Hidden Venice Tour with Secret Gardens and Grand Canal Boat Cruise

Escape the crowds and explore a hidden Venice

5 / 5 See All 11 Reviews · 3.0h 11 max · Venice, Italy

A city like no other in the world, Venice is one of the most visited places on Earth. Here you can escape the crowds. You will see beautiful local Venice by boat before walking the neighborhood of Cannaregio including the home of Marco Polo.

Tour Details
  • Rialto Bridge
  • Grand Canal
  • Hidden Canals
  • Birthplace of Marco Polo
  • 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 Grand Canal is Venice's main artery. It connects St. Mark's Square, the Rialto Bridge, Santa Lucia train station and more. On this luxury private cruise you will see the wonderful bridges and massive palaces that line the Canal. You will pass by St. Mark's Square where you will see the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica from the boat. It is the best way to see the city. 

Hidden Canals and Secret Garden

Your guide will lead you off the Grand Canal on to the smaller canals where you will see the traditional Venetian homes, shops and architecture. These stunning canals are the blood vessels to the artery that is the Grand Canal. The hidden canals are a great way to see the real Venice through the transportation mode most commonly used. 

Hiding behind homes, churches and other seemingly random buildings in Venice there are awe inducing secret gardens. Unknown to tourists and residents alike you will see an amazing secret garden tucked behind a location we cannot yet tell you. Your guide will ring the doorbell where like magic, you will enter a pristine garden of flowers and green. You won't forget this amazing highlight of your Venice trip. 

Birthplaces of Marco Polo and Tintoretto

Did you know Marco Polo was from Venice? The Venetians were great traders which included Marco Polo who travelled all the way to China. Polo allegedly first brought pasta back from China and therefore changed the history of Italian cuisine. Though this story is almost assuredly false, Marco Polo's writings were incredibly influential in the European understanding of the Far East. You will also see the birthplace of another great Venetian, Tintoretto. The Renaissance master painter had a major influence on the Renaissance and was the most important Venetian painter of the era. 

Cannaregio and the Jewish Ghetto

Much of this tour is spent on the boat exploring the beautiful canals of the city, but your guide will also bring you for an amazing walking tour in Cannaregio. The hippest neighborhood in the city full of shops, markets and also contains much of the city's local history. You will also see the Jewish Ghetto. In fact, the word "ghetto" in English derives from the Jewish ghetto in Venice! The first Jewish Ghetto in the world, the Venetian Ghetto was established on March 29th, 1516. The Jewish people of Venice were forced to live in the neighborhood until the end of the 18th century, when Napoleon liberated the area.


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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.

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Mary Collard

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

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Melissa D.
Unique and Extraordinary

Knowing that Venice is a tourist trap, I wanted to find a tour that was both unique and true to the soul of Venice itself. I wanted to get to know the heart of such a historic city. There is literally no other trip on the market like this and I am so glad I found it. I can't even put into words how incredible the views were or how serene the water was. I wish I could have captured the moment but I was so long in the tour that I totally forgot to take many pictures.

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Caroline V.

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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.

Q: What should I wear?

A: 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. 

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

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

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