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City activities
Excursions & day trips

Private gondola tour in Venice off the beaten track

Free cancellation
Place: Venice
Validity: Flexible
Language: English, Italian
Mobile voucher accepted

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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Important to know

  • 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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What’s included

Friendly and expert local gondoliere

Choice of a 30-minute, 1-hour, 1.5-hour or 2-hour tour

What’s not included

Transportation to the meeting point

Cancellation policy

Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.

Booking fee

Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.


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.

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Opening hours: Our team is available from 10.00 to 18.00 CET

Phone number: +44 121 468 3145