Venice: Off the Beaten Path Private Gondola Ride

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Experience Venice from the water on a private gondola ride. Glide through the picturesque canals, discover hidden corners, and marvel at iconic landmarks as you travel.


  • Relax on a private gondola ride and meander the canals with your gondolier
  • Admire Venetian architecture, palaces, houses, churches, bridges and top sights
  • Learn about Venice’s past as a merchant city and what life was like
  • Choose from different tour durations to make the most out of your visit
  • Listen to your expert gondolier with unrivalled knowledge of the city


Step aboard your private gondola and glide through the canals of Venice. Whether you want to meander through hidden corners or glide under famous bridges and sights – this tour satisfies all tastes. Fabio, one of the gondoliers, says, ‘Being a gondolier is so much more than operating a gondola. Over 400 hours go into getting a Gondolier license, learning the ins and outs of the canals, Venetian art and history, and our language skills have to be top of the class. You’re really in the safest hands.’ The shortest tour focuses on the San Paolo district. Discover an intimate side of Venice and lesser-known gems including the Carmelitani Church and the Venetian-Baroque architecture of the Palazzo Zenobio. ‘Canal-facing facades are a unique characteristic of Venetian buildings before streets came along – the canals were the streets – and they were a way of showing style and wealth. You’ll see some showstoppers’, says gondolier Fabio. The 1-hour tour continues on to the Grand Canal under the impressive Degli Scalzi Bridge. Your gondolier will point out Pisani-Moretta Palace and Ca’ Foscari – one of the most beautiful universities in Italy. If you’re bursting to see Venice’s more famed locations, the 1.5-hour tour showcases the Rialto Bridge area and the longest ride adds St. Mark’s Square to the itinerary. Weave through the heart of the city and see the Bridge of Sighs and Basilica della Salute before heading back to Piazzale Roma.


Local gondoliere 30-minute, 1-hour, 1.5-hour, or 2-hour tour (depending on option chosen)

Important Information

  • This activity takes place rain or shine. However, please note that in the event of exceptionally high tides or heavy rain, the tour may be canceled by the local supplier and a full refund will be provided Please arrive 10 minutes before the tour departure time. If you arrive late, the ride will be shorter and for those more than 15 minutes late, this will be considered a no-show Each gondola carries a maximum of 5 people (children count as adults). Larger groups will be divided between multiple gondola Dogs are allowed on the boat and don't count towards the maximum number of people Please note that babies count as adults. You need to book a ticket even for them Your gondolier will ask you if you want a commentary during the experience or you can silently take in the sights and enjoy the ride Please note that all tours start and end at Piazzale Roma (near the train station)

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund


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