A visit to Venice is not complete unless you take a gondola ride down the world-famous Grand Canal.
A classic gondola ride is the perfect way to appreciate the beauty, charm and color of this unique city built on water. You will be enthralled by the elegance of the grand mansions with their fine facades and richly toned plaster work.
You’ll also explore many hidden canals so small you can literally touch the palazzos and breathe in the Italian culture, all the while being cradled in the atmosphere unique only to Venice.
Feel part of an ancient Venetian tradition and experience Venice as the locals have for more than a thousand years.
This tour operates during summer (01 Apr – 31 Oct). If you are travelling during the winter you can book the Venice Gondola Serenade. Click here for more details >>
For your Classic Venetian Gondola Tour you should make your way to the gondola park at Santa Maria del Giglio next to the Hotel Gritti Palace.
Step into your craft, lie back on cushions and be transported back in time as your gondolier propels you along. Feel part of an ancient Venetian tradition and experience Venice as the locals have for more than a thousand years.
Unwind and relax into the gentle rhythms and movements of the canals, appreciating the skill involved in steering the gondola through the intricate waterways. As you sit back and take in the views, you will inevitably become involved in the friendly banter of the gondoliers - as much a part of Venetian culture as the gondola itself!
While you glide along the Canal Grande (Grand Canal) look up at the glorious palazzos above you. Built by wealthy merchants and powerful families these beautiful buildings are in a range of mellow colors and styles from Byzantine to Baroque.
Your 30-minute ride ends at the starting point.
A beautiful 30 minute ride through Venice. Enjoyed every minute of it. Can't beat the price :)...Arielle M Montijo
Staff are nice... Overall experience was good... Good value for money if you buy online......Jessica Mills
We only had two days in Venice could do with distance from St Marks Square. As we didn't know whether to walk or catch Water Taxi. Great fun 80 euros when we got there ?...Mr Edward Waller
01 Apr - 31 Oct:
Monday - Saturday: 9:40am and 4:00pm
Start time: 9:40am, 11:00am and 4:00pm
Meeting Point: At the Santa Maria del Giglio Gondola park, “Campiello Traghetto 2467” next to the Hotel Gritti Palace. Look for our assistant who will be holding an Orange umbrella and a sign with the name of the tour on it.
Directions to the meeting point.
Arriving by Boat (Vaporetto): Take the No.1 boat and get off at the boat stop “Santa Maria Del Giglio”, walk straight down the small street “Calle Gritti”. At the end of the street you reach a small square with a church in front and a Well on your left. Turn left passing by the Well and the restaurant and walk back down the street to the water and the Grand canal. Here you will find the Gondola Park.
Arriving by water taxi:: Ask the water taxi driver to drop you off at the Boat stop (Vaporetto) Santa Maria del Giglio and then follow instructions as per arriving by boat.
Arriving by Foot: From Saint Marks square go under the arches and make your way towards the Correre Museum and take the last arch on the left of the square making your way to street “Calle Larga XX11 Marzo”. Continue along “Calle Larga XX11 Marzo” passing the church on your left and then cross the bridge near the gondolier park in front of Hotel Buaer, continue walking along to the very end of the street which bears left and then right, cross over the small bridge and continue into the small square, here you will see a church in front of you and a Well on your left. Turn left and make your way to the water front to the Grand canal. Here you will find the Gondola Park.
GPS Coordinates: 45.431630, 12.332870
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
The tour ends at the starting point.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all details.
Please reach at the meeting point 15 minutes before the tour starts.
This is not a private tour, so you will have others along to make it all the more festive and fun! Minimum number of people per gondola is 4 and the maximum number of people is 6.
Seating is on first come first served basis and left to the discretion of gondolier in order to balance the load on Gondola.
There is no serenade (singing) on this Gondola option. Generally Gondoliers do not provide commentary.
We recommend that you print this document which has a range of information on how to reach the meeting point.
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