Afternoon Private Gondola Ride - 30 minutes

Duration: approx. 30 minutes 

Location: Venice

per service
up to 6 people

Why choose this experience?

1 You will have an entire gondola at your disposal to share this magical experience with someone special or with friends and family
2 Discover the most charming side of Venice starting from a convenient meeting point just 5 minutes from St Mark’s Square and along an itinerary that includes both famous Grand Canal and the smaller canals
3 You can book a gondola ride conveniently online without having to haggle on the spot

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Important information


all year (except for 25 December and 1 January)

Departure point:

Stazio Gondole San Moisè - Calle Larga XXII Marzo, near Hotel Bauer (a 5-minute walk from St Mark’s Square).

Departure time

From 1 April to 31 October
2.15 pm, 2.45 pm, 3.45 pm, 4.15 pm, 4.45 pm, 5.45 pm, 6.15 pm

From 1 November to 31 March
2.15 pm, 2.45, 3.45 pm, 4.15 pm

For morning departures visit the dedicated page.

Languages available

No explanations during the tour


The total price for the gondola ride is €105,00 for up to a maximum of 6 passengers, and it includes the advance booking fee that will allow you to save time on site.

As the tour is sold 'per service' and not 'per person', there aren't any reductions available. Under the field ‘n° of adults’, please enter the exact number of participants, including children.

approx. 30 minutes
  • Private gondola ride
  • Explanations
  • What is not specified under "Inclusions"
Additional information:
  • After the confirmation of your booking, you can download a voucher, which will also be sent to you via email. Please remember that you will be requested to show it,  either a paper copy or on mobile devices. Make sure you have it with you!
  • Please arrive at the gondola pier punctual, at the time you booked. If you should be late, the gondola ride might last less than 30 minutes.
  • The tour might be suspended in case of bad weather. In such cases, please go to the departure point in order to know if the tour takes place and any alternative ways to use the service.
  • The pictures on this page may not exactly represent the itinerary of the gondola ride.
  • Unfortunately you cannot be refunded (neither totally nor partially) if you don’t show up at the meeting point at the time indicated on the voucher or if you leave before the end of the tour.Therefore we advise you to locate in advance the meeting point and how to get there in order to avoid being late or any inconveniences that would prevent you from being on time, especially in case of public transport strikes, great events or bad weather. If you need assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us at our emergency contacts indicated on the voucher you will get at the end of the reservation.

In exceptional cases and/or reasons of force majeure (i.e. acts of nature, strikes, exceptional closures,serious unexpected events or health problems experienced by the person in charge with the service after which it is really impossible to find a substitute) the service you booked might be cancelled. If this should happen, you will be informed as soon as possible and, according to the type of service you booked, you will have the possibility to choose between postponing the service on the first date available or receiving a total refund of the price paid, if the cancellation policy of the service itself allows a refund.

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Full description

This special private gondola ride in Venice, Italy, will lead you along enchanting canals and lesser known views to admire from the outside some of the most characteristic palaces in Venice on board a private gondola, without the need to haggle about the price before getting onboard.

After an easy online booking procedure, all you have to do is turn up at the meeting point and enjoy this fascinating gondola tour in Venice, in the company of your partner, your family or friends.

You will have a gondola all to yourself for only €105.00, without having to share it with people you don’t know, as is the case with the cheaper and shared gondola rides. The gondola ride prices include the advance booking fee that will allow you to save time on site.

 A gondola is the ideal means to discover the enchanting sceneries hidden amongst the canals of Venice, allowing you to admire this romantic city from the best observation point: a gondola gently floating on the water, the element that best characterizes Venice and makes it a unique destination in the world. A Venice gondola tour at a very convenient price and in the company of people you have chosen, along an exciting itinerary…want to find out more? Here are a few details:

  • The gondola tour will start near the renowned Hotel Bauer, a historic Venetian hotel located in Campo San Moisè, just a few steps from St. Mark's Square. As you will see, the square is overlooked by the Church of San Moisè, featuring a splendid and ornate Baroque façade.
  • Following the less crowded routes you will reach Gran Teatro ‘La Fenice’ to admire its scenic high tower. Destroyed by the terrible fire that wrecked the entire building in 1996, the tower was rebuilt preserving the features and position of the original one but was equipped with state-of-the-art technology solutions.
  • Enjoying the peace along the smaller canals of Venice, real treasures that can only be discovered from the water, you will reach splendid Grand Canal, overlooked by the most prestigious of Venice palaces and where you will feel awed by the view of the wonderful Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute.
  • Palazzo Contarini Fasan, also known as the 'House of Desdemona', a well-known character from William Shakespeare's Othello, will certainly catch your attention. This narrow building, built in Gothic style, is easily recognizable because of the white fretworked balconies, which give the building a particularly refined and elegant appearance.
  • After Basilica della Salute, you will admire Punta della Dogana, the peculiar and thin triangular area that divides Canal Grande from Canale della Giudecca. At its end stands ‘Palla d'Oro’, the famous sculpture placed on top of the tower of Dogana de Mar, featuring a gilded bronze sphere - which represents the world - resting upon the shoulders of two Atlases.


You will then leave the Grand Canal and enter the canal that will take you back to the starting point, lulled by the gentle swaying of the water and the silence that reigns along the less crowded areas of the city of water.

During the tour, the gondolier will point out the major attractions you will see from the gondola.

An exclusive and cheap gondola ride in Venice, a unique opportunity to enjoy Venice to the full, be conquered by its unmistakable appeal and discover new areas of Venice with the added advantage of not having to bargain for the price of a gondola ride in Venice and being able to share this magic experience only with those you wish to.

If you are looking for a longer tour, we advise you to have a look at our 45-minute private gondola ride or if you prefer to go on a gondola tour in the morning, visit the page of our 'Morning gondola ride - 30-minute'!

Treat yourself to an unforgettable experience on board the most characteristic of Venice’s boats!

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(authorization no. 62027 dated 09/07/12 with determination no. 2052/2012)
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Reviews for Afternoon Private Gondola Ride - 30 minutes

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Young couple

Booking No. 1995356

Reviewed on 24 Jun `19

'Patrick Purcell'

Hello, Thank you very much for this service! I proposed to my now fiancé on the gondola ride! Being able to book in advance definitely helped me in this process. We walked right up to the meeting point and were greeted by one of the gondoliers who was able to not only accommodate our 3pm reservation, but also send us out 30 min earlier!


Easy to book and locate. Competitive pricing as well.



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Booking No. 1913983

Reviewed on 21 Jun `19

'gondola ride in Venice'

We had a good time on our 1/2 hr gondola ride. We felt the experience was fun and historical seeing the canals. We probably would not do the tour again but enjoyed it as first time family experience in Venice.

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Peta Pan


Booking No. 192979

Reviewed on 18 Feb `19

Service sold by a Distribution Partner of Insidecom srl

'Happy on the gondolier'

Rainy afternoon but still fun to do.


Going through the back canals before finishing in the Grand Canal


A bit pricey

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Mature couple

Booking No. 1826778

Reviewed on 30 Jun `18

'No Grand Canal Gondola ride'

Wanted a Gondola ride on the Grand Canal. This was not it. Had to wait for 20 minutes for numerous groups even though we had a reserved time. Trip was only on small waterways so not much to see


Gondolier was very professional


Specifically asked if we would travel on the Grand Canal I was told yes. But only traveled on small back waterways

Reply by Staff

Dear jmg591, 


Thank you for your Feedback.

We would like to inform you that the private gondola ride does not cross the Grand Canal in direction to Rialto Bridge, hence the gondolier cannot change the route. As a matter of fact, the description of the tour specifies that the gondolier will  ' leave the crowds and traffic of the Grand Canal in order to dedicate time for the less travelled areas'. 

We are sorry you did not see this important information. 

Best regards,
The staff
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Booking No. 1828364

Reviewed on 25 May `18

'Private Gondola'

Such a peaceful journey. Excellent.

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Group of friends

Booking No. 17214673

Reviewed on 05 May `18

'Magnificent Gondola'

We had an amazing pre scheduled Gondola ride. A fantastic experience

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Young couple

Booking No. 1813616

Reviewed on 18 Apr `18


The gondola ride itself was fine however the map supplied to find where we meet the gondola was very misleading. It pin pointed the wrong meeting point completely so was very unhelpful

Reply by Staff

Dear Lou,

we are sorry you had som difficulties about finding the meeting point of the tour.
Please notice that in addition to the map which shows the correct meetting point, there is also the address with usefull information, in this case: S. Moisè Gondola Pier in Calle Larga XXII Marzo (near the Bauer Hotel in Campo San Moisè).

We are sorry you did not phone us, we would have been more than glad to help you!

Best regards,
The staff
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Family with children

Booking No. 1817532

Reviewed on 10 Apr `18

'Il viaggio corto!'

Ho comprato un tragitto il góndola di 30 minuti, ma è terminato con soli 20 minuti. Male!


Gondola molto bella.


Il tempo, non rispettano gli orari per il quale si paga.

Reply by Staff

Gentile Leo,

ci spiace che tu non sia stato soddisfatto del tour!
Le recensioni che riceviamo evidenziano un'ottima organizzazione, puntualità e professionalità del nostro personale.
Ti chiediamo cortesemente di scriverci a per raccogliere maggiori dettagli.

Best regards,
The staff
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Young couple

Booking No. 183526

Reviewed on 14 Feb `18

'Just good...'

If you go to Venice you must do the gondola is part of the history of the city but nothing more....It was beautiful but very expensive for just 30 minutes.....Also it is better not to reserve from the site because it's about 20% more expensive ...


nice experience beautiful memories


duration of the tour for this price reserve individually it's cheaper about 20%

Reply by Staff

Dear Fidanis,

we are sorry you were not completely satisfied with this tour.

Please consider that the private gondola ride provides the possibility to enjoy a gondola ride without having to share the gondola with people you do not know. Of course, if you book a shared gondola ride the cost is cheaper, but it is a different service.
As regards the duration, please notice that on our website it is clearly specified that the ride would have lasted for 30 minutes, as all the gondola rides we sell.

Best regards,
The staff
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Family with children

Booking No. 17187931

Reviewed on 12 Nov `17

'Gondole for 6'

Bears San Marco Easy So romantic

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