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Our most recommended Grand Canal Walking tours

Venice: Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Basilica Ticket

1. Venice: Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Basilica Ticket

Take part in this small-group tour of Venice to see the best tourist spots and hidden gems. See the Bell Tower and Clock Tower, St. Mark's Square, and get an in-depth tour of St. Mark’s Basilica. Start your tour by strolling through St. Mark’s Square, equipped with complimentary headphones so that you can follow every word of your local guide. Listen as your guide discusses the major monuments including Doge's Palace, Bridge of Sighs, the Bell Tower, and the Clock Tower. Head into St. Marks Basilica for a special tour. Walk through the famous church as your guide describes the history of the church and shows you the intricate mosaics and Byzantine architecture. Afterward, leave St. Mark's Square behind to admire a very different Venice. Visit Santa Maria Formosa, Calle Paradiso, Castello district, and areas known only to the locals.  Explore a world of narrow alleyways and meandering canals, punctuated by delicate bridges, and hidden architectural gems.  Hear stories about the Venetians who created this city from nothing.

Venice: Sunset Gondola Ride & Guided Walking Tour

2. Venice: Sunset Gondola Ride & Guided Walking Tour

Experience Venice from the water and marvel at its spectacular mansions aboard a traditional gondola. Sit back and relax as you are punted along the magnificent Grand Canal and venture down some of the smaller canals to escape the crowds. Get carried away by this ancient mode of transportation as a professional gondolier rows you along the romantic waterways. Get breathtaking views of the city at every step of the way. Pass under historic bridges and near famous attractions. Travel back in time and experience Venice as it should be enjoyed by everyone who visits. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Venice in the evening and get to know an alternative side of the city. Hear about the mysteries, secrets and ghost legends of Venice from your guide. Follow routes that are off the beaten path as you spend a fascinating 1 hour and 45 minutes experiencing the intimate and peaceful atmosphere of the city at night. The walk will take you through the Rialto, Cannaregio and Castello districts of the city.

Venice: Historic Walking Tour

3. Venice: Historic Walking Tour

Discover Venice, the most magical city in the world, on our epic walking tour and self-guided routes! Join our guided Venice walking tour to discover how the wealth and ambition of these influential people shaped this distinguished city. Rising from the Adriatic Sea to form a maze of canals, bridges, churches, and palaces, it seems so artistically constructed that it must be a Hollywood movie set. But no, the Floating City was, in fact, created by some of the finest Italian minds in art and architecture during the Renaissance. With our tour, you will discover all sides of this multifaceted city, from the most pictured palaces to the most discreet side streets. Your ticket includes 2 self-guided routes in the Vox City App so you can continue your experience at your own pace and make the most of your visit to Venice. So, after witnessing the Floating City’s beauty with your guide, use the free Vox City app to discover more of Venice and its incredible sights. Venice Historic tour includes: Bridge of Scalzi Jewish Ghetto Canal Grande Rialto Bridge Ca' D'oro Campo della Maddalena San Salvador The Church pf San Giacomo of Rialto Calle dei Boteri Campo delle Beccarie Mater Domini Church Campo San Giacomo dell'Orio Our 4 self-guided route's main sights: Correr Museum Clock Tower Bridge of Sights The Ducal Palace Riva degli Schiavoni San Zaccaria Ponte dei Sospiri Bell Tower Ca' Rezzonico Scuola Grande di San Rocco San Barnaba Peggy Guggenheim Collection Santa Maria della Salute Church of Miracles ...and many more!

Venice: Heart of the Floating City Self-Guided Walking Tour

4. Venice: Heart of the Floating City Self-Guided Walking Tour

Venice is one of the most famous and most intriguing cities in the world, which for 1,500 years was one of Europe's richest and most powerful nations. Envied, imitated, but never equaled, the city is like a living museum that still lures the visitor deep into its narrow streets rich in architectural and artistic brilliance. Monuments, anecdotes, and glimpses of daily life abound in this walk from the city's core, the Piazza San Marco, to the Rialto Bridge over the shimmering Grand Canal. Join me as we explore the street where the revolution failed in 1310, the passageway named for strong drink, the church restored by the egotistic doctor, the square dedicated to one of Venice's greatest and most forgotten heroes, all places where centuries seamlessly join the present in luxury stores, artisans' workshops and pocket-sized cafe's.

Venice: Guided Walking Tour with Food Tasting

5. Venice: Guided Walking Tour with Food Tasting

Explore Venice on a walking tour led by a professional guide. Learn about the city's history, experience its culture, and sample the local food. Start your tour with a traditional Italian breakfast. Enjoy your coffee and pastry while your guide introduces you to the legacy, culture, and history of the floating city. Stroll down cobblestone streets and across bridges as you make your way towards St Mark's Square, one of Venice's prime attractions. Admire the stately buildings that surround the square and see the Venetian-Byzantine domes of the grandiose St Mark’s Basilica. Follow your guide as you head to see Doge's Palace. Then, take a break from sightseeing to enjoy traditional Cicchetti and try some of the local specialties. The last stop on your sightseeing tour is the iconic Ponte di Rialto. Learn why this striking and daring structure was predicted to fall, and why it's still standing after more than 400 years. Finally, head to the Rialto Fish Market for one last taste of traditional Venetian fare. Top your experience off with an optional gondola ride and see the city from the water.

Private Grand Canal Gondola Ride, Walking Tour And Lunch

6. Private Grand Canal Gondola Ride, Walking Tour And Lunch

Without any doubt, the most romantic and unforgettable experience in Venice is enjoying a promenade by gondola, the typical Venetian boat used in the past by Venetian aristocrats. Aboard a private gondola glide along the Grand Canal, the most famous and elegant waterway in the world. Along the way, explore the small and secret canals to fully appreciate the peculiarity of this floating city.  A specialized tour guide will pick you up at your hotel (if located in St. Mark’s or Rialto area) to accompany you to the gondola embarkation point. Once aboard enjoy a relaxing gondola ride of approximately one hour, while your tour-guide will tell you about the fascinating history of Venice. After the gondola ride, led by your tour guide, enjoy a pleasant walk along typical Venetian streets and squares. At the end of the walking tour, enjoy an excellent 3-course lunch at a a renowned typical restaurant. Lunch Menu: First course Gragnano spaghetti with clams in the shell Baked lasagna with veal sauce Homemade ravioli with spinach and cottage cheese with nut sauce Ribbon noodles with wild salmon and zucchini Spaghetti Carbonara Second Course Fillet of Gilthead Seabream Mediterranea style Mixed royal fried fish with catch of the day Chicken in curry sauce with apple and pilaf rice Sliced beef with rosemary Baked puff pastry with seasonal vegetables With baked potatoes or mixed seasonal vegetables Dessert Tiramisù (Drinks not included)

Venice: Fish Market Shopping Walking Tour & Home Cooked Meal

7. Venice: Fish Market Shopping Walking Tour & Home Cooked Meal

Take a course on how to eat fresh, seasonal, and local food on this unique walking and cooking tour. Discover the vibrant Rialto Market and let the views of the city take your breath away as you cross the Canal Grande on a Gondola ferry. Stroll to the Rialto Market to collect fresh fish. Explore the lively market as you find the best ingredients for your lunch. See fish artfully arranged on stalls covered with deep layers of crushed ice. Watch as seagulls wander among the fishmongers calling out the day's catch. View customers purposefully browsing the stalls, as generations of Venetians have been doing for the past 800 years. After the shopping is finished, cross the Canal Grande on a Gondola ferry, which will likely be full of local housewives on their way home. Make your way through a maze of streets until you reach Fondamente Nove, where you will catch a water taxi to Murano where the cooking will take place. Cook your meal with hands-on instruction from a local Venetian. Tasting some glasses of prosecco and appetizers while cooking. Have a pasta with a tasty fish sauce while a seabass is baking to perfection in the oven. Eat in a dining room with a the view of the canal. Finish lunch with a strong Italian coffee brewed from a moka pot.

Venice: Private 2-Hour Film Locations Cinetour

8. Venice: Private 2-Hour Film Locations Cinetour

Follow in the footsteps of Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Woody Allen and many more on an exclusive 2-hour cinetour of Venice. One of the most filmed (and photogenic) cities in the world, Venice has played host to hundreds of films through the history of the cinema. Every film buff remembers the suggestive scenes of ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ set in Venice ‘calli’ (narrow streets) and buildings, or the Doge’s Palace depicted in Orson Welles’ ‘Othello’. Joining the tour you will be able to visit the locations in which these scenes were shot and learn about the anecdotes, legends and stories related to the shootings and their protagonists. If you like romance films, you can focus on the romantic scenarios you saw in movies like ‘Anonimo Veneziano’, Luchino Visconti’s ‘Senso’ or David Lean’s ‘Summertime’. On the other hand, if you are a Hollywood movies fan you will be able to walk the streets walked by Harrison Ford and Sean Connery in Steven Spielberg’s ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ or visit the locations of the 2010 film ‘The Tourist’ starring Hollywood stars Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. Due to Venice's rich history, costume drama is maybe the most common among the genres of the films that you will discover in the tour: big productions like ‘The Merchant of Venice’, starring Gerard Depardieu, and ‘Casanova’, portrayed by Academy Award winner Heath Ledger, were shot in the exclusive framework of Venice in recent years. In the light of this, it comes as no surprise that Venice is the city of the oldest film festival in the world, founded in 1932. Discover real life city scenes immortalized by films such as ‘Mambo’, with Vittorio Gassman, the Italian comedy ‘Honeymoon’, and Woody Allen's wonderful musical ‘Everyone Says I Love You’.

Venice: Masterpieces of Modern Art Tour

9. Venice: Masterpieces of Modern Art Tour

Venice: Masterpieces of Modern Art Tour Join an extraordinary experience in Venice to see the most important modern art collections in the city. Start with Ca’ Pesaro, the permanent seat of the International Gallery of Modern Art in Venice. Discover the history of this magnificent monument overlooking the Grand Canal. Learn from your guide about the remarkable collections of the Pesaro family including works by artists such as Vivarini, Carpaccio, Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, and Tintoretto, as well as the most famous Venetian artists of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. See how the collection was enriched over the years by further acquisitions and donations such as the Venice Biennale with new critical ideas and unusual perspectives. Follow your guide on an efficient walk to see the masterpieces on display such as the famous The Thinker by Auguste Rodin and Giuditta II (Salomé) by Gustav Klimt together with the works of artists such as Medardo Rosso, Giacomo Balla, Adolfo Wildt, Arturo Martini, Gino Rossi, Giorgio Morandi, and Felice Casorati. Get on the Vaporetto ( water bus ) to get across the canal enjoying the grand views of Venice and have a break before the next Museum. Continue your journey of the modern art in Venice with your pre-reserved tickets to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection: one of the most important museums of European and American art of the twentieth century in Italy. Learn from your guide about Peggy Guggenheim who was a passionate collector and supporter of the arts. See the Palazzo Venier de Leon on the Grand Canal that Peggy acquired as an unfinished mid-18th century building. Marvel at works of modern art by Picasso, Pollock, and Dalí once you are inside. Spend time strolling through the Museum seeing also Picasso, Magritte, Pollock, and Calder at your own pace.

Venice: Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Walking Tour

10. Venice: Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica Walking Tour

Discover the unparalleled beauty of the floating city of Venice with an early entrance to Doge's Palace, fast-track access to St Mark's Basilica, and a guided walking tour to Rialto Bridge. Go back in history and marvel at the creativity and sophistication of the Venetians. Get the privilege of a priority entry to Doge's Palace before the normal public. Appreciate the magnificent works of art adorning the walls of this Venetian Gothic Architectural masterpiece. Then, cross the Bridge of Sighs that connects the palace to the prisons. Next, gain skip-the-line access to St Mark’s Basilica and bask in the beauty of one of the best-known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture in the world. Get access to its rooftop to enjoy panoramic views of Venice from the top. After your visit, continue to the historical St Mark’s Square as your guide shares stories behind all the monuments that surround the gorgeous square including St Mark’s Clock Tower, St Mark’s Campanile, Correr Museum, and the Marciana National Library. Then, follow your guide on a walking tour through the narrow alleyways and bridges of Venice. Pass by iconic monuments such as the Square of Santa Maria Formosa, Square of Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, The Courtyard of Million, and Square of San Borrtolomio. Finally reach the true heart of Venice, the Rialto Bridge, which crosses the Grand Canal in the midst of the town's main shopping area. Experience the hustle and bustle of the shops and feel free to indulge in some shopping or savor Venetian delicacies at the surrounding cafes and restaurants.

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What people are saying about Grand Canal

It was a very sweet and knowledgeable guide who took us through St. Mark's Square, the church and out into the little hates of Venice. Absolutely perfect trip to get to know a little about it all.

Our guide Valentina had an excellent in-depth knowledge of all the areas we visited. Also the fact that she was a local was fantastic, as you could see and feel how much Venice meant to her.

Lots of history about how Venice came to be, a great tour of the Basilica and a lovely walking tour along the streets of Venice.

Wonderful tour guide! Very interesting and engaging tour. Loved getting into the Basilica without the line!

A good source of information on how Venice was built and how it functions nowadays