Venice Off the Beaten Path Tour with Gondola Ride

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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.'

Description

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!

Includes

  • Gondola ride

  • English-speaking guide
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Venice Off the Beaten Path Tour with Gondola Ride

Duration: 2:30 hour(s)
Available: Mon, Wed and Fri
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Gondola ride / English-speaking guide
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Schedule

Starting time: 08:00 - 11:30 (Show more)
  • 07:45

    Check in at Accademia di Belle Arti

  • 08:00

    Walking Tour Begins

    Follow your expert, English-speaking guide through the quieter streets and piazzas of Venice. As you walk, your guide will captivate you with histories of Ca’Dario, Fondamenta degli Incurabili, Redentore Church, Giudecca Island and more.

  • Gondola ride (35 min)

    Relax as a gondolier, in his ubiquitous striped shirt, punts along waterways built for these very vessels. With a maximum of six people per shared gondola, your tour will be intimate and, with no commentary on this section of the tour, quiet and romantic too.

  • 10:10

    End of tour

  • 11:15

    Check in at Accademia di Belle Arti

  • 11:30

    Walking Tour Begins

    Follow your expert, English-speaking guide through the quieter streets and piazzas of Venice. As you walk, your guide will captivate you with histories of Ca’Dario, Fondamenta degli Incurabili, Redentore Church, Giudecca Island and more.

  • Gondola ride (35 min)

    Relax as a gondolier, in his ubiquitous striped shirt, punts along waterways built for these very vessels. With a maximum of six people per shared gondola, your tour will be intimate and, with no commentary on this section of the tour, quiet and romantic too.

  • 13:40

    End of tour

  • (For Check-In) Accademia di Belle Arti (Venetian Academy of Fine Arts) (45.431495, 12.328151) Time: 07:45:00

  • (For Check-Out) Santa Maria del Giglio Gondola point Time: 10:10:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Accademia di Belle Arti (Venetian Academy of Fine Arts) (45.431495, 12.328151) Time: 07:45:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Santa Maria del Giglio Gondola point Time: 10:10:00

  • (For Check-In) Accademia di Belle Arti (Venetian Academy of Fine Arts) (45.431495, 12.328151) Time: 11:15:00

  • (For Check-Out) Santa Maria del Giglio Gondola point Time: 13:40:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Accademia di Belle Arti (Venetian Academy of Fine Arts) (45.431495, 12.328151) Time: 11:15:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Santa Maria del Giglio Gondola point Time: 13:40:00

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Notes

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking and bridges; comfortable shoes are recommended.

Additional Note(s)
  • Please note that the Gondola ride cannot operate during heavy rain or adverse weather conditions. In this case either an alternate date or a partial refund will be provided to clients.

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Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations made within 3 business days of your activity (after 08:30:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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