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Venice: Shared Gondola Ride Across the Grand Canal

1. Venice: Shared Gondola Ride Across the Grand Canal

Share a gondola ride with up to 5 other people and a master gondolier through the canals of Venice. Glide gracefully through the mysterious canals of Venice on a peaceful 30-minute ride. Discover the quaint and charming canals of Venice that have different charms and appeals, which you'll experience on this tour. Float down the iconic Grand Canal, ride down minor waterways, and pass by the famous theater, La Fenice, to soak up the atmosphere.

Venice: Shared Gondola Ride through the Lagoon City

2. Venice: Shared Gondola Ride through the Lagoon City

Discover Venice from the water and admire the city of bridges and canals. Sit back, relax in your velvet seat and watch as the wonderful Byzantine buildings go by. Glide under the countless bridges and hear the soft sounds of the water against the crumbling walls of the palazzi. Cruise down the famous Canal Grande and see the area around the Chiesa di Santa Maria della Salute. Admire this wonderful Baroque church from the 17th century and see the winding little canals.

Venice: Private Gondola Cruise for up to 5 Passengers

3. Venice: Private Gondola Cruise for up to 5 Passengers

Experience the romance of Venice aboard a traditional gondola for up to 6 people and enjoy a more intimate experience, exclusive to your group. Depart from the Campo San Luca at a time to suit you. Gondola rides are available by day and at night, when you can marvel at the monuments illuminated after dark. Journey along the legendary Grand Canal to see some of the historic buildings from the water. Venture down some of the smaller canals and get away from the tourist crowds. Pass the Gothic façades of palazzos at a gentle pace as your gondolier punts you through the historical center aboard the city's most traditional mode of transport. Glide back to the starting point for the end of your amazing gondola ride.

Venice: Sunset Gondola Tour

4. Venice: Sunset Gondola Tour

Discover Venice from the water and marvel at its spectacular mansions aboard a traditional gondola. Sit back and relax as you are punted along the magnificent Grand Canal and venture down some of the smaller canals to escape the crowds. Get carried away by this ancient mode of transportation as a professional gondolier rows you along the romantic waterways. Get breathtaking views of the city, pass under historic bridges, and get close to the famous attractions. Travel back in time and experience Venice as it should be enjoyed by everyone who visits.

Venice: Venetian Lagoon Tour and Galleon Dinner

5. Venice: Venetian Lagoon Tour and Galleon Dinner

Discover the serenity of the enchanting city of Venice with a dinner cruise aboard a Venetian Galleon. Watch the city's lights reflecting on the water as you savor a gourmet meal while sipping on wine and Aperitivo. Pick from Central Deck seating and stern/prow seating. Meet your host in front of the Museo Navale in Venice and, once on board, the crew will lead you to your reserved table and offer you a delicious glass of Prosecco DOC. Sit by candlelight at an elegant table, and eat with a fine and well-finished service. Book the Central Deck for panoramic windows with exceptional views, or choose the prow/stern areas with tables for 4 that offer a more intimate atmosphere. On the prow, there are two small portholes at the top and there is no view of the outside. Select to sit at the stern which is connected to the kitchen/bar and has small windows for a partial view of the outside. Couples might be seated at one shared table (however, the tables are big enough to guarantee each couple privacy). Be swept away by the old-fashioned charm of a boat as you immerse yourself in in the magic of the Venetian Lagoon. At dusk, the Galleon will slowly leave shore and head into the northern lagoon. Take in views of the minor islands such as Sant’Erasmo, and San Francesco del Deserto. Taste a variety of delightful specialties prepared by the onboard chef while you sail towards the Venetian Arsenal and then past the islands of Vignole, Mazzorbo and the artistic Murano. Circumnavigate Burano which is famous for its picturesque, colorful houses and the Leaning Bell Tower. Sail back to the San Marco basin and past the island of San Giorgio. Head on to Venice and the cruise for a spectacular view of the San Marco basin. Disembark at the Museo Navale.

Venice: Grand Canal Boat Tour

6. Venice: Grand Canal Boat Tour

Hop into a motorboat and cruise down the Grand Canal of Venice. See dozens of palazzos, mansions, churches, and iconic bridges that span the waterways. Marvel at the ancient Rialto, the oldest and most famous bridge, and then admire the modern Della Constituzione, a glass bridge constructed near Calatrava. Pass central Venetian patrician houses, home to art collections, museums, and university seats. See major city and state institutions like Ca' Grande and Ca' Balbi, and the luxurious hotel Gritti. Catch a glimpse of the bustling casino at Ca' Vendramin Caliergi, and the soirees' palace Ca' Pisani Moretta, before passing through international communities like Fondaco dei Tedeschi. You will also get to see the grand religious edifice of La Madonna Della Salute.

Venice: Traditional Shared Gondola Ride

7. Venice: Traditional Shared Gondola Ride

Embark on an enchanting gondola ride and admire elegant canal-side palaces, unique bridges, and the magic atmosphere only found in Venice. Pass highlights, including La Fenice Theater and the Salute Church. Meet your gondolier in their distinctive blue and white striped shirt and head along the hidden channels of Venice on a 30-minute ride. Considered one of the most beautiful and elegant boats on earth, experience the traditional Venetian gondola. Sail along the narrow canals of the Campo San Moisè and admire La Fenice Theater from the water. Pass palaces, glide under city bridges, and make your way onto the Grand Canal for the best views. Marvel at the Salute Church from this wide and iconic waterway.

Venice: Private 40-Minute Gondola Ride

8. Venice: Private 40-Minute Gondola Ride

The best perspective to admire Venice is from the water, and a gondola is the most traditional and unique way to do this. Discover the city throughout a 40-minute tour, experiencing how Venetians moved from one district to another in the past. Your gondola journey begins a few steps away from St. Mark's Square, before crossing hidden inner canals which will allow you to admire views which go unnoticed to the eye when walking through the city center. This special ride will also let you marvel at the majestic Rialto Bridge, which is one of the most ancient and famous bridges in Venice. At the conclusion of your ride, return back to St. Mark's Square to disembark your vessel and bid your gondolier farewell.

Venice: Shared Gondola Ride and Serenade

9. Venice: Shared Gondola Ride and Serenade

Enjoy a pleasant and relaxing gondola group ride on this 30-minute trip through Venice. Listen to music as an onboard musician on one of the boats serenades you through your trip along the inner canals of the San Marco area. Admire some of the beautiful palaces facing the Grand Canal which are only visible on the water. Pass by Santa Maria del Giglio Square and La Fenice Theatre via some minor and inner canals and take in the buildings that accompany these stunning sites. The tour lasts 30 minutes and leaves and ends at the same gondola stop. You will share the gondola with other passengers with a maximum of 6 people on each gondola. The tour is operated with a minimum of 1 gondola. During high season it may be operated with 8 to 10 gondolas according to the reservations.

Day Trip to Venice by High Speed Train from Rome

10. Day Trip to Venice by High Speed Train from Rome

Set off on a day trip from Rome to reach Europe’s most romantic city in just a few hours by high-speed train. Your tour leader will be with you all the way from Termini train station, escorting you to the platform and on board. They will explain the highlights of Venice, and give you your ticket for Venice’s waterbus transportation. After reaching Venice in little more than 3 hours, enjoy a one-way ride on the Venetian typical public transport, the waterbus, or Vaporetto. It will be a fantastic opportunity to get the first glimpse of this magical city and its breathtaking views. Get to St. Mark’s Square, the heart and soul of Venice’s historical center. From the waterfront, marvel at the magnificence of the western façade of St. Mark's Basilica. Take the opportunity to go shopping or sip a good Italian coffee in one of the historic venues in the center, or get lost in the labyrinth of the insanely romantic alleys. You definitely cannot miss the Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri), which is among the city's most beloved locations and a source of many popular Instagram shots. On the way back to the railway station, join your tour leader for a fantastic aperitivo, or cicchetto as the locals call it: a mix of small savory side dishes typically served in the so-called bàcari and accompanied by the famous Venetian Spritz. Head back to Rome.

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What people are saying about Grand Canal

Thoroughly recommend this trip. A beautiful boat with a small group of people made the experience feel very special. An excellent way to view Venice and learn more of its history, even if a little difficult to hear the guide at times, this did not however detract from the tour of this stunning city.

Venice without riding a Gondola, it's not coming to Venice, I was lucky to have a spectacular gondolier in his sympathy, a passionate about the city and he gave us explanations, it couldn't have been better :)

Our guide Valentina had an excellent in-depth knowledge of all the areas we visited. Also the fact that she was a local was fantastic, as you could see and feel how much Venice meant to her.

A fabulous trip, more prosecco and wine that we could possibly drink and the food was amazing. All staff on board very friendly and efficient. A must for anyone who visits Venice!

We arrived 20 minutes late, but got a boat immediately. The trip was great, and much cheaper than booking directly in Venice.