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Classic Venetian Gondola Tour

Product ID: 13222
See Venice the traditional way, by gondola. You’ll enjoy a relaxing 30-minute journey along the city’s waterways and on part of the Grand Canal. This is the perfect way to appreciate the beauty of Venice, which was built to be admired from the water.
About this ticket
Duration: 30 minutes
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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English, Italian
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Glide along Venice’s waterways on a traditional gondola
  • See the beauty and elegance of the centuries-old buildings lining the canals
  • Experience Venice as the locals have for more than a thousand years
Full description
Take an enchanting 30-minute gondola ride and glide through centuries of Venetian history as you marvel at glamorous and elegant canal-side palaces. This classic gondola tour is the perfect way to appreciate the beauty, charm, and colors of this unique city.

You’ll see Venice as the locals have for more than a thousand years. For centuries, the city’s noblest and wealthiest families traveled around Venice by gondola.

As you explore the Venetian canals, you’ll appreciate the skill of the gondolier in maneuvering the craft through the city’s intricate waterways. You’ll also hear the friendly banter of the gondoliers, as much a part of Venetian culture as the gondola itself.
  • A 25 to 30 minute (approximately) shared gondola ride
What’s Not Included
  • Guide
  • Pick-up/drop off
  • Umbrella
  • Food or drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time at the gondola station of Santa Maria del Giglio next to the Gritti Palace Hotel. A tour representative will be waiting with a "Gondola tour" sign. Address: Campiello Del Traghetto, 2467 - Santa Maria Del Giglio Gondola park 30124 Venice

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Shared gondola with maximum 6 people per gondola
• Designated seating arranged by Gondolier due to balance of boat
• This activity is not wheelchair accessible
• This activity is not suitable if you have limited mobility
• Bring an umbrella in case of rain, these are not provided
• The tour will not operate in the event of bad weather, high tide or gondoliers' strike
• Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.8 / 5

based on 174 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    3.9 / 5
  • Organization
    4.1 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.5 / 5
  • Safety
    4.1 / 5
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Nice simple tour of grand canal and neighboring canals. Highly recommend to go as early as possible before the crowds. We took ours in middle of October at 940am and the water traffic was not nearly as bad. If you’re looking for an in depth tour of each site and landmark then this is not for you. But if you’d like a simple relaxing 20 minute self site seeing tour then book this to avoid lines. My girlfriend and I were able to ride the gondola with two others and no problem. For parties bigger than 4 I’d recommend just renting a private gondola. Last plus is that the meeting place is away from the crowds at San Marco square.

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October 22, 2018

Great but very short

The whole buzz about the Gondola ride is exciting but somehow it is shorter than the traditional ride. Given that we were 5 in the boat meaning that they were earning more than the 80 euros ride they could have stretched the route a little bit. We did not learn much from the trip. All being said we got to ride in a Gondola.

August 30, 2016

Not as expected. But enjoyed a bit

September 25, 2019

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Venice Events srl

Product ID: 13222