Hidden Venice Tour with Secret Gardens and Grand Canal Boat Cruise

Escape the crowds and explore a hidden Venice

5 / 5 See All 12 Reviews · 3.00h 11 max · Venice, Italy

Venice is most famous for being a city of canals. On this tour, you will take a luxury boat through the Grand Canal and smaller hidden canals before touring the Cannaregio neighborhood and Marco Polo's birthplace by foot.

Tour Details
  • Rialto Bridge
  • Grand Canal
  • Birthplace of Marco Polo
  • Hidden Canals
  • Secret Gardens
  • Cannareggio
  • Jewish Ghetto

Did you know that Venice is full of Gardens including some hidden away from the public? Did Marco Polo really bring back pasta from China? Do you want to get away from the crowds and see a local’s Venice? Join us on a boat ride through Grand Canal and hidden canals of Venice. We will then walk through the Jewish Ghetto, the hip neighborhood of Cannaregio, and see where Marco Polo lived before embarking to China. This 3 hour Venice tour includes: 

  • VIP Boat Transportation
  • Expert English Speaking Guide
  • Walking Tour of Cannaregio Neigborhood
  • Maximum group size of 11
  • Access to at least one secret garden restricted to the public

Grand Canal Cruise

The main avenue of Venice is the Grand Canal. Connecting St. Mark's Square, the Rialto Bridge, the train station and more it is the Venice's artery. On this VIP cruise you will see the amazing palaces, bridges and luxurious sites that line the Canal. It is a beautiful overview of the city where will also pass by St. Mark's Square the home of St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace. 

Hidden Canals and Secret Garden

After your cruise past the Venetian palaces and St. Mark's Square you will turn off the Grand Canal with your guide to explore the small canals where Venetians have led their gondolas for centuries. At first glance Venice seems very dense, with its winding canals built without a grid in mind. These hidden canals are the beautiful and practical waterways where most Venetians reside and travel through.

There are over 500 gardens in Venice including the secret garden you will visit. These stunning gardens will be a major highlight of your time in Venice that most do not even know exist. Your guide will ring the bell at seemingly random doors where you will enter into a jaw dropping garden behind. You will see the pristine landscaping and wonderful flora tucked away from the streets. 

Birthplaces of Marco Polo and Tintoretto

Throughout the last millennium Venice was a major trading and cultural power. The home of the Church of Gold and the luxurious Doge's Palace, Venice was a global hub. One of its traders, a man by the name of Marco Polo even made it all the way to China. Whether Polo actually brought back noodles or even went to China is up for debate, but his writings were the source on the Far East for centuries. You will see the location of where Polo was born as he grew up in this great city. In addition to the birthplace of Marco Polo, you will also see the house of Renaissance master Tintoretto who is one of the history's most famous artists to call Venice home.  

Cannaregio and the Jewish Ghetto

In addition to the cruise through Venice by boat, your guide will also lead you on an amazing walking tour of Cannaregio. Home to great shops, bars and restaurants it is now considered the hip neighborhood of Venice. You will also see the Venetian Jewish Ghetto that  was established on March 29th, 1516. The Jewish population of Venice had to live in the area until the end of the 18th century, when Napoleon liberated the neighborhood. It is the oldest Jewish Ghetto in the world and is also the source of where the word "ghetto" originated. 

Tripadvisor Logo
See what people are saying

12 total reviews

Leave a review
Average customer rating
5.00 / 5 based on 12 total reviews
5 star 12
4 star 0
3 star 0
2 star 0
1 star 0

I thought I knew a lot about Venice before I took this tour, but I was really surprised by the amount of hidden treasures I had no clue about!

So Cool!

This tour was super unique, and had tons of things that even my husband (who's been to Venice so many times) had no idea existed.


Was not expecting such a detailed tour. The time just flew by!

show more reviews

Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

Meeting Point: In Campo San Bortolomio, in front of the statue of Carlo Goldoni. A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.

What to bring?

Remember to wear comfortable shoes, you'll be walking plenty on this tour of Venice.

I have doubts about my mobility. Is this the right tour for me?

If you have reduced mobility, we suggest taking a private Venice tour. The itinerary is much more flexible and easily modified.

What should I wear?

Since this tour includes churches, both men and women must cover their knees and shoulders. Otherwise, you may be refused entry to a portion of your tour. We understand the summers in Venice are hot - a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way, you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary.

What to bring?

Remember to wear comfortable shoes, you'll be walking plenty on this tour of Venice.

Where to meet?

Meeting Point: In Campo San Bortolomio, in front of the statue of Carlo Goldoni. A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.

Total: $113.94

available days discounted days

24-hr cancellation on group tours! Learn more about our cancellation policy

Reserve Now $113.94 / per person
$113.94 / per person
You may also like
Gondola Ride

Gondola Ride

Venice in a Day Combo Tour with Gondola Ride

Skip the Line to St. Mark's Basilica & Doge's Palace and Much More in a Small Group

Skip the Line
Up to 12 % off

Skip the Line

St. Mark's Basilica and Venice City Tour with Gondola Ride

Explore Venice's Main Highlights in a Small Group

Dinner Included

Dinner Included

Venice "Locals" Evening Food Tour in Cannaregio

Local Food + Local Foodie Tour Guide = A Memorable Experience

Skip the line
Up to 12 % off

Skip the line

Doge’s Palace “Prisons & Tyranny” Tour in Venice

Skip the lines in a Small Group with an Insightful Guide

Skip the Line

Skip the Line

Private Venice Highlights Tour with Gondola Ride

2.5 Hours of Sightseeing in Venice, Italy



Venice Discovery Private Tour

Private Skip the Line Venice Tour

Transportation Included

Transportation Included

Venice Islands Adventure

Visit Venice's Islands Murano and Burano



Venice Doge's Palace Private Tour

Skip the Line Doge's Palace Tickets

Transportation Included

Transportation Included

Hidden Canals - Private Venice Boat Tour

Discover the Hidden Gems of Venice by Boat



Exclusive Access St. Mark’s Basilica Night Tour with Underground Crypts

As the only group inside, experience the magic of St. Mark’s Basilica by entering after it closes

Valid for 5 Years!

Valid for 5 Years!

The Tour Guy Gift Card

Give the gift of Tours in Italy, France, Spain, the UK and US or Virtual Experiences such as Live Cooking Classes