Private Tour: Hidden Venice by Night & Gondola Ride

Private Tour: Hidden Venice by Night & Gondola Ride

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Tour Highlights

  • Experience the secrets of Venice you wouldn’t normally see and hearing the stories no one else tells
  • This walking tour is the perfect way to delve deeper into the culture of Venice, visiting the quieter side of the Grand Canal and exploring the back canals of the city by gondola
  • Relax on a 30-minute gondola ride with a real local ‘gondoliere’. Pre-booked and pre-arranged, we take all the hassle out of your time on the water
  • With your own dedicated, English-speaking expert guide at your disposal, your visit will be one-of-a-kind experience


Everyone knows Venice is one of the most romantic cities in the world. Gorgeous by day, but even more captivating in the evening. This tour will take you down hidden streets not visited by typical tourists, where you’ll explore the city’s lesser-known but extremely intriguing “other side” of the Grand Canal.
Bridge Cross in Venice Sunset


Tour lesser-visited secret streets and piazzas away from the crowds with the extra flexibility and attention only a private tour can offer.

Guide Speaking To Group in Piazza


Enjoy a private expert English-speaking local guide and intriguing commentary tailored just for you.

Gondola Ride in Venice with Tourists


End the tour with a 35-minute quiet, uninterrupted gondola ride for up to 6 people to contemplate this incredible city from the water.

Tour Description

Known as the City of Water, Bridges, Masks and many other names, your expert local English-speaking guide will bring the nooks and crannies of Venice to life as you walk past silent piazzas and sleepy side streets. Tour past the cursed Casa Ca’ Dario where many of the home’s inhabitants have met timely and suspicious demises. Do they still reside there? You be the judge. Then walk along the cobblestone streets and possible footsteps of Casanova, known for his amorous exploits as you imagine him sneaking to-and-fro and in-and-out of arched windows.

Discover the Secrets of Venice

During your Secret Venice Walking Tour, you’ll visit parts of the city that most tourists never see. As you walk, you’ll see Ernest Hemmingway’s favorite haunts and hear stories of the real Desdemona (from Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’) whose home you will pass, and learn of a very different woman – Peggy Guggenheim whose behavior outraged locals.

A Literary, Artistic & Cultural Wander

Featured in many Hollywood blockbusters, including James Bond, Indiana Jones, and Tomb Raider, to name a few, Venice is home to local legends, current celebrities and historical luminaries alike – all who have left their mark on this incredible city. See Harry’s Bar, where Ernest Hemingway enjoyed his favorite pastime (other than writing, of course), as well as the home of Peggy Guggenheim, who inherited a fortune after losing her father on the Titanic and turned it into one of the most interesting art collections in the world. As if to pave the way for heiresses after her, you’ll also learn how she scandalized the city with her nude sunbathing and pack of tiny leashed dogs.

Learn More with our Expert Guides

You’ve indeed heard of Othello, one of the most famous plays of love, betrayal, and revenge. You’ll see the house where Desdemona may have lived before her tragic tale was transcribed by an Italian author before eventually being stolen by a man you probably know – William Shakespeare!

Take a Romantic Moonlit Gondola Ride

We end the tour on a romantic note, with a 35-minute moonlit gondola ride along the quieter back canals of Venice. Your gondolier, in his famous striped shirt, will leisurely punt along the waterways built for these flat-bottomed boats. You’ll see why one of Venice’s other names is the “Floating City” while enjoying silent inner reflection as there is no commentary on this part of the tour. With only six passengers maximum, it is a wonderful way to end an enchanting evening. Treat yourself to this unusual and unbelievable experience – Secret Venice by Night.

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What's Included

  • Expert English-speaking guide for the walking portion of the tour
  • 35 minute gondola ride (up to 6 pax), with no commentary included
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide

Sites Visited

  • Academy of Fine Arts (Accademia)
  • Bridge of Wonders
  • Campo San Barnaba
  • Fondamenta degli Incurabili
  • Peggy Guggenheim Collection
  • Ca’ Dario
  • View of Redentore Church and Giudecca Island
  • Punta della Dogana
  • Church of the Madonna della Salute
  • Gondola ride (no commentary included)

Important Notes

*Please note that the gondola ride cannot operate during heavy rain or adverse weather conditions. In this case either an alternate date or a partial refund will be provided to clients.


  • When can I cancel a booking?

    On tours cancelled more than 72 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are happy to offer our customers a full refund. For tours cancelled less than 72 hours before scheduled departure time, we are unable to offer refunds. Instead we suggest that customers reschedule their tour for another time more convenient for them.

  • When can I make a amendment to a booking?

    Changes made to bookings within the 72 hour window will be subject to rebooking fees to cover the cost of tickets purchased, transport, guide rescheduling, headsets and administration.

  • Is an advanced booking necessary or can I just show up at the meeting point?

    We strongly advise against arriving at the meeting point without a booking as we cannot guarantee that there will be space left on the tour. Our guides are unable to accept payment for tours so any bookings made on the spot will still need to be processed over the phone with payment by credit card.

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