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Private gondola ride off the beaten path in Venice

Venezia, Italy
Private gondola ride off the beaten path in Venice

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icon30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds


Experience the tranquil beauty of Venice from the water on a private gondola ride that takes you through the city's less-traveled canals. Relax onboard a traditional Venetian boat as a professional gondolier navigates past historic palaces, churches, and landmarks that most tourists miss. Booking in advance guarantees your party’s seats and saves you the hassle of payment on the spot, so you can sit back and enjoy the ride.
  • Explore Venice's hidden treasures on a private, 30-minute gondola ride
  • Follow an unconventional route to see parts of the city often overlooked
  • Pass historic buildings like Palazzo Gaffaro and the Carmini Church
  • Private ride for a more personalized experience
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30-minute private gondola ride
All Fees and Taxes
Transportation to the meeting point
Live guide

Departure Point

Fondamenta Cossetti, 30100 Venezia VE, Italy

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • Each gondola carries a maximum of 4 people. Larger groups will be divided between multiple gondolas
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please note that babies count as adults. You need to book a ticket even for them
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Faberest

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private gondola ride off the beaten path in Venice?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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What is the social distancing policy during Private gondola ride off the beaten path in Venice?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private gondola ride off the beaten path in Venice.
What is the maximum group size during Private gondola ride off the beaten path in Venice?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 4 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Private gondola ride off the beaten path in Venice.

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Traveler Tips

  • "The only problem with this tour is that it is so “off the beaten path” that it is very difficult to find." See review
  • "Great / convenient location to meet not too far from the Train Station." See review


51 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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Nice tour
, Aug 2021
A nice tour, but not very spectacular. Nice places around. The other side of Venice. Not so overcrowed. The captain gave some explanations (thank you), but did some phone calls during the tour (not soooo nice). Too expensive.
Take a Gondola Trip- Don’t miss the experience.
, Jul 2021
Good cruise. Kind. Quiet gondolier but nice. Took picture. Clean boat. Close to the train station but far from our accommodations.
Amazing experience
, Feb 2020
Travelled with 2 friends. It was very easy to meet up with our gondolier and everything was arranged for us. The trip was really nice and there weren't many other gondolas in our path as well which was surprising considering it was summer. Would recommend this particular route to other travellers to Venice.
Highlight of Venice
, Feb 2020
Love the gondola ride! The meeting point was easy to find. Our gondolier was very kind and pleasant. The ride was not in a busy part of the city, so at times it was so quiet you can hear nothing but the water around you. It is a "must-do"!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Gondolier was bad
, Nov 2019
The saving grace is the fact that Venice itself is beautiful and of course the experience is a once in a lifetime memory. Beautiful gondola and super peaceful going through the quiet canals with calm water and it was great having the canal to yourself unlike the traffic in the Grand Canal. However, the gondolier was really bad. He did not interact with us at all, and spent most of the time using his phone! Since it was quiet down most of the small canals he just drifted along talking on his phone or texting. In fact in some of the selfies we took you can clearly see him on the phone. We were planning to tip him after but chose not to given the poor service. Lucky only that the city itself if beautiful enough to make up for it.
1 traveler found this review helpful
, Nov 2019
We had our appointment at a later time, which was beautiful because we got to go on the Gondola while it was still light out and then got to see the sunset on the gondola and saw Venice at.night while still on it. We literally went to Venice just to go on the Gondola and it was worth every penny! Thanks Nicolo for the ride!
Back streets of Venice
, Nov 2019
Great tour, we saw the canals that the locals use as well as the locals houses, the police station (complete with boats). It was nice to get away from the hustle of the Grand Canal and just enjoy the quite canals of Venice.
Gondola thru Venice
, Oct 2019
We had an amazing time 🙂 Pleasant experience!! Would recommend to book this excursion! Our Gondola guy was fine as Italian wine 🤩
Great Gondola Ride - Exactly What We Hoped For!
, Oct 2019
This was a great gondola ride. Everything we had hoped to experience! The gondolier was kind, talked a bit but mainly let us have the time to ourselves. It went through some nice, quiet parts of Venice that we might have missed otherwise. Great / convenient location to meet not too far from the Train Station.
1 traveler found this review helpful
, Oct 2019
I booked this as a birthday treat beforehand thinking it would save money and be a good experience. Viator overcharged, by law the gondolas are not allowed to charge more than €80 per 30 minute ride and there are signs everywhere to tell you this. We paid £130 through this website and got taken through an industrial part of Venice and the gondolier didn’t even talk to us. We could have had a nicer experience by booking when we were there and I was absolutely gutted. Have always thought highly of Viator but to overcharge that much for what it is I won’t be using again
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Dear Madam, we are sorry that the experience didn't meet your expectations. Please consider that 80€ is the local price which doesn't include any pre-booking fee, skip-the-line, date and time reservation, and all the guaranteed perks you are entitled to when you book a service online a month in advance. Moreover, you booked a ride which is "off the beaten path", and every other customer who reviewed the trip loved how peaceful and less crowded it is. Next time we suggest you to book our 30 minutes private gondola ride if you prefer to see the most famous (and crowded) paths. Last but not least, the gondoliers are not tour guides and no explanation is mandatory from them. If you prefer to know what you see going around Venice, I suggest you to book a private guided tour with a professional and licensed tour guide. I hope it helps you better understand what you booked and we are sorry to know that your expectations where different. We appreciate your efforts in providing a comment anyway and we will take it into consideration for further improvement. Kindest regards, Mark Faberest Team

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