Venice Gondola Tours

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Multilingual Guided Tours
Multilingual Guided Tours
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Multiple Route Options
Panoramic views of top attractions
Panoramic views of top attractions



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Venice Classic Gondola Ride

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  • This traditional gondola ride invites you to discover Venice's enchanting waterways in 30 mins while giving you the flexibility to choose a ride that suits you best.
  • The cost-saving seating option is perfect for solo travelers, and history buffs can delight in a route under the Bridge of Sighs, connecting the Doge's Palace to its prisons!
  • Want to share a gondola with your travel buddies? Select the options that guarantee seating in the same gondola to ensure you're in the same boat.
  • Let the storytelling bug bite you by opting for bilingual live commentary or a digital app in 7 languages to hear the legends behind all the Venetian landmarks you will pass.
  • Marvel at the domes of Santa Maria della Salute, the waterfront entrance of the Peggy Guggenheim House Museum, and more.

Inclusions

  • 30-min shared gondola ride in Venice
  • Gondola and seat assigned by the gondolier
  • Seating guaranteed in the same gondola (optional)
  • Live commentary in English and Italian (optional)
  • Digital app audio commentary in Spanish, German, Japanese, Russian, Chinese, French & Hindi (optional)
  • Special route under the Bridge of Sighs (optional)

Exclusions

  • Headphones (ensure you bring your own)
  • Tip: This experience starts just around the corner from St. Mark's Basilica. Combine your visits and tick off 2 bucket list items in 1 day!
  • Please note that the ride could last less than 30 mins depending on weather and canal traffic.
  • Seating arrangements inside the gondola may vary for balance. This means you might not be able to sit next to your travel partner(s).
  • This experience is not accessible for wheelchair users.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Venice Private Gondola Ride

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€135
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  • The most peaceful way to discover the meandering canals of Venice is a private experience aboard a classic Venetian gondola!
  • Get an exclusive escape with the people of your choice, and the opportunity to snap away at stunning waterfront architecture.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for the glamorous Fenice Theater and the white stone Rialto Bridge, the city’s oldest bridge that spans the Grand Canal.
  • This experience is perfect for families with little ones, small friend groups that are thicker than blood, or simply two lovers looking for a quiet escape.

Inclusions

  • 30-minute gondola ride in Venice
  • Private group tour (max 5 per gondola)
  • Tip: Look out for the impressive external spiral staircase at Contarini del Bovolo Palace, near St. Mark's Square.
  • Please note that the ride could last less than 30 minutes depending on weather and canal traffic.
  • The ride will only be canceled in case of extreme weather conditions or a gondolier strike.
  • This experience is not accessible for wheelchair users.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Venice Grand Canal: Gondola Ride with Serenade

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€59
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  • Experience picture-perfect romance on a harmonious gondola cruise through the floating city of Venice.
  • On this leisurely 30-minute ride, sprinkle a bit of magic onto your date with that special someone as you’re serenaded by traditional live music.
  • Find hidden gems in liquid Venetian alleys; perhaps admire the quaint limestone Bridge of Sighs over the Rio del Palazzo – all from a unique perspective.
  • Keep an eye out for the mesmerizing façade of Ca' d'Oro, a Gothic palace-turned-art museum along the Grand Canal.

Inclusions

  • 30-minute gondola ride in Venice
  • Live singer aboard one of the gondolas
  • Gondola and seat assigned by the gondolier
  • Tip: Embrace the Venetian lifestyle and go for a traditional aperitivo after your gondola ride. Join the locals at a canal-side bar for cicchetti (Venetian tapas)!
  • The serenade performers will board a gondola in the center of the row so everyone can hear the music. Musicians may not be on every gondola.
  • Please note that the ride could last less than 30 minutes depending on weather and canal traffic.
  • Seating arrangements inside the gondola may vary for balance. This means you might not be able to sit next to your travel partner(s).
  • This experience is not accessible for wheelchair users.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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St. Mark's Basilica Guided Tour with Gondola Ride

€75
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  • Tick off 2 bucket list experiences in Venice at once! Follow an expert guide through St. Mark's Basilica, then catch a famous water taxi.
  • Dive right in with skip the line access to St. Mark's Basilica, as your guide helps unveil its dazzling gold mosaics in the language of your choice.
  • Soak in the charm of Venice with a leisurely half hour gondola ride along the Grand Canal and smaller waterways near the Salute Basilica.
  • Marvel at architectural wonders like La Fenice Theatre, and the Murano glass mosaics of Palazzo Barbarigo inspired by St. Marks' Basilica!
  • Enjoy a leisurely break between the 2 tours to explore the city, indulge in local delicacies, or simply soak up the Venetian vibes.

Inclusions

  • 1-hour guided tour of St. Mark's Basilica with skip-the-line entry
  • Expert English, Italian, Spanish, German or French-speaking guide
  • 30-minute shared gondola ride in Venice
  • Tip: Stop in at a local trattoria for an authentic Venetian Lunch, try local favourites like risotto al nero di seppia (black squid ink risotto) or fritto misto (mixed fried seafood).
  • Seating arrangements within a gondola may vary for balance and safety reasons, it may not be possible to sit next to your partner.
  • The gondola ride is not accessible for wheelchair users.
  • Strict Dress Code: All guests must wear clothing that covers their shoulders and knees to enter the basilica.
  • Please note that the tour may not operate under exceptional high tide conditions or during religious functions at the basilica. In the event of cancellation, your tour will either be rescheduled or refunded for your convenience.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Venice Walking Tour with Grand Canal Gondola Ride

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  • Get to know some of Venice's top attractions including St. Mark's Square, Rialto Bridge, and La Fenice theatre, enjoying the best of the city on foot and by boat.
  • Local guides provide fascinating insights on Venetian history and culture as you spend 2 hours wandering through the city's streets and squares.
  • Glide along the Grand Canal on a 30-minute gondola ride, admiring majestic palaces and historic landmarks that line the waterways.
  • Enjoy a leisurely break between tours to savor the sights, sounds, and flavors of Venice, indulging in local delicacies or capturing memorable photos.

Inclusions

  • 2-hour walking tour of Venice
  • Expert English, Italian, Spanish, German or French-speaking guide (optional)
  • Headsets for groups over 10 participants
  • 30-minute shared gondola ride
  • Tip: Take advantage of spectacular photo ops as you get remarkable views of Doge's Palace and St. Marks’ Bell Tower.
  • This activity includes a shared gondola ride of up to 5 people. Seating arrangements within a gondola may vary for balance and safety reasons.
  • This tour is not recommended for wheelchair users or those with walking disabilities.
  • There will be a small break between the tours.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Venice in a Day: St. Mark’s, Doge’s Palace, Murano & Burano with Gondola Ride

€149
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  • Explore the best of Venice on this full-day tour, including seamless skip-the-line access to St. Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace.
  • Glide through historic canals on a 30-minute gondola ride, led by an expert gondolier who shares captivating stories.
  • Witness the age-old tradition of glassblowing at Murano island, observing skilled artisans at work in a real workshop.
  • Discover Burano's colorful houses and rich lacemaking heritage, with a live demonstration of the intricate craft.
  • Learn all about the history of St. Mark's and the political significance of the Doge's Palace from an expert English-speaking guide.

Inclusions

  • Full-day tour of Venice
  • English-guided tour of St. Mark's Basilica with skip-the-line entry
  • English-guided tour of Doge's Palace with skip-the-line entry
  • 30-minute shared gondola ride in Venice
  • Round-trip transfers to/from Murano & Burano Islands
  • Glass-blowing demonstration
  • Lace-making demonstration
  • Free time to explore both islands
  • Guided tour of St Marks Basilica
  • Guided tour of Doge's Palace
  • 30-minute gondola ride
  • Murano Island with glass-blowing demonstration
  • Burano Island with lace-making demonstration

Tip: Take advantage of the local expert knowledge! Request your gondolier to point out the lesser-known sights along the canals.
There is a compulsory security check at the entrance to the main sites. Depending on the volume of visitors, there may be a short wait time.

  • Strict Dress Code: All guests must wear clothing that covers their shoulders and knees to enter the basilica.
  • This activity includes a shared gondola ride of up to 5 people. Seating arrangements within a gondola may vary for balance and safety reasons.
    -This tour is not recommended for wheelchair users or those with walking disabilities.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Venice Gondola ride | Cruise down the iconic canals

Picture this: the golden hues of sunset reflecting off Venice's tranquil waters, the air tinged with the whisper of romance, and city's silhouettes mirrored in its shimmering canals. The only thing missing? Stepping onto a gondola to immerse fully in the quintessence of Venetian charm and elegance.

Steered by skilled gondolier, whose rowing oar moves in harmony with the waters as they occasionally hum melodies, the Gondola is a traditional, flat-bottomed rowing boat. While its asymmetrical structure might seem unbalanced, it has been perfectly designed to navigate Venice's labyrinthine waterways.

Embarking on a gondola ride is not merely about sightseeing; it's about experiencing the city as it was meant to be seen—from its serene canals — and connecting to its living history as the gondola glides beneath the city's ancient bridges and past majestic palazzos.

Venice gondola tours | Page guide

  1. Things to know before booking Venice gondola tours
  2. Why take a Venice gondola tour?
  3. Your Venice gondola tours explained
  4. How to choose the best gondola ride
  5. Where to book my Venice gondola ride: Online vs on-site booking
  6. What to see while on a gondola ride in Venice
  7. Venice gondola route map
  8. Plan your Venice gondola tour
  9. Frequently asked questions about Venice gondola tours

Things to know before booking a gondola tour

  • The standard fare for a gondola ride is €80 and €100 if you are opting to go on the tour between 7 PM to 8 AM. Note that this charge is for the gondola itself and not per head. So if you’re traveling in a group, i.e. choosing a shared ride option, it works out to be cheaper.
  • Each ride is usually 30 minutes long. If you want to extend your ride, you can check with your gondolier. However, you will need to pay an additional cost of €40 for every additional 20 minutes.
  • Gondola rides typically begin after 9 AM and go on till after sunset. Night rides cost at least €20 more, which is a huge consideration given that the gondola rides are pricy to begin with. If this is your first time on a gondola opt for a morning tour; the experience is just as magical.
  • Most gondola tours follow a standard route that can change depending on the gondolier. You can always ask for the route at the boarding point. However, if you want to avoid the hassle of negotiating on-site or have a specific route in mind, booking online would be the best way to go, so there are no surprises on the day of.
  • Pay the additional Euros to include the Bridge of Sighs on your route, as this will allow you to explore the quieter parts of the Venetian waterways.
  • Each gondola can accommodate 5 travelers plus the gondolier. If you are traveling in a bigger group you will have to book more than one gondola.
  • Only in the case of extreme events like high tide, bad weather conditions or gondola strikes will the ride be canceled. But, what if you change your mind? If you book online, you can cancel the tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Why take a Venice gondola tour?

There's something inherently special about gliding through the city's labyrinthine canals aboard a gondola. It's not just a Venetian mode of transportation; it's a cultural institution. Whether you're seeking a romantic escape, a unique adventure, or a deeper understanding of Venice's rich history, Gondola tours offer an experience that transcends time, leaving you with a sense of wonder and a longing to return. And, if you are still not convinced, here are some reasons why you should definitely take a gondola tour on your next trip to Venice.

Glimpse into Venetian history

1. Glimpse into Venetian history

Each gondola ride is a personal journey steered by a knowledgeable gondolier, ready to share tales and trivia about Venice's storied past and vibrant culture. As you glide past the homes of famous Venetians, past the city's centuries-old architecture you will be provided insights you won't find in any guidebook.

Unique Vantage Point

2. Unique vantage point

As you drift along the waterways, you'll witness daily life unfolding along the picturesque shores, providing a glimpse into the heart and soul of this city. Plus, many of Venice's most picturesque canals are only accessible by gondola, allowing you to discover the city's hidden beauty away from the bustling crowds.

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3. Unmatched romantic ambiance

It's no secret that Venice exudes an undeniable aura of romance, and the experience of being serenaded by your gondolier while drifting through Venice's serene waterways at sunset amplifies this enchanting atmosphere.

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4. Meet fellow travellers

Sharing a gondola with other passengers offers a chance to connect with fellow explorers from around the globe. Be sure to exchange notes on your favorite Venice experiences, and the gondola ride might just make it to the top!

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Venice Gondola at Rialto Bridge

Shared gondola ride in Venice

Duration: 30 minutes
Suitable for: Budget/solo travelers

  • You will be able to take the special route under the Bridge of Sighs. Opt for same-gondola seating for groups of up to 5
  • Upgrade your ticket for live commentary in English/Italian. You can also choose digital app commentary in Spanish, German, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, French and Hindi.

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Venice Classic Gondola Ride

Venice Private Gondola Ride

Venice gondola private ride

Duration: 30 minutes
Suitable for: Families/small groups/couples

  • If you’re seeking the ultimate group experience, choose the private gondola option so you can all be in the same boat — pun intended.
  • With this private tour, even if your group comprises 2-3 members, the gondola is still reserved only for you. This saves you from sitting in awkward silence with strangers!

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Venice Private Gondola ride

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Gondola ride with live entertainment

Duration: 30 minutes
Suitable for: Couples

  • Feel the love in the air as you let a gondolier serenade you on the glistening waters of the canal.
  • Choose between groups seating or random seating based on how you are traveling — with a group or solo.

Recommended Tour

Venice Grand Canal: Gondola Ride with Serenade

Doge Palace Tour

Combo tours

Duration: 2-9 hours
Suitable for: First timers/those on a tight timeline

  • Want to see the best of Venice on limited time and a budget? Combo tours are your best friend. Booking these tours also helps you save on tickets you'd otherwise spend individually at these attractions.
  • Get skip-the-line tickets to attractions like the Doge's Palace and more.

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Venice gondola rides discounts

While adults pay full price for a gondola ride, children under the age of two enjoy free access to the experience.

Audio guide availability

Guests can download the handy audio guide app on their phones and use it for running commentary throughout their tour. The audio guide is available in several languages, including English, Spanish, German and French among others.

How to choose the best gondola ride?

Still deciding whether to choose a shared or private gondola experience? Let’s help you decide.

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€30

30 minutes

Random seating; option to avail live commentary

Cost-effective, chance to meet new people

You may not be able to sit with the people of your choice unless you opt for it.

€129

30 minutes

Benefit of traveling with your cohort whether it is a group of friends or family

Privacy and the convenience of familiarity

Is priced on the higher side.

Where to book my Venice gondola ride: Online vs on-site booking

When planning your unforgettable Venice gondola ride, one of the first decisions you'll face is whether to book your experience online in advance or take a chance with on-site booking once you arrive.

Booking on-site allows you to walk up to the station when you have time and choose a ride, which works well for spontaneous travelers who don't believe in planning every detail. But it also means that you will have to deal with the risk of unavailability and long lines, especially during peak seasons, and you will not have the opportunity to research and compare different gondola services, which might affect the quality of your experience.

Booking a gondola ride online is slightly more expensive. However, there are several upsides to booking online:

  • Booking your gondola ride online ensures your spot is secured for your preferred date and time, which is especially important during Venice's peak tourist seasons.
  • You can pay in the currency of your choice. If you book on the spot, you have to pay the gondolier in Euros and they only accept cash.
  • If you are opting for a shared tour, booking online ensures a guaranteed trip whether you have other people to join you in on the ride or not. Plus, what you are paying for is the reserved time slot, ensuring that you get to go on the ride at the exact time of your choosing without having to wait for people to fill up the boat.
  • Booking online also offers another advantage: you get to skip the queues and board the gondola right away. Especially near the St. Marks Basilica (which is a busy boarding point), pre-booking saves you plenty of time.
  • Online booking platforms offer the chance to research different gondola services, read reviews, and compare prices, helping you make an informed decision.

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Plan your Venice gondola tour

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  • Blankets: Some gondolas, especially during cooler months, may offer blankets for passengers to keep warm.
  • Music: Only certain gondola rides offer a serenade. However, most gondoliers will be happy to share with you what they know of the city and its attractions.
  • Storage: There's very little storage space on a gondola, so it's best to bring only what you absolutely need. Large bags, backpacks, or luggage are not recommended.
  • Other facilities: Restrooms, food, and drinks are not available on gondolas. You'll find these amenities at nearby restaurants, cafes, or public restrooms along the canals before or after your ride.
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Frequently asked questions about Venice gondola tours

How much does a gondola tour in Venice cost?

The classic gondola ride starts at €30. However, prices can vary according to the ticket type. Costs can go up if you choose a private ride, combo tours, etc.

Where can I book my Venice gondola tour?

The best option is to purchase your tour online. This way, you have multiple options to choose from like shared vs private, combo tours, etc. and you don’t have to wait in long queues for a ticket. However, you can also book on-site if you want a spontaneous experience. Note that on-site booking might mean longer wait times, not finding a ride at the time of your convenience, etc.

Why should I book tickets for gondola rides in advance?

It is highly recommended that you make your bookings in advance to choose the best date and time, and avoid waiting in long lines for a ticket. Booking online also gives you the option to pay in the currency of your choice.

What do gondola tours include?

A gondola ride includes either a shared or private 30-minute ride down Venice's iconic waterways. You can upgrade your ticket for live commentaries en route. You can also opt for a serenade (where a gondolier will sing traditional Italian songs for you), or even book combo tours.

What are the different gondola tours I can choose from?

You can choose between shared or private rides. In the former, you will be seated randomly and might have to wait for the gondola to fill up before the ride begins. In the latter, you can book out the whole gondola for you and your family/group even if the whole gondola isn't full. You can also opt for a gondola ride with serenade if you're seeking live entertainment on board. If you want to explore more of Venice, book combo tours that will give you the benefit of taking both a gondola ride and visiting top landmarks in the city.

Are guided tours available for gondola rides in Venice?

While the gondola ride per se isn't a guided experience, you can upgrade your ticket for live commentary on board. You can also book combo tickets to nearby attractions like Doge's Palace and St. Marks Basilica. You can avail guided tours to these attractions.

Can I cancel my Venice gondola ride tickets?

Yes. You can cancel your tickets up to 24 hours in advance to get back a full refund.

What are Venice gondola rides prices for kids?

Children under the age of two can ride for free, while all others pay full price.

What can I see in Venice while on my gondola ride?

Most tours allow you to witness St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace, St. Marks’ Bell Tower, Rialto Bridge, Bridge of Sighs and Mozart House among others.

What is the best time to take a Venice gondola ride?

Early mornings and late afternoons are the best times to take a ride. However, a sunset view is the most recommended, even though it can get quite crowded.

Do all gondola rides in Venice include live serenade?

No, not all Venice gondola rides include live music. You’ll have to book a ride that specifically includes the serenade as part of the experience.

What is the best place for a gondola ride in Venice?

All your gondola rides can be boarded from around St. Mark's Basilica. This spot is close to the city centre and easily accessible. However, you can board your ride from a variety of gondola stations, including the Jewish Ghetto and San Marco districts.

How long is a gondola ride in Venice?

A gondola ride typically lasts for about 30 minutes, although this duration may come down if there is lots of traffic in the canals. If you're seeking a longer tour, negotiate with the gondolier at the outset, although you may have to pay more.

Are gondola rides in Venice wheelchair-accessible?

Unfortunately, none of these experiences are wheelchair friendly.