Gondola rides in Venice

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Grand Canal Shared Gondola Ride with Commentary
Grand Canal Shared Gondola Ride with Commentary
Explore the hidden and scenic waterways of Venice as you take a gondola ride on the Grand Canal. Get free access to an app with commentary on your gondola itinerary.
from €38
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1023 reviews
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Grand Canal Shared Gondola Ride with Live Commentary of Local Guide
Grand Canal Shared Gondola Ride with Live Commentary of Local Guide
A gondola ride through the canals is one of the best ways to become acquainted with Venice.During the trip, admire the majesty and splendor of Venice.
€40
per person
3473 reviews
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Traditional Shared Gondola Ride across small canals to Grand Canal
Traditional Shared Gondola Ride across small canals to Grand Canal
The gondola is a symbol of Venice, as emblematic of the famous city of canals as it is mysterious in its origins. Experience a half-hour gondola ride that takes you to the heart of Venice as you admire its historic sites as they were meant to be seen.
€38
per person
3252 reviews
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Personalize Your Experience: Gondola Tours with Live and Audio Guide
Personalize Your Experience: Gondola Tours with Live and Audio Guide
Discover the charming canals of Venice on a peaceful 30-minute gondola ride with a skilled master gondolier.
from €36
per person
611 reviews
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Exploring Grand Canal by Private Gondola Ride
Exploring Grand Canal by Private Gondola Ride
Journey down the Grand Canal and some of the smaller waterways of the city to see historic palaces and bridges from the water.
from €139
per group
2412 reviews
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Venice: Private Gondola Ride along Grand Canal
Venice: Private Gondola Ride along Grand Canal
Take a private gondola ride from the St. Mark's Area in Venice and marvel at the most beautiful places in the historic center of the city.
from €163
per group
449 reviews
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Venice: Gondola Cruise in the Grand Canal
Venice: Gondola Cruise in the Grand Canal
Indulge in the ultimate romantic experience in Venice, and journey along the waterways on a gondola ride. Sit back and dream your way along the Grand Canal, looking at the stunning architecture and soaking up the unique atmosphere of the beautiful city.
from €140
per group
821 reviews
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Grand Canal Boat Cruise: Discovering the Palazzos and Bridges of Venice
Grand Canal Boat Cruise: Discovering the Palazzos and Bridges of Venice
With Our Expert Guides Onboard, You'll Discover Hidden Gems and Learn Fascinating Facts Along the Way!
€35
per person
2796 reviews
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St Mark's, Doge's Palace, Murano & Burano Day Tour
St Mark's, Doge's Palace, Murano & Burano Day Tour
Prepare for a day of sightseeing in Venice on a comprehensive day tour. Visit St. Mark's, and Doge's Palace, see glass-blowing on Murano, lace-making on Burano, and take a gondola ride on the canals.
€178
per person
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Hidden Venice: Unusual Walking Tour
Hidden Venice: Unusual Walking Tour
An unusual walking tour through most the unusual places of Venice. The specialized guide will escort you through the heart of Venice narrating its secrets and history.
from €34
per person
513 reviews
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Venice 30 min Private Gondola tour
Venice 30 min Private Gondola tour
Book your enchanting private gondola ride in Venice and glide through centuries of history, allowing yourself to be captivated by the glamour and elegance of the Venetian Palazzi.
from €110
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Walking Tour in English and Gondola Ride
Walking Tour in English and Gondola Ride
An unusual walking tour through most the unusual places of Venice. The specialized guide will escort you through the heart of Venice narrating its secrets and history.
from €34
per person
932 reviews
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Venice Shared Gondola Ride with Serenade
Venice Shared Gondola Ride with Serenade
This tour is special in that you will have local musicians along to serenade you with the traditional romantic music of Italy. You wont find this with the many other gondola rides offered in Venice.
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€50
per person
730 reviews
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Romantic Private Gondola Serenade
Romantic Private Gondola Serenade
Enjoy a private serenade during a pleasant gondola ride on the Grand Canal. The gondolier will guide you along the labyrinth of canals; the musical accompaniment in the background will give the tour that extra touch of romance!
€349
per group
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Grand Canal: Romantic Gondola Ride with app commentary
Grand Canal: Romantic Gondola Ride with app commentary
Embark on a thrilling gondola journey through the enchanting waterways of Venice, where hidden stories and secrets known exclusively to locals come alive! Brace yourself for an extraordinary adventure unlike any other.
€39
per person
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Venice 1 hour Private Gondola tour
Venice 1 hour Private Gondola tour
Book your enchanting 1 hour private gondola ride in Venice and glide through centuries of history, allowing yourself to be captivated by the glamour and elegance of the Venetian Palazzi.
€220
per person
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Venice Private Gondola Ride with Serenade
Venice Private Gondola Ride with Serenade
This tour is special in that you will have local musicians along to serenade you with the traditional romantic music of Italy. You wont find this with the many other gondola rides offered in Venice.
€375
per person
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Gondola Ride & Historical Venice Walking Tour
Gondola Ride & Historical Venice Walking Tour
The gondola ride is combined with a panoramic walking tour: a specialized local guide will explain to you some historical facts & anecdotes!
from €60
per person
1617 reviews
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Venice Ghost & Legends walking city tour
Venice Ghost & Legends walking city tour
Learn about Venice’s murders, mysteries, superstitions, and ghosts on this exciting evening tour. Wandering around Venice’s maze of cobblestoned alleyways at night can make it easy to get lost, but you won’t have to worry, as your guide will lead the way.
from €70
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Private Gondola Ride along Grand Canal
Private Gondola Ride along Grand Canal
Admire the marvelous palaces and discover the city's secret waterways, immersing yourself in the atmosphere of Venice with your friend or loved one.
from €147
per group
3044 reviews
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Venice Romantic Sunset Tour by Typical Venetian Boat
Venice Romantic Sunset Tour by Typical Venetian Boat
Climb aboard a typical Venetian boat and sail into the sunset.
from €90
per person
1980 reviews
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Grand Canal Gondola Serenade with your carnival mask
Grand Canal Gondola Serenade with your carnival mask
Relax and enjoy the magnificent Grand Canal with a gondola serenade wearing an authentic Venetian Carnival mask! Throughout the ride, musicians will play typical Italian songs that will give your tour an unexpected touch of magic.
€62
per person
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Grand Canal Gondola Ride with App Commentary
Grand Canal Gondola Ride with App Commentary
Experience an enchanting gondola ride along the most beautiful part of the Grand Canal and its hidden waterways. Listen to an in-app commentary as you admire the views.
from €39
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Fall in Love in Venice: Gondola Ride and Romantic Meal
Fall in Love in Venice: Gondola Ride and Romantic Meal
Treat your significant other to an enchanting cruise through the inner canals of Venice. Then, swap loving gazes in a beautiful Venetian restaurant.
€239
per group
389 reviews
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Serenade gondola ride with carnival mask and romantic dinner
Serenade gondola ride with carnival mask and romantic dinner
Enjoy a Gondola serenade along the Grand Canal wearing an authentic Carnival mask and a romantic dinner in a typical Venetian restaurant! The most elegant and exclusive way to live Venice in all its splendor!
€123
per person
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Best of Venice in 1 Day: Walking Tour, Doges Palace, Gondola Ride
Best of Venice in 1 Day: Walking Tour, Doges Palace, Gondola Ride
Enjoy skip-the-line access tours of San Marco Museums and the Doge’s Palace. Explore quieter neighborhoods and markets on our intimate walking tour.
€159
per person
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Venetian Lagoon Tour and Galleon Dinner
Venetian Lagoon Tour and Galleon Dinner
Enjoy a candlelit dinner cruise in the Venetian Lagoon.
€110
per person
2558 reviews
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Tourists reviews
Sandra
Lovely ride on a beautiful boat in a beautiful city shame that the gondala man talked the whole time on his mobile phone it just seemed like yer get in my boat then get next sad as with out tourists they would have no income
6 days ago
Hortense M.
The walk was very nice. We liked that it was through small channels, because it is quieter. Our very friendly guide and he was talking about the environment at all times. We liked it a lot . We recommend it
7 days ago
Alighiero C.
Experience to be recommended for those who want to wander around the city and learn many curiosities at the same time thanks to the presence of a guide. Right price/quality experience! Very kind and cordial. The only flaw: I booked the tour in Italian and during the tour the guide explained things in two languages: Italian/English. A lot of time is wasted that could be invested in more exhaustive questions or explanations.
7 days ago
Julia f.
It was the best decision to book this boat trip !! Our guide Tassilo (Tassimo) I could not understand it, was so kind and nice. Without him, the ride would have been only half as nice. He was wonderful at everything, told everything about the lagoon of Venice, felt safe with him and had a lot of fun !! Unfortunately, the two hours have passed as in flight, because it was so great. I can recommend this ride to everyone !! You can relax on the water with Prosecco and listen to the exciting stories. Many thanks for this great experience !!
8 days ago
Mauro D.
Brilliant, much cheaper than purchasing there. We headed to the meeting point which was a little hut and spoke to the guy working to confirm we were at the correct place. Once everyone had arrived we walked a short distance to the gondolas everyone got directed onto them. It lasted quite a while and we was happy with the time and route.
9 days ago
Sean –.
My fiancé took me here tonight for our anniversary dinner, it was incredible. From the moment I saw the ship, to the table, to the service and not to mention the food, music and final desert! Our first time in Venice, I would highly recommend coming to do this at night time. It’s undoubtably the most romantic experience. Thank you for such a great evening!
11 days ago
Alicia
A very pleasant walk with very interesting explanations of the history of Venice! This gondola company is very serious and not “tourist trap”. Our gondolier was wonderful. I 100% recommend this experience!
11 days ago
Helmut
It was a very pleasant round tour through the lagoon of Venice, past the natural uninhabited islands to Burano and then back via Murano to Venice. The setting sun led to a wonderful evening mood on this cloudless day.
12 days ago

Gondola rides in Venice: A Guide to a Memorable Experience

Venice is a city of romance, history, and elegance that is sure to captivate anyone who visits. One of the most iconic and popular attractions in Venice is the Venetian gondola, a traditional Venetian boat that is hand-crafted from wood and has a flat bottom, making it easy to navigate the city's narrow canals. In this guide, we will explore everything you need to know about gondola rides in Venice, from how to book a ride to the different types of gondola tours available, what to expect during a ride, and tips for making the most of this unforgettable experience.

Types of gondola rides available

There are several types of gondola rides available in Venice, each offering a different experience. The most common type is a regular shared gondola tour, which takes about 30 minutes and costs around 80 euros per gondola for up to 6 people. Another option is a private gondola tour, which allows you to customize the route and experience and costs between 100-150 euros per gondola for 2-6 people. A romantic gondola ride, complete with a singing gondolier and a bottle of Prosecco, is also available and is perfect for couples. If you're interested in a more informative and guided experience, you can join a small group tour or a private sightseeing tour, which provides a knowledgeable guide to point out the iconic landmarks and hidden gems of the city. There are also wildlife tours, night tours, and even gondola cruises on the Venetian Lagoon.

Comparison of different gondola ride options and what to expect from each

Each type of gondola ride in Venice has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it's important to know what to expect from each. Regular shared gondola tours are the most affordable and convenient but can be crowded and not very private. Private gondola tours offer a more customizable and intimate experience, but are more expensive. Romantic gondola rides are perfect for couples but can be pricey, while small group tours and private sightseeing tours are ideal for those who want a more informative and guided experience. Wildlife tours and night tours provide a different perspective of Venice and its canals, while gondola cruises on the Venetian Lagoon are perfect for those who want to explore beyond the city's narrow waterways.

The experience of a gondola ride

The experience of a gondola ride in Venice is simply unforgettable. From the vantage point of the gondola, you can admire the iconic landmarks and hidden corners of Venice from a unique perspective. You'll glide past the famous Rialto Bridge, the Doge's Palace, and the Basilica San Marco, as well as the lesser-known but equally fascinating parts of the city. Your gondolier will navigate the narrow canals with ease and provide a fascinating history of the city, as well as sing traditional Venetian songs if you opt for a serenade.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a gondola ride in Venice?

A gondola ride in Venice is a popular activity for tourists visiting the city. It involves a ride on a traditional boat called a gondola through the canals of Venice.

Where can visitors find gondolas in Venice?

Visitors can find gondolas in Venice along the busy Grand Canal and in smaller waterways throughout the city.

Is it necessary to book ahead for a gondola ride in Venice?

It is recommended to book ahead for a gondola ride in Venice to avoid disappointment, especially during peak tourist season. Some gondoliers also offer special offers or discounts for pre-bookings.

How much does a gondola ride cost in Venice?

The price for a gondola ride in Venice varies depending on the duration of the ride, the number of passengers, and the time of day. It's best to negotiate the price directly with the gondolier.

What is the best time to take a gondola ride in Venice?

The best time to take a gondola ride in Venice is early in the morning or in the evening when the crowds are thinner and the weather is cooler. Avoid full sun as it can be uncomfortable and limit the view.

What are the best options for a gondola ride in Venice?

The best options for a gondola ride in Venice include a regular gondola ride, a private ride, or a guided gondola tour with an expert gondolier. Visitors can also opt for a serenade from a friendly gondolier while on the ride.

What are some of the landmarks and sights that visitors can see during a gondola ride in Venice?

Visitors can see iconic landmarks like Saint Mark's Basilica, Saint Mark's Bell Tower, the Doge's Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs during a gondola ride in Venice. They can also explore the smaller waterways and hidden corners of the city for a unique perspective.

What are some travel tips for visitors to Venice?

Visitors to Venice should wear comfortable shoes, especially closed dark shoes to avoid slipping on the bridges. They should also pre-book day trips and gondola rides to avoid disappointment, and take advantage of free cancellation and full refund policies. It's also important to follow safety measures and be aware of the impact of tourism on the city.

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