Venice: Grand Canal By Gondola With Commentary

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
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  • Duration: 50 Mins
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    Gondola Ride: starts 11:00am ends 11:30am or starts 4:00pm ends 4:30pm (You are kindly requested to be at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the departure)
  • Return Details :
    - Each gondola can host maximum 5 people; the seat aboard cannot be chosen but will be assigned by the gondolier depending of guests weight. - The Gondola Ride does not operate in case of exceptionall.. read more
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Glide the canals of Venice on gondola ride with live guide who explains stories and secrets of the fascinating palaces around you. Let you drive along Grand Canal by your gondolier.

The expert gondoliers will drive you along Venice hidden passages and canals reachable only by gondola, admiring the breathtaking Venetian landscape.

Pass beneath centuries-old bridges and take in famous Grand Canal with amazing overlooking Palaces, Fenice Opera House, Santa Maria Della Salute Church and much more. As in fairytale youll discover the real soul of Venice.

The guide will narrate you the fascinating history of gondola and gondoliers! On board you will listen to all about the palaces, churches and attractions around you. You will learn also tales known only by Venetians!

If you want to live an exclusive experience, book the private gondola and enjoy a ride only you and your partner or friends!

Know More about this tour


We will pass trough the Gran Canal terrace of Ca Giustinian, one of the oldest Palace overlooking the Canal Grande.
Close to San Marco Square, in front of St Moise (Moses) Church and the Gondola station, the guide will introduce you in the elegant and romantic world of the Gondolas.
Once one of 7 major theatres in the city, today the Fenice is Venice’s one and only opera house. It is surely a jewel among European theatres, and began to shine from the beginning, as the best composers of the age wrote and performed their operas here, among which Bellini, Donizetti and Rossini. But it was Giuseppe Verdi who is most attached to the Fenice and to Venetian memory.
The most beautiful road in the world”, this is how the Grand Canal is known as. If you look around, what you will see is almost exactly what a nobleman in the 18th century might have looked upon, and before him a Renaissance courtesan and before him a merchant in the Middle Ages.
Here, as you come into the Grand Canal you admire the church of the Madonna della Salute. The first thing that strikes a viewer is how imposing the church is, strategically placed at the entrance of the Grand Canal looking out onto the rest of the city in every direction, thanks to its circular shape.Today, ever 21 November the city celebrates the Madonna della Salute in memory of the end of the plague
Punta della Dogana separates the Grand Canal from the Giudecca Canal. For its strategic location it was the house of the Custom and of the Salt Warehouses. During the fifteenth century, the Sea Customs House, which had previously been near the Arsenale, was transferred to the western point of Dorsoduro borough.
You will have a view of the Island of san Giorgio Maggiore, with its beautiful Renaissance Church built by Palladio in the Renaissance and the belltower resembling the bigger one in St Mark’s Square. The island was once known as the Island of Cypress Trees before it became an important Benedectine monastery.
At the end you will enjoy a wonderful overview of Saint Mark’s Square. This is a spot which painters from all over the world have tried to capture in its uniqueness, but we can only recommend that you sit back and take it all in.

Itinerary:


We will pass trough the Gran Canal terrace of Ca Giustinian, one of the oldest Palace overlooking the Canal Grande.
Close to San Marco Square, in front of St Moise (Moses) Church and the Gondola station, the guide will introduce you in the elegant and romantic world of the Gondolas.
Once one of 7 major theatres in the city, today the Fenice is Venice’s one and only opera house. It is surely a jewel among European theatres, and began to shine from the beginning, as the best composers of the age wrote and performed their operas here, among which Bellini, Donizetti and Rossini. But it was Giuseppe Verdi who is most attached to the Fenice and to Venetian memory.
The most beautiful road in the world”, this is how the Grand Canal is known as. If you look around, what you will see is almost exactly what a nobleman in the 18th century might have looked upon, and before him a Renaissance courtesan and before him a merchant in the Middle Ages.
Here, as you come into the Grand Canal you admire the church of the Madonna della Salute. The first thing that strikes a viewer is how imposing the church is, strategically placed at the entrance of the Grand Canal looking out onto the rest of the city in every direction, thanks to its circular shape. Today, ever 21 November the city celebrates the Madonna della Salute in memory of the end of the plague
Punta della Dogana separates the Grand Canal from the Giudecca Canal. For its strategic location it was the house of the Custom and of the Salt Warehouses. During the fifteenth century, the Sea Customs House, which had previously been near the Arsenale, was transferred to the western point of Dorsoduro borough.
You will have a view of the Island of san Giorgio Maggiore, with its beautiful Renaissance Church built by Palladio in the Renaissance and the belltower resembling the bigger one in St Mark’s Square. The island was once known as the Island of Cypress Trees before it became an important Benedectine monastery.
At the end you will enjoy a wonderful overview of Saint Mark’s Square. This is a spot which painters from all over the world have tried to capture in its uniqueness, but we can only recommend that you sit back and take it all in.

Inclusions

  • PRIVATE GONDOLA RIDE OPTION: 30 minutes gondola ride WITHOUT commentary
  • Journey in the past by gondola Virtual Reality Experience (not included in the private option)
  • SHARED GONDOLA RIDE OPTION: 30 minutes gondola ride with commentary
  • The Yard of Venice: discover the secrets of a sectioned gondola (not included in the private option)
  • SHARED GONDOLA RIDE OPTION: Live commentary in Italian, English, French and Spanish
  • SHARED GONDOLA RIDE OPTION:App commentary in German, Japanese, Chinese, Hindi and Russian
  • SHARED GONDOLA RIDE OPTION: 20 minutes introduction to the gondola experience

Exclusions

  • Hotel pickup
  • Audio devices
  • Earphones

Additional Info

Public transportation options are available nearby

Suitable for all physical fitness levels

Each gondola can host maximum 5 people; the seat aboard cannot be chosen but will be assigned by the gondolier depending of guests weight.

The Gondola Ride does not operate in case of exceptionally bad weather or high/low tide (in these cases it can be postponed the days after otherwise it will be refunded)

The itinerary may change in the event of wind or bad weather

The guide will be only on one gondola, the participants on the others gondola will listen to her/him with the audio-devices

The live commentary will be only in English, French, Spanish and Italian. The commentary on German, Japanese, Chinese, Hindi, and Russian will be provided by mobile app downloaded on the own devices.

The live commentary IS NOT included in the PRIVATE OPTION

Please be at the meeting point 10 minutes before the departure time

On certain dates, most travelers staying outside of Venice who are planning to visit for the day will be required to pay a 5 access fee. For further details (including exemptions) and to learn what days this fee is applicable, please visit: https://cda.ve.it

Traveler Reviews

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  • 21-Jul-2023

    It was great to get a little bit of a walking tour before the Gondola ride! However, our guide did not know the answers to any questions that were not directed related to her script. There was also a 20 minute wait for the ride. Venice is July is very touristy and wait times are expected to be longer, but I would consider looking into other services and see if there are more knowledgeable and efficient tour groups.

  • 20-Jul-2023

    Aurora did a great job speaking in 3 languages and making sure we all had a great informative experience. Everyone was able to understand what was said and gain some historical knowledge.

  • 20-Jul-2023

    Fredrica was an awesome guide and the gondola ride was an amazing experience. Experiencing Venice on the water is a must and they made it such a smooth experience!

  • 20-Jul-2023

    A must do experience when you visit Venice. The views of the back canals near San Marco and the views from the Grand Canal.

  • 20-Jul-2023

    It was a really nice tour and Fredrica was great! The Gondola ride was perfect and Fredrica explained everything really well.

  • 20-Jul-2023

    Everything was more than perfect. The information from the guide was very informative and interesting. The guide was professional and smiled.

  • 19-Jul-2023

    This was a great experience! It wasn't a solo ride, but that was entirely okay! It was only 20 minutes, but I also didn't really need much longer than that! 10/10

  • 19-Jul-2023

    Seeing Venice from a gondola is a fun experience in the heat of the summer. Our gondola was limited to five passengers and lasted thirty minutes. You really appreciate the skills of the gondolier to maneuver through the small canals during the height of the tourist season.

  • 19-Jul-2023

    Overall an average experience that was less than expected. Initial coordination for the tour went well and everything started on time and went smoothly. Note: this tour is essentially a 20-25 minute gondola ride with the other 25-minutes allotted for the walking tour and getting on/off the gondolas. We started with a quick walking tour that basically pointed out a few buildings/monuments that were on the way between the tour linkup point and the gondola pickup point. The guide was informative and each person was provided with a radio receiver and headset so we could hear the guide throughout the walk. The gondola ride was neat, but the ‘experience’ was lost due to how busy the canal route was (understanding that our trip was during high tourist season, but they should factor this in and have many routes). The route was essential a “U” around the pickup/drop off point, and with our 6 gondolas (4-5 people per gondola) and the others from all the other companies, it made for a congested tour. Based on reading the tour description, we thought the guide and portable radios used for the walking tour would also be available during the gondola ride, but this is not the case and we turned in the radios and the guide departed; however that may have been just our interpretation of the tour description. The gondola driver was pleasant and helpful, and answered all our questions; however he didn’t offer any additional information/history during the tour. The offered app was ok, but you needed to pay attention to where you were and tap on each location to learn about it, which took away from the tour. Overall, the tour was ok. They didn’t do a bad job, but it could be much better. Next time we will just find an independent gondola operator and take a longer, dedicated gondola tour through the lesser travelled canals.

  • 18-Jul-2023

    Nothing much - the walking tour was waste of time . Not much of info was provided. It was more walking to gondola stations from the meeting point. For the money we paid i could have done three separate gondola trips and seen much more

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