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Venice Gondola Rides and Canal Tours

By Viator, June 2017

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Venice is defined by the water that surrounds it, and taking in the sights from a boat offers a uniquely Venetian perspective on the city. Whether you choose a classic gondola ride or a canal cruise, here are your options for Venice boat tours.
 
Highlights
  • See some of Venice’s main sights, including the Grand Canal and the Doge’s Palace, from a new vantage point
  • Gondola rides typically last 30 to 60 minutes; tours by motorboat are usually closer to 2 hours
  • Combine a boat tour of Venice with a walking tour, lunch, or dinner

Gondola Rides
Riding in one of Venice’s iconic gondolas is a popular way to experience the city. You can book a private gondola ride for just you and your sweetheart, some of which include a serenade along the way, or ride in a gondola with a few other people to save a little bit of money. Sunset rides are most popular, so they can sometimes cost more than daytime rides.

Canal Cruises
There are many more kinds of boats in Venice than just gondolas, of course, from modern motorboats to small, traditional Venetian boats. Canal cruises usually run through both larger and smaller canals, giving you a chance to see both sides of the city. You’ll glide by the once-opulent palaces along the Grand Canal and catch snippets of everyday life on the back streets of Venice.

Combo Tours
Combining a short gondola ride with a meal or a walking tour is a great way to round out your day in Venice. Add a walking tour to see the city from both the water and land, or choose a 4-course lunch or dinner to upgrade your experience.

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Venice Canal Cruise: 2-Hour Grand Canal and Secret Canals Small Group Tour by Boat, Venice, null
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Venice Canal Cruise: 2-Hour Grand Canal and Secret Canals Small Group Tour by Boat

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 118 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 $123.88
Private Venice Gondola School: Learn How to Be a Gondolier, Venice, Day Cruises
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Private Venice Gondola School: Learn How to Be a Gondolier

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 52 Reviews

Learn how to be a gondolier in Venice on a 1.5-hour gondola experience on the city’s beautiful canals! Meet your instructor, and learn how to maneuver a ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $87.59
Venice Sunset Cruise by Typical Venetian Boat, Venice, Cultural Tours
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Venice Sunset Cruise by Typical Venetian Boat

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 40 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 $98.85
Skip the Line: Venice in One Day Including Boat Tour, Venice, Sunset Cruises
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Skip the Line: Venice in One Day Including Boat Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3539 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 $75.08
$91.34 Save $16.26
Venice Grand Canal Small Group 1-Hour Boat Tour, Venice, Super Savers
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Venice Grand Canal Small Group 1-Hour Boat Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 653 Reviews

The best way to appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of a city built on water is by boat. Gliding through Venice's Grand Canal and minor canals, you'll be ...  Read more

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

From USD $60.06
Small-Group Tour: Best of Venice Walking Tour and Grand Canal Water Taxi Ride, Venice, Day Cruises
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Small-Group Tour: Best of Venice Walking Tour and Grand Canal Water Taxi Ride

4.5 star rating: Recommended 166 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: Flexible

From USD $96.35
Private Tour: Venice Gondola Ride with Serenade, Venice, Half-day Tours
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Private Tour: Venice Gondola Ride with Serenade

4.5 star rating: Recommended 158 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 $425.44
Private Tour: Venice Gondola Ride Including the Grand Canal, Venice, Gondola Cruises
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Private Tour: Venice Gondola Ride Including the Grand Canal

4.5 star rating: Recommended 65 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 $87.34
Private Tour: Venice Grand Canal Evening Boat Tour, Venice, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Tour: Venice Grand Canal Evening Boat Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 22 Reviews

Take a romantic evening cruise along Venice's canals aboard a modern Venetian boat. This evening tour by comfortable boat takes you along Venice's famous Grand ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: Flexible

From USD $72.99
Venice Cruise by Luxury Motorboat: Grand Canal and Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, Night ... 
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Venice Cruise by Luxury Motorboat: Grand Canal and Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Speed through Venice by luxury motorboat to discover the sights of the Grand Canal and the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore. As a knowledgeable guide drives, ...  Read more

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

From USD $122.63

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