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Venice: Gondola Ride with Aperitif & Cicchetti Tasting Tour

3.6 / 5

18 reviews

Activity provider: Venice Events srl

Venice: Gondola Ride with Aperitif & Cicchetti Tasting Tour

Activity provider: Venice Events srl

From US$ 72.97 per person

Enjoy a traditional gondola and walking tour, visiting authentic bars and taverns in the Rialto area, where you will sample cicchetti and taste local wines. Discover curious and hidden Venetian locations, whilst tasting fantastic food and drink.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy a 30-minute gondola ride through the famous lagoon city
  • Sample typical Venetian bacari and cicchetti
  • Experience the taste and delights of the famous Venetian Aperitif
  • Discover curious and hidden locations and taverns
Full description
Start the tour with a classic gondola ride through the lagoon city of Venice and admire the city built on stilts. After the gondola tour, enjoy some free time to explore the area before your evening tour. Later, step out and follow your guide as they introduce the surrounding area of Rialto, and learn about why it is one of the most famous markets in Europe. Discover why the Venetians have continued with this gastronomic tradition until today. During the tour, visit 2 hidden bars that are found off-the-beaten-track. Meander with the locals, embrace their culture, whilst enjoying local wines and discovering the endless selection of cicchetti on offer. Sip on a cool glass of Prosecco whilst tasting the local Baccalà, or simply taste a rich Merlot and seasonal vegetables cooked in the traditional Venetian way. This tour will introduce you to the true Venetian Aperitif and will give you the confidence to go off and discover other taverns and cicchetti for yourselves. Meet people and relax after a long day of sight-seeing. The tour concludes at the last tavern, in the Rialto area.
Includes
  • 30-minute gondola ride
  • Guided tour of the Rialto area
  • including wine and food tasting in two different bars (bacari)
  • A glass of wine in two different locations and accompanying Venetian Cichetti
  • Optional gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 3 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts

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Date

Meeting point

Meet the guide in Calle larga de l’Ascension 1256 - 30124 next to the post office. Look for the yellow sign "Meeting point" on the wooden kiosk Gondola Tour: Departure at 6.30 PM (duration 30 min) Bacaro Tour: Departure at 7.15 PM (duration 1 hour) The meeting location is the same for both tours

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Shared gondola ride (max 5 people per gondola)
  • This is not a restaurant tour but a standing drink and go tour
  • The walking tour will take place rain or shine
  • Children's drinks are not included and must be paid directly by the client
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.6 /5

based on 18 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    2.8/5
  • Transportation
    1.5/5
  • Value for money
    2.2/5
  • Safety
    4/5

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The gondola was a great experience, very romantic and very quiet, it was an unforgettable part of our trip to venice. The tasting tour was also great, our guide was full of goodwill and shared a lot of his experience with us. Also the cichetti were delicious, I highly recommend.

September 12, 2021

We visited 3 bars, we were entitled to 1 drink and a few typically Venetian bites. For the first time in all of our activities in Italy, French took precedence over English, even though there were more of us. Our guide was pleasant, funny and a bit of history with the activity. I recommend that you do the activity with an appetite if you really want to taste and enjoy the bites. We should have done the activity earlier to be able to benefit from the experience later.

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October 16, 2019

1. The Gondoliers were shouting among themselves to talk. Not pleasant for us. Also, you are so low that your view is parallel with where the water meets the buildings and you see barnacles and green slime. 2. Our guide for the tasting tour walked fast; it was a bit difficult to keep up. (If I wanted a brisk walk I could do that myself but did not expect it for this paid tour). She would be talking but only those closest to her could hear. We got two small appetizers and two small glasses of wine. Overall, not worth the money.

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May 16, 2022

Product ID: 196936