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

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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 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.

Stephen E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 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.

Michelle H United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

We had a great time touring around the canals! And the tour guides were very nice even though we showed up a little late for our time. Thank you and highly recommend being on time too!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Barbara was our guide and she was wonderful! She was very knowledgeable and offered great advice and tips! Great trip!!!!

Ruth M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Very educational. Only ask would be to try and make this more affordable.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Very well done. The guide was very knowledgeable
Highly recommend


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This was a great tour, we were not sure what to expect with a tour guide but it was a wonderful experience.

Jennet V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Absolutely fantastic. Our guide Alessandro Trabucco was very informative and friendly. We learned lots about the history of Venice and the canal system. Great way to tour! We booked in advance and would recommend doing that as we didn't have to wait very long to get on our gondola.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

We loved this experience. Haveing the guide was definitely the right way to go. Brought great information about the history and the city. perfect morning starter

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