Duration: 50 minutes (20-minute introductory walking tour to the gondola experience and 30-minute shared gondola ride) 

Languages: English, French, Spanish and Italian    


Discover  the magical city of Venice by a charming gondola ride! Enjoy the Gondola cruise and admire the breathtaking view of the majestic Grand Canal! 


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In a short introductory walking tour your tour guide will tell you the fascinating history of the gondola and the gondoliers! On board you will then learn all about the palaces, churches and attractions around you. You will also discover some of the tales known only to Venetians!


Hop aboard an authentic gondola and glide through the Grand Canal to the quiet of the most hidden and picturesque canals! Treat yourself to an unforgettable experience and let yourself be enchanted by the romantic views and enchanting atmosphere that only Venice can offer!


Along the way you will find the Venetian residence of the famous composer W. A. Mozart, the water entrance of the La Fenice Theatre and the Rio de le Ostreghe; you will cross part of the Grand Canal with its marvellous palaces, such as the building of the Peggy Guggenheim collection, the Punta della Dogana and the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute. In the distance you can enjoy a glimpse of the imposing Doge's Palace and the panoramic view of St Mark's basin.


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 to the 18th century.  You can compare some of the most fascinating places and discover how they appeared in different eras compared to today. Imagine that the Rialto Bridge was once a drawbridge and the Doge's Palace was once an authentic medieval castle!


Lastly, experience a ride in a unique virtual reality at the Yard of Venice Galley and glide over the Grand Canal's tranquil waters at sunset over the centuries, and then discover the craftsmanship and secrets behind Venice's iconic boat with an up-close look at a sectioned model.


The price includes
  • 20- minute introductory walking tour to the gondola experience
  • 30-minute shared gondola ride
  • Professional, local guide who will explain the itinerary and history of gondolas and gondoliers in Italian, English, Spanish and French
  • Commentary via app for German, Japanese, Chinese, Hindi and Russian.
  • Access to the mobile app with a QR code to see Venice in the past.
  • Journey in the past by gondola Virtual Reality Experience
  • The Yard of Venice Gallery: discover the secrets of a sectioned gondola
The fee does not include
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
Things to know before leaving
  • The gondola ride is NOT private but is shared with other participants.
  • The price is per person.
  • The price per child under the age of 2 is FREE if the child does not occupy its own seat in the gondola
  • This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with reduced mobility
  • Each gondola can accommodate a maximum of 5 people; the seat on board cannot be chosen, but will be assigned by the gondolier depending on the guests' weight.
  • The guide will be on one gondola only, the participants on the other gondolas will listen to him/her via audio devices.
  • Live commentary is available in English, French, Spanish and Italian. Commentary in German, Japanese, Chinese, Hindi and Russian will be provided by a mobile application to be downloaded to personal devices (smartphones, tablets)
  • A smartphone or tablet is required to use the commentary on the mobile app
  • Comfortable shoes are recommended
  • The itinerary may change in case of wind or bad weather.
  • Pets are not allowed on board the gondola
  • Digital and printed vouchers are accepted (to be shown to staff at the meeting point)
Meeting Point
  • Meeting point: Venice Tours Assistance Point is in St. Mark's Square, Calle Larga dell' Ascension #1257. The Assistance Point is the big grey newsstand between Fendi Boutique and Poste Italiane (the Post Office) with a sign "VENICE TOURS – ASSISTANCE POINT". The staff will wait for you right there with the signboard “Gondola Tour”. Please be at the meeting point 10 minutes before the departure time.


  • With Piazza San Marco and the arches of Correr Museum at your back and Poste Italiane (the Post Office) in front of you, find on your left side the Venice Tours Assistance Point - the big grey newsstand (with many souvenir and newspapers). The newsstand is located between Fendi Boutique and Poste Italiane (the Post Office) and has the sign "VENICE TOURS – ASSISTANCE POINT".


Cancellation policies
  • No penalty for cancellation within 24 hrs. On line Customer service 7 days a week, 9.30 am – 5.30 pm
  • The tour does not operate in case of exceptionally bad weather or exceptionally high/low tide (in these cases it will be rescheduled for the following day or refunded