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

Best Private Tour: Venice Gondola Ride Including the Grand Canal

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.


  • 1-hour private gondola ride in Venice including the Grand Canal
  • Enjoy personalized attention from a private guide and a gondolier
  • Cruise along the picturesque Rio della Madonnetta and then onto the Grand Canal
  • Pass top Venice attractions including Accademia Bridge, Ca’ d’Oro and Rialto Bridge
  • Listen to stories about the Venetian gondolas as well as trivia about the city history and architecture
  • Choose from a morning or afternoon gondola ride

What You Can Expect

Best Private Tour: Venice Gondola Ride Including the Grand Canal

Enjoy a private gondola tour of Venice!

Step aboard your boat at a gondola stop near St Mark’s Square, and then sit back and relax as your gondolier expertly navigates your gondola around the waterways. The traditional flat-bottomed boats have been used for centuries in the city and, as you explore the canals, your onboard guide will keep you entertained with trivia and history about them.

Cruise along Rio della Madonnetta, a picturesque channel that borders the San Polo and Santa Croce neighborhoods, and enter the Grand Canal. Snaking some 1.9 miles (3km) through the city, the famous canal is lined by grandiose churches and glamorous palazzi that look out on the countless gondolas, barges, water buses and taxis on the water. Soak up the sights and hear entertaining stories about how Venice was built from your guide.

Pass beneath Accademia Bridge, seeing the San Marco neighborhood on one side and Dorsoduro on the other, and listen to more tales of Venetian history over the years. Work your way through some of the less-busy and equally enchanting side canals, and then pass back onto the Grand Canal to see Ca’ d’Oro, an attention-grabbing mansion with magnificent Gothic arcades.

Before working your way back to the start point, see Rialto Market with its colorful stalls of fresh fish, fruit and vegetables, and then pass beneath Rialto Bridge — one of the icons of Venice. Hop back onto dry land at the start point and bid your guide and gondolier a fond farewell.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour was so much more than I expected.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Outstanding! Although the wind prevented the Grand Canal experience, Donatella was so informative and the byways so charming, we could not have wanted a better time! Thank you!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our tour was excellent! Highly recommend it to anyone visiting Venice.

Tom and Carol

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The english speeking guide was every knowlegeable in the hostory of Venice.
He made the ride fun. Great personality.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent tour! Our guide, Alex, was very informative, enthusiastic, and friendly, and so was our gondolier, Andreas. Absolutely worth the price. They took us to canals away from the tourist crowds, and even in the shade! And we all got to have a go at driving. Thank you Alex for making this trip so special.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our tour guide Alessandro and our gondolier Fabio were fabulous! Though it happened to be a very warm day we managed to see the beautiful highlights of the grand canal, the historic palaces and got to park on some shades in between to get us relief from the heat!. The gondola was beautiful the cadillac of gondolas for sure that Fabio owns, he even sang a few bars of popular Italian love songs! I definitely recommend this tour. Peter and Yasmin Doria, Jr. July 22, 2015.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was really interesting. It was the best way to relax and enjoy a most informative tour of the canals of Venice and the grand history. We really enjoyed the conversation and the expertise of our Gondolier.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The gondolier was excellent. He wasn't much of a talker, but that's what the guide was for. the gondolier's maneuvering in the canals was amazing. We were surprised by a rain storm and he covered us with a tarp he had and got out of the rain. It never stopped however so we had to make a hasty exit. The tour guide was very expressive, explanatory and helpful. I'm so glad we booked the gondola trip with the tour guide in order to find out all the details along the canal.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

A wonderful experience and Max, our Guide was very knowledgeable and informative. We learned a lot about the history of Venice, the buildings and the canals. Thank you so much. Highly Recommended, definitely worth every penny.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great way to see the City and the Guide was great!

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