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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$ 49.87 US$ 37.41 per person

Booked 15 times yesterday

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

About this activity

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Duration 50 minutes
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Skip the ticket line
Host or greeter
English, Italian, Spanish, French
Small group
Limited to 5 participants

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.

With the shared option, enjoy a 20-minute walking tour from the meeting point as well as your 30-minute gondola ride. See the Biennale Cafe and the facade of San Moisè Church and learn about the history of the Venetian gondola tradition. You will also see Punta della Dogana and Grand Canal.

Includes
  • Commentary in the mobile app in German, Japanese, Chinese, Hindi, and Russian
  • Live commentary in English, French, Spanish, and Italian
  • Access to a mobile app to see Venice in the past
  • 30-minute gondola tour
  • 20-minute walking tour
  • 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

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Meeting point

With Piazza San Marco and the arches of Museo Correr at your back and the Poste Italiane (Post Office) in front of you, look on the left and you will see a big grey newsstand (with many souvenir and newspapers): that one is the Venice Tours Assistance Point. The newsstand is between Fendi Boutique and Poste Italiane (Post Office). The staff will wait for you there with a sign “GONDOLA TOUR”.

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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 in English, French, Spanish and Italian. The commentary in German, 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 3822 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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Its a better option than shelling out 80-100 euros for your own gondola. I booked the 5:30 slot which I kind of regret because it was pitch black essentially the entire time. But I would book this again for a different timeslot. The meeting point was also very clear and easy to find

November 30, 2022

Interesting trip around the grand canal. The gondola is very beautiful. The only thing is that the "driver" was more interested in checking his phone than in interacting with ourselves. And if we were to do it another time, it would be ourselves alone in the Gondola, sharing takes a bit away from the experience.

November 8, 2022

Pay extra and have a private ride. Unfortunately I didn't do this and shared the boat ride with another couple. Unfortunately the English man would not stop talking from the moment he got into the gondola till he got out. Meaning it was difficult to view the sights and have that alone feeling with your loved one. The beginning of the your was boring as heck.

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November 5, 2022

Product ID: 48463