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Welcome to Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

Welcome to Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

Tour Venice from land and water for a great introduction to this historic city.

Learn the secrets of the architectural marvel that is the Rialto Bridge. See the world-famous Rialto Fish Market and learn about the famous cuisine of Venice. Enjoy skip-the-line access to one of the most impressive and important buildings in Venice - St. Mark’s Cathedral. Admire 4,000 square meters of mosaics in St. Mark’s while you hear the improbable story of its construction and how it came to house all its treasures.

Explore a maze of charming alleyways, bridges and palaces, with stops at the Fondaco dei Tedeschi, the house of Marco Polo, the campo San Giovanni e Paolo, the Scuola Grande di San Marco (Venice’s main hospital), the Bronze equestrian monument of Bartolomeo Colleoni by Verrocchio, the Campo Santa Maria Formosa, the Arch of Paradise, the Church of Miracles and the Church of San Zulian. Visit the neighborhood of Cannaregio, one of the loveliest and most authentic areas of Venice.

And - cruise through the canals on a relaxing, all-inclusive gondola ride.

Enjoy it all with a small group of no more than 12 people, led by an expert, local Venetian tour guide.

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  • Cancellation Policy
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Tour/Activity Details

Length

2 hours

Time

9:00 am on Tuesday, Friday & Saturday (April to Early January)
9:00 am on Tuesday & Saturday (Early January through March)
Make sure to arrive 15 minutes before the tour departure time. No refunds or re-bookings are provided for late arrivals or no-shows after the tour has begun.

Tour does not include Venice hotel/cruise port pick-up; the departure location at Campo San Giacomo di Rialto will be specified on your E-Ticket. Rates are per-person in US dollars. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

Description

Itinerary

Your tour starts at the lovely Campo San Giacomo di Rialto where you’ll meet your expert tour guide (always a local Venetian) and head to the world-famous Rialto Bridge. Find out why it was initially considered a very bad idea to build it, but how it has proven its naysayers wrong. Near the bridge you’ll peek into the Rialto Fish Market to hear about the long fishing history of the city its famous cuisine (with a restaurant recommendation or two).

Next you’ll dive into the sestiere of Cannaregio, one of the loveliest, most authentic neighborhoods in Venice and home to some of the city’s finest hidden gems.

You’ll continue through Venice on foot. Stop to admire the House of Marco Polo, the unique treasure-box design of the church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli and the Campo San Giovanni and Paolo, home to an incredible statue by Verocchio. You’ll even have time to stop at Campo Santo Maria Formosa, home to a variety of typical Venetian architectural styles and an amusing grotesque!

As you wind through Venice’s hidden alleyways, your local expert will regale you with tales of the city’s past - and what it’s like to live on the island today. From real estate prices to how to get around when the city floods, you can ask your guide almost anything in your small group of no more than 12 fellow travelers.

Next it is off to the world-famous St. Mark’s Square, taking a moment to appreciate the space before diving into St. Mark’s Cathedral - and with access to the group entrance, you’ll avoid long general access lines. Here you will get a deep look at the way that Venice built a mercantile empire that once spanned the entire Mediterranean. As you gape at the mosaics and other treasures inside, your expert Venetian guide will explain how the city begged, borrowed, and yes, stole, almost all of them as it grew from a tiny island to one of the biggest powers in the Medieval world.

A true highlight of the tour comes at the end with an all-inclusive half hour gondola ride with a professional gondolier. With only 6 people maximum per gondola, your experience will be intimate and relaxing as you punt through the quieter hidden canals of Venice. This is your time to relax, unwind and enjoy the city at its best!

Sites Visited

  • Rialto Bridge
  • Rialto Fish Market
  • Fondaco dei Tedeschi (from outside)
  • House of Marco Polo (from outside)
  • Church of Miracles (from outside)
  • Campo San Giovanni e Paolo
  • Scuola Grande di San Marco, Venice's main hospital (from the outside)
  • Bronze Equestrian monument of Bartolomeo Colleoni by Verocchio
  • Campo Santa Maria Formosa
  • Arch of Paradise
  • Church of San Zulian (from outside)
  • St. Mark's Basilica
  • Gondola ride (30 minutes)

Included

  • Venice walking tour with local Venetian guide
  • Skip the line access tickets at St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Venice gondola ride with no more than 6 people (unguided)
  • Small groups of 12 people or fewer for walking tour
  • Headsets

Not Included

  • Gratuity for guide
  • Hotel pick-up or drop-off

IMPORTANT

  • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
  • Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
  • St. Mark's Basilica can be subject to unforeseen closures due to particular liturgical celebrations. If the basilica is closed, your guide will give you explanations from the outside.
  • Please remember that the basilica is a holy place and attire must be appropriate: both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Your tour guide and sales agent cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress.
  • Backpacks are prohibited inside of St. Mark's Basilica.
  • The walking tour runs rain or shine. However, occasionally St. Mark's Basilica is closed to the public, without previous notice, due to high tides or particular festivities. In these cases, guides will endeavor to contact customers as soon as possible to arrange a suitable alternative.
  • After your 2-hour exploration of Venice, your guide drops you off at the Gondola Stand for a relaxing gondola ride. The walking tour guide will not be with you on the gondola.
  • The gondola ride operates rain or shine. However, please note that the gondola ride cannot operate during heavy rain or high tides. In this case, guides will provide an alternative itinerary.
  • Unfortunately, guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers cannot be accommodated on this tour.
  • Please note that on Sundays the Rialto Market is closed.

Tour does not include Venice hotel/cruise port pick-up; the departure location at Campo San Giacomo di Rialto will be specified on your E-Ticket. Rates are per-person in US dollars. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change policy

If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

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Rates All rates are in US Dollars

Event Date:

October 24, 2017

Desired Time:

09:30 AM