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Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with Commentary

1. Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with Commentary

Explore the canals in 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, 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 the end of the tour, you will receive a QR code to download a digital map with 2D images of Venice from the Middle Ages until the 18th century.

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Venice: Shared Gondola Ride Across the Grand Canal

2. Venice: Shared Gondola Ride Across the Grand Canal

Share a gondola ride with up to 5 other people and a master gondolier through the canals of Venice. Glide gracefully through the mysterious canals of Venice on a peaceful 30-minute ride. Discover the quaint and charming canals of Venice that 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.

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Venice: Private Gondola Ride along Canal Grande

3. Venice: Private Gondola Ride along Canal Grande

Board an authentic gondola and take a romantic journey along the Canal Grande in Venice. See the historic sights along the shoreline as you glide down the canal. Set off from the departure point and 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.

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Venice: Venetian Lagoon Tour and Galleon Dinner

4. Venice: Venetian Lagoon Tour and Galleon Dinner

Don't miss the chance to live a unique and unforgettable experience, framed by the timeless beauty and serenity of the enchanting city of Venice. The Venetian Galleon will wait for you in front of the Museo Storico Navale in Venice and, once on board, the crew will lead you to your reserved table to offer you a delicious welcome drink. The candlelight, the elegant tables, a fine and well-finished service, and the charm of a boat of other times will be the perfect setting of your wonderful evening out, for an unforgettable dinner immersed in the magic of the Venetian Lagoon. At dusk, the Galleon will slowly leave shore and head into the northern lagoon, with its mysterious canals, while the minor islands such as Sant’Erasmo and San Francesco del Deserto reveal themselves to you one after another. During dinner, you will taste a variety of delightful specialties prepared by the chef on board while you sail towards the Venetian Arsenal and then past the islands of Vignole, Mazzorbo and Murano, known worldwide for its glasswork masterpieces. You will then circumnavigate Burano, famous for its picturesque, colorful houses and the Leaning Bell Tower. Then sail back to the San Marco basin and past the island of San Giorgio, where you can admire the lights reflecting on the water. Afterwards, the Galleon will head on to Venice and the cruise through the Grand Canal will offer you a spectacular view of the San Marco basin and its ancient palaces and prestigious hotels. Once arrived at the landing place in front of the Naval Museum, you will disembark and, with a last glimpse of Venice, the Galleon will sail slowly away. You can select one of the two following options: The Central Deck has panoramic windows and during the tour the guests will enjoy a fantastic view of the Venetian Lagoon. The Bow offers a more intimate atmosphere, as there are only two small portholes and there is no view; the Poop Deck has small windows. In both areas, the tables are for 4 persons, and depending on the availability, couples might be seated at one shared table (however, the tables are big enough to guarantee each couple privacy).

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Venice: Private Gondola Ride for Up to 6 People

5. Venice: Private Gondola Ride for Up to 6 People

Experience the romance of Venice aboard a traditional gondola for up to 6 people and enjoy a more intimate experience, exclusive to your group. Depart from the Campo San Luca at a time to suit you. Gondola rides are available by day and at night, when you can marvel at the monuments illuminated after dark. Journey along the legendary Grand Canal to see some of the historic buildings from the water. Venture down some of the smaller canals and get away from the tourist crowds. Pass the Gothic façades of palazzos at a gentle pace as your gondolier punts you through the historical center aboard the city's most traditional mode of transport. Glide back to the starting point for the end of your amazing gondola ride.

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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.

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Venice: Food and Wine Tour with Cicchetti Tasting

7. Venice: Food and Wine Tour with Cicchetti Tasting

Eat and drink your way around Venice on a food and wine tasting tour with a local guide. Visit some of the city's favorite eateries and wine bars, sample tapas-like "Cicchetti", and learn about Venetian culinary culture. Taste a wide range of food specialties, from regional cheeses to buranelli biscuits to traditional cakes. Pair your food samples with traditional drinks and Italian wines. Sample tiramisù in the city where it was invented, and experience the unique culture of “Cicchetti”, the tapas-like snacks loved by Venetians served in cozy and charming “bàcari” (bars). Discover old taverns and quaint locales where locals gather and eat. Explore quaint alleys, historic streets, and colorful markets and view historical monuments and attractions along the way.

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Venice: Shared Gondola Ride through the Lagoon City

8. Venice: Shared Gondola Ride through the Lagoon City

Discover Venice from the water and admire the city of bridges and canals. Sit back, relax in your velvet seat 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 famous Canal Grande and see the area around the Chiesa di Santa Maria della Salute. Admire this wonderful Baroque church from the 17th century and see the winding little canals.

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Venice: Private 45-Minute Gondola Ride

9. Venice: Private 45-Minute Gondola Ride

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 throughout a 45-minute tour, experiencing how Venetians moved from one district to another in the past. Your gondola journey begins a few steps away from St. Mark's Square, before crossing hidden inner canals which will allow you to admire views which go unnoticed to the eye when walking through the city center. This special ride will also let you marvel at the majestic Rialto Bridge, which is one of the most ancient and famous bridges in Venice. At the conclusion of your ride, return back to St. Mark's Square to disembark your vessel and bid your gondolier farewell.

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Venice: Small Group Shared Gondola Ride on the Grand Canal

10. 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 gondola ride. Listen to in-app commentary to learn more about the city as you admire the sights. 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.

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What people are saying about Grand Canal

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 5,314 reviews

If your time is limited, a 30 minute ride thru so.e of the canals will give you a good experience. Try afternoon rides in December as mornings and late in the afternoon might be foggy and you'll only see the canals I stead of the surroundings. Guide was speaking English as well as Italian and French. Remember daylight in December is short. 4:30 to 5:00pm and it starts to get dark. Definitely not Florida. Gondolier was funny and informative trying to explain and answer questions in English. There is up to 5 people per gondola, so don't expect to be alone with the entire gondola to yourself at this price rate. Great value, we have fun and can check this out of our bucket list. There will be many people and many gondolas leaving the same bridge at the same time but it is well organized, the guide may be in gondola 6 or 7 depending on how many gondolas are hired with the company at that time, you may lose signal with your hearing devices at times, but it is to be expected. Thank you!

The tour is divided into two parts: the one on the ground with an explanation of the canals and the conformation of the gondolas and the very suggestive gondola ride ... an hour in all, a wonderful experience. And you save money compared to the gondola ride done privately. Our guide Rachele very nice and knowledgeable.

The gondola ride took us through the maze of canals and eventually to the grand canal. Interesting bridges and buildings lie along the route and we could get a feeling of Venetians living here through the centuries.

Gondola ride at night. Very nice. Next time we will book at least 45 min. 30 pass very fast.

Our tour guide Alexis was amazing and super insightful on the beautiful tour of Venice!