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Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary

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Venezia, Italy
Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary

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icon50 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 7 more

Overview

Traverse the canals of Venice aboard a traditional gondola with your very own gondolier. Float along narrow waterways and hidden passages, admiring the beauty of one of Italy's most magical cities. Pass beneath centuries-old bridges and take in famous attractions such as St. Marks' Bell Tower and San Giorgio Island from the coziness of your flat-bottomed boat.
  • A gondola ride along Venice's waterways
  • Savor one of Venice's most sought-after and romantic experiences
  • Navigate secluded passages and beneath centuries-old bridges en route to the Grand Canal
  • See some of the city's top sights from a completely new vantage point
  • An ideal way to explore Venice, whether you're a couple, family or solo traveler
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Shared gondola ride with live guide (50 minutes tour including 30 minutes of gondola ride
PRIVATE GONDOLA RIDE 30 MINUTES (if chosen) without live commentary
Shared gondola: live commentary in Italian & English.
Shared gondola: commentary by app in German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Hindi, Russian & Chinese.
Hotel pickup
Audio devices
Earphones
  • Venice Tours Assistance (NEWSTAND IN SAN MARCO) , Calle larga de l'Ascension, 1257, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

    SHARED GONDOLA RIDE: With Piazza San Marco and the arches of Museo Correr at your back and the Poste Italiane in front of you, look on the left and you will see a big grey newsstand. The newsstand is between Fendi Boutique and Poste Italiane (Post Office). The guide will have a sign “Gondola Tour”.

  • Gondola Bauer , Calle Larga XXII Marzo, 2091/b, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

    PRIVATE GONDOLA RIDE: GO to the Gondola Bauer landing stage. If you arrive at the Hotel Bauer, you will see the landing stage in front of it. Go to gondoliers and show the ticket

  • This activity will end right where it started.
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Each gondola can host maximum 5 people; the seat aboard cannot be chosen but will be assigned by the gondolier depending of guests weight.
    • The Gondola Ride does not operate in case of exceptionally bad weather or high/low tide (in these cases it can be postponed the days after otherwise it will be refunded)
    • The itinerary may change in the event of wind or bad weather
    • The guide will be only on one gondola, the participants on the others gondola will listen to her/him with the audio-devices
    • The live commentary will be only in English and Italian. The commentary on German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Hindi, and Russian will be provided by mobile app downloaded on the own devices.
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • The live guide IS NOT included in the PRIVATE OPTION
    • Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the departure time
    • The customers health is the most important matter for us, the tour operates in according to the Covid-19 National directives in order to guarantee the experiences in a safe environment.
    • All customer touchpoints are frequently cleaned, and the tour will leave with small groups.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • We only ask the kindness to bring the own mask in case you need to wear it.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travelers
    • OPERATED BY VENICE TOURS S.R.L.
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    See all safety measures taken by Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    See all safety measures taken by Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary.

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    • "We arrived early and were allowed to start early which was very helpful on a hot day." See review

    Reviews

    4.0
    star-4
    357 Reviews

    Reviews by Viator travelers

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    star-4
    Great time but too quiet
    Kathryn_J
    , May 2022
    A gondola ride is a must when visiting Venice! My only complaint about this one was the awkward silence. I would have loved to hear about the history surrounding us or listened to a beautiful sunset serenade. Next time I might look into a private ride with my loved ones to ensure this more immersive experience.
    star-5
    Well worth it, enjoyable!
    Delia_W
    , May 2022
    Nice little trip, a great way to have a gondola ride without paying the earth! Guide very knowledgeable and friendly but let us enjoy the tranquility of the small side canals. We'll worth it and enjoyable.
    star-4
    Great Tour!
    Kirsty_G
    , May 2022
    A great tour! The only reason for 4 stars is because we lost the commentary for pretty much the whole gondola ride as we were on the last gondola and the guide was in the middle. Other then that it was great!
    star-3
    Enjoyable gondola ride but minimal commentary
    Sondra_S
    , May 2022
    Beautiful gondola ride at dusk with good driver. No commentary though so seemed overpriced for 30-minute ride.
    star-5
    Wonderful gondola
    Katrina_M
    , May 2022
    Wonderful activity! No lines to wait even during a busy weekend. Our ride was interesting and relaxing. Perfect iconic Venice experience!
    star-1
    Awful
    Gillianbelnavis
    , May 2022
    This was awful! The tour started 25 minutes late which would have made us miss our bus and the tour guide was so rude about it. We politely asked if maybe we could do the gondola part or the tour first since we were there early and he told us he couldn’t help us and that we could opt to not do the tour abs ask viator for a refund and now viator won’t refund us! NEVER book this
    star-4
    Nice, quiet experience but consider booking direct
    Trex_F
    , May 2022
    The gondola was a nice experience, expecially once we were out in the main canal. I did find it was only £80 euros and no queues in the morning so booking through the app was not great value
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-3
    Not what was promised.
    Drmich11
    , May 2022
    While we saw some lovely scenery, this advertised a 50 minute ride which was half that. We also had a driver who was learning and he ran into a boat and had a number of mishaps along the way. Overall, more disappointed than satisfied.
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Dear Guest, we are sorry for your personal comment, please consider that the tour is composed by 20 minutes of walking tour followed by 30 minutes of gondola ride, the total duration of the experience is 50 minutes. At your disposal for further information. Regards.
    star-5
    Very atmospheric
    Stephen_G
    , May 2022
    Sylvie was very kind - we had got lost and turned up a little late but she still accommodated us and made our gondola experience very special. Thank you, Sylvie
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Thanks for your kind review
    star-5
    Very enjoyable
    Benjamin_F
    , May 2022
    Magical experience, guide was knowledgeable about the city and was very kind. Commentary was limited but he gave us some great dinner recommendations!
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Thanks for your kind review

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