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Venice: Off the Beaten Path Private Gondola Ride

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Venice: Off the Beaten Path Private Gondola Ride

From US$ 82.07 per person

Experience Venice from its most traditional mode of transport and venture off the beaten path on a romantic, private gondola ride. Discover the city from the water, as it was meant to be seen.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 20 minutes
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English, Italian
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  • Glide down the hidden canals of Venice aboard your own private gondola
  • Venture down some of the secret waterways of Venice far from the crowds
  • See beautiful architecture that most tourists miss
  • Experience Venice from its most traditional mode of transport
Full description
Climb aboard a gondola to experience Venice from the water on a private ride down some of the city's hidden canals. Journey back in time as you explore Venice on its most traditional mode of transport. It's estimated that in the 17th and 18th centuries, there were as many as 8 to 10,000 of the unique boats plying the waterways of the lagoon. Today, there are just 400 still in active service (mainly for tourism), but they maintain a strong bond with the history of the city. Depart close to the train station, and then travel down some of the hidden canals. Marvel at beautiful buildings, such as the Palazzo Gaffaro, Palazzo Zenobio, church of Santa Maria dei Carmini and many more. Sit back and relax as your gondolier punts you gently back to Piazzale Roma (next to the train station) at the end of the ride.
  • Roughly 30-minute private gondola ride
  • All taxes, fees, and handling charges
  • Transportation to the meeting point
  • Live guide
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Meet at the wooden Servizio Gondole stand (Fondamenta Cossetti, 30100 Venice).

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This activity takes place rain or shine. However, please note that in the event of exceptionally high tides or heavy rain, the tour may be canceled by the local supplier and a full refund will be provided
  • The gondola ride lasts for about 30 minutes
  • Each gondola carries a maximum of 4 people (children count as adults). Larger groups will be divided between multiple gondola
  • Animals are not allowed on the gondola
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 10 reviews

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Roberto was amazing and very courteous. He gave us bits of insights on the buidings we were passing and he even smiled with us for a photo!

September 16, 2018

They stood us up. No one there. Called GYG told moved to an hour later. Gondola showed up. Told to wait another hour. Called GYG ... said they'd call me back. It's been over 30 minutes .. nothing yet

June 20, 2018

Loved it

We loved this, we got to go in a very chilled quiet place and it was so easy to find with the directions, would recommend

June 11, 2018

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Product ID: 99711