Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with Commentary

Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with Commentary

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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.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
COVID-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 30 - 45 minutes
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Driver
English, Italian
Optional audio guide
Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Russian
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 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 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.
Includes
  • 1-hour guided tour including 30-minute gondola ride
  • 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

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

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers must bring their own headphones
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Meeting point

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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 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 6 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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.8 / 5

based on 777 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    3.9/5
  • Transportation
    3.9/5
  • Value for money
    3.5/5
  • Safety
    4.1/5
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A nice trip down the canals in Venice to see all of the architect and parts of the city to get your bearings when first visiting Venice. The gondola couldn’t speak good English so you have to download an audio guide which is helpful in explaining the 30minute tour around the canals and explains what things you are looking at. Overall worth the trip

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August 14, 2020

Lovely gondola ride, commentary was very helpful and shared lots of great historical facts that I probably wouldn't have known if not for the commentary. Even though their was commentary via the mobile app, the gondolier (gondola driver) also shared some historical insight along the way voluntarily which was nice. I wish the ride was longer but nonetheless it was an amazing experience. A must do in Venice!

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February 15, 2020

Short ride but everything I’d hoped

I had booked this in the hope that we would be able to fit it in before we joined our cruise ship and it worked really well. We found the meeting point quite easily. There was quite a long queue when we got there and we were a bit alarmed to find that about 40 people were booked on at the same time as us. However when we explained that we had to get to a cruise ship they put us on the first ride. They were doing a good job at communicating whilst we were in the queue and were making sure everyone knew how to download the commentary. We had decided not to bother and didn’t regret this as we just wanted to enjoy the ride. It was quite short- once round the block basically- but this quite suited us. There were 6 in our gondola and there was plenty of room. It is worth mentioning that the people at the back of the queue had to wait about 30 mins .Much better to book on line though as we were told that if you try to book on the spot it is £80 each! Really enjoyed it!

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June 2, 2019

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