Secret Venice Walking Tour with Gondola Ride

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A couple on a gondola
A couple on a gondola
The Basilica
The Basilica
Gondola Rialto
Gondola Rialto
Gondola tails
Gondola tails
People watching Gondolas
People watching Gondolas
Saint Mark's
Saint Mark's

What To Expect

Get to explore the fascinating district of Dorsoduro. You'll visit sites you wouldn't normally see on a classic tour and hear the stories that make Venice one of the most atmospheric cities in the world. This walking tour is the perfect way to delve deeper into the culture of Venice, visiting the quieter side of the Grand Canal and exploring the back canals of the city on a gondola ride with a real local 'gondoliere.'


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2 hours and 15 minutes
Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11:30 AM
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If you came to Venice with visions in mind of winding streets and tumbling houses where laundry swings out over canals, then Secret Venice is the tour for you! Step away from the crowds and get off the beaten track with this original tour that explores Venice's less seen, more romantic face.

Go through the quieter streets and piazzas of Venice. As you walk, your guide will captivate you with histories of Ca'Dario, the cursed (and possibly haunted) house whose owners have continuously met untimely and often suspicious deaths. Learn why music schools around the world are called 'conservatories' at Fondamenta degli Incurabili, the hospital where monks took orphans from the streets and trained them as nurses and world-famous musicians. And at Redentore Church, your guide will help you to imagine the huge festivals that once flowed from here to Piazza San Marco, gondolas filling every inch of the canals for huge firework shows.

Along with local legends, hear some tales of familiar characters. See Harry's Bar across the canal where Ernest Hemingway once kicked back after a long day of writing. See the home of Peggy Guggenheim, the heiress who lost her father to the Titanic but gained the means to build one of the world's most interesting art collections.

Our tour ends on the sweetest note with a gondola ride along the quieter back canals of Venice. Relax as a gondolier, in his ubiquitous striped shirt, punts along waterways built for these very vessels.

Choose to ride the gondola by night and have the freedom to choose either an English or French speaking guide!


  • Expert English-speaking guide for the walking portion of the tour

  • 35-minute Gondola ride*

  • Headsets


  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

  • Meals and drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • *Shared Gondolas contain a mixed group of up to 6 people. There is no commentary on the gondola ride.

  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking, comfortable shoes are recommended. We are unable to accommodate customers with wheelchairs or impairments requiring special assistance and customers with strollers or baby carriages on our group tour.

  • Please note that the Gondola ride cannot operate during heavy rain or adverse weather conditions.

  • Photography is permitted throughout the tour.

  • Booking modifications made within 72 hours of tour date will be charged an amendment fee.

  • Tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 24 guests.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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