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Venice: Gondola Ride in Hidden Canals

Venice: Gondola Ride in Hidden Canals

From $30.96 per person

Enjoy a unique gondola ride and discover a different side of Venice. Explore hidden canals, avoid the normal tourist routes, and get a peek at everyday life in the city.

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Duration options: 20 - 30 minutes
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  • Enjoy a traditional gondola through hidden canals in Venice
  • Get away from the main waterways and tourist sights
  • Immerse yourself in local culture with this unique experience
  • Avoid the crowds and glide through peaceful canals
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Avoid the crowded waterways of Venice and experience a relaxing gondola ride through some of the city’s hidden canals. Immerse yourself in the local culture with this quintessential Venitian experience. Be taken away from the main water routes and tourist sights as your gondolier navigates you with expertise and precision through some of the narrower, quieter canals of Venice. Get alternative views of the famous bridges and buildings as you pass them by. Discover canals so small that you can actually touch the buildings as you glide down the canals. Experience the real atmosphere of the city by taking part in an ancient Venetian tradition and travel like the locals used to do in days gone by.
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      Meeting point

      Meet 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time at the gondola station of Santa Maria del Giglio next to the Gritti Palace Hotel. A tour representative will be waiting with a "Gondola tour" sign. Address: Campiello Del Traghetto, 2467 - Santa Maria Del Giglio Gondola park 30124 Venice

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      What to bring

      • Comfortable shoes
      • Sun hat
      • Comfortable clothes

      Not allowed

      • Pets
      • Baby strollers
      • Luggage or large bags

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      • In case of adverse weather or a change in tidal conditions, the tour is subject to change
      Customer reviews

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      3.9 /5

      based on 527 reviews

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      Nice simple tour of grand canal and neighboring canals. Highly recommend to go as early as possible before the crowds. We took ours in middle of October at 940am and the water traffic was not nearly as bad. If you’re looking for an in depth tour of each site and landmark then this is not for you. But if you’d like a simple relaxing 20 minute self site seeing tour then book this to avoid lines. My girlfriend and I were able to ride the gondola with two others and no problem. For parties bigger than 4 I’d recommend just renting a private gondola. Last plus is that the meeting place is away from the crowds at San Marco square.

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      October 22, 2018

      Great but very short

      The whole buzz about the Gondola ride is exciting but somehow it is shorter than the traditional ride. Given that we were 5 in the boat meaning that they were earning more than the 80 euros ride they could have stretched the route a little bit. We did not learn much from the trip. All being said we got to ride in a Gondola.

      August 30, 2016

      Wonderful and magical

      Seeing the eerie silent canals from the view of a gondola is the only way to travel! The gonadlier was peaceful and navigated the rivers with impressive precision and if it wasn't so expensive we would have done this every day. But alas this is the average price. One thing I will mention is that if you are a family wanting your own gondola there is no need to buy a private tour we had the entire gondola to ourselves at peak time.

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      July 26, 2016

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