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Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary

Venezia, Italy

From $37.86

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  • 50 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Traverse the canals of Venice aboard a traditional gondola with your very own gondolier. Float along narrow waterways and hidden passages, admiring the beauty of one of Italy's most magical cities. Pass beneath centuries-old bridges and take in famous attractions such as St. Marks' Bell Tower and San Giorgio Island from the coziness of your flat-bottomed boat.
  • A gondola ride along Venice's waterways
  • Savor one of Venice's most sought-after and romantic experiences
  • Navigate secluded passages and beneath centuries-old bridges en route to the Grand Canal
  • See some of the city's top sights from a completely new vantage point
  • An ideal way to explore Venice, whether you're a couple, family or solo traveler

What's Included

  • Guided Shared gondola ride: 30 minutes gondola ride and 50 minutes live guide commentary
  • Option PRIVATE GONDOLA: 30 minutes Gondola ride NO live commentary
  • Shared gondola: live commentary in Italian, English, French and Spanish
  • Shared gondola: commentary by app in German, Japanese, Hindi, Russian & Chinese.
  • Hotel pickup
  • Audio devices
  • Earphones

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What To Expect

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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Each gondola can host maximum 5 people; the seat aboard cannot be chosen but will be assigned by the gondolier depending of guests weight.
  • The Gondola Ride does not operate in case of exceptionally bad weather or high/low tide (in these cases it can be postponed the days after otherwise it will be refunded)
  • The itinerary may change in the event of wind or bad weather
  • The guide will be only on one gondola, the participants on the others gondola will listen to her/him with the audio-devices
  • The live commentary will be only in English, French, Spanish and Italian. The commentary on German, Japanese, Chinese, Hindi, and Russian will be provided by mobile app downloaded on the own devices.
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • The live commentary IS NOT included in the PRIVATE OPTION
  • Please be at the meeting point 10 minutes before the departure time
  • The customers health is the most important matter for us, the tour operates in according to the Covid-19 National directives in order to guarantee the experiences in a safe environment.
  • All customer touchpoints are frequently cleaned, and the tour will leave with small groups.
  • We only ask the kindness to bring the own mask in case you need to wear it.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary?

A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

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Traveler Tips


We arrived early and were allowed to start early which was very helpful on a hot day.
Reviews
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An informative tour and serene gondola ride
Jessica_D, Dec 2022
Firstly we booked for the 5:20pm session but wanted to change to the earlier 4pm session, which was no issue for the tour company - just one quick call and it was done. The meeting place was easy to find. We met Ricardo, who was welcoming, friendly and very informative during the tour. After being organized into groups of 5, we took a short walk through the streets to the gondolas, during which the commentary part of the tour took place. After that, we boarded the gondola and enjoyed the peaceful ride through to the grand canal. Our gondolier didn't chat to us during the ride, which was fine and dependant on who you get on the day I suppose. It rained a little so bring a rain jacket if doing this in the winter months!
Guide gave some...
Paola_R, Dec 2022
Guide gave some information on the walk to the gondola. It was good but she seemed like she was in a hurry and talked too fast.
When in Venice...
annasyw83, Dec 2022
we wanted to go on a gondola! I thought the commentary would be with the boat ride but having it as part of the walk to the loading dock instead made for a peaceful ride. The groups were divided up well, and the other couple we shared the ride with were really pleasant.
Gondala Ride and Walking tour of Venice
Norman_K, Dec 2022
Completely satisfied with the tour and the gondola ride, Alessandra was very knowledgeable of her craft.
Quiet ride, go later in the day
Michelle_W, Nov 2022
A nice quiet ride. We went at 4pm. The guide wasn't what we thought it would be as it was only on the walk to the gondola not during gondola the ride. Worth the money to book last minute. Cost 64 euros for 2 haring with 3 others, where as the gondolas to use (shared) were 80 euros per person
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thanks for the review. Please consider that during the gondola ride the commentary of the guide can be listened with audio receiver devices. Regards.
Gondola Ride
Russell_G, Nov 2022
The city of Venezia is a beautiful romantic city. Went there our honeymoon looking to share with my wife a romantic Gondola ride. I was expecting a ride for just the two us, but to my surprise, we were seated with another couple losing the opportunity for a memorable experience. I was not aware of this. Had I known, I would have gone a different direction. If you don’t mind sharing your ride with other persons, do it. If you are looking for an experience for just the two of you, this is not the tour for you..
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Dear Guest, we are sorry for your personal comment, please consider that you booked a shared gondola ride, which means that the gondola ride is shared with other persons. At your disposal for further information. Regards.
Nice but cheaper on site
Alexandra_B, Nov 2022
I liked the gondola trip but it was shorter than advertised, there were no commentary during the ride and it was way cheaper directly on the place. The general price I saw was $80 and I almost payed double.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Dear Guest, we are deeply sorry for your personal comment, please consider that the experience is composed by 20 minutes of walking tour followed by 30 minutes of gondola ride, the total duration of the experience is 50 minutes. At your disposal for further information. Regards.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Beautiful scenery
Carrie_L, Nov 2022
Beautiful and gorgeous scenery, but a little noisy and crowded. Too many gondolas hitting one another on the canal. I did enjoy the light commentary.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thanks for your kind review
Great commentary. Our...
Denise_S, Nov 2022
Great commentary. Our guide was very knowledgeable and personable. It was a beautiful day and I loved it
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thanks for your kind review
Venice Walk/Gondola
Roxanne_G, Nov 2022
Nice quick walking tour before gondola ride - Sara was very friendly & had good fun facts. Gondola ride was exactly what we were looking for! Thank you
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thanks for the review
Great gondola ride but commentary is on land not from the gondola driver
Donald_M, Nov 2022
After the Gathering point you start off with a walking tour for about 5 to 15 minutes where you're wonderful hosts tells you and hopefully your language mine was English, details about Venice and the uniqueness of the city you walk around looking at some shops and get some good information for about 10 minutes then you Q in line with other groups doing the same thing and then get on a gondola with five people total and the guide leaves you the gondola driver takes off doesn't say much and doesn't sing and just takes you out on a 30 minute gondola ride so have fun with these new friends you just meet in line. Ours took a picture for us but the picture wouldn't upload to this site for some reason
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thanks for the review. Please consider that the gondolier is not the guide, but he is like a driver who must take care of his oar. Regards.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Lacking instructions
Alexa_M, Nov 2022
I couldn’t find the stand in time to join my reservation. The meeting point isn’t actually in San Marco piazza, it’s tucked away on a side street by the entrance to the Correr museum, just outside the square.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Dear Guest, we are deeply sorry for your personal comment, please consider that we are always available to assist customers in case of problems to find the meeting point. At your disposal for further information. Regards.
Meander the canals by gondola in the evening
Keenan_Y, Nov 2022
A great way to see the canals of Venice in the evening! We were traveling as a family and it was the first time in Venice for our children. Venice is a magical city and even more so by gondola in the evening.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thanks for your kind review
Great value for money
Lisa_E, Nov 2022
This experience is amazing I loved every part of it. Even the walking tour. I just wish we had a little longer on the gondola then I would have scored a 5
75% Strong
Scott_B, Nov 2022
When nobody was there to meet us. We booked 4 Viator Tours. 3 of them were absolutely amazing and a wonderful experience.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Dear Guest, we are deeply sorry for your personal comment, please consider that the gondola ride is like a train ticket, so if you don't arrive on time at the meeting point you lose the tour. At your disposal for further information. Regards.
Must come back!
Thania_C, Nov 2022
Better, impossible! Excellent service!!! We came and didn’t expect too much, however, the organization and customer service was amazing!
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thanks for your kind review
Great experience at night but too expensive!
Lisa_R, Nov 2022
We booked the nighttime one, arrived a bit early but we didn’t have to wait. Don’t open the google maps link just look for the Bauer hotel and you’ll see the gondola service there. It was very romantic and a lovely trip but I’m not sure it’s worth €160 for two people for 30 minutes. It was the only gondola we took so I don’t know what the other rates are like but I think it’s a bit expensive. If it was an hour I’d be more inclined to do it again.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thanks for the review. Please consider that private gondola ride is a unique occasion to discover the romantic and hidden canals of Venice on your gondola. Regards.
Consider a private gondola ride instead
Emina_C, Oct 2022
This is very brief and therefore doesn't feel like it's worth the money. That's not to say that one should miss riding in a gondola when in Venice. Private tours booked locally are 80EUR (city regulated price displayed on all gondola service points) so if you are more than 2 this turns out to be more expensive. The guide only provides commentary ahead of the ride on the dock, and after that it's silent except for the gondoliers chatting between themselves.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thanks for the review. Please consider that the commentary on gondola is not included for private gondola ride. Furthermore, please consider that the gondolier is not the guide, but he is like a driver who must take care of his oar. Regards.
Iconic Venetian Experience
Donna_H, Oct 2022
The lights of Venice was a magical sight a night to remember. Only issue was that we booked a sunset tour and by the time we got on the Gondola is was dark.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thanks for the review
Excellent Gondola Ride
Ganesan_S, Oct 2022
The gondola ride was excellent. The guide was friendly and did a very good job. We took a 6 p.m. trip and it worked great.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thanks for your kind review
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