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Hidden Venice by Night Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

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  • Duration
    2.25 h.
  • Start time
  • Meeting Point
    Accademia di Belle Arti (Details at Booking)
  • Operating Days
    Sun, Tue, Thu, Sat
  • Language

Tour Highlights

  • Delve deeper into the culture of Venice, visiting the more eerily-mystifying side of the Grand Canal
  • 35 minute Venice gondola ride with six people or less per gondola
  • Receive the personalized attention you deserve with small groups of 25 people or less
  • Enjoy your expert, English speaking guide
  • Convenient audio headsets are provided so you can always hear your guide

Gondola Ride in Venice

Enjoy an Unforgettable Gondola Ride

Take part in the quintessential Venice experience when you navigate its canals on a traditional gondola ride. And with a pre-booked gondola and planned route, we remove all the hassle!

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Hear Legends and Mysteries of Venice at Night

Our original storytelling tour wanders the quiet streets and piazzas of Venice telling you the legends and mysteries that keep Venetian kids up at night.

Bridge Cross in Sunset

Wander off the Beaten Path

Exploring the other side of the Grand Canal, you’ll see the more authentic side of Venice, far from the crowds of St. Mark’s Square for a more original look at the city.

Hidden Venice by Night Walking Tour and Gondola Ride Description

Experience a quieter, more mysterious side of the Floating City on our Secret Venice at Night Tour, leading you off the beaten path to explore mysteries and legends of the city, before taking to the water for a Venice gondola ride.

Allow us to introduce Venice in a new light on our Secret Venice walking tour. In the fading light of evening you’ll meet your guide, an expert, English-speaking storyteller. For an hour and a half you’ll join them on an exploration of the other, less-visited side of the Grand Canal. You’ll pass quiet piazzas where locals sit out on benches, duck through beautiful residential courtyards and wind your way through a maze of canals and alleyways. With audio headsets for every guest and small group sizes of only 24 people or less, your guide will be easy to hear and interact with – and most importantly, difficult to lose.

As you walk your guide will teach you about the history and culture of Venice, telling you some of the stories that bring the city to life. At Ca’ Dario you’ll hear about the most haunted house in Venice; at Redentore Church they’ll build images of elaborate costumed festivals; you’ll see the house where Shakespeare’s real-life Desdemona once lived; while Fondementa degli Incurabli will come to life as a home for musically gifted orphans.

Along the way you’ll learn to spot the little details that give Venice its characters and decipher their meaning. Seek out the tiny slots used to slip accusations to the republic’s secret police and learn how early democracy thrived in this city of checks and balances. Exploring the mysterious world of Venice at night, you’ll hear the tales and learn the history that makes this city so unique.

After our walking tour we’ll take to the water for the quintessential Venetian experience. We’ve pre-booked your Venice gondola ride and pre-organised a route so you don’t have to worry about negotiating astronomical prices or not getting what you paid for.

Travelling in groups of only six people maximum per gondola, your journey through the quieter canals of Venice will be peaceful and intimate. Relax and soak up the atmosphere as your master gondolier punts along the canal, navigating his way between extravagant palaces and, theaters and homes.

Dig a little deeper and get to know the mysterious Floating City a little better on our Secret Venice at Night Tour and Gondola Ride. Peeling back the layers of history, you’ll hear the legends and mysteries that give Venice its flamboyant character, bringing the quiet streets and canals of the Floating City to life.

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What's included

  • Expert English-speaking guide for the walking portion of the tour
  • 35 minute shared gondola ride (mixed group of up to 6 pax)
  • Small groups of 24 people or less
  • 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)

Meeting Point


  • Can we have a private gondola on this group tour?

    Each gondola has space for up to 6 people so you will likely be sharing with another group. We currently don’t have an option for a private gondola tour within a group tour.

    However, we would be delighted to help you with booking a fully Private Tour, where not only the gondola but also the Secret Venice Walking Tour would be private. For more information, please contact us by phone, email or live chat.

  • How will I recognize the guide?

    Our City Wonders coordinators will be wearing blue polo shirts or jackets at the meeting point for easy recognition and holding a sign with the tour name.

  • What time should I arrive at the meeting point?

    Please arrive 15 minutes before the start time of the tour.

Hidden Venice by Night Walking Tour and Gondola Ride Reviews

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What a great way to get...


What a great way to get acclimated with the city of Venice - away from the throngs and busy tourist spots, Taking a gondola ride was expected when visiting Venice... and to have it so late in the day meant you could enjoy the quiet of the waterways without all the noise and picture-taking from the bridges. Daniela was wonderful, and the walk around the lesser-known section of the city was a wonderful change from the hustle and bustle of the day.

She had vast knowledge of...


She had vast knowledge of the area as she is local and showed her passion for Venice. She was very friendly even when guests left the tour early she thanked them for listening.

Sabrina was great! She...


Sabrina was great! She was able to take us in the dark through busy streets and show us all the important churches and buildings in that part of Venice. The gondola ride was great addition to the tour.

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Get to Know City Wonders

A City Wonders tour is the product of meticulous research, detailed planning, and a passion for providing customers with travel experiences they will cherish forever.

With City Wonders it's not just facts, our passionate guides tell you the stories that bring the sights to life.

  • All of our guides are experts in their field
  • We only hire fluent English-speakers so nothing is ever lost in translation
  • We focus on the little details and anecdotes that make City Wonders so special

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