was a great way to also get off the beaten path and see some of the neighborhoods.
Next time, we would definitely plan to have a private gondola ride because they put 6 of us together and wouldn't let us even move to take photos as the gondola was rocking from side to side AND the canal was so full! It ws like gondola bumper cars!

David S

September 2015

We had a fantastic tour of Venice and the history lesson we received from the guide was very informative.The area we toured through was not an area we planned on visiting and we are glad that we did book this tour as there was so much to see.

Bashkim R

September 2015

highly recommend


September 2015

very nice all okey thanks


September 2015

We arrived late for the tour with another couple taking the Princess cruise. It was really difficult to find the meeting place. More detailed information would be great. We did go on the gondola ride the first day and got the walking tour in the morning. Loved it all. Your guide was amazing and so so knowledgeable. He made Venice past and present come to life.

Loraine H

September 2015

Perfect introduction to the main sights and the warren of backstreets of Venice. Learn some tips from the excellent English-speaking Venetian guide. Walk your socks off for 2 hours and then have a relaxing gondola ride around the back-street waters and the Grand Canal. Thoroughly enjoyable and fantastic value


September 2015

Excellent! The only thing is a better description of the meeting place of the Venice Walking Tour.
If you follow street signs on walls of buildings, an arrow sign points to where Campo San Luca is. However, you are actually standing in Campo San Luca Square.

Morley B

September 2015

Marco was a great guide, even had a sense of humour.

Celeste B

September 2015


Ramona M

September 2015

This tour will take you to some of the lesser known places of Venice you'd normally walk past without a second thought. Our guide took us to many interesting buildings and locations and gave us many historical facts and details we wouldn't have known otherwise. If you want to see Venice off the beaten track, I recommend you give this tour a go.

Once you finish your tour, you're taken for an unforgettable Gondola ride around the Venice waterways. This alone makes this tour worth your time, as anyone will enjoy a leisurely tour around Venice after going for a long walk. My husband and I were pleased with our tour, and we think you will enjoy it, too.

Robert K

September 2015

We were late for the walking tour, but caught the Gondola ride which was fabulous. I figured we would be taken 2 blocks down then suffled off. Instead there nice 20 minute ride thru many interesting canals. Great job Viator.

Julia Y

August 2015

We saw Venice with eyes of locals

Laura B

August 2015

Great tour, You hear about how Venice was built, how it developed and what life is like living in Venice. Local guide. Headsets included which is great as the laneways are narrow and the group gets spread out. Worth doing the tour as well as Gondala rides are expensive 80 euro for 30mins so was great to have it included, and it means you don't need to worry about negotiating prices also however some have set prices of 80euro. Recommend this tour!

Graham P

August 2015

5 star. excellent