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Private Guided Tour: Venice Gondola Ride Including the Grand Canal

Venezia, Italy
Private Guided Tour: Venice Gondola Ride Including the Grand Canal

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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 waterways. A friendly local guide accompanies you on the ride to share interesting facts about Venetian history and architecture along the way.
  • 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
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Private guide in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian
Private 1 hour gondola ride
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drink

Departure Point

Campiello Traghetto, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Meeting point: 15 min before the departure time at the gondola station of Santa Maria del Giglio in front of the Gritti Palace Hotel. Please look for your guide with a sign with your name on it!

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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 seats 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 ride, your tour concludes back at the starting point.

Price is per person, based on five passengers per boat.
Pass By:  
Gondola Station - Santa Maria del Giglio
Meeting point for the tour and drop off
Stop At:  
Canal Grande
A truly unique and magical one hour gondola guided tour of Venice’s waterways, you will be guaranteed the best and most breathtaking views of the city of Venice from the water. We glide along the Grand Canal passing Ca Dario, the Peggy Guggenheim museum, the Accademia bridge, the real home of Casanova, Palazzo Grassi, Ca Rezzonico, Ca Bembo, Ca Pesaro, close to the Rialto bridge, Campo Manin, and Mozart’s house. Once you have met up with our expert guide you will be steered in style by your own personal gondolier along the incomparable Grand Canal. Passing through centuries of history and stunning Palazzi, each with their own story to tell, you will glide effortlessly along one of the most, beautiful and elegant ‘high streets’ in the world. All you need to do is sit back, relax taking in the surroundings while our informative guide entertains you with stories and anecdotes of the city, explaining the history behind La Serenissima and her array of stunning palaces. Turning into one of Venice’s scenic side canals, you will not only be able to enjoy the splendour of the Canal Grande but also the quaint charm of the smaller, more residential areas too - ‘real Venice’. These are just a few highlights of this outstanding exploration of Venice. Our informative guide will tell you all about the gondola, its unique structure and traditions of the Venetian gondoliers – unique to Venice. Why not indulge in this exceptional tour? Appreciate Venice from the best and most original angle. An excellent way to combine an informative and stimulating guided commentary with an essential gondola ride, this tour is not to be missed!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
Basilca di Santa Maria della Salute is part of the itinerary
Pass By:  
Ponte di Rialto
The Rialto bridge is part of the itinerary (but ask to the gondolier first)
Pass By:  
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Peggy Guggenheim is part of the itinerary
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants aged under 2 years will be seated on the lap of an adult;
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers;
  • There is a limit of 5 people per gondola (including your guide).
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • 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 Private Guided Tour: Venice Gondola Ride Including the Grand Canal?
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 Private Guided Tour: Venice Gondola Ride Including the Grand Canal.
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Guided Tour: Venice Gondola Ride Including the Grand Canal?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Guided Tour: Venice Gondola Ride Including the Grand Canal.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Guided Tour: Venice Gondola Ride Including the Grand Canal?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Private Guided Tour: Venice Gondola Ride Including the Grand Canal.

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  • "Personal guide was good but not sure this was worth the price charged." See review


116 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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Guilded Gondola Ride
, Nov 2019
Love that this gondola ride is 1 hour instead of 30 minutes like the other ones. It's nice having a guide to point out what we are passing and tell some history about it. What I did not like was that the guide got on the boat with a bag full of books that she started asking us to look at while she talked about Venice history. After a while of listening to this I asked her to put the books away and just tell us about the things we were looking at. She was very nice about this and put the books away. On a different trip my daughter had the same experience and felt that the books and history lessons really took away from their enjoyment of the gondola ride.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear Guest, Thank you for your detailed feedback. We are pleased to see that you had a good experience with us. Your review will help us to improve our tour for the future. Kind regards, Venice Events Team.
Not allowed to reschedule
, Aug 2019
Unfortunately we had a 2 hour delay from jfk and then an hour wait with kids thorough customs upon arriving vencie- we tried to reschedule the gondola ride (not refund) and they would not allow...
Enjoyed the extra time in Gondola vs...
Michael M
, Nov 2018
Enjoyed the extra time in Gondola vs. other ride options but a little disappointed in where the Gondola went, mainly on Grand Canal vs. smaller channels. Personal guide was good but not sure this was worth the price charged.
If this tour had been a quarter the...
Frank Q
, Oct 2018
If this tour had been a quarter the price 100 instead of 400, I would give this tour 4 stars max. But...given that A It barely lasted an hour, B our gondolier was an absolute smart-mouth, and C our tour guide while very nice was pretty checked out, I can't give it more than 2 stars. If you're looking for a private gondola ride, just book one by itself without the guide. You're probably still going to get an arrogant, smart-mouth gondolier, but at least you'll be paying a LOT less than what this tour charges.
Very good gondola ride - tour guide was...
, Oct 2018
Very good gondola ride - tour guide was on time and enhanced the experience of the gondola ride
Highly Recommend!
, Jul 2018
We loved Barbara! We learned so much about the city of Venice, and enjoyed the sites as she spent an hour showing us through the Grand Canal via gondola. We would highly recommend this tour :)
This was our first time in Venezia...
, Jul 2018
This was our first time in Venezia. A private, romantic gondola ride is a must! We were celebrating our 25th anniversary. We read reviews of other tours, which included someone who would serenade, but we found out they are sometimes not on the same gondola but within earshot. We were fresh off our flight and lacking sleep, but we were excited! The skill of a gondolier is something else! They can turn tight corners while launching off a wall and balancing with an oar! Our tour guide, Maria-Teresa, was originally from Germany but she had been living in Venezia and was well-informed and well-understood. It was everything we imagined it to be on a gondola, but much more! Bucket list item ticked off!
Gondola in Venice
, Jul 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.
Fantastic experience
, Jul 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.
Gondola Tour
, Jun 2018
Not very good! The driver not friendly, looks like they were on the run and didn’t put any attention in please the customers

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