Water activity

Venice: Private Grand Canal Gondola Ride

Activity provider: Venetoinside - Insidecom
Water activity

Venice: Private Grand Canal Gondola Ride

Activity provider: Venetoinside - Insidecom

From US$ 203.02 per group up to 5

Enjoy an unforgettable private gondola ride along the Grand Canal and the inner canals on a unique experience. Explore the highlights of Venice from the water.

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Duration 40 minutes
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English, Italian, French, German, Spanish
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  • Take part in a must-do experience whilst in Venice
  • Begin your ride just a few steps away from St. Mark’s Square
  • Travel in a private gondola for up to five people
  • Marvel at unique views and details which cannot be noticed when walking
Full description

The best perspective to admire Venice is from the water, and a gondola is the most traditional and unique way to do this. Discover the city through a guided tour, experiencing how Venetians moved from one district to another in the past. Your gondola journey begins close to Hotel Bauer, a few steps away from St. Mark's Square. Navigate the Grand Canal before crossing toward hidden inner canals that will allow you to admire views that go unnoticed when walking through the city center. Marvel at the majestic Rialto Bridge, one of the most ancient and famous bridges in Venice. Come across famous buildings, such as the tragically-destroyed Gran Teatro 'La Fenice', the majestic Basilica della Salute, and the elegant Palazzo Contarini Fasan, with Gothic architecture.

Return back to St. Mark's Square to disembark your vessel and bid your gondolier farewell.

  • Private gondola ride
  • Gondolier
  • Commentary throughout the gondola ride

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Meeting point

Meet at S. Moisè Gondola Pier. The meeting point is near the Bauer Hotel in Campo San Moisè.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • In the case of high numbers of visitors, waiting times could be up to 20 minutes
  • The tour might be suspended in case of bad weather, in such cases you are required to go to the departure point in order to know whether the tour takes place or not
  • The route of the gondola ride is subject to change depending on flood levels and other circumstances
  •  No refunds will be granted if you don not show up at the time and meeting point specified on the voucher
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 128 reviews

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It would have been a shame to come to Venice without taking a gondola ride! We don't regret. However, it remains expensive, and we would have liked it to last longer and to go further up the Grand Canal or to be able to get lost more in the small canals far from the other gondolas. There we follow a well marked path, but hey it's still a nice experience.

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October 30, 2022

Really great experience. We made our trip right at 9 o'clock in the morning. We can highly recommend this. Venice and the canals are still quiet at the time and there is no waiting time for the gondolas. We liked it so much because there weren't dozens of loud people with cameras at every bridge. We had a very nice and funny driver.

October 12, 2022

Yes it has to be done because there is this side of tranquility and calm but the gondoliers are jaded, they speak little except between themselves or on the phone, but we can also understand them because there are so many tourists in Venice. To do once because it's charming despite everything. Sold for 45 minutes (or 40 I don't know anymore) but it lasts about thirty minutes

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June 28, 2022

Product ID: 372850