Hidden Venice Tour with Secret Gardens and Grand Canal Boat Cruise

Uncover authentic Venice through its hidden canals and see local life on a Cannaregio walking tour

Travel Flexibly 4.9 / 5 See All 18 Reviews · 3.00h 11 max · Venice, Italy

Want to discover the true soul of Venice, away from the crowds? This small-group tour shows you a side of the city that most tourists never see, as you cruise along narrow local canals, visit one of the city’s incredible secret gardens, and take a walk through the Jewish Ghetto and the hip Cannaregio neighborhood. To top it off, you’ll also sail down the iconic Grand Canal in your luxury boat. This unique tour lets you see what the real Venice is all about!

Tour Details
  • See a different side of Venice
  • Rialto Bridge
  • Grand Canal cruise
  • Explore hidden canals
  • Birthplace of Marco Polo
  • Venice's secret gardens
  • Cannareggio walking tour
  • Jewish Ghetto

You’ll meet your local guide in Campo San Bortolomio, and your tour begins with a cruise by luxury boat along the famous Grand Canal, passing by St. Mark's Square and some of the city’s most iconic landmarks. Soon, you’ll turn off the main waterway and into the small canals that are such a big part of everyday life in Venice, passing the former houses of famous Venetians such as Marco Polo and Tintoretto along the way.

Leaving the boat, you’ll stop off at one of the immaculately-kept Secret Gardens that are hidden throughout Venice, before experiencing the buzz of local life on a walking tour of Cannaregio and the Jewish Ghetto.

Hidden Venice Tour Description 

Your 3-hour tour includes:

  • Luxury boat tour of the Grand Canal and local canals

  • Visit at least one secret garden not usually open to the public

  • Walking tour of Cannaregio and the Jewish Ghetto

  • English-speaking guide with tons of local knowledge

  • Maximum group size of 11

Grand Canal Cruise

The main avenue of Venice is the Grand Canal, connecting St. Mark's Square, the Rialto Bridge, the train station, and many more of the city's most important places—it's often referred to as Venice's artery. On your VIP cruise, you'll see the amazing palaces, bridges, and famous sites that line the Canal. It is a fantastic overview of the city, and you'll also pass by St. Mark's Square—home of St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace. 

Hidden Canals and Secret Gardens

You'll turn off the Grand Canal and into the small canals where Venetians have traveled by gondola for centuries. These winding canals were built without a grid in mind, and the buildings and streets that line the waterway are densely packed and full of local life. These hidden canals are both beautiful and practical, and Venetians have been using them to travel through the city for centuries.

There are over 500 secret gardens in Venice, tucked away behind nondescript doorways and offering a magical escape from the bustle of city life. Most people leave Venice without even knowing they exist, but your local guide knows exactly where they're hiding. Stopping at seemingly random doors, you'll get special access to seem some of the pristine landscaping and wonderful flora tucked away behind the city streets.

You'll see at least one Secret Garden on this tour, and possibly more. As they aren't public tourist attractions, which gardens are available to view can change from day to day.

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 once a global hub. One of its traders, a man by the name of Marco Polo, famously 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 go-to source on the Far East for centuries. As you explore the city, you'll see the house where Polo was born, as well as the home of Renaissance master Tintoretto—one of the most influential artists of his time.  

Cannaregio and the Jewish Ghetto

After cruising through Venice by boat, your guide will lead you on a walking tour of the vibrant Cannaregio neighborhood. Home to many of the city's best shops, bars, and restaurants, it's a hive of local life and one of Venice's hippest areas. You'll also see the Venetian Jewish Ghetto, which was established back in 1516. The entire 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 also the origin of the word "ghetto" itself. 

What you get with this tour
Luxury boat tour of the Grand Canal and local canals
Visit at least one secret garden not usually open to the public
Walking tour of Cannaregio and the Jewish Ghetto
English-speaking guide with tons of local knowledge
Maximum group size of 11
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Hidden Venice
25 September 2022
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Amy Voge

I never received an email with the time. We didn’t go.

Amazing Tour
12 September 2022
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Paul Stromberg

This was an incredible tour. We’ve been on a lot of tours and this was one of the best. Marco was so friendly, knowledgeable, and fun. We highly recommend this one!

Has to be one of the best tours in Venice
12 September 2022
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Reviewed by
Quinton Rafuse

Our guide was Marco, he tailored our tour to our interests while also keeping to the route (though we made him a bit late for our rendezvous with the water taxi). This tour, even if it sounds very specific, would serve as a great overview and intro to Venice. Two hours on a slow ramble from Rialto through to Canareggio, with a water taxi of most of the Grand Canal and back around the east side of San Marco, is very comprehensive.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

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

What to bring?

Remember to bring water and wear comfortable shoes, as you'll be walking for part of this tour of Venice.

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

On this tour, you'll need to get in and out of a boat and will also be walking for part of the time. There may be some uneven walkways and staircases along the way. If you're unsure, we suggest taking a private Venice tour. The itinerary is much more flexible and easily modified.

What to bring?

Remember to bring water and wear comfortable shoes, as you'll be walking for part of this tour of Venice.

Where to meet?

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

Does this tour include hotel pickup?

No hotel pickup is included on this tour. You’ll meet your guide at the designated meeting point.

Can I bring my kids and do I have to pay for them?

Children are very welcome on this tour, but you will need to pay for them since they'll be using a seat on the boat. Children aged 6 or under will pay a reduced price.

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