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Our most recommended Venice Gondola Tours

  • Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with Commentary

    1. Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with Commentary

    Explore the city of Venice aboard a gondola. Your gondolier will take you down secluded canals, passing under small bridges and along the Grand Canal. Listen to the guide as they explain all about the palaces, churches and attractions around you. Hear stories known only by Venetians, and about the fascinating history of the gondola and gondoliers. During your journey, you will admire Desdemona’s House and Mozart’s House. You'll also pass by the magnificent La Fenice Theatre and the “De le Ostreghe” Canal. Continue on to the most important canal in Venice, the Grand Canal. Make your way towards the Salute Church, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and some of the stunning Venetian palaces that run alongside the canal, like Ca'Dolfin, Ca'Loredan, Grimani Palace and many others. You will also see Punta de la Dogana and Saint Mark’s basin before making your way back to Campo San Moisè. At t...

    Beautiful and the girl that gave the guided tour was very good. Definitely recommended

  • Venice: Private Gondola Ride along Canal Grande

    2. Venice: Private Gondola Ride along Canal Grande

    Board an authentic gondola and take a romantic ride. See the sights along the historical part of the Canal Grande. Admire marvelous palaces, such as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Basilica Santa Maria della Salute. Explore the secret waterways of Venice and soak up the city's atmosphere with your friends or your beloved. Travel by gondola close to St. Mark's Square, Fenice Opera House, Punta della Dogana and many other charming palaces. Pass under a small bridge as you discover the hidden spots reachable only by gondola. Enjoy commentary on your mobile app as you discover the stories and secrets of the city.

    Excellent gondola ride through Venice. Ask for Ronaldo as the guide, he was the most entertaining and lively guide. He would chat and sing, he really enjoys his job.

  • Venice: Shared Gondola Ride Across the Grand Canal

    3. Venice: Shared Gondola Ride Across the Grand Canal

    Share a gondola ride with up to 5 other people and glide gracefully through the water with a master gondolier who will lead you through the beautifully mysterious canals of Venice on a peaceful 30-minute ride. The canals of Venice have different charms and appeals, which you'll experience on this tour. Float down the iconic Grand Canal, ride down minor waterways, and pass by the famous theater, La Fenice, to soak up the atmosphere.

    You get to share and enjoy a gondola ride (with others) without having to rent the whole boat (which is likely to cost a bomb)

  • Venice: Gondola Ride with Live Commentary

    4. Venice: Gondola Ride with Live Commentary

    Take a traditional gondola ride through Venice’s iconic canals. Enjoy informative commentary from your gondolier, pass under picturesque bridges, and admire some of the city’s top sights from a unique, water-side perspective. Sit back, relax, and watch as the wonderful Byzantine buildings go by. Glide under the countless bridges and hear the soft sounds of the water against the crumbling walls of the palazzi. Cruise down the charming canals and marvel at the majestic bridges that you glide under. Experience how Venetians moved from one district to another in the past. Listen as your gondolier tells interesting facts about the site on the water route and learn more about the city’s history.

  • Venice: Small Group Shared Gondola Ride on the Grand Canal

    5. Venice: Small Group Shared Gondola Ride on the Grand Canal

    Feel the essence of Venice as you explore hidden and picturesque waterways near the Grand Canal with a gondolier. Start your activity by meeting the host, who will explain some curiosities about the history of gondolas and gondoliers. Get free access to an app with commentary of your itinerary on the gondola. As you enjoy the beauties of the Grand Canal, admire the marvelous Palaces such as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection Palace, the Gritti Palace, the Salute Church, the Punta della Dogana. Discover the worldwide-famous La Fenice Theatre and the Mozart House along the romantic and hidden waterways. At the end of your ride, enjoy a breathtaking view of the Saint Mark’s Basin with San Giorgio Island. Be welcomed back by your host who will be waiting to hear about your experience and provide you with a 10% discount for your next purchase on GetYourGuide.

    Excellent experience thanks to the girl who told us everything about the gondolas and, naturally, incredible experience with the gondolier: a super polite person who show us history of Venice. Recommended!!!

  • Venice: Private Gondola Ride to Rialto Bridge

    6. Venice: Private Gondola Ride to Rialto Bridge

    Start the gondola ride from Bacino Orseolo located behind St. Mark's. Float through the beautiful canals of Rio dei Barcaroli and Rio dell’Ovo until you reach the Grand Canal. From the Grand Canal, admire the magnificence of the Rialto Bridge and important buildings such as Ca’ Farsetti, the head office of the city hall. See Palazzo Grimani, the largest building overlooking the Grand Canal. Continue the journey along the Rio San Luca where you can see Palazzo Manin, the residence of the last doge of Venice, Ludovico Manin, now home to the Bank of Italy.

    Took an evening ride. Down extremely quiet canals. Short stretch on the Grand Canal to see the Rialto Bridge. Then back to quiet canals. Gondolier was very nice and even took some pictures of us.

  • Venice: Private Gondola Ride to Bridge of Sighs

    7. Venice: Private Gondola Ride to Bridge of Sighs

    Embark on a private gondola ride from just outside Hotel Danieli, near St. Mark's Square. Cruise through the small canals in some of the most ancient parts of the city and discover the city like a true Venetian. First, sail down the Rio del Palazzo and pass under the famous Bridge of Sighs. Pass through the Rio di Santa Maria Formosa, admiring the elegant apartments of shops on either side. Follow Rio di San Severo to finish your short journey in the Basin of San Marco. For a romantic experience, choose to include a musician and singer to serenade you as you ride through the canals.

    Our gondolier, Michael, was a delight. Very impressed with the smooth manoeuvering of his beautiful gondola. We were also treated to an impromptu song. Definitely recommend!

  • Venice: Guided Evening Walking Tour with Motorboat Ride

    8. Venice: Guided Evening Walking Tour with Motorboat Ride

    Meet your guide at 5:15 PM at the convenient meeting point to begin your 1.5-hour walking and boat tour of Venice's iconic cityscape. Stroll through the Jewish Ghetto and continue on to the Strada Nova. See the historic Santa Sofia church before crossing the Grand Canal by gondola to get to the lively Rialto Market.   Go over the beautiful Rialto Bridge and through the luxury Le Mercerie to arrive to St. Mark's Square, the world-renowned heart of Venice. From there, you can choose to stay and explore the surrounding area, or get back to the train station on a free motorboat transfer from Riva degli Schiavoni via the breathtaking Giudecca Canal.

    This was an excellent excursion. My guide Giorgia was extremely friendly and knowledgeable and showed us many areas I may not have found by myself and gave great information about the areas and the history of them. Giorgia made the experience better than I had expected. I travel a lot and Giorgia was one of the most friendly, happy, and informative guides I’ve met. She had an excellent local knowledge of Venice and gave great recommendations of things to see and do and places to dine and shop and how to get around thr city using local transport. She made the experience a lot of fun. She had excellent language and communication skills. It was a great way to get to know Venice and best ways of getting around the beautiful city. I would highly recommend this activity. It’s a great way of finding your way around the famous sites and the off the beaten track areas that you may not know about. It was also excellent value for money. A very relaxing and enjoyable experience.

  • Venice: Traditional Shared Gondola Experience

    9. Venice: Traditional Shared Gondola Experience

    You will be met at the meeting point and brought to the gondola pier where you'll board the gondola and meet your gondolier. Take your place on the gondola (maximum of 5 people per shared gondola) and let the local gondolier, in his distinctive blue and white striped shirt, carry you along the hidden channels of Venice on a 30-minute ride. Considered one of the most beautiful and elegant boats on earth, the traditional Venetian gondola is built following unique techniques that incorporate symbolic meanings. For example, the gondola’s multi-pronged ferro, or prow, features pettini that are symbolic of the 6 sestieri (divisions) of Venice. This part is made of iron to balance the weight of the gondolier, and has the shape of an S, evoking the flow of the waters of the Grand Canal. On this enchanting and relaxing way to enjoy the sights, charm, and beauty of Venice, you’ll admire elegant...

    A great way to ride the famous Gondola with an affordable price, I don't think you lose anything from the experience. We had the best time

  • Venice Day Tour: Doge's Palace, Basilica, and Gondola Ride

    10. Venice Day Tour: Doge's Palace, Basilica, and Gondola Ride

    Enjoy a guided tour of Doge’s Palace to discover its splendid rooms and countless masterpieces. Explore the halls of power where the Doge ruled the ancient Republic of Venice. Cross the Bridge of Sighs to reach the palace prisons, where many important figures were imprisoned.  Next head to Saint Mark’s Basilica, also known as the Golden Basilica because of its magnificent mosaics adorned with pure gold. Learn the history and meaning of the many artworks decorating the church. Admire the treasury, a magnificent centuries-old collection of relics and precious items. Visit the Basilica's terrace with a copy of the famous horses, the quadriga of St. Mark. From this spectacular location admire the most beautiful view of the heart of Venice: St Mark’s Square. Discover St. Mark’s Museum and admire objects of various kinds and origins belonging to the Basilica. Later in the afternoon, take a...

    Lots of walking up and down stairs. Some of the areas that we walked were uneven surfaces or rough stones, so it was a little stressful trying not to fall and the stairs were a little strenuous, but I am 80 years old and have foot problems so I was very careful. The guide was excellent and the group was small enough that questions could be asked. The gondola ride was okay, but nothing special (no commentary or singing from the oarsman) All in all, it was well worth the money.

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What people are saying about Venice

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 14,743 reviews

One of the best things I did in Venice. I heard so many times not to take the gondolas, that they are overpriced. Since I’m traveling solo the romantic appeal was worth the money. But every time I saw one go by it just said “Venice” to me. I’m so glad I signed up for the touristy experience. Being in the gondola and floating through the back ways was amazing, and totally unlike walking the streets. And then the excitement of the Grand Canal was magnificent. The guide made the whole experience even better.

We love, love, loved this private food tour. We have some dietary restrictions and Giada was able to accommodate with some excellent tastes. Giada was very knowledgeable about the area and the best places to find delicious food. We would highly recommend this tour to all visitors of the Venice area. This was our third trip to Venice and we walked away feeling like we understood the city and the food options so much more.

I was worried about the reviews saying it was too short but I feel that we got to see all the necessary points plus some. I went with my 7 year old and she was exhausted by the end. Andrea was full of information and he spoke great english. He was very personable and easy to talk to. He even got the whole group to sing for my birthday, which made it extra special.

Excellent excursion. The guide showed us central Venice district, answered all the questions we had about a life a Venetian and gave some tips. This tour was the first thing we did after the arrival so it gave us a nice introduction to the city, where everything is and it’s history.

What an awesome experience. No time wasted standing in lines. Very knowledgeable guide who loved her job. Would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to visit Venice.