The combined walking tour and gondola ride departs at 3 pm every day throughout the year and also at 3.45 pm daily from April to October.
What It Is
Leave behind the crowded squares and pricey restaurants on St Mark's Square and delve into the winding streets and lesser known Piazza's of Hidden Venice". This is a real Venetian experience, complete with a 30 minute Gondola ride along quiet canals.
You'll meet with your local guide on Calle Larga Ascensione, amid the upmarket and designer stores of the San Marco District. After introductions, you'll leave behind this bustling part of the city and head over bridges and under arches, between crooked building watermarked by annual Acqua Alta, until reaching the Fenice Theatre.
Fenice Theatre is another of Venice's architectural and cultural gems. What you will see is a reconstruction of the original theatre which was sadly destroyed by fire in 1996.
Continuing your tour through central Venice you come to an inconspicuous spiral staircase climbing the side of Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo. Your guide will lead you along Calle della Vita and over Rialto Bridge, lined with independent stores and with views to the Grand Canal.
You'll enter the old financial district of Venice, from here you will say farewell to your guide and step into a classic Venetian Gondola. See another side of Venice as an expert Gondolier, complete with black-and-white striped shirt and hat, wisteer you through a maze minor canals and back to your boarding point.
Your Experience With Best Walking Tour of Hidden Venice and Gondola Ride
Discover Venice's lesser known attractions and minor canals on a combined walking tour and gondola ride.
Learn the good and the bad about this historic city with the engaging commentary of your friendly tour guide.
See architectural successes such as the Fenice Theatre, Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo and cross the Grand Canal on Venice's most famous bridge.
What Best Walking Tour of Hidden Venice and Gondola Ride Includes?
1.5 hour guided walking tour in English, Italian, Spanish, French or German.
30 minute ride in a classic Venetian Gondola.
Things Before Go
Please wear comfortable walking shoes, there will be many bridges to cross and the ground can be slippery.
Gondola will be shared by up to 6 people, the Gondolier is not a tour guide.
Please be at meeting point 10 prior to tour start time.
It is also possible to book the walking tour and gondola ride separately but the combined ticket offers the best price.
Ask your guide for directions after finishing the walking tour.
Is It Suitable for Me?
If you're tired of overly touristic city tours and want to see a little of local Venice " then this tour is the perfect alternative.
Good for travellers who want to get off the beaten track".
Ideal if you have been in Venice before and already visited the major sights.
Travellers have left many positive reviews for the Hidden Venice walking tour.
The average customer score is 4-stars out of 5.
Certain comments have said that switching from the walking tour to the Gondola is a bit disorganised but overall comments agree that the tour runs very well.
Reviews suggest that during this tour you will learn a lot about the development of the city and how people manage to live in it today.
Best Times to Visit
May to September as weather is more pleasant.
Address / Pick up Location
Meeting Point: Calle Larga Ascensione, Between the Post Office and Museo Correr.
Not wheelchair accessible.
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