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Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with Commentary

Activity provider: VENICE TOURS S.R.L.

Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with Commentary

Activity provider: VENICE TOURS S.R.L.
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From US$ 46.40 US$ 34.80 per person

Glide through the canals of Venice on a gondola ride with a live guide. Hear stories and secrets of the fascinating palaces around you.

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Duration 30 - 50 minutes
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Host or greeter
English, Italian, French, Spanish
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Glide along the Venetian canals on board a gondola
  • Discover the city and its picturesque spots by boat
  • Cruise along part of the Grand Canal towards the Salute Church
  • Pass by the Fenice Theatre and the Mozart House
  • Hear stories from your guide about palazzos, gondolas and gondoliers
Full description

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.

If you choose the shared option, enjoy a 20-minute guided walking tour in addition to a 30-minute gondola ride.

Includes
  • Commentary in the mobile app in German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Hindi, and Russian
  • Access to a mobile app to see Venice in the past
  • 30-minute gondola tour
  • 20-minute walking tour (if shared option selected)
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Mobile-compatible earphones
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones

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Participants

Date

Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • The guide will be on only one gondola. The participants on the other gondolas will listen to them with the audio device
  • The live commentary will be only in English and Italian. The commentary in German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Hindi, and Russian will be provided by mobile app downloaded to your own device
  • Each gondola can hold a maximum of 5 people
  • The gondolier will determine your seat according to your weight
  • The tour will only be cancelled in cases of extreme weather conditions
  • The itinerary may change in cases of wind or bad weather
  • Please note that this is a shared tour, it is not a private gondola ride
  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the activity starts
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 /5

based on 3610 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.2/5
  • Transportation
    4.3/5
  • Value for money
    3.8/5
  • Safety
    4.1/5

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I did enjoy this tour and the guide was great. The only issue I had was that the tour said 50 min. By the time we met the guide, went to the boats, and go off the boats it was only 35 min. We did enjoy though. It would have been nice if they would have sang a song! That would have really made the experience special.

October 1, 2022

Considerando el precio y que es perfecto para cuando viajas solo y no quieres adquirir una góndola para tí solo está muy bien. Considera que la guía completa dura 50 mins pero de góndola son aprox 25-30. No van por los lugares más importantes ni los más bonitos, considerando lo que se paga está bien.

September 27, 2022

Our guide was excellent (don't remember his name though). Very animated and spoke well. Overall the trip was great and for the price, very worth it. It would have been nice if he spoke for longer and/or the talking part of the tour was longer (i.e. 30 mins). Unlike the description, the guide was not in any of the gondolas. Instead, he took on the pier and spoke into his microphone- which meant that he was not moving with the group, who were in our gondolas. We could hear him through our audioguides but the signal dropped out once we were too far from him.

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September 26, 2022

Product ID: 48463