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

Private Tour: Venice Gondola Ride Including the Grand Canal

Enjoy a private ride through Venice’s iconic canals aboard a traditional gondola! On this classic Venetian experience, soak up famous sights like the Rialto Bridge and the ornate Ca’ d’Oro palace while your expert gondolier navigates the beautiful handmade boat through the Grand Canal and other watery ways. A friendly local guide will accompany you on the 1-hour ride to share interesting facts about Venetian history and architecture along the way. 

Highlights

  • 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

Private Tour: Venice Gondola Ride Including the Grand Canal

Enjoy a private gondola tour of Venice!

A gondola ride is a quintessential experience on any Venetian vacation! Make your way to the departure point near St Mark’s Square, and then step aboard a beautiful handmade gondola. The boat will seat five passengers comfortably, in addition to the gondolier and your local guide. Head out along the charming Rio della Madonnetta and take in the canal-side sights of the Santa Croce and San Polo neighborhoods while your guide shares fun facts and trivia about Venetian history. 

As your gondolier expertly navigates the boat into the famous Grand Canal, admire the opulent palaces and churches that line the city’s main thoroughfare. Enjoy being a part of the canal’s energetic activity as a steady flow of water taxis, barges and other gondolas cruise up and down the watery way. Glide beneath the beautiful Accademia Bridge that connects the San Marco and Dorsoduro neighborhoods, and then float through some narrower side canals to get a glimpse of the city’s daily life and tucked-away charms.

Back on the Grand Canal, see the magnificent Gothic architecture of the Ca’ d’Oro palace and pass under the iconic Rialto Bridge, flanked by bustling open-air markets and shops. After a memorable 1-hour ride, your tour concludes back at the starting point.

Price is per person, based on five passengers per boat.

Customer Reviews

Kylie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour was so much more than I expected.

CHARLES K

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!

Carol V E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

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

Tom and Carol

Paul R. N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

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

Lianne O

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.

Yasmin D

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.

Jacqueline M

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.

antonia w

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.

J B B

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.

Nicola S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

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

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