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Classic Venice Gondola Ride - 30-Minute

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Key Highlights
  • You can't leave Venice without taking a gondola ride
  • Avoid in destination hassle, Venice can be chaotic and overcrowded
  • Unlock the secrets of Venice and her intriguing labyrinth of canals
  • The best way to appreciate the many charms of Venice
  • Smartphone voucher accepted - no need to print!
  • Magnificent views of the palazzos from the water with fabulous photo-opportunities
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    01 Apr - 31 Oct: Daily except Sunday at 9:40am & 4:00pm and Sunday at 11:00am
    01 Nov - 31 Mar: Daily at 11:00am & 3:00pm

    Duration

    30 minutes approx.

    Start time

    01 Apr - 31 Oct: 9:40am, 11:00am & 4:00pm
    01 Nov - 31 Mar: 11:00am & 3:00pm

    Meeting Point

    Meeting Point in summers (01 Apr - 31 Oct): Santa Maria del Giglio Gondola park, “Campiello Traghetto 2467” in front of 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.

    Meeting Point in winters (01 Nov - 31 Mar): Front of the Saint Mark's Square Post Office (Calle Larga Ascensione 12. Look for our assistant with sign TURIVE.

    Ending Point

    Same as the start point

  • Overview & Itinerary
    Overview 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. Step into your craft 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 are at 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.

    You’ll also explore many hidden canals that are so small, you can literally touch the palazzo, all the while being cradled in the atmosphere unique only to Venice.
  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    Inclusions
    • 30-minute Gondola ride
    Exclusions
    • Food and drink
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or a tablet you can present the voucher on your device for this activity.

    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. 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 in summers.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

    Getting to the starting 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” and when you get to the end you come out into a small square with a church in front of you 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 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 hand side of the square making your way onto the street “Calle Larga XX11 Marzo”. Continue along the street called “Calle Larga XX11 Marzo” passing the church on your left and then cross the bridge near the gondolier park in front of the Hotel Buaer, continue walking along Calle Larga XX11 Marzo and continue 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 the 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.
    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.

  • Customer Reviews
    • Awesome tour experience

      Easy to find the meeting place, especially since it was my first time in Venice. The gentlemen for check in at dock were helpful and even ready immediately!...

      Veronica Martinez, United States, 25/May/2018
    • Fun Experience!!

      I would definetly recommend...

      Eduardo Aguilar, United States, 01/May/2018
    • ...

      Shazma Alam, United Kingdom, 11/Apr/2018
    • It was what we wanted but followed a well poled trail.

      David Martin, Australia, 10/Sep/2018
    • Trip was well planned & on time

      saima jalil, Germany, 03/Sep/2018
    • Just something you have to do in Venice....

      Mandy Gallagher, United Kingdom, 26/Aug/2018

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