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Private Tour: Venice Gondola Ride Including the Grand Canal

  • Private gondola ride on the Grand Canal in Venice
  • A personalized experience ideal for couples
  • Get unobstructed views of top Venice attractions
Private Tour: Venice Gondola Ride Including the Grand Canal
From $400.26
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3:00 pm meeting point at the gondola station of Santa Maria del Giglio 15 min before
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2:00 pm meeting point at the gondola station of Santa Maria del Giglio 15 min before
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Ditch the crowds and opt for a personalized experience of Venice’s iconic Grand Canal during a private gondola ride—the most traditional way to see the City of Water. During your 1-hour cruise, bask in the undivided attention of a private guide who can answer all of your questions about Venice. Plus, traveling by boat means you’ll get unobstructed views of the architecture that lines the UNESCO-listed waterway.

What to Expect

Greet your guide at a designated meeting point at the departure time selected at checkout. Step aboard a traditional Venetian gondola and set out along Rio della Madonnetta, passing the canalside neighborhoods of Santa Croce and San Polo.

Your private guide provides historical and cultural commentary as you enjoy unobstructed views of Ponte dell’Accademia and the Gothic features of the Ca' d'Oro (Palazzo Santa Sofia), and glide beneath the world-famous Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto).

After the ride, your gondola returns to your original departure point.

Reviews (115)
1 - 5 of 36 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
WAY overpriced, don't need to prebook this!

We got lost on our way to the meeting point (the directions provided were not very clear), so we showed up late. Admittedly that was our fault that we were late, but we called the number and they were not able to accommodate any alternatives,...More

1  Thank Amy A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our guide was fantastic! Told us so much about all the family homes and the history of Venice. She answered all our questions and the gondola ride was on a less busy route compared to the stands near the station for example. Would definitely recommend!

Thank Francesca w
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
"Not impressed "

A group of six of us shared one Gondola we paid 20 euro each it was a rip off .Didn't see much only smelly canals only took about 20 - 25 mins at the end of trip there was a hat for tips think we...More

1  Thank Hollymay13
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Great enjoyable experience.

the one hour gondola ride was amazing. We had a private guide who was friendly and knowledgeble of the Venetian culture and lifestyle. The gondolier, Matias, was frindly and also contributed to the experience. Worth every cent and highly recommended with a private guide.

Thank CG1a
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Nearly tipped over

Had booked gondola ride have to have 6 people in or you have to pay for whole boat if less people and want it to self. We came from a cruise so had 6 in our boat. All other staff had stripe tips on ours...More

1  Thank lindseyv693
Renzo F, Direttore at Venice Events, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Lindsey, we are sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your tour, however we can not find any reference of your booking through Venice Events. Can you pls send us details? Kind Regards Enrica

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Alexander G
August 17, 2018|
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Response from Joe G | Reviewed this property |
Something is wrong. Not sure of exact price but if I remember it was less than $100.
Alexander G
August 17, 2018|
Response from Globecritic2000 | Reviewed this property |
He probably thinks you have lots of money😂 their charges are not consistent so they charge based on how much they perceive they can get. There are numerous riders there and each is self employed so dont be afraid to... More
June 5, 2018|
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Response from rmp511 |
None. I didn’t see anyone tipping. It was a complete rip-off . $80 for a 1/2 hour ride with 4 others people. That’s $240 for a 1/2 hour. No singing. No explanation on where we were. No history. Guy kept talking to other... More