5. Grand Canal and Venice’s Old Town Private Tour & Gondola
The Grand Canal is one of the major water-traffic corridors in Venice and a source of pride and wealth for local citizens. Take in the sights and sounds of Venice’s main waterway on an original walking tour led by a 5-Star Local Guide and see the most important attractions and hidden gems of the Floating City. Experience one of the most romantic and enchanting destinations in the world like never before! Book a 2-hour private walking tour of Venice’s Grand Canal. Your Expert Guide will take you on a journey through the history and beauty of this iconic waterway, exploring the canal's winding pathways and stopping at the most important piazzas, narrow streets and bridges to admire the breathtaking architecture and picturesque views. The tour will start at the iconic Rialto Bridge, one of Venice's most recognizable landmarks, connecting San Marco to San Polo. From here, you will explore the narrow streets of the Old Town, passing the monuments of Campo Manin, Campo Sant'Angelo and Campo Santo Stefano. You will stop at the Ponte dell'Accademia to adore the hundreds of love locks and amazing views over the Grand Canal lined with magnificent palaces and churches. You'll see the iconic gondolas gliding by, and hear the sounds of musicians and street performers filling the air. The tour will end at St. Mark’s Square, which boasts the most beautiful Venetian Gothic architecture of St. Mark’s Basilica, St. Mark’s Bell Tower and the Doge’s Palace along with breathtaking views of the blue waters of the Grand Canal flowing into the Venetian Lagoon. Experience the magic of Venice up close and personal! Choose the 2,5-hour option to complete your Grand Canal walking tour with a 30-minute gondola ride. Many of Venice’s most beautiful monuments cannot be reached by foot, so a traditional gondola is the best way to explore this unique City of Water. This experience is on top of every traveler’s bucket list! We provide pre-booked tickets for a shared gondola ride so you can enjoy the views in and out of water. The 30-minute gondola tour of the Grand Canal will be led by a Professional Gondolier who is fluent in Italian and English with optional commentary by the mobile app in 7 languages, so you won’t miss the history. Choose the 4,5-hour option to explore Venice in and out of water and visit the Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale) with a Private Guide. We provide skip-the-line tickets to this top-rated attraction so long queues won’t delay your gondola ride. The Doge’s Palace is a former residence of 120 Doges of Venice, the supreme authority of the former Republic. Inside, you will admire the richly decorated Doge’s apartments, institutional chambers, the Old Prison, Bridge of Sighs, New Prison, and more. Experience the best of Venice on an original walking tour with a visit to Doge’s Palace and tickets for a shared gondola ride on the Grand Canal.