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Gondola Rides & Canal Tours

By Viator, March 2015

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Water is a fundamental element of Venice. While in any other city you might take a bus or the subway to get where you’re going, in Venice it’s the boat that reigns supreme.

No doubt the most classical way to travel the waterways is the old fashioned gondola. The Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade tour has live music played to enhance the already special atmosphere. But there is also more serious sightseeing to be done - the famous Grand Canal flows like a large inverted "S" through the heart of the city. This is the main artery of the city and has been since the beginning. Being the central waterway, it is lined with impressive Palazzi built by noble families competing for status. Dating from the 13th Century onwards you can see an amazing variety of architecture from Gothic to Byzantine. To get a proper view of 'this enchanted place' The Venice Grand Canal Boat Tour will give you a detailed commentary and take you into the more important minor canals as well.

Outside of the city are islands such as Murano where the centuries old tradition of glass blowing is kept alive. And tranquil Torcello, which had one of the first settlements on it in 421 AD. There’s also Burano with its multi-coloured houses. If you take the Murano, Burano, and Torcello Half day Sightseeing Tour you will be able to visit all three of these islands and be treated to the spectacle of seeing Venice rise out of the water as you head back in to the city.

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Skip the Line: Venice in One Day Including Boat Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2489 Reviews

If it’s your first time in Venice, see all the highlights of this magical city on a combination walking tour of Venice’s narrow streets and a boat tour on the ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $72.15
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Venice Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

4 star rating: Recommended 1617 Reviews

Enjoy a walking tour of the city to discover its treasures nestled amid charming squares, bridges and narrow streets and then hop aboard a classic Venetian ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $50.30

Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade

4 star rating: Recommended 1450 Reviews

Waft by the beautiful sights of Venice on a 35-minute shared gondola ride and enjoy a serenade, too. Select an afternoon or evening trip, be welcomed aboard ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 35 minutes (approx.)

From USD $45.16

Venice Tour Including Gondola Ride

4 star rating: Recommended 309 Reviews

Explore romantic Venice by daytime or night, and see a selection of the city's gems! During a relaxing walking tour, pass top Venice attractions such as Rialto ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.65

Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade with Dinner

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 405 Reviews

For the quintessential Venetian experience, take a serenaded gondola ride on the canals of Venice, followed by lunch or dinner – depending on your afternoon or ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.97

Private Tour: Venice Gondola Ride with Serenade

4.5 star rating: Recommended 105 Reviews

Soak up the romance of Venice on a 35-minute private gondola ride! The elegant gondola boat seats between 2 and 4 people, meaning it’s a perfect intimate ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 35 minutes (approx.)

From USD $90.33

Small-Group Tour: Best of Venice Walking Tour and Grand Canal Water Taxi Ride

4.5 star rating: Recommended 103 Reviews

See Venice sights by land and water on this small-group Venice sightseeing tour. After a water taxi ride down the Grand Canal, enjoy a Venice walking tour, ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: Varies

From USD $103.87

Private Tour: Venice Gondola Ride Including the Grand Canal

4.5 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $78.81

Venice Canal Cruise: Grand Canal and Secret Canals by Motorboat

4.5 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

Explore some of the smaller, secret Venetian canals by motorboat on a 2-hour cruise, and discover the neighborhoods of Cannaregio, the Jewish Ghetto and ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.49

Venice Sunset Cruise by Typical Venetian Boat

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

See the ‘City of Love’ at its most charming on this 2-hour sunset cruise in Venice. Climb aboard a traditional Venetian boat, and then, with an expert ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.20

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