Water activity

Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with Live Commentary

Activity provider: VENICE TOURS S.R.L.
Water activity

Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with Live Commentary

Activity provider: VENICE TOURS S.R.L.
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From US$ 50.75 US$ 38.06 per person

Glide through the canals of Venice on a gondola ride with a live guide. Hear stories and secrets of the fascinating palaces around you.

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Duration 30 - 50 minutes
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Host or greeter
English, Italian, French, Spanish
Small group
Limited to 5 participants


  • Glide along the Venetian canals on board a gondola
  • Discover the city and its picturesque spots by boat
  • Cruise along part of the Grand Canal towards the Salute Church
  • Pass by the Fenice Theatre and the Mozart House
  • Hear stories from your guide about palazzos, gondolas and gondoliers
Full description

Explore the canals of Venice aboard a gondola. As your gondolier takes you down secluded ways and along the Grand Canal, enjoy live commentary from your guide. Learn about the city's palaces, churches, and attractions. Hear about local stories and the history of the gondola and gondoliers.

During your journey, admire Desdemona’s House and Mozart’s House. You'll also pass by the magnificent La Fenice Theatre and the “De le Ostreghe” Canal. Continue on to the most important canal in Venice, the Grand Canal. Make your way towards the Salute Church, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and some of the stunning Venetian palaces that run alongside the canal, like Ca'Dolfin, Ca'Loredan, Grimani Palace, and many others. You will also see Punta de la Dogana and Saint Mark’s basin before making your way back to Campo San Moisè. At the end of the tour, you will receive a QR code to download a digital map with 2D images of Venice from the Middle Ages until the 18th century.

With the shared option, enjoy a 20-minute walking tour from the meeting point as well as your 30-minute gondola ride. See the Biennale Cafe and the facade of San Moisè Church and learn about the history of the Venetian gondola tradition. You will also see Punta della Dogana and Grand Canal.

  • Commentary in the mobile app in German, Japanese, Chinese, Hindi, and Russian
  • Live commentary in English, French, Spanish, and Italian
  • Access to a mobile app to see Venice in the past
  • 30-minute gondola tour
  • 20-minute walking tour
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Mobile-compatible earphones
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet at the Venice Tous Assistance Point. The newsstand is between Fendi Boutique and Poste Italiane (post office). With Piazza San Marco and the arches of Museo Correr at your back and the Poste Italiane (post office) in front of you, look on the left and you will see a big grey newsstand (with many souvenirs and newspapers). This is the Venice Tours Assistance Point.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • The guide will be on only one gondola. The participants on the other gondolas will listen to them with the audio device
  • The live commentary will be in English, French, Spanish and Italian. The commentary in German, Japanese, Chinese, Hindi, and Russian will be provided by mobile app downloaded to your own device
  • Each gondola can hold a maximum of 5 people
  • The gondolier will determine your seat according to your weight
  • The tour will only be cancelled in cases of extreme weather conditions
  • The itinerary may change in cases of wind or bad weather
  • Please note that this is a shared tour, it is not a private gondola ride
  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the activity starts
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 /5

based on 4102 reviews

Review summary

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Our Gondelier, Sr Alessandro took us around small canals as well as thegrand canal. He pointed out all the major points. We got opportunity to take pics of all. Our tour turned out to be a private tour. Sara who was the activity coordinator gave us great info on the city of Venice and the business of Gondeliers. She was excellent and spoke fluent English and Spanish who was born in Venice. This was an amazing and memorable tour. We would love to return to this tour.

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March 5, 2023

Great ride and bargain, but the ""guide" who gave us our headsets only ""commentary' was on the 20-minute walk to the gondola station. He got us into the gondolas but did not ride with us, and their was no other "commentarey" on the 25-minute ride and glide. But frankly the silence (except for passing gulls) was sensationally fitting and romantically (or veneetianly) invigorating.. What a fine valentine. At 79, my mobility is not fine, but they got me in and out of the gondola just fine.

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February 16, 2023

Very enjoyable experience, a "must do" in Venice. I was travelling alone and it would be expensive to book a gondola on my own, so it's perfect if you are ready to share a ride with other people. Everything was organized according to the description, the guide was friendly and informative.

February 16, 2023

Product ID: 48463