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Private Guided Tour: Venice Gondola Ride Including the Grand Canal

Venezia, Italy
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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 waterways. A friendly local guide accompanies you on the ride to share interesting facts about Venetian history and architecture along the way.
  • 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
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 seats 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 ride, your tour concludes back at the starting point.
Price is per person, based on five passengers per boat.

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Enjoyed the extra time in Gondola vs...
Michael M
, Nov 2018
Enjoyed the extra time in Gondola vs. other ride options but a little disappointed in where the Gondola went, mainly on Grand Canal vs. smaller channels. Personal guide was good but not sure this was worth the price charged.
If this tour had been a quarter the...
Frank Q
, Oct 2018
If this tour had been a quarter the price 100 instead of 400, I would give this tour 4 stars max. But...given that A It barely lasted an hour, B our gondolier was an absolute smart-mouth, and C our tour guide while very nice was pretty checked out, I can't give it more than 2 stars. If you're looking for a private gondola ride, just book one by itself without the guide. You're probably still going to get an arrogant, smart-mouth gondolier, but at least you'll be paying a LOT less than what this tour charges.
Very good gondola ride - tour guide was...
, Oct 2018
Very good gondola ride - tour guide was on time and enhanced the experience of the gondola ride
Highly Recommend!
Shelly D
, Jul 2018
We loved Barbara! We learned so much about the city of Venice, and enjoyed the sites as she spent an hour showing us through the Grand Canal via gondola. We would highly recommend this tour :)
This was our first time in Venezia...
, Jul 2018
This was our first time in Venezia. A private, romantic gondola ride is a must! We were celebrating our 25th anniversary. We read reviews of other tours, which included someone who would serenade, but we found out they are sometimes not on the same gondola but within earshot. We were fresh off our flight and lacking sleep, but we were excited! The skill of a gondolier is something else! They can turn tight corners while launching off a wall and balancing with an oar! Our tour guide, Maria-Teresa, was originally from Germany but she had been living in Venezia and was well-informed and well-understood. It was everything we imagined it to be on a gondola, but much more! Bucket list item ticked off!
Gondola in Venice
, Jul 2018
Not only beautiful, but also informative. Our guide noted history and architecture while our awesome gondolier glided our gondola through the Grand Canal and city waterways.
Fantastic experience
, Jul 2018
Choosing the private tour is the best option when deciding on a gondola ride. Our tour guide was informative and was open to stopping at locations for pictures.
Gondola Tour
, Jun 2018
Not very good! The driver not friendly, looks like they were on the run and didn’t put any attention in please the customers
There was a 90 chance of rain at our...
Bridgett T
, Jun 2018
There was a 90 chance of rain at our scheduled Gondola ride on a Tuesday morning so we asked if we could go the evening before if there was a vacancy. We were allowed to go so that was nice BUT the tour itself was the worst tour our family has ever experienced anywhere in the world. A gondola ride in Venice is an experience you anticipate and dream about for years. This 30 minute experience was so disappointing. The gondoliers smoked cigarettes, sat, and talked while tourists gathered for their rides. Even though the boats were empty, they kept telling people to wait. Finally they gathered everyone up at one time 7:30 pm and put people in boats. There were probably 20 gondolas that went out at once and just followed each other around a block. Two other people were in the boat with our family even though this was supposed to be a private tour. The gondoliers did not care. The gondolier never even told us his name. He steered the boat next to another boat and talked to the other gondolier the whole time. He even took us down a canal with a building under construction so that we had to lean so as not to hit the tarps covering the building. NOT VERY SCENIC! We went around one block by Venetian standards and he docked the gondola at 7:58 pm. ONCE IN A LIFETIME GONDOLA RIDE OVER. For a group of workers who are so specialized and known the world over, they didn't seem to care or take pride in what they were doing at all. Seemed very unionized as in they only did what was absolutely necessary and did not care about their patrons at all. In the picture below you can tell how close we are to the other gondola and he stayed very close beside them the whole time. I understand that being a gondolier can be inherited or they have to train for many years to become one. Nothing in the way we were treated or our tour would suggest they were proud of what they do. So sad because I am sure many others would love that opportunity. I have seen tour bus drivers have much more pride in their work than these guys. And to top it off this was what my husband wanted for his 65th birthday. Such a disappointment. Would not recommend booking this ahead of time to anyone.
We had Sylvia, she's the best! Was...
Stephen E
, May 2018
We had Sylvia, she's the best! Was on time so we left early and missed some traffic on the Grand Canal. She pointed out all the past history plus some interesting current history. Highly recommend.

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