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Venice: Private Gondola Ride along Canal Grande

1. Venice: Private Gondola Ride along Canal Grande

Board an authentic gondola and take a romantic journey along the Canal Grande in Venice. See the historic sights along the shoreline as you glide down the canal. Set off from the departure point and admire marvelous palaces, such as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Basilica Santa Maria della Salute. Explore the secret waterways of Venice and soak up the city's atmosphere with your friends or your beloved. Travel by gondola close to St. Mark's Square, Fenice Opera House, Punta della Dogana and many other charming palaces. Pass under a small bridge as you discover the hidden spots reachable only by gondola. Enjoy commentary on your mobile app as you discover the stories and secrets of the city.

Venice: Street Food Tour with a Local Guide and Tastings

2. Venice: Street Food Tour with a Local Guide and Tastings

Eat your way around Venice on a tasting tour of some of the city's eateries, and see historical monuments along the way. Follow your foodie guide through the historic Rialto Market alongside the Grand Canal. End at Campo Santa Margherita square, surrounded by local restaurants and farmers’ markets. Meet your guide in the San Marco district. Cross the Rialto Bridge to visit the Rialto Market and marvel at the colorful fruit and vegetable stalls. Experience everyday life in the city as the locals come to purchase fresh fish and other ingredients. Next, go to Campo San Polo and enter the Basilica dei Frari. Pass the square of Campo San Bartolomeo, where the locals like to gather. Along the way, taste a wide range of food specialties, from regional cheeses to buranelli biscuits and traditional cakes. Sample some sweet tiramisù in the city where it was invented, and experience the unique culture of cicchetti, the tapas-like snacks loved by Venetians served in typically cozy bàcari (bars). End on the Campo Santa Margherita in the historical sestiere (district) of Dorsoduro near the university.  

Fall in Love in Venice: Gondola Ride and Romantic Meal

3. Fall in Love in Venice: Gondola Ride and Romantic Meal

Indulge your loving heart with a combined tour of Venice by gondola, followed by a romantic meal. Spoil your sweetheart and show them that you really care as you take an enchanting gondola ride. During your unforgettable ride, you will admire the Grand Canal, the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute, Peggy Guggenheim, Accademia Bridge, Palazzo Grassi, Casanova’s house and other magnificent palaces and historical monuments of Venice.

Venice: Private Gondola Ride

4. Venice: Private Gondola Ride

Feel like part of the ancient Venetian tradition, and experience the city as the locals have for more than a thousand years, on this private gondola ride. On your 25 to 30-minute journey, be taken away from the main waterways and tourist sights, as your gondolier navigates you with expertise and precision through some of the narrower, quieter canals of Venice. As you sit back and enjoy the scenery, you'll inevitably become involved in the friendly banter of the gondoliers and their particular Venetian dialect, which is as much a part of Venetian culture as the gondola itself. Pre-book your trip and avoid having to negotiate with the gondolier or stress about details.

Venice: Private Gondola Ride by Night

5. Venice: Private Gondola Ride by Night

Share precious moments with a loved one on a 30-minute gondola ride of Venice at night, and experience the city from a unique mode of transport. It has been estimated that there were up to 10,000 gondolas operating on the canals of Venice during the 17th and 18th centuries. Today, there are just 400 still in active service. Get the opportunity to experience Venice like a local - of centuries gone by! Learn how each part of the boat has symbolic meanings, such as the significance of the 5 or 6 pettini (prongs) on the ferro (prow) to symbolize the sestieri (districts) of the city. Made of iron to balance the weight of the gondolier, the 'S' shape is said to evoke the flow of the Grand Canal.

Venice: Private Gondola Ride

6. Venice: Private Gondola Ride

It is estimated that there were 8-10 thousand gondolas operating on the canals of Venice during the 17th and 18th centuries. Today, there are just 400 that are still in active service. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience Venice from one of these icons on a private ride. During the ride, you’ll enjoy the majesty of the Grand Canal as well as the silence and the mystery of the smaller canals, through some of the most beautiful locations that Venice has to offer. You will see the Rialto Bridge, the palace Papadopoli, the home of Mozart, Santa Maria della Salute, the Phoenix and the home of Desdemona and Punta della Dogana. All of this, from the best and most fascinating point of view in the city - directly from the water!

Grand Canal: Renew Your Wedding Vows on a Venetian Gondola

7. Grand Canal: Renew Your Wedding Vows on a Venetian Gondola

Make your trip to Venice extra special by renewing your wedding vows, accompanied by a celebrant who'll lead you through this unique ceremony. This romantic tour of the city's famous waterways includes a posy of roses. Your gondolier will lead you through the city's grand canal, then onto the quieter canals where the ceremony will take place in tranquility. It is possible to exchange rings and read personalized vows to each other, and at the end of the ceremony you will sign an official certificate to formalize the ceremony. This is the ideal way to celebrate a significant wedding anniversary, or simply to surprise your beloved partner!

Venice: Private Gondola Tour

8. Venice: Private Gondola Tour

See the sights of Venice aboard the city's original mode of transport and experience the city as in days gone by on an amazing private gondola ride. Board the iconic vessel near St. Mark's Square and travel along the magnificent Grand Canal to admire the old villas and mansions from the main waterway. Venture down some of the smaller canals to discover the ancient city like a local, away from the crowds. Glide under historic bridges and soak up the romantic atmosphere. Upgrade to a private gondola ride with an on-board musician and get serenaded by an accordion as you take in the breathtaking views. Cruise effortlessly past the most famous sights and experience Venice from a different perspective.

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What people are saying about Grand Canal

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 540 reviews

What an experience, well described, good service on site, the gondola was ready and we went on a small tour through the water town, highly recommended

Excellent route, very professional and friendly gondolier and other staff and great condition of the gondola itself.

It was easy to find, super fast check in. The gondolier was very nice and informative

The very nice gondolier!!! A different experience, beautiful Venice

Definitely do this for happy hour! So fun and great food.