Spend your time in Venice walking with an experienced guide through the city's most important sites and gliding along its famous canals in a gondola. You'll see St. Mark's Square, the Doge's Palace, the "Bridge of Sighs," Campo Santa Maria Formosa, and much more for a truly Venetian experience you will not forget.
Your Venice walking tour begins with a visit to St. Mark's Square, known as the heart of Venice. As you explore the area, visit St. Mark's Basilica with your skip-the-line tickets. After your St. Mark's tour, walk a short distance to the Doge's Palace, built in the Venetian gothic style. This is one of the main landmarks of the city of Venice, and it is connected to the New Prison by the infamous Bridge of Sighs, which was constructed in 1602. Prisoners who were interrogated in the Doge's Palace found themselves walking and sighing across the bridge before entering the prison, where they'd likely spend the rest of their days.
After your St. Mark's Square tour, discover a hidden part of Venice. With your English-speaking, knowledgeable guide, stroll along the city's small passageways, over ancient bridges above narrow canals. As you venture to all of these sites, you'll learn about the city's epic history. Your expert guide will share interesting facts about what you're seeing, giving you details that will allow you to form a deeper connection with the city.
Your next stop is Campo Santa Maria Formosa, where you will discuss Venetian architecture with your guide as you admire the church's Baroque and Renaissance facades. This Venice walking tour continues through the back streets of Venice into the Cannaregio district. There you can admire the church of San Giovanni e Paolo, where many famous Venetians are buried. In addition to your visits to these famous monuments, hear stories about Venetian characters like Marco Polo and common citizens that together made this city of stone and water the place that it is today.
After a visit to the famous Rialto Bridge, your walking tour concludes, and you will have some free time to explore on your own until your waterway adventure begins. No visit to Venice is complete without a traditional gondola ride. Travel like a true Venetian in one of the city's black and gold boats propelled by the power of a very talented gondolier. With a maximum of six people per boat, you will get an unforgettable experience as you glide through the narrow and winding canals of Saint Mark's district. This Venice gondola ride will bring you by La Fenice Opera House, the Guggenheim Museum and Peggy Guggenheim's Home, the San Moise Church, Mozart's home, the Ca' Dario Palace, the Salute Church, and many more exquisite sights.
This combination of a Venice walking tour and gondola ride give you the the best of both worlds; see the city from two totally different perspectives for a more well-rounded view of the most romantic city in the world.
Please Note: Bags and backpacks are NOT allowed inside St. Mark's Basilica. Please do not bring any bags with you, as you will not be allowed to enter the Basilica with them. The Basilica is sometimes closed unexpectedly due to high water or religious ceremonies. On those occasions when St. Mark's Basilica is open with high water, skip-the-line tickets will not be accepted, as all visitors have access to the church through only one door.
This tour departs from and returns to the St. Mark's Square area. Depending on your ship's docking location, a vaporetto, water shuttle, or walk may be required. Transportation between your ship and St. Mark's Square is not included in the tour price.
You will have free time to shop and explore the city between the two parts of your amazing Venice tour. The exact time varies depending on the season, as the gondola tour departs at different times during the year. If your tour is on a Sunday, the gondola portion of your tour will be first. The walking tour departs at 2:00 PM. If your tour is from Monday to Saturday, please consult the approximate schedule below for the gondola tour. This schedule is subject to change without notice. Exact dates will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.
Gondola Ride Approximate Schedule:
From April to late October: 3:00 PM
From late October to mid March: 1:45 PM
From mid March to April: 3:30 PM
Reviewer: Shannon Nardone
We really enjoyed the tour and our guide was born and raised in Venice, she shared tons of old Venice background. The gondola ride was awesome....Venice is Beautiful! I would definitely recommend the tour to anyone and everyone. The walking was not bad many breaks and slow paced.
Reviewer: Diana Martinez
The female guide was great. She knows the history and Venice well. Paved the walk well and took us to places only those born in Venice know well.
Our tour guide grew up in Venice, and it was super fun to follow her around where she grew up. She was an excellent tour guide, and this was one of my favorite excursions of the whole cruise!
The guide was wonderful providing information on the history of Venice, how it was settled and built, personalities and life style. Venice is on 180 islands and the are let's of bridges. It was wonderful to go through the areas not frequented by tourists and understand what it was like to live in Venice. The only disappointing facet was the two hours between the completion of the walking tour and the gondola ride. If we had known, we could have planned differently. It is an excellent tour and I would highly recommend it.