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Private Gondola Ride in Venice

Venezia, Italy
Private Gondola Ride in Venice
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icon25 to 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Enjoy a quintessentially Venetian experience with this 30-minute private gondola ride for up to 6 people. Travel through Venice's picturesque canals for great photo opportunities of palaces and a view of the city you can't get any other way.
  • 30-minute private gondola ride in Venice
  • Climb into your private gondola with up to six people in your group
  • Enjoy the experience of traveling through the canal city by gondola
  • Admire Venetian palaces from a unique vantage point
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Approx 25-30 min private gondola ride
Hotel pickup and drop-off
This is not a guided gondola ride
Food and drink

Departure Point

Campiello Traghetto, 2467, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

From St Mark's Square go under the arches of the Correr Museum, take the last arch on the left making your way to Calle Larga XXII Marzo. Continue crossing the bridge near the gondoliers in front of Hotel Bauer continue walking to the end of the street, cross the small bridge and turn left.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your way to the starting point near the S. Maria del Giglio vaporetto stop in central Venice. Climb into a sleek, black gondola (up to 6 people in your group) to begin your unforgettable private gondola ride.

Glide through Venice's romantic canals for a unique perspective on Venetian palaces and bridges. Travel through this storybook city the way only the wealthy and nobility were able to – by gondola. The last person to have her own private gondola in Venice was Peggy Guggenheim in the 1960s. Today, gondola rides are available to anyone.

Listen to the friendly banter between gondoliers as you drift from one canal to the next. Experience Venice as the Venetians have for more than 1,000 years.
Stop At:  
Grand Canal
Book your enchanting private gondola ride in Venice and glide through centuries of history, allowing yourself to be captivated by the glamour and elegance of the Venetian Palazzi. The perfect way to appreciate the beauty, charm and colour of this unique city built on water, you will be enthralled by what surrounds you.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Gondola Station - Santa Maria del Giglio
Departure and drop off for the tour
Pass By:  
Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
Basilica della Salute and Punta della Dogana on the Grand Canal
Pass By:  
Teatro La Fenice
Fenice Opera House
Pass By:  
Scala Contarini del Bovolo
Bovolo spiral staircase in campo Manin
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour is not guided, although the gondolier may chat and give you some local history;
  • Check in is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time;
  • Tour runs rain or shine;
  • Please make sure you arrive at the meeting point early, if you arrive late you could miss the tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Venice Events srl
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.
  • 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 in Venice?
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 Private Gondola Ride in Venice.
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Gondola Ride in Venice?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Gondola Ride in Venice.
What is the social distancing policy during Private Gondola Ride in Venice?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Gondola Ride in Venice.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Gondola Ride in Venice?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Private Gondola Ride in Venice.

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  • "We got here a little late, which was OK since they have several 6pm private tours." See review


27 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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Very disappointed with...
, Sep 2021
Very disappointed with the viator offering, way overpricing for the offering, this same tour of only 30 minutes was offered by the same gondola group for just 100 for two people. There was no value to booking this with Viator. Ride was great, horrible value, that was disappointing…
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Dear Richard, we are really sorry about your feedback. There are different gondola services offered by the gondoliers. We can't know which in particular have you heard that day. In any case this is a private service offered by agency and there is a commission as for all agency services offered in the world. In any case we are happy to read that the ride was great. Have a nice day Best regards from Venice
Very disappointing
, Sep 2019
Felt ripped off. This was a celebratory trip, but the promised prosecco did not materialise and we just went round the canals in a tiny square, hardly moving. Gondolier on his mobile most of the time, not ever trying to connect with us. Very disappointing
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Dear Guest, Thank you for you feedback. We were advised by the gondoliers that since the 9th of august its not allowed anymore to drink any type of alcoholic drinks inside the gondolas. The gondola rides operates in a traditional Venetian gondola with gondolier. They are not city guides and its not an obligation for them to give any type of informations. Also, by law, the gondoliers are allowed to use the mobile during the rides. We are of course very sorry that you did not enjoy the experience with us in Venice. Kind regards, Venice Events Team.
Not even close to 30 minutes!
Elizabeth M
, Aug 2019
We left the dock at 6:00PM exactly. The gondolier paddled as fast as possible; passed gondolas that left well before us and had us back at the dock at 6:19! He did make certain that we knew where the tip basket was located....they should refund 33% of our fee since they cut us short by 11 minutes!
, Aug 2019
Venue was easy to find, trip was on time and we did get the whole 30 minutes. However we did not get any prosecco and it’s only €80 to hire a gondola yourself from one of the many gondola stations around the city.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear Jo, Thank you for your feedback. Since the 9th of August it was forbidden to drink any type of alcoholic drink inside the gondola. Although there are many stations around the city during the high season it may be really difficult to find an available gondola or you may wait for hours for one to be available. Kind regards, Venice Events Team.
Great views on nice gondola ride.
, Jul 2019
Tour organizer was friendly and helpful. Told us where to wait. Gave us champagne and cups. Connected us with our gondola/gondolier. Gondolier didn’t speak at all. Was smiling though. Tour was a pretty area and not crowded. We happened to have a singer in the gondola near us that was amazing-such a great. Ride was exactly 30 min. Would recommend especially if you have 5-6 people as you don’t pay per person-just pay for boat one price.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Paid for the experience and hype.
, Jul 2019
We got here a little late, which was OK since they have several 6pm private tours. We checked in with the guy holding the sign, who was very nice, and then waited about 5 mins to start our trip. Our Gondolier was rude, he seemed to be mad the entire time. Other than we did agree the signing was just a movie/Vegas thing. The experience was amazing, we made sure us ladies were having a good time. The bottle they gave us was amazing, but if you spill there is a fee, so we were really scared to sip on the wine. Other than that, I will still do it.
better to book alone than with viator on this tour
Amy M
, Jul 2019
This was not a private gondola ride but a massive group that went out in the canal for 20 minutes. I would like someone to contact me as this was not what I paid for and was a horrible experience.
1 traveler found this review helpful
When in Venice ride a godola
, Jul 2019
All well arranged, all on time, full 30 minutes, prosecco out of a plastic glass not very environmentally friendly, but all in all worthwhile experience.
A great experience! I'm personally glad the driver left us alone.
, May 2019
I read a lot of other reviews complaining that the gondola driver didn't sing, or that they were talking with other drivers or using their cell phone, but come on people. Who cares? Our driver sang to himself for maybe 20 seconds, and pointed out two buildings. But aside from that, he spent the rest of the ride conversing with other gondola drivers...and it was great! It's actually really cool to be immersed in, what is essentially, a culture just going about their day to day lives, enjoying jokes and playfully hassling each other. If you need the driver to talk to you for 30 minutes straight, then this might not be for you. You may be better off paying an Italian dude on the street to make small talk. But if you want to see some really neat narrow alleyways in Venice and actually converse with the person that you came to Italy with? Well then you have your priorities straight, and this will be a hell of a great time. (I also read reviews that said their private gondola ended up not being private. I can only say that we didn't have that problem, but we were also there in early May, which is probably not the busiest season.)
Marred by cellphone-happy gondolier
Anne S
, May 2019
I booked a private gondola tour because I wanted a special experience for my two teenage granddaughters. I didn’t expect the gondolier to sing or be a tour guide. But I was appalled when he hardly acknowledged our presence and proceeded to spend literally the entire 30-minute ride talking (loudly and annoyingly) on his cell phone. This really ruined the mood. I wanted to complain immediately after the ride, but there was no one to complain to. I would not choose this company again.
2 travelers found this review helpful

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