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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 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.

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  • 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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Doge's Palace Skip-the-Line Tickets with Gondola Ride

€99
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  • Enjoy this 2-in-1 combo experience that shows you the serene canals of Venice and one of Europe's most recognizable buildings, the Doge's Palace, in the same ticket!
  • Walk through the palace with a handy guidebook in hand (available in multiple languages) to better understand the palace's history.
  • At St. Mark's Square Museums, you'll get a better sense of Venetian culture, its roots, history, and significance.
  • Embark upon a traditional gondola ride, allowing you to kick back and take in the serene sights of Venice around you.
  • Catch glimpses of the Rialto Bridge, Bridge of Sighs, New Prisons, Arch of Paradise, Marco Polo’s house, Church of San Zulian and Church of Miracles, and more.

Inclusions

  • 30-minute shared gondola ride
  • Skip-the-line entry to the Doge's Palace
  • Handy guide book with stories and facts about Doge’s Palace, Basilica, Saint Mark’s square
  • Access to St Mark's Square Museums
  • Detailed map with public boat transportation information

Exclusions

  • Guided tour of Doge's Palace and Palaces of Saint Mark' Square
  • Tip: Don't miss the Map Room in the Doge's Palace, featuring huge format maps and globes of the world as known to cartographers of the Serenissimo Principe (Serene Prince).
  • 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 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 Private Gondola Ride

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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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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.

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  • 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.

The icing on the cake of your Venetian experience is — you guessed it — a classic gondola ride. A standard gondola ride is usually a shared experience where you get to hop on board with people you may or may not know. That's the thrill of partaking in a new culture — to embrace the unfamiliar and soak in new experiences. Here's all you need to know about what a shared gondola ride in Venice will look like.

The shared gondola ride experience

Random seating

In all likelihood, in a shared experience, you will be seated at random. This means, if you are traveling in a group, you might be separated from your cohort. Worry not, as the starting and dropping points of a gondola ride are the same, so you can always rejoin your friends/family once your ride ends. Besides, what better way to make new friends than on the canals of dreamy Venice, right?

Upgrades are available (though optional)

If your dear one absolutely has to be near, you can avail the option to upgrade for same-gondola seating, even in a shared ride. Note that the gondolier may still not place you beside each other inside the gondola, if the seating doesn't meet weight distribution requirements. This is for the safety of you and your fellow passengers.

Live commentary

As you're gliding through the calm waters, you might be wondering what those awe-inspiring buildings flanking the waterways are. With a live commentary in English or Italian, be up to date with the history and facts surrounding this romantic city. You can also get an audio app in a variety of languages including Spanish, German, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, French and Hindi.
Note: Both the live commentary and the digital app are optional inclusions that can be availed with a ticket upgrade.

The ultimate Venice experience

There's more to Venice than the gondola ride, although this is a defining experience, no doubt. If you want to explore further, you can also combine your gondola ride with other experiences including visits to the Doge's Palace with skip-the-line entry, a day trip to the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello, and a walking tour of Venice along with a gondola ride.

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  • The most popular boarding points are around St. Marks Basilica and the Grand Canal. Note that these stops are likely to be busy, so purchase your tickets in advance to get ahead of the queues.
  • You can also choose a less crowded boarding point like the area around the Jewish Ghetto or Campo San Barnaba. These gondolas take you down smaller canals, so you may miss some of the top sights like the Rialto Bridge or Doge's Palace.

Peak season: Wait times can go up to an hour or slightly more, especially if you don't have pre-booked tickets and are boarding from the Grand Canal/St. Marks Basilica. If you're waiting at a less-popular stop, you can snag a ride in 30 minutes or so.

Lean season: You can get a ride within 30 minutes without pre-booked tickets. If you've booked tickets in advance, you can even get a ride within 15 minutes of arrival at the pier.

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Benefits of a shared gondola ride

Budget trip

  • For those on a budget, this is a great option as it is the basic experience.
  • Payment is for the entire gondola which is €80, not per head. So if a gondola has 5 passengers, this cost will be split amongst them.
  • You're still getting to see the popular sights like Doge's Palace, St. Marks Basilica and more.

Say hi to new friends

  • Get to know fellow travelers on your ride and exchange notes with them on your Venice experience so far.
  • If you intend to book a combo ticket like the walking tour, you might even find someone to come along with you!
  • Feel the romance in the air as you take a shared ride with people you're meeting for the first time.

You'll be a green traveler

  • Choosing a shared gondola ride reduces the overall number of gondolas needed for individual rides, potentially resulting in a lower environmental impact on the delicate ecosystem of the canals.
  • Gondolas are propelled by oars, but some use small electric motors for maneuvering in tight spaces or assisting in windy conditions. Sharing a gondola means fewer gondolas and motors in operation, potentially reducing overall fuel consumption and related emissions.

Frequently asked questions about shared gondola rides in Venice

What is a shared gondola ride in Venice?

A shared gondola ride in Venice is an affordable way to experience Venice's charm on a traditional gondola. You'll share the gondola with other travelers, allowing you to enjoy the experience without breaking the bank.

How much does a shared gondola ride cost?

A 30-minute shared ride starts from €30 per person, while a private ride might be €80-150+ per gondola. These prices can go up if you decide to take an after-hours shared gondola ride.

How long does a shared gondola ride last?

Typically, a shared gondola ride in Venice lasts around 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the route and package you choose. It's enough time to soak in the mesmerizing views and capture some memorable photos.

Do I need to book my shared gondola ride in advance?

It's highly recommended to book your shared gondola ride in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons. This ensures you secure your spot and avoid disappointment, as gondola rides are a popular activity in Venice.

What Venice attractions can I see during my shared gondola ride?

During your shared gondola ride, you'll glide through the historic waterways of Venice, passing by stunning architecture, charming bridges, and bustling piazzas. You'll also get a unique perspective of famous landmarks like the Doge's Palace, St. Marks Basilica, the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, the Rialto Bridge and the Grand Canal.

How many people will I be sharing the gondola with?

The number of people sharing the gondola can vary depending on the package and availability. Typically, a shared gondola accommodates up to 6 passengers (including the gondolier), ensuring an intimate yet social experience.

Can I request a specific route for my shared gondola ride?

While you may express preferences, the specific route of your shared gondola ride is usually determined by the gondolier and can be influenced by factors like weather conditions and canal traffic.

Are these rides available in the evening?

Yes, shared gondola rides are available during the evening, offering a romantic and enchanting experience as the city lights illuminate the canals and historic buildings. It's a perfect way to enjoy Venice's magical ambience after dusk.

What are the advantages of a shared gondola ride?

Affordability, shorter waiting times, potential for interesting interactions with fellow passengers, and a fun, social experience are some of the benefits of taking a shared gondola ride.

Should I tip the gondolier after a shared ride?

Tipping is not mandatory but appreciated for good service. Consider €5-10 per person depending on your satisfaction.

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