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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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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
Optional audio guide
Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Russian
Private or small groups available


  • 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.

  • 1-hour guided tour (if option selected)
  • 30-minute gondola ride (if private gondola ride is selected)
  • Live commentary in English and Italian
  • Commentary by mobile app in German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Hindi and Russian
  • Access to mobile app to see Venice in the past
  • 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
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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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 3021 reviews

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Contrary to some comments, we found the meeting point relatively easy to find. Google Maps is certainly very helpful for this. All participants were divided into groups of 5 and after a short walk with the guide, who gave interesting information about the city, we went into the gondolas. The journey felt like it took about 20 minutes. Above all, the passage along the smaller canals was very impressive, because there you no longer noticed the hustle and bustle on the main streets and could experience Venice from a different side. At the end of the trip you drove over the Canale Grande. The journey was accompanied by information that was given via an audio device including headphones. For a German-language tour, you would have had to scan a QR code at the meeting point and download an app. In this case, you might have had to take your own headphones with you if your cell phone no longer has an aux connection. We were very satisfied and would recommend the trip.

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August 3, 2022

The gondola ride was really good and is a must in Venice. The activity says 50 minutes and it only lasted 35 and that was including meeting, walking to the Gondola, being told some information and the Gondola ride. Longer would be better but I suppose you'll get that if you book a private one or longer experience.

July 28, 2022

Our tour through Vatican City, was thorough and complete. The Vatican Museum was incredibly crowded, but being part of this tour offset most of the waiting and dealing with long lines. Our tour guide, Tony, was fabulous. He shared your usual facts about the Vatican, but he also shared little know stories about the history of it as well, I am not a religious person and I found all of Tony's insights fascinating. Highly recommend this tour and if you're lucky enough to have Tony guide you-it will not disappoint.

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July 27, 2022

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