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Venice: Private Gondola Ride

Activity provider: Venice Events srl
Water activity

Venice: Private Gondola Ride

Activity provider: Venice Events srl
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From US$ 152.68 US$ 137.41 per group up to 5

Take a relaxing gondola ride through the tranquil canals of Venice. During your private 25 to 30-minute ride, you'll escape the hustle and bustle of tourist areas as you glide along the quieter canals in the city.

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Duration 30 minutes
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Italian, English
Private group


  • Enjoy a private gondola ride
  • Get away from the main waterways and tourist sights
  • Immerse yourself in local culture with this traditional experience
  • Choose from morning, afternoon or evening departure times to suit your schedule
Full description

Feel like part of the ancient Venetian tradition, and experience the city as the locals have for more than a thousand years, on this private gondola ride. On your 25 to 30-minute journey, be taken away from the main waterways and tourist sights, as your gondolier navigates you with expertise and precision through some of the narrower, quieter canals of Venice. As you sit back and enjoy the scenery, you'll inevitably become involved in the friendly banter of the gondoliers and their particular Venetian dialect, which is as much a part of Venetian culture as the gondola itself. Pre-book your trip and avoid having to negotiate with the gondolier or stress about details.

  • Private gondola ride
  • Hotel pickup or drop-off
  • Additional food or drink
  • Guide (the gondolier is only a driver)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet at the Gondola Station - Santa Maria del Giglio. The gondola station is next to the Hotel Gritti Palace. Please show your voucher directly to the gondolier.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Oversize luggage
  • Baby strollers

Know before you go

  • In cases of exceptionally bad weather, the gondola ride will be canceled. If this happens, your departure time will be re-scheduled to the next available time
  • Please note that the ride could last less than 30 minutes depending on how busy the canals are. The length of the gondola ride is up to the discretion of the Gondolier
  • There are no refunds for late arrivals or no-shows
  • If you are late, the duration of the gondola ride will be less than 30 minutes
  • This tour is not guided, although the gondolier may chat and give you some local history
  • In case of high numbers of visitors, waiting times could be up to 20 minutes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.9 /5

based on 251 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Service
  • Organization

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I booked in advance thinking it would be cheaper, the same trip was being charged at 80 euros at the Gondela station I paid £130 and as there were lots of other people waiting for a pre booked trip, the "guide" that was there 2 mins before really didn't warrant the extra money paid!!

March 31, 2023

At first I was kind of sceptical that this was going to be a flop, since not all the comments were totally positive. But I really enjoyed it! We went at 10 am in the morning without eating before hand and got two small bottles of champagne, so I guess that made it even more fun! :D The gondolier didn't talk with us, but I honestly didn't really care. It was nice to just sit there with my love and enjoy the ride. We were on the ride for 27 mins, so no need so complain on this matter. And of course it's a bit pricey, but all the gondola rides in Venice are.. So, since this is a once or twice kind of thing you do in a lifetime the price didn't bother me. All in all it was worth it!

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March 31, 2023

Me and my wife did this experience two days ago and it was excellent we found the meeting point easily and a lady met us there with our prosecco, the guide sang to us and explained the sights. The experience was very peaceful, romantic and if you are going to Venice the gondolas are a must. The ride lasted around 35 mins, the only downside is the cost however we really enjoyed it

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March 31, 2023

Product ID: 22361