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Venice: Shared Gondola Ride through the Lagoon City

1. 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: 30 Minute Private Nighttime Gondola Ride

2. Venice: 30 Minute Private Nighttime Gondola Ride

Enjoy the sound of silence and the gentle evening breeze coming from the water of Venetian canals while relaxing on a 30-minute gondola tour. Admire Venice at its best: coloured by the sunset and the reflections coming from the water. Take advantage of a private ride and choose who you would like to share it with up to a maximum of 5 people. Offer to the person you love the feeling of a romantic date on a gondola or share this thrilling adventure with your friends or family. Book in advance and schedule your tour when best suits you. You will save time and avoid negotiations on the spot. Make sure you arrive on time at the meeting point and get ready to start your tour! ITINERARY Starting from the Hotel Bauer gondola station, situated only 5-minute walk from St Mark’s Square, you will then ride the canals and follow the routes off the beaten path. Sit back and enjoy being surrounded by the play of lights on the water and the sound of the gentle swaying of the gondola when the sun sets. You will see the most well-known landmarks from the Grand Canal but you will also be fascinated by the lesser-known areas of the city at night.

Venice: Sunset Gondola Tour

3. 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

4. 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: Shared Evening Gondola Ride at Sunset

5. Venice: Shared Evening Gondola Ride at Sunset

Enjoy a gondola tour on Venice’s small and narrow canals just when the sun begins to go down. At this less-busy time, and with the sky is changing colors, take a seat and enjoy the comfort of a less crowded gondola.   On a 4-seater gondola instead of the normal 6, you’ll be able to take pictures easily and enjoy the relaxing calm of Venice’s canals. Experience the sights, charm, and beauty of Venice as you admire elegant canal-side palaces, unique bridges, and the magical atmosphere that you’ll only find in Venice.

Venice: Sunset Gondola Ride & Guided Walking Tour

6. Venice: Sunset Gondola Ride & Guided Walking Tour

Experience 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 at every step of the way. Pass under historic bridges and near famous attractions. Travel back in time and experience Venice as it should be enjoyed by everyone who visits. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Venice in the evening and get to know an alternative side of the city. Hear about the mysteries, secrets and ghost legends of Venice from your guide. Follow routes that are off the beaten path as you spend a fascinating 1 hour and 45 minutes experiencing the intimate and peaceful atmosphere of the city at night. The walk will take you through the Rialto, Cannaregio and Castello districts of the city.

Venice: Late Afternoon Gondola & Walking Tour with Aperitifs

7. Venice: Late Afternoon Gondola & Walking Tour with Aperitifs

Take a sit and enjoy a comfortable late afternoon 30 minute gondola, while relaxing and admiring the charm and beauty of Venice. The second part of the experience will take you on a guided tour to discover the traditional Venetian aperitif. You will taste the famous "cicchetti" and sip two wines at the local bacari. The bacari are characteristic little bars where locals use to stroll in the evening or while heading home from work, between an “ombra” (glass of wine) and a “cicchetto” (small snack, like a fried meatball or a stuffed slice of French bread). Then, the guide will take you along an unusual walk. We all know how a city can completely change during day and night. This is particularly true in Venice, where a new, charming city seems to reveal once the sun goes down and the crowds leave as well. This is the right opportunity to explore Venice as you would never expect to, discovering its beauty not only with the charm of the night, but also delving into some of the less beaten tracks. Interesting tales and stories about Venice's present and past will accompany your walk throughout the night.

Venice: Gondola Sunset and Evening Walking Tour with Tasting

8. Venice: Gondola Sunset and Evening Walking Tour with Tasting

Experience 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 at every step of the way. Pass under historic bridges and near famous attractions. Travel back in time and experience Venice as it should be enjoyed by everyone who visits. Experience the 1000-year-old city of Venice when the twilight takes you into a new, surprising and different city. An expert guide will take you through the Venetian streets, where you will discover the local Venetian 'bacari' (bars) and sample 'cicchetti' (snacks) which are specialties of the Venetian cuisine. This fascinating itinerary will let you get to know a Venice enchanted by the lights and its unforgettable colors including 2 different types of cicchetti and a tasting of 2 different types of locally produced Venetian wines. Enjoy a fascinating evening walk discovering unusual routes accompanied by legends, anecdotes and tales of a secret Venice. The itinerary may change as you wish to avoid the tourist streets to let you feel the intimate and peaceful atmosphere of the city. The walk will be in the Rialto, Cannaregio and Castello district areas.

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Overall rating

3.3 / 5

based on 15 reviews

Incredible!!!!! This is our 4th time in Venice & our first time taking this trip, it was genuinely breathtaking. The service was flawless and attentive, I had the meat menu and my partner had the sea food, and we were stuffed. Great value for money and I will be recommending to anyone I know travelling to Venice! Prosecco, wine & water included and even accommodated beer for none wine drinkers, I can’t say it enough, if your thinking of booking DO IT!! Worth every penny - thanks Jolly Roger team. P s we had the only female waitress on todays service (20.7.22) and she was wonderful - thank you xx

The gondola ride we picked took us down many of the smaller canals and then on to the Grand Canal. It was lovely. There was no interaction from the gondolaier but that suited us. There are other ones you can book if you want commentary. It's an amazing experience and like nowhere we've been before.

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 had a very fun gondola ride with Marco. She sang happy birthday to my friend in Italian. It was short for us.

A nice trip around with a little bit of history told.