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Venice: Grand Canal Gondola Ride and Walking Tour

3.3 / 5

32 reviews

Venice: Grand Canal Gondola Ride and Walking Tour

Activity provider: VENICE TOURS S.R.L.
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From US$ 63.30 US$ 50.64 per person

Explore Venice on foot and from the water on a combined 30-minute gondola ride along the Grand Canal and a guided walking tour of the historical city center.

About this activity

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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Optional audio guide
French, German, Spanish


  • Glide down the Grand Canal on a gondola
  • See impressive monuments such as the church of Santa Maria della Salute
  • Stroll through the Rialto and St. Mark's area with a guide
Full description
Discover the 5 districts of Venice with their best attractions and squares, day or night, on a self-guided tour. This mobile app includes a map which escorts you through the city, letting you decide what to see. Listen to the automatic audio narration of the city’s highlights, with more than 120 points of interest including the glorious La Fenice theater, Rialto Bridge, Jewish Ghetto, the Arsenale the majestic Accademia Bridge and much more. Thanks to this app, you will also enjoy the most secret and picturesque places of Venice known only by true Venetians. Make your way along the Grand Canal aboard a traditional gondola with a professional gondolier. Pass the house where Mozart lived at Ca' Falletti and admire the beautiful exterior of Teatro La Fenice. Drift past the modern art museum of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, see the beautiful Palazzo Dario and the impressive church of Santa Maria della Salute. Continue to the Punta della Dogana in the old Sea Customs House and end at St. Mark's Square with its amazing Byzantine basilica.  Then, stroll through the heart of the city with a guide in your chosen language. Explore the Rialto and St Mark's area and the network of canals and narrow streets. Arrive at the Rialto Bridge and see the historical market before you cross over the Grand Canal. Listen to tales about the district and learn more about some of the historical figures who lived there, such as Marco Polo.
  • Commentary by a qualified guide
  • 30-minute shared gondola ride
  • Audio receiver devices for groups of more than 10 people
  • Mobile app with commentary for self-guided tour of the 5 districts of Venice
  • Commentary on St Mark's Square
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the gray newsstand with the sign "Venice Tours Assistance Point" located on Calle larga de l’Ascension, between the Fendi Boutique and Poste Italiane (Post Office). Please be at the meeting point 5 minutes before the departure time.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • Each gondola can carry a maximum of 5 people. Seats cannot be chosen but will be assigned by the gondolier, depending on your weight
  • This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities
  • The tour will not run in the event of exceptionally bad weather or low or high tides
  • You will receive an e-mail with the QR and instructions to activate the mobile app. You have to download the app on your mobile
  • For the tour at 9:30 AM: the walking tour will be at 9:30 AM and the gondola ride at 2:10 PM
  • For the tour at 11:30 AM: the walking tour will be at 11:30 AM and the gondola ride at 2:20 PM
  • For the tour at 2:30 PM: the walking tour will be at 2:30 PM and the gondola ride at 6:00 PM
  • Please consider the gap of time between the walking tour and the gondola ride
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.3 /5

based on 32 reviews

Review summary

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The price in relation to other providers was good, the gondola ride was only 15 minutes and four people but also briefly via the Grande Canal... The tour was only in audio German and the device didn't work, so it was rather bad and I could do everything in English translated but booked and paid for in German ... The guide was helpful but unfortunately not in German as booked, so better no audio guide but personally

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May 15, 2022

It was easy to find the meeting spot, as per instructions. I booked the 11:30 3 hour and expected a hearing pack and earphones (as per booking info) but this wasn't given, so struggled to hear the walking tour guide at times. The guide was nice and informative but it was advertised to be English speaking but 1 person wasn't English, so we all had to wait for the guide to repeat everything in their language. The walking tour ended at 1:10 and we had to make our own way back to the starting point. The gondola tour was 2:10 start time but didn't start until gone 2:20. There was a short walk to the gondola with a different guide (hearing pack and earphones were provided for this) then the gondola ride, our Gondolier was good fun, singing, whistling and even let 2 people drive the boat!! Final end time was 3:20. Good experience overall, just would have enjoyed the walking tour with headphones and only 1 language needing to be spoken.

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May 13, 2022

The tour started half an hour later because the mobile phone with a German phrase book was not found at first. The time was attached to it. The time for the tour was sufficient. Break between tours very good. The gondola ride was four of us with another couple. Was nice and went half an hour.

April 23, 2022

Product ID: 156381