Enjoy a quintessentially Venetian experience with this 30-minute private gondola ride for up to 6 people. Travel through Venice's picturesque canals for great photo opportunities of palaces and a view of the city you can't get any other way.
30-minute private gondola ride in Venice
Climb into your private gondola with up to six people in your group
Enjoy the experience of traveling through the canal city by gondola
Admire Venetian palaces from a unique vantage point
Make your way to the starting point near the S. Maria del Giglio vaporetto stop in central Venice. Climb into a sleek, black gondola (up to 6 people in your group) to begin your unforgettable private gondola ride. Glide through Venice's romantic canals for a unique perspective on Venetian palaces and bridges. Travel through this storybook city the way only the wealthy and nobility were able to – by gondola. The last person to have her own private gondola in Venice was Peggy Guggenheim in the 1960s. Today, gondola rides are available to anyone. Listen to the friendly banter between gondoliers as you drift from one canal to the next. Experience Venice as the Venetians have for more than 1,000 years.
A great experience! I'm personally glad the driver left us alone.
, May 2019
I read a lot of other reviews complaining that the gondola driver didn't sing, or that they were talking with other drivers or using their cell phone, but come on people. Who cares? Our driver sang to himself for maybe 20 seconds, and pointed out two buildings. But aside from that, he spent the rest of the ride conversing with other gondola drivers...and it was great! It's actually really cool to be immersed in, what is essentially, a culture just going about their day to day lives, enjoying jokes and playfully hassling each other.
If you need the driver to talk to you for 30 minutes straight, then this might not be for you. You may be better off paying an Italian dude on the street to make small talk. But if you want to see some really neat narrow alleyways in Venice and actually converse with the person that you came to Italy with? Well then you have your priorities straight, and this will be a hell of a great time.
(I also read reviews that said their private gondola ended up not being private. I can only say that we didn't have that problem, but we were also there in early May, which is probably not the busiest season.)
I booked a private gondola tour because I wanted a special experience for my two teenage granddaughters. I didn’t expect the gondolier to sing or be a tour guide. But I was appalled when he hardly acknowledged our presence and proceeded to spend literally the entire 30-minute ride talking (loudly and annoyingly) on his cell phone. This really ruined the mood. I wanted to complain immediately after the ride, but there was no one to complain to. I would not choose this company again.
The 30 minute ride was more like 20-25 minutes. Our gondolier did not say one word to us and the whole thing felt like a ride at Disneyland. I don't blame the tour operator or Viator... the whole gondola ride concept is so touristy. Wish I'd saved my money.
You don't expect your gondolier to have a Mohican haircut, be on his I phone, be wearing phone earplugs and smoke during the trip, all of which he did.
You do expect them to greet you, or at least acknowledge you, make you feel that you are going to experience a something special in Venice and say goodbye when you leave, none of which happened.
I purchased this trip as a 40th anniversary gift for some special friends, I was embarrassed by the complete lack of any communication, I knew that it was not a narrated tour but I did expect some common courtesy and manners. I did not comment at the time because I did not want to ruin their time in Venice any more than this experience did. A once in a lifetime gift ruined by an individual who was clearly bored the whole time. The 1 star is for the fact that the tour representative was at the meeting place on time .
The gondola experience was incredible but I felt as though we over paid. Probably not necessary to pre-pay and book a gondola ride that is only 30 minutes. Our gondolier texted, talked on the mobile phone, and I think even smoked while we were on our 30 min ride. I get it that it's not an amazing experience for him but come on.
Very good alternative to the expensive book-while-you're-there tours. It's short, but we used it just to get a feel for the grand canal. The prosecco was also good.
They're very short tours, but the description of the location is accurate and is as easy to find as anything else in Venice is.