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Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary provided by Venice Tours Srl

Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary

Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary
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Pre-book an essential Venice experience on a gondola ride along the Grand Canal and smaller, scenic waterways. Avoid negotiating over price on the spot with this affordable shared option that captures all the romance and atmosphere of the “Floating City.” While most gondola rides are unguided, this one includes recorded commentary through a mobile app so you can learn about passing sights like San Giorgio Island and St. Mark’s Bell Tower.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 50m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, Chinese, Russian, Japanese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Highlights
Glide past palazzos and under foot bridges in a classic Venetian gondola
Listen to narration through a mobile app you can download to your phone
Avoid price surprises and guarantee your seats in a boat
Affordable option for families, small groups, couples, and solo travelers
Know before you go
  • Duration: 50m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, Chinese, Russian, Japanese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
Glide past palazzos and under foot bridges in a classic Venetian gondola
Listen to narration through a mobile app you can download to your phone
Avoid price surprises and guarantee your seats in a boat
Affordable option for families, small groups, couples, and solo travelers
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 21441P6
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
Shared gondola ride with live guide (50 minutes tour including 30 minutes of gondola ride
PRIVATE GONDOLA RIDE 30 MINUTES (if chosen) without live commentary
Shared gondola: live commentary in Italian & English.
Shared gondola: commentary by app in German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Hindi, Russian & Chinese.
Exclusions
Hotel pickup
Audio devices
Earphones
Duration
50m
Departure details
Venice Tours Assistance (NEWSSTAND), Calle larga de l'Ascension, 1257, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy SHARED OPTION: With Piazza San Marco and the arches of Museo Correr at your back and the Poste Italiane in front of you, look on the left and you will see a big grey newsstand. The newsstand is between Fendi Boutique and Poste Italiane (Post Office). The guide will have a sign “Gondola Tour”.
Gondola Bauer, Calle Larga XXII Marzo, 2091/b, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy ONLY FOR PRIVATE OPTION: GO to the Gondola Bauer landing stage. If you arrive at the Hotel Bauer, you will see the landing stage in front of it. Go to gondoliers and show the ticket
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Each gondola can host maximum 5 people; the seat aboard cannot be chosen but will be assigned by the gondolier depending of guests weight.
The Gondola Ride does not operate in case of exceptionally bad weather or high/low tide (in these cases it can be postponed the days after otherwise it will be refunded)
The itinerary may change in the event of wind or bad weather
The guide will be only on one gondola, the participants on the others gondola will listen to her/him with the audio-devices
The live commentary will be only in English and Italian. The commentary on German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Hindi, and Russian will be provided by mobile app downloaded on the own devices.
Near public transportation
Not recommended for travellers with back problems
Not recommended for pregnant travellers
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
The live guide IS NOT included in the PRIVATE OPTION
Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the departure time
The customers health is the most important matter for us, the tour operates in according to the Covid-19 National directives in order to guarantee the experiences in a safe environment.
All customer touchpoints are frequently cleaned, and the tour will leave with small groups.
Most travellers can participate
We only ask the kindness to bring the own mask in case you need to wear it.
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travellers
Inclusions
Shared gondola ride with live guide (50 minutes tour including 30 minutes of gondola ride
PRIVATE GONDOLA RIDE 30 MINUTES (if chosen) without live commentary
Shared gondola: live commentary in Italian & English.
Shared gondola: commentary by app in German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Hindi, Russian & Chinese.
Exclusions
Hotel pickup
Audio devices
Earphones
Departure details
Venice Tours Assistance (NEWSSTAND), Calle larga de l'Ascension, 1257, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy SHARED OPTION: With Piazza San Marco and the arches of Museo Correr at your back and the Poste Italiane in front of you, look on the left and you will see a big grey newsstand. The newsstand is between Fendi Boutique and Poste Italiane (Post Office). The guide will have a sign “Gondola Tour”.
Gondola Bauer, Calle Larga XXII Marzo, 2091/b, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy ONLY FOR PRIVATE OPTION: GO to the Gondola Bauer landing stage. If you arrive at the Hotel Bauer, you will see the landing stage in front of it. Go to gondoliers and show the ticket
Duration
50m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Each gondola can host maximum 5 people; the seat aboard cannot be chosen but will be assigned by the gondolier depending of guests weight.
The Gondola Ride does not operate in case of exceptionally bad weather or high/low tide (in these cases it can be postponed the days after otherwise it will be refunded)
The itinerary may change in the event of wind or bad weather
The guide will be only on one gondola, the participants on the others gondola will listen to her/him with the audio-devices
The live commentary will be only in English and Italian. The commentary on German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Hindi, and Russian will be provided by mobile app downloaded on the own devices.
Near public transportation
Not recommended for travellers with back problems
Not recommended for pregnant travellers
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
The live guide IS NOT included in the PRIVATE OPTION
Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the departure time
The customers health is the most important matter for us, the tour operates in according to the Covid-19 National directives in order to guarantee the experiences in a safe environment.
All customer touchpoints are frequently cleaned, and the tour will leave with small groups.
Most travellers can participate
We only ask the kindness to bring the own mask in case you need to wear it.
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You’ll have 2 starting options
    See Important Information for details
  • Pass by
    Teatro La Fenice
    Canal Grande
    Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
    San Giorgio Maggiore
    Piazza San Marco
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Amanda Evans
West Memphis, AR245 contributions
Gondola ride
This is a must when you visit Venice! This one the only thing my husband wanted to do! So i booked a tour using Viator! Printed our tickets before we left the states. It was a little difficult finding the meeting location but once we were there it was great! The tour took about 30 minutes. However there was no commentary! But it is definitely a great way to see the see by water!
Written 18 September 2021
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Tim T
1 contribution
Beautiful day— water was clean, not like I had been told; Gondolier was friendly...
Sep 2021 • Family
Easy booking, great fun; easy company to deal with; Gondolier was nice— took photo with my daughter; ride was about 45 mins
Written 14 September 2021
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Andrea G
5 contributions
Great tour, would have liked a little more guiding
This was a great tour but I wish we could have heard our guide better once we were on the grand canal. As a group, we were separated into different boats and the guide was not in ours. It was difficult to know if he was talking to us or the others in the boat. He was also swapping back and forth between the English tour and the Italian tour.
Written 8 September 2021
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tommaso111111111
Thanks for your kind review. We take note of your comments in order to improve our product. Regards.
Written 14 September 2021
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Kristiāns H
1 contribution
Great experience to feel real spirit of Venezia
Amazing tour and our guide Mr.JC made the best vibes to feel like real Venetian!
Gondola is the must have experience!
If you follow the Google maps location of the starting site it's very easy to find.
Written 3 September 2021
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tommaso111111111
Thanks for your kind review
Written 14 September 2021
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Claudio S
1 contribution
Great Experience
Aug 2021 • Couples
The guide was very prepared, nice and funny! An amazing experience in one of the most beautiful city in the world.
Written 28 August 2021
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tommaso111111111
Dear, thank you very much for your lovely review. Best regards
Written 3 September 2021
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Sjoerd A
Pemuteran, Indonesia3 contributions
Hardly moving gondola with unpleasant guide
The tour guide had an eye on one of the woman on the group, and made others feel akward with his direct way of trying to persuade her. He changed the order of the rides, instead of 1, 2, 3, 4, he changed it to 1, 2, 4, 3, so that he could be with this female. He forgot to test his audio device, and it didn't work during the ride, so no audio tour. He stood to close and his way of being, his obvious and akward preference of people in the group, made us feel weird and made the ride much less enjoyable. Other than that, the gondola ride was spend mostly waiting on other gondolas in a line of stuck-traffic, and we bumped into another gondola as well. The audio tour device had earbuds that were dirty.
Written 25 August 2021
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Dear Sir, we are sorry for your review, please consider that a Gondola is 11 meters long and the guide stay in the central Gondola, and very often due to the traffic the gondoliers can’t respect exactly the assigned number along the queue. All the earphones are for a single use and can’t be used more than one time.
Written 28 August 2021
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Dan H
3 contributions
Good... if things go smoothly
Aug 2021
One-liner: We enjoyed it until our gondolier got tired and stuck between two pegs for what felt like an eternity and turned around back to the start without completing the tour, without anyone from the tour group with a care in the world that someone went missing.
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It started out pretty well. We each got the radio headphones to hear the guide, split up into groups and split up into consecutive gondolas. Ride started fairly pleasant, our gondolier (Luca, I think) started strong but noticed he had been slowly falling behind, hitting walls a bit more frequently than normal as we started our way down the mini canals. Didn't think much of it at the time but perhaps he had had a few drinks after a mid-afternoon break is my best explanation for that and subsequent events. We continued to fall behind, radio reception from the tour guide gradually became a little worse and worse until we couldn't hear the guide at all anymore. Probably all in all heard two tour-relevant items from them about Mozart's home and something about a Phoenix before our reception cut out completely.

When we got to the Grand Canal, our Gondolier made a wrong turn, and then tried to do a U-turn, and things also took a turn for the worst (pun intended). He got stuck between a few of those wooden poles along the canal that they dock to, right in front of a restaurant along the canal. The experience afterwards was a miserable combination of being stuck directly in the sun, watching our gondola try to turn to the left and right stuck not making any progress like it's the Suez canal incident, getting laughed at by the restaurant-goers, and watching our gondolier ask for help from nearby dockworkers to help dislodge his boat. After what felt like an eternity, he finally dislodged and instead of continuing our tour route down the grand canal, he just turned right back around.

Now, we make it back, and realized most likely the tour group had probably already finished before us since a separate tour group that started just after us had just returned. I came to the realization that my tour group lost us and did not care to wait for us, look for us, or call us. We even still had their radio equipment that we never really benefitted from. I had to hunt down one of their tour company colleagues to return to, and tried to find my tour guide and sent messages to them with no reply or contact from them.

Requested a full refund and was offered a $25 promo discount instead, because "They would like to inform that you joined the service correctly."
Yes, I joined correctly, but if any of that experience was service, then I would recommend people steer clear and just go with a private gondola ride instead. I really wish I could blame the poor experience on a poor gondolier alone, but a tour group losing tour members and making zero effort to locate them is even moreso unacceptable.
Written 24 August 2021
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Dear Sir, we are very sorry for your review, we made an internal investigation and we didn’t find any evidence concerning your complaint. The Gondoliers are expert drivers of the Gondola, they can’t drink when they’re on duty. Please consider also that the Gondola is 11 meters long and it’s very common for them to use their feet along the walls besides the canals to drive the Gondola properly. Probably this way to drive the Gondola could seem very strange sometime but it isn’t dangerous.
Written 28 August 2021
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Yulin
Nanjing, China4 contributions
No need to book in advance
It is difficult to find the meeting point because they have no office room, and the guide only shows up around the scheduled time, it was outside just on the street. I missed it but I find that it is much cheaper if you buy from any gondola owner directly. It costed me only 20 euros per person for a shared boat and it is 80 euros for max. 5 people, good choice for family, so why not take your time and buy it whenever and wherever you need? The gondola boatmen are all around the canal, almost every where, the price is the same.

SHARED GONDOLA TOUR Departure: Newsstand - Venice Tours Assistance Point, Calle Larga de l'Ascension San Marco 1257, Venezia

PRIVATE GONDOLA OPTION Departure: Gondola Station Calle Larga XXII Marzo, 2091/b in front of Bauer Hotel
Written 23 August 2021
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Dear Sir, we take note of your comments, but please consider that it is not only a Gondola ride but you have also the guide who gives an introduction of 20 minutes in order to give your an overview on the gondola and the gondoliers before to get on board. Please consider also that are included the commentary on board of the Gondola using our app in several languages.
Written 28 August 2021
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vanessa
Mokena, IL1 contribution
No customer service
We were unable to find the location given. We called and no one answered. We paid full price and we were unable to attend the tour. No phone call back!!! We are a family of five, so this was disappointing.
Written 21 August 2021
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tommaso111111111
Dear, the office is open 7/7 from 9:00 AM to 7pm with many assistants ready to help the customers. It’s impossible that no one replied you. I am sorry for your bad experience but maybe you called the wrong number or you are posting the review on the wrong business page. Best
Written 23 August 2021
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Giuliano C
2 contributions
Amazing gondola ride
Aug 2021 • Couples
The tour was great. We really had a good time, seing Venice from the gondola's point of view. The guide as really nice
Written 17 August 2021
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tommaso111111111
Gentile, grazie mille per la recensione. Cordiali saluti
Written 18 August 2021
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