Gondola Ride and Venice Walking Tour
- Gondola ride: Explore Venice with a view from the water on a 30-minute gondola ride on the Grand Canal and the lesser canals.
- Teatro la Fenice: Some say this magnificent theater is the soul of Venice; it's been the site of some of the world's most famous operatic performances.
- Scala del Bovolo: View this iconic spiral staircase, built in 1499, that winds up the exterior of the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo.
About this Venice tour
There are two ways to see Venice: from its canals, and by wandering its labyrinth of passageways. On this particular tour, you get to do both. Your GoBe guide will provide you with a unique insight to this ancient lagoon city as you discover parts of Venice that most visitors never get to see.
La Serenissima ("the most serene"), as Venice is known, is full of surprises – even for a city that looks pretty much the way it did six centuries ago. Small in size, it once dominated Europe. That legacy colors life for modern Venetians to this day – which may be why they take such care to preserve the monuments, gilded palazzos, and religious icons tucked into every corner of the 118 lagoon islands.
Explore piazzas both grandiose and humble – even the most unassuming places hold great significance in the ageless city. Pass palazzos that hold intimate histories. Cross bridges over canals and into the past, as your guide tells you of the high and the humble whose steps you walk in.
Venice is a city that displays its grandeur with open pride, but clings to its secrets like a jealous lover.
Not exactly the spark of genius
The Teatro La Fenice is an icon of Italian theatre, the site of operatic premieres by the likes of Rossini, Donizetti, and Verdi. "The Phoenix" earned its name after it burned to the ground and was rebuilt in 1774. It was destroyed by fire again in 1836, and again rebuilt. The third fire, in 1996, was deliberate – two electricians set it rather than face penalties over delays in their repair work. They spent more than six years in prison.
Please make your way to the Calle Larga Ascensione, between Correr Museum entrance and St. Mark’s Post office (1241, 30124 San Marco, Venezia) where our representatives await. Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before your tour departure time.
The gondola ride portion of this tour cannot operate in rainy weather, strong wind, or excessive high/low tide. The gondolier captaining the boat may cancel the trip for safety reasons with little or no notice. Gondolas carry 4-6 passengers and all seats are generally filled (4 seats if musicians are on board). Only two people can sit side by side. No narration or guiding is offered during the gondola ride.
For the walking portion of the tour, guiding in German is offered on Mondays & Fridays; Spanish on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays. English and French are offered everyday.
There is moderate walking involved over cobblestone, uneven ground and steps. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Adventure , Walking Tour, Cultural, Boat Tour
English, German, Spanish, French
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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