Original Walk & Gondola Ride Special Offer

This tour combines our Original Venice Walking Tour with a Venice Gondola Ride to give you the best value!

Highlights and what's included

  • Local expert English speaking guide
  • Skip the line St. Mark's Basilica
  • Travel in a traditional Venetian Gondola limited to a maximum of 6 passengers per Gondola

Description

This Venice Day Tours itinerary features our popular Original Venice Walk & small group Venice Gondola Ride. When booking both these tours together you receive a discounted price.

Morning (times varies depending on the season) - ORIGINAL VENICE WALKING TOUR - 2 HOURS

Our Original Venice Walking Tours covers the highlights of Venice. As part of this Venice day tours package visit St. Mark's square and learn the history that lies behind the walls of its most famous landmarks, St Mark's Basilica (with Skip the line tickets) and its Byzantine heritage, the Doge's Palace (exterior) and its adjoining prisons, that retain the true secrets to comprehend how a city built on swamps became one of the most enlightened cities in the western world.

Then, leave the crowds of St. Mark's square to discover the enchanting & Hidden Venice. Following a monumental route, learn the history of Venice from its origins to the modern-day. You'll hear tales of illustrious Venetian characters, the likes of Marco Polo and Casanova to enjoy a thorough introduction to the city on foot.

AFTERNOON TOUR (departure time depending on the season) - SHARED GONDOLA RIDE - 35 MINUTES

Our Venice day tours package continues with a small group Gondola Ride. An absolute must for first-time visitors to Venice, you'll travel in a traditional Venetian Gondola limited to a maximum of six people. Glide through the narrow back canals of St. Mark's district to enjoy an intimate experience of another Venice, where time has stood still for centuries.

The 35-minute ride in a traditional Venetian Gondola features - La Fenice Opera House, Guggenheim Museum & Peggy Guggenheim's Home, the beautiful San Moise Church, Mozart's Home in Venice, the ill-fated Ca' Dario Palace and the magnificent Salute Church built to celebrate the end of Venice's worst plague to name a few of the points of interest featured as part of this Venice day tours package.

N.B. Due to Lent religious observance St Mark’s Basilica will remain closed and no visiting will be permitted on all Saturdays and Sundays from now on until Easter included. These decisions are taken by the local authorities and are therefore beyond our control.
All tours including the Basilica will operate as scheduled – our guides will provide a detailed explanation of Basilica’s history, architecture and its treasures from the outside and wherever possible will bring visual aids (either books or pictures or Ipad) to allow the customers to view the interior of the church.

Other info

  • Please note these tours can be taken over several days. Just specify in the comments field at the time of booking which dates you want to do each tour and we'll confirm your request accordingly.
  • At times St Mark’s basilica is closed due to high water or religious ceremonies. During high water the tour will take place, but it might happen we have to partly adapt the tour to the weather conditions. 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 only 1 door open to get in the church.
  • Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance to St Mark's Basilica are available only from April to October (St Mark’s Basilica does not offer a fast entry service to anyone in other periods, considered off peak season).
  • Shoulders and knees must be covered to enter St Marks basilica. Large bags are not allowed inside the basilica.
  • This tour is of a historical area and is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities. However, please contact us directly and we will be able to take you on alternative routes suitable for you.
  • Please wear comfortable footwear as this tour involves a lot of walking.
  • The cost of the tour does not include gratuities or hotel pick up and drop off.

Meeting Point

Both tours featured on this Venice Day Tour combo, the Venice Gondola Tour & Avventure Bellissime Original Venice Walk, start from the entrance to the Royal Gardens on the water front of St. Marks Square.
Directions: from St. Marks facing the Basilica turn right and walk towards the open water. At the two giant columns facing the water turn right, and following the line of trees after a 100 metres you will come to the entrance of the Royal Gardens where we will be waiting holding a sign with the name of the tour written on it

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Reviewed by Jaime on
We did this combo tour in mid-May 2015.

Gondola ride - this was what I was most looking forward to on our 3 city trip through Italy. While I did enjoy this ride, I think it could have been much better. The description lists specific sites that you will see along the way but the gondolier doesn't point anything out to you. If this is how the tour was supposed to be, it would be nice if the description just said that and didn't mention what you would see. Unless you are going to point it out, don't say you see them.
I did like the fact that we went down the back canals, as opposed to the Grand Canal, but again, you didn't know what any of the buildings were. There were also times when the gondola traffic got so bad, we had to sit and wait for others to go by or for our turn to move around the other ones.
My fiance and I got lucky in that we were the first two on the boat and therefore we got the best seats in the house (the two immediately in front of the gondolier). The other 2 couples on our gondola were not as lucky. Two had to sit across from each other, and the other two weren't even sitting by each other. I was glad that didn't happen to us.

As for the walking tour, this was by far the worst tour of our entire trip (we did one in Florence & one in Rome through this company). Our group was way too large for us to be able to enjoy touring this city. The streets are so narrow that you had to walk in a single file line through most of it and because there were 30 of us in this group, the second half of us couldn't hear our tour guide through the headphones when we were stretched into a line. I guess the range of the transmitter wasn't strong enough to reach the back half of us. Also, instead of explaining what we were about to see before we saw it (which would help for those of us in the back) she would discuss it as she got to it. So we would either not hear it at all because we were so far back, or if we heard it, it would take us another several minutes to get to the point where it was and we weren't sure what exactly she was talking about.

I understand that Venice is made up of very narrow and winding streets (which I love!) but knowing this, the company should not allow such large groups for these tours. It just doesn't make sense. At a maximum, there should have only been 15 people to a group, but would have been better with no more than 10. As much as I loved Venice, this tour was extremely disappointing and actually quite frustrating to be on. I wouldn't waste your money on the walking tour portion unless you know you will have a smaller group.
Reviewed by John Askew on
Really good walking tour last Saturday. The Guide's English was excellent and the priority access to the Basilica very worthwhile as there was 40 minute queue. Her explanations were good. The speed of walking was too much for some more elderly members of our tour though not for us.

Gondola ride was fine. Good gondolier and prompt departure. The ride didn't really explore the city as when on the journey we were often queuing behind other gondoliers and so stationary - perhaps some variation in route would help with this.
Reviewed by Geraldine D on
I was pleasantly surprised at the value for money of the Walking Tour and the Gondola ride. Everything was well organised and our tour Guide was brilliant and funny. I would definitely recommend it.
Reviewed by April Breslaw on
We really appreciated both the walking tour and the gondola ride. Our guide added great insight and everything was well organized.
Reviewed by Janna - 29 August 2013 on
You offer a great service. Your guides are knowledgeable and personable. We really enjoyed the walking tours and were well taken care of. I can recommend you to anyone. Thanks so much.
Reviewed by Beverly - 30 August 2013 on
The walking tour was very interesting and well managed and we were able to get a good sit down and lunch before the gondola in the afternoon. Money extremely well spent for a wonderful day out.
Reviewed by Charles - 18 October 2013 on
The walking tour in the morning with Federica (not sure of spelling) was very good. We learned a lot not just about what we saw on the tour but also Venice life today and a bit of Venetian history. We also benefited from a quick entry to St Mark's and very deftly avoided the big crowds and a bit of the high tide. We feel we got our money's worth. In the afternoon, the arranged gondola ride was an efficient way for us to have that experience while in Venice.
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