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Venezia, Italy
Venice Classic Gondola Ride

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Cruise through Venice’s canals on this 30-minute gondola ride. Admire the city and its beauty as you ride around in the comfort of a 6-person gondola. Your gondolier steers the way, and tells you all about the city’s history as you go. Start at the Grand Canal, and see spots such as Santa Maria della Salute and Ponte dell'Accademia, as you make your way to the Fenice area.
  • 30-minute gondola ride through Venice’s canals
  • Admire key sights of Venice from the water
  • Travel the way Venetian nobles did so many years ago
  • Choice between an 11am, 3pm, and 5:15 pm departure
  • This ride isn’t wheelchair accessible
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30 Minute shared Gondola ride through the Venetian canals
Multilingual assistance when boarding
Food and drinks
This ride is not Guided
Hotel pickup and drop off
Calle larga de l'Ascension, 1256 , Calle larga de l'Ascension, 1256, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

15 min before in Calle larga de l’Ascension 1256 - 30124 next to the post office San Marco (opposite side of the Saint Marks Basilica). Look for the yellow sign "Meeting point" on the wooden kiosk.

Gondola Bauer , Calle Larga XXII Marzo, 2091/b, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

The 30 min gondola ride will end at the gondola station in campo San Moisè next to the Bauer Hotel in San Marco

Meet your group and gondolier in Venice at Campo San Moisè in front of Hotel Bauer. Getting there is just a short walk from St Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco). Depending on whether you chose a morning or afternoon departure, show up a little before 11am, 3pm or 5:15pm

Your guide welcomes you, and helps you and the other passengers (up to six) board the gondola. As you board, notice the black color of your gondola. This wasn’t always the case in Venice. Venetian nobles used to travel in brightly colored gondolas to match their palaces, but a 16-th century law required them to be painted black, and they remain so today.

Once everyone gets situated, your gondolier takes off on the Grand Canal for your 30-minute ride. Slowly cruise down the canals as your guide points out must-see spots in the city, including Santa Maria della Salute and Ponte dell'Accademia. Continue your ride to the Fenice area, and then come back to the location where your ride started to get on with your day.
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Grand canal, venice
A classic Gondola ride is the perfect way to appreciate the beauty, charm and colour of this unique city built on water. This traditional Venetian mode of transport, departs from campo San Moisè, where you will be invited to relax aboard this historic vessel. Admire Venice from this amazing point of view, witness its magnificent architecture, and whilst gliding under its bridges, discover secret entrances to the elegant palaces and hidden corners of the city. This is not a guided tour - words are not required to embrace the beauty of seeing Venice from the water.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Chiesa di San Moise
Pass By:  
Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
Basilica della Salute and Punta della Dogana on the Grand Canal
Pass By:  
Teatro La Fenice
Fenice Opera House
Pass By:  
Scala Contarini del Bovolo
Bovolo spiral staircase in campo Manin
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • For all late arrivals and no show, no refund
  • Meeting point 15 min before the departure time
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Venice Events srl
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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Venice Classic Gondola Ride?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Venice Classic Gondola Ride.
What is the policy on sanitization during Venice Classic Gondola Ride?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Venice Classic Gondola Ride.
What is the social distancing policy during Venice Classic Gondola Ride?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Venice Classic Gondola Ride.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Venice Classic Gondola Ride?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Venice Classic Gondola Ride.

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Too expensive too short
, Aug 2022
We Didn’t start on time. There were at long delay. When we got into the gondola it were fine, but the tour were only 20 minutes, even though it said it would be a 30 minutes ride. And the price is way too high when a private gondola is 80 euro
Gondola great but run like cattle
, Jun 2022
The gondola itself is great but this is the first tour that I felt like cattle and like I was boarding a ride at Disneyland.
Economical option.
, Jun 2022
Affordable compared to regular gondola rides. Short, but it gave us the experience. Would recommend this as a cheaper alternative.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Loved it!
, Jun 2022
Absolutely great experience! Easy to find the meeting point and friendly staff. Such a calm and enjoyable ride, can’t recommend enough! It’s a must in Venice!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear Rebecca, we agree that the gondola is a must in Venice :-) Thank you Kindest regards Venice Events
Awesome experience, must...
, May 2022
Awesome experience, must do it at least once! Very kind staff. Would have enjoyed longer ride since several minutes spent in “traffic jam”
Very special event!
, May 2022
With just four people it seemed very private!! Would have loved to have gone under the Rialto Bridge!!
Great gondola experience
, Nov 2021
Lovely gondola ride and had the whole boat to ourselves The captain even serenda us Well worth the price and a must do experience
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Dear Roslyn, thank you for your good review for your gondola ride :-) Hope to see you again in Venice soon! Kindest regards Venice Events
, Jun 2019
Would recommend every time Very good well organised everything spot on. Very easy 100% satisfaction
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Dear guest thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this amazing review. We look forward to seeing you again.
Would have been better but we were...
, Oct 2017
Would have been better but we were urged to let three other people ride with our party of three. Should have insisted!
1 traveler found this review helpful
I would not recommend this - For the...
, Jul 2017
I would not recommend this - For the cost. The driver was rude - and yes I have his photo, not name because he was too busy yelling at my wife and myself where to sit. We didn't even get on the boat when this started on dock. In hind site we should have asked for another driver. The driver then proceed to yell to other drivers in italian obscenities and vial names about us and how we were upset with him the angel - fyi tourist understand and speak italian too. I would recommend just going to to Venice and higher a gondola driver on your own. This is like a conveyor belt type tour. Consider employing drivers that are pleasant and make this a first time experience nice. I WOULD NOT DO THIS AGAIN, WASTE OF 200.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Be sure to allot more time...
Amanda D
, Mar 2017
Be sure to allot more time! Was instructed to check in 10 minutes ahead of time and was given an orange sticker. Then, a huge group of people probably 30 was shuffled over to the gondola launch point. There was no system in place and boarding proved to be a mix of elbowing your way to the front. The gondola ride itself was fine, but the experience of checking in and boarding needs to be improved greatly. We ended up waiting to board for over 45 minutes for a half an hour ride.
1 traveler found this review helpful
, Aug 2022
Au point de rdv la personne est arrivé très en retard de plus on s est retrouvé avec tous les groupes de l après midi qui ont eu un loupé !!!! On s est retrouvé à plus de 30 personnes !!!donc gros retard !!!! Nous avions réservé pour un tour en gondole couché de soleil ! Rien vu de à ce sujet et on paie plus cher! Le tour est moche que des endroits sans intérêts !!!!! Trop cher pour ce qui est annoncé ! Limite à se faire rembourser !!! Je ne conseil pas du tout !!!!
Gondel Venetië
, Jul 2022
Venetië beleven vanaf het water. Het zou leuk zijn als de gondeliers toch een soort uitleg geven gedurende de tocht.
, May 2022
Troppo semplice per il prezzo pagato . Con il vento non si e potuto andare lontano avrebbero dovuto annulare
Gondola classica
, Jul 2021
Siamo stati molto contenti, giro tranquillo, bella esperienza. La consiglia. Gondola perfetta, gondoliere simpatico
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Gentile Stefania, siamo felici di leggere che il giro in gondola sia stato di vostro gradimento e la ringraziamo per la sua recensione positiva. Buona giornata Un caro saluto da Venice Events

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