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Private Guided Tour: Venice Gondola Ride Including the Grand Canal

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Float through Venice by private gondola boat on a 1-hour tour, and learn all about the history of the quintessential Venetian gondolas, too! As a gondolier navigates the boat along the famous Grand Canal, relax and listen to fun facts and trivia about the boats and the city from a local guide. Pass along pretty Rio della Madonnetta, and then ogle top Venice attractions such as Rialto Bridge and the glamorous Gothic Ca’ d’Oro mansion on the Grand Canal. The traditional gondola is small but seats up to five people comfortably in addition to the onboard guide and gondolier.
  • Private gondola ride on the Grand Canal in Venice
  • A personalized experience ideal for couples
  • Get unobstructed views of top Venice attractions
  • Receive undivided attention from a private guide
What to Expect
Greet your guide at a designated meeting point at the departure time selected at checkout. Step aboard a traditional Venetian gondola and set out along Rio della Madonnetta, passing the canalside neighborhoods of Santa Croce and San Polo. Your private guide provides historical and cultural commentary as you enjoy unobstructed views of Ponte dell’Accademia and the Gothic features of the Ca' d'Oro (Palazzo Santa Sofia), and glide beneath the world-famous Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto). After the ride, your gondola returns to your original departure point.
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Important Information
Departure Point
S. Maria del Giglio, Calle Gritti, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Private guide in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian
  • Private 1 hour gondola ride
  • Entry/Admission - Canal Grande
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drink
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants aged under 2 years will be seated on the lap of an adult;
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers;
  • There is a limit of 5 people per gondola (6 including guide).
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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All reviews bucket list an unforgettable experience side canals gondola ride rialto bridge route
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Reviewed 4 July 2019

all Gondola rides I thought were expensive. maybe cheaper if more of us took the ride I'm not sure will have to inquire before you ride so many to choose from all up an down the canal

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Carolyn H
VEincoming, General Manager at Venice Events, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2019

Dear guest, thank you for you awesome review. We are really happy to see that you had a nice tour with us and we look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed 16 January 2019

We took this tour this past summer and it was an amazing way to further explore the Venice canals. What an enchanting city. Don't be surprised to be rushed off the gondola at the end of the tour. The locals in Venice are not the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank richardsonc2018
Reviewed 21 October 2018

We got lost on our way to the meeting point (the directions provided were not very clear), so we showed up late. Admittedly that was our fault that we were late, but we called the number and they were not able to accommodate any alternatives,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
5  Thank Amy A
Reviewed 20 October 2018 via mobile

Our guide was fantastic! Told us so much about all the family homes and the history of Venice. She answered all our questions and the gondola ride was on a less busy route compared to the stands near the station for example. Would definitely recommend!

2  Thank Francesca w
Reviewed 14 October 2018

A group of six of us shared one Gondola we paid 20 euro each it was a rip off .Didn't see much only smelly canals only took about 20 - 25 mins at the end of trip there was a hat for tips think we...More

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank Hollymay13
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17 August 2018|
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Response from Joe G | Reviewed this property |
Something is wrong. Not sure of exact price but if I remember it was less than $100.
17 August 2018|
Response from Globecritic2000 | Reviewed this property |
He probably thinks you have lots of money😂 their charges are not consistent so they charge based on how much they perceive they can get. There are numerous riders there and each is self employed so dont be afraid to... More
5 June 2018|
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Response from rmp511 |
None. I didn’t see anyone tipping. It was a complete rip-off . $80 for a 1/2 hour ride with 4 others people. That’s $240 for a 1/2 hour. No singing. No explanation on where we were. No history. Guy kept talking to other... More
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  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
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  • Languages Offered: French, German, Italian, Spanish
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