Private gondola tour in Venice off the beaten track
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Private gondola tour in Venice off the beaten track

4.4/5
Excellent
Based on 20 reviews
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£118.00
Free cancellation
language
Language: English , Italian
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Mobile voucher accepted
duration
Duration: Flexible
Do this because
  • Relax on a private gondola ride and meander the canals with your gondolier
  • Admire Venetian architecture, palaces, houses, churches, bridges and top sights
  • Learn about Venice’s past as a merchant city and what life was like
  • Choose from different tour durations to make the most out of your visit
  • Listen to your expert gondolier with unrivalled knowledge of the city
What to expect

Step aboard your private gondola and glide through the canals of Venice. Whether you want to meander through hidden corners or glide under famous bridges and sights – this tour satisfies all tastes. Fabio, one of the gondoliers, says, ‘Being a gondolier is so much more than operating a gondola. Over 400 hours go into getting a Gondolier license, learning the ins and outs of the canals, Venetian art and history, and our language skills have to be top of the class. You’re really in the safest hands.’

The shortest tour focuses on the San Paolo district. Discover an intimate side of Venice and lesser-known gems including the Carmelitani Church and the Venetian-Baroque architecture of the Palazzo Zenobio. ‘Canal-facing facades are a unique characteristic of Venetian buildings before streets came along – the canals were the streets – and they were a way of showing style and wealth. You’ll see some showstoppers’, says Fabio. Your gondolier can provide commentary and answer any questions you might have about the city, or you can silently take in the sights and enjoy the ride.

The 1-hour tour continues to the Grand Canal under the impressive Degli Scalzi Bridge. Your gondolier will point out Pisani-Moretta Palace and Ca’ Foscari – one of the most beautiful universities in Italy. If you’re bursting to see Venice’s more famed locations, the 1.5-hour tour showcases the Rialto Bridge area and the longest ride adds St. Mark’s Square to the itinerary. Weave through the heart of the city and see the Bridge of Sighs and Basilica della Salute before heading back to Piazzale Roma.

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What's included
  • check Friendly and expert local gondoliere
  • check Choice of a 30-minute, 1-hour, 1.5-hour or 2-hour tour
What's not included
  • x_not_included Transportation to the meeting point
Where

Fondamenta Cossetti, 8912, 30135 Venezia VE, Italy

Meeting point:
Please present your voucher at the Servizio Gondole stand. Please arrive 10 minutes before the departure time. If you arrive late, the ride will be shorter and for those more than 15 minutes late, this will be considered a no-show.
What to remember
  • Please arrive 10 minutes before the tour departure time. If you arrive late, the ride will be shorter and for those more than 15 minutes late, this will be considered a no-show
  • You can choose from a 30-minute, 1-hour, 1.5-hour or 2-hour tour
  • Please note that all tours start and end at Piazzale Roma (near the train station)
  • Each gondola carries a maximum of 5 people (infants included). Larger groups will be divided between multiple gondolas
  • Your gondolier will ask you if you want a commentary during the experience or you can silently take in the sights and enjoy the ride
  • Dogs are allowed on the boat and don't count towards the maximum number of people
  • This activity takes place rain or shine, but please note that in the event of exceptionally high tides or heavy rain, the tour may be cancelled by the local supplier and a full refund will be provided
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Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.

What people say about this experience

Excellent

4.4/5

Based on 20 reviews from verified customers

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  • Anonymous

    From United States of America - April 2024

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

    A gorgeous experience! Highly recommend. So quiet unlike the others that are so crowded. Really lovely

  • Marian Veigel

    From United States of America - April 2024

    Travelled with a group of friends

     

    18 - 24 years old

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

  • Anonymous

    From United States of America - January 2024

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

    Bellissima esperienza, il ns gondoliere un ragazzo giovane ma appassionato al suo lavoro e soprattutto veramente molto gentile e cordiale

  • Anonymous

    From United States of America - October 2023

    Great

    Overall rated

    4/5

  • Anonymous

    From United States of America - October 2023

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

    It was the most romantic evening. We got engaged during our ride! Lorenzo was knowledgeable, explaining how Florence is broken up into districts, poin ...

  • Hanna

    From United States of America - August 2023

    Travelled as a couple

     

    18 - 24 years old

    Excellent

    Overall rated

    5/5

    Der Gondoliere war sehr nett und wir hatten eine sehr schöne Zeit. Der Treffpunkt war leider nicht einfach zu finden.

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