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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 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. 


  • 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

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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

Katelyn United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Amazing, Beautiful, Breathtaking! Loved our tour guide as he had some great information about the canal!

Donald H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The perfect way to end our trip. Highly recommend.

Lynne H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

I booked this gondola ride with a guide because I thought it would be more informative and enjoyable for my 13 year old daughter. We were not disappointed. Our guide was Sylvia who was great and very informative. It made all the difference to hear about the history whilst enjoying the gondola ride. My parents enjoyed it also. I would definitely recommend it and would love to do it again. Also our gondolier was called Stefan and was very friendly and knowledgeable. A must when in Venice! Excellent!

Colleen H Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Fantastic! Loved our guide and it was a wonderful way to see more of Venice and learn about Venice. We highly recommend this tour!!!

Dave L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

A true Bucket List experience!

5 Stars are not enough for this amazing experience. From the moment we arrived, we were offered the best customer service with timely suggestions for where to buy the best Espresso to what we should see in Venice.

Our guide, Sylvia, was a true delight and a Fount of Knowledge. Our Gondolier expertly managed the canals at a very appropriate pace. We could not be happier with our experience.

Noelle W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very enjoyable tour with a delightful guide certainly a highlight of our visit to Venice. I recommend highly!!

Lawrence B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Did not do the tour.

Brian Leslie G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The Viator company were fantastic as we missed our initial booking for this tour and phoned their call centre where they arranged for the same tour with an English speaking guide the next morning, pretty much hassle free. We missed the tour mainly because getting to your B and B Hotel in Venice is one of life's great challenges which took us 3 hours from parking off island to walking thru the lobby with cases in tow. The gondola ride however was an absolute highlight. With this ride we got to travel down the grand canal whilst many of the other rides are only in the skinny local canals. Alessandro Trabucco was an outstanding English speaking guide for three reasons. Firstly, his passion and love for this unique and fascinating city was infectious, secondly his insider knowledge of history and highlights was exceptional and finally he made our family of four feel so welcome especially our beautiful 14 year old daughter with special abilities. The trip went for 1 hour and was the best thing we did in Venice.

Larry E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fantastic, couldn't have been better. Fantastic guides.

Wendy G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our guide, Alessandro, was wonderful! He was very knowledgeable about the history of the buildings along the canal as well as current events such as movies shot in Venice and where movie stars have stayed. I would definitely recommend this tour!

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