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Venice: St Mark's Square Walking Tour & Gondola Ride

1. Venice: St Mark's Square Walking Tour & Gondola Ride

Start the tour in the historical heart of Venice with a morning promenade from Saint Mark’s Square to some of the most important monuments in Venice. See Santa Maria Formosa, the Teatro Malibran, the Basilica di San Giovanni e Paolo, known as the Venetian Pantheon, and much more. Learn about the amazing history of these monuments from your professional guide. Pass through the main shopping street, until you reach Rialto Bridge. Stroll through the typical markets which were once the commercial center of Europe. Continue your experience with a gondola ride on the Grand Canal, towards the Salute Church, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. See some of the stunning Venetian palaces that run along the canal like Mozart’s house, Gritti Hotel, and many others. Pass by Punta de la Dogana before making your way back to the start point in front of Campo San Moisè. Enjoy commentary on your gondola tour by downloading the mobile App onto your phone. The App will provide audio commentary to explain all about the magnificent palaces and attractions around you. Later, enjoy the audio guide with digital map to discover the five districts of Venice and their best attractions and squares, day or night, on a self-guided tour. Listen to the automatic audio narration of the city’s highlights, with more than 200 points of interest including the glorious La Fenice theater, Rialto Bridge, Jewish Ghetto, the Arsenale, the majestic Accademia Bridge, and much more. Thanks to this app, you will also enjoy the most secret and picturesque places of Venice known only by true Venetians.

Venice: Sunset Cruise by Typical Venetian Boat

2. Venice: Sunset Cruise by Typical Venetian Boat

Enjoy a romantic adventure in Venice and climb aboard a beautiful Venetian boat to cruise around the city as the sun sets. Depart from central Venice and head for the islands of St. Andrea and Vignole. You will then cruise along the Lido, heading towards the quiet islands of San Lazzaro degli Armeni, San Servolo, San Clemente, Le Grazie, Giudecca, and San Giorgio Maggiore. Between Giudecca and San Giorgio you will be served a glass of sparkling Prosecco to sip as you take in breathtaking views of the Salute Church and St. Mark's Square. Watch as the sun descends in the sky and paints the beautiful architecture and waters of the lagoon shades of red, orange, and amber. Return through St. Elena and the Arsenale as your captain tells the history of Venice and its islands.

Venice: Grand Canal Gondola Ride and Walking Tour

3. Venice: Grand Canal Gondola Ride and Walking Tour

Discover the 5 districts of Venice with their best attractions and squares, day or night, on a self-guided tour. This mobile app includes a map which escorts you through the city, letting you decide what to see. Listen to the automatic audio narration of the city’s highlights, with more than 120 points of interest including the glorious La Fenice theater, Rialto Bridge, Jewish Ghetto, the Arsenale the majestic Accademia Bridge and much more. Thanks to this app, you will also enjoy the most secret and picturesque places of Venice known only by true Venetians. Make your way along the Grand Canal aboard a traditional gondola with a professional gondolier. Pass the house where Mozart lived at Ca' Falletti and admire the beautiful exterior of Teatro La Fenice. Drift past the modern art museum of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, see the beautiful Palazzo Dario and the impressive church of Santa Maria della Salute. Continue to the Punta della Dogana in the old Sea Customs House and end at St. Mark's Square with its amazing Byzantine basilica.  Then, stroll through the heart of the city with a guide in your chosen language. Explore the Rialto and St Mark's area and the network of canals and narrow streets. Arrive at the Rialto Bridge and see the historical market before you cross over the Grand Canal. Listen to tales about the district and learn more about some of the historical figures who lived there, such as Marco Polo.

Venice: Grand Canal Small Group Boat Tour

4. Venice: Grand Canal Small Group Boat Tour

Small Group Venice boat tours of the Grand Canal & minor canals of Venice provide the ideal sightseeing tours of the city of Venice for first-time visitors. One of our most popular sightseeing tour, the Venice Grand Canal Boat Tour offers our clients the opportunity to view the city from a completely different perspective. Escape the hordes of tourist to discover a relaxing and rewarding experience as you glide down the main street of Venice. You'll feel like a VIP on our small group boat tours of the Grand Canal. On all our Venice boat tours you'll travel in a luxurious motor-launch, limited to a maximum of 8/9 participants so that we should be able to guarantee that everyone sits outside to enjoy an intimate experience of the waterways of Venice while listening to the detailed commentary of your expert Venice tour guide. In the first part of these small group Venice boat tours, cruise down the Grand Canal at a relaxed pace with numerous photo opportunities as your friendly and knowledgeable guide introduces you to the splendid Palaces, Churches, Bridges and other Monumental buildings that line the main waterway of Venice. Learn the history and evolution of the main street of Venice, and be entertained by anecdotes about the famous and infamous people that once lived along this celebrated waterway. In the second part of these marvellous sightseeing tours of Venice, sit back and enjoy a delightful journey through the minor canals of Venice. In hidden Venice, as you travel through four of the city districts of Venice, you'll get a full overview of the city and enjoy picture postcard views of the most romantic parts of the city. These small group Venice boat tours start & finish at St. Mark’s square.

Venice: Castello Canals Guided Kayaking Tour and Bridges

5. Venice: Castello Canals Guided Kayaking Tour and Bridges

An amazing tour kayaking tour through the secret hidden spots in Venice. Your experienced guide will lead you through canals in some local spots. You will have a chance to see historical spots of the inside quiet canals inside Venice uninterrupted. This 3 hour tour includes gear, experienced guide and kayak tutorial. Expect 2 1/2 hours of kayaking. Your tour will start from the Island of Certosa in Venice where you will be briefed by your friendly and local guide. After finding you all the right gear, guests will do a short practice sessions on how to kayak. After, guests will then head on the their adventure crossing the lagoon then heading towards the Arsenale of Venice, where we will take pictures by the famous hand exhibition piece, then past San Pietro church, around the Arsenale. On this tour, your guide will show you culture, history and hidden places that most tourists do not get to see.

Venice: Venetian Aperitif on the Lagoon

6. Venice: Venetian Aperitif on the Lagoon

You will begin by boarding a "topa" boat (motor boat) on which you will experience an authentic Venetian aperitivo. This drink will be enjoyed as you take in the stunning views of Venice from the outer lagoon and its magical islands. As soon as you begin cruising your host will begin serving you drinks and snacks. The experience will last about 1.5 hours, during which you will get to see the city's most iconic views. These city highlights include San Marco, Giudecca, Lido di Venezia, and much more. At the conclusion of your experience, your guide will drop you off back to your tour starting point. This is not a private tour, as you will share the experience with other guests.

Venice Inferno Private Tour

7. Venice Inferno Private Tour

The start of this tour is at the church of San Geremia with the preserved relics of Saint Lucia. From there, you'll head off on a motor boat to cross the northern part of the Venice Lagoon and see the famous Cemetery Island of San Michele. Then it's time to see the place that Dante Alighieri mentions in the Inferno... the Venetian Arsenal! Here he was inspired by the idea of ​​boiling pitch, which tortures the damned. Here you will find the famous inscriptions of Dante's Divine Comedy. While sailing on the Lagoon of Venice, you'll of course also see San Marco and see the Sospiri Bridge, and the famous Venetian prisons – lots of adventures await you! The tour even includes a visit to the crypt of the nearby church of San Zaccaria. You will discover in more detail the Basilica of San Marco, the golden church, and visit the famous four horses. This is famous place, where Enrico Dandolo called the Venetians for the Fourth Crusad. Through a short walk you will reach the Rialto area, where you can touch the palace of Doge Dandolo, who died and was buried in Constantinople in 1205.

Venice Self-Guided Historical Walking Tour

8. Venice Self-Guided Historical Walking Tour

Wander through Venice's city center and learn about its origins on this treasure hunt-style historical walking tour. Follow the route on your smartphone between landmarks like the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square, and enjoy 11 historical riddles to solve as you explore. Start this self-guided tour from the San Polo district. From here, follow the tour on your smartphone, which will provide historical facts and riddles to solve between each landmark. The tour will take you through the history of Venice from its origins up to the 14th century, and cover roughly 4km around the city center.

Venice: 3-Hour Tour of Castello District

9. Venice: 3-Hour Tour of Castello District

In this area, you will discover traditional Venice with its the narrow calli and small shops contributing to the creation of a charming atmosphere of the past. You will start your tour from the Arsenal area. Admire the massive Venetian Arsenal from the outside, a complex of former shipyards and armories clustered together. Visit the Ship Pavilion, a detached section of the Venice Naval Historical Museum hosting a collection of historic ships. Continue exploring some beautiful churches and a really interesting building which hosts a unique collection of original paintings. During the tour, you will also have the chance of passing through some characteristic spots, some places off the beaten track rich in art and history.

Venice: Castello District Private Walking Tour

10. Venice: Castello District Private Walking Tour

Enjoy a guided tour to one of the most popular areas of Venice: Via Garibaldi and San Pietro di Castello. Walk along the large Riva degli Schiavoni to reach the Arsenale and Via Garibaldi, a large street with many bars, osterias, restaurants and shops. At the end of this street you will cross a long wooden bridge to reach the site of San Pietro di Castello. This was the former Basilica of Venice, while San Marco was still the Doge’s chapel. Discover this interesting area and learn about the history of the city and its inhabitants. This area is very popular, where all workers of Arsenale used to live in the past. Still now local people gather in these little squares to enjoy life chatting and drinking a glass of wine. If you want to get a taste of life in Venice this tour is for you!

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What people are saying about Venetian Arsenal

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 541 reviews

Our guide Francisco was so through and fun!! I learned so much about Venice that I did not know. After the tour, we had 45 minutes before our gondola ride and Francisco invited whoever was interested to the glass factory for a demo. Our group was the only one to go. It was so cool!! They even gave us each a piece of “candy” as a gift.

Great walk around Venice followed by a relaxing gondola ride. We didn’t realise the gondola was several hours after the walk until we read the small print on the day but luckily it all worked out well and was definitely worth it.

Buen tour; el guía de muy conocedor de la historia de Venecia. Por ser local se conoce todos los caminos y lugares. La góndola no estuvo mal pero los gondoleros no comentaron nada

Fabulous tour guide. Excellent knowledgable narrative. To do this tour and get an evening gondola ride for such an amazing price was more than worth it. Highly recommended

Very good walking tour and excellent finish with Gondala ride. Highly recommended and good value for money