Private gondola ride

Duration: approx. 30 minutes  Location: Venice
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8.5/10

61 Reviews

per service
up to 6 people
100.00
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Why choose this experience?

1 Because you will have an entire gondola at your disposal to share this magical experience with someone special or with friends and family
2 To discover the most intriguing areas of Venice with an itinerary chosen by your gondolier
3 Because you will be able to book a gondola ride conveniently online and avoid bartering on the spot

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

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 and without having to share the gondola with people you do not know.

You will have a gondola all to yourself for only €100, up to a maximum of 6 passengers.The gondola ride prices are  agreed by venetoinside.com with the gondoliers of the chosen pier and include the advance booking fee that will allow you to save time on site.

This exclusive gondola tour does not have a fixed itinerary. The gondola route can, in fact, vary according to the sea conditions or other factors that could affect the enjoyment of this private tour.

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, to discover charming areas accessible only from the water, lulled by the gentle rocking of the water and the silence that prevails when you are navigating along the lesser known Venice canals. This gondola tour will transport you back in time so you can enjoy to the full the atmosphere of art, history and tradition which characterise Venice, between the majestic buildings and dwellings that are not included in the usual touristic itineraries.

This exclusive 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, and will then continue to follow a less crowded route. You will be able to enjoy an authentic Venetian atmosphere thanks to the pace and peacefulness that pervades the smaller canals, real and true treasures that can only be explored by water.

This new way to explore Venice , with an itinerary individually chosen by experienced gondoliers, is considered by Venetians as the best method to fully experience Venice, to leave the crowds and traffic of the Grand Canal in order to dedicate time for the less travelled areas. This gondola tour will give you unique and unforgettable moments during your stay in Venice, thanks to the numerous buildings – which are an exceptional testimony of the thousand year long history of Venice with their differing styles and architectural features – and the atmosphere you can breathe among the smaller and suggestive canals only accessible on a gondola.

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

Treat yourself to an unforgettable experience on-board the most characteristic boat in Venice!

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.

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Important info

Availability:

all year.

Departure point:

S. Moisè Gondola Pier in Calle Larga XXII Marzo (near the Bauer Hotel in Campo San Moisè).

Departure time

From 1 April to 31 October
daily
from 2.00 pm to 6.45 pm

From 1 November to 31 March
daily
from 2.00 pm to 5.45 pm

Languages available

No explanations during the tour

Prices

The total price for the gondola ride is €100, for up to a maximum of 6 passengers, and it includes the advance booking fee that will allow you to save time on site.

Duration
approx. 30 minutes
Inclusions
  • Gondola ride
Exclusions
  • What is not specified under "Inclusions"
  • Guided visit
Additional information:

The time indicated at the time of booking is indicative: to do the tour, just go to the meeting point with your voucher at the time you prefer within the time slot you purchased, with no need to communicate this time in advance. From 1 April to 31 October: from 2.00 pm to 6.45 pm; from 1 November to 31 March: from 2.00 pm to 5.45 pm.

Bearing in mind the flexible hours of the tour, it could happen that when you arrive at the departure point, no gondola is ready straightaway. In these cases, a wait of up to approx. 20/30 minutes should be needed.

Before booking, please be advised that it is compulsory to print a paper copy of the voucher issued at the end of the online reservation and bring it with you the day of the tour.

No credit or refunds will be given in the case of a NO SHOW (if you don't show up at the meeting point at the time indicated on your voucher).

The tour might be suspended in case of bad weather. In such cases you are required to go to the departure point in order to know whether the tour takes place or not and any alternative ways to use the service.

The route of the gondola ride is subject to change depending on flood levels and other circumstances.

No reduction available for this tour. Please enter the exact number of participants (children included) under the field ‘n° of adults’.

The pictures on this page may not exactly represent the itinerary of the gondola ride.

In exceptional cases and/or reasons of force majeure that may prevent the tour already purchased to run regularly (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 tour might be cancelled.The customer will be notified of this as soon as possible and will be asked to choose between postponing the tour on the first date available or get a prompt refund of the price paid for the tour.

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61 reviews for Private gondola ride

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9/10

abid

July 2017

Young couple

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 17 Aug `17 - Booking No. 17119118

'private gondola ride'

Tour
Private gondola ride

we had a private gondola ride and it was romantic and beautiful. we loved every minute of it. luckily our rider was very nice n highlighted some famous buildings. we liked it so much we did another half hour again. thumps up Ventoinside!!

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andrea

June 2017

Other

NETHERLANDS

Reviewed on 09 Jul `17 - Booking No. 1760031

'Don't buy it'

Tour
Private gondola ride

It was the most disappointing experience I ever had tourism-wise. Don't do it. The canals were full, sewer smelly, dirty (I saw floating poop, my husband pointed out a used condom). There was a gondola-jam. Our gondolier talked all the time with some friend in some radio, I expected at least some explanations about the canals here and there "now you're looking this, that" but no, nothing at all. The view was not impressive at all, not romantic, not historical (no explanations). We spent more time waiting for the line to get out of the gondola than in the canals itself. And God, and it was so expensive... Maybe in the winter, it's better, maybe other companies too, but to be honest I don't believe it.

Strengths

the gondola itself looked nice?

Weaknesses

everything: the gondolier talking to his radio-friend, the dirty smelly with poop and condom canals, the gondola-jam.


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear andrea,

we are sorry you were not satisfied at all with this tour. Please consider that the gondola ride is one of the top attractions in Venice and all the touristic guides suggest to try it al least once in life... We regret you found it such a bad experience but, as you can learn from a quick look at the reviews on this page, most of customers really enjoy it! Usually complains about gondola rides concern only the gondoliers who, unfortunately, sometimes does not care about customer satisfaction. We apologize for their behavior, but please consider that this tour does not include any explanation, as specified in the important info box.

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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7.5/10

Sue

June 2017

Mature couple

AUSTRALIA

Reviewed on 07 Jul `17 - Booking No. 1717535

'Great Experience'

Tour
Private gondola ride

Whilst it may be a bit expensive for a private gondola ride, glad we did it.

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3/10

expats

September 2016

Family with children

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 26 Sep `16 - Booking No. 16108896

'It's a small world'

Tour
Private gondola ride

This was the thing I was looking forward to most in Venice which is why I booed in advance to ensure I would be able to have a gondola ride. I wish now I hadn't!

Strengths

It was a gondola on the water

Weaknesses

Too busy, too many gondolas following the same route. It reminded me of it's a small world in Disney. The gondolier was shouting across to all the other gondoliers and we spent 10 minutes sitting in one spot waiting for gondola traffic jam to move. Very disappointing. When we walked back to our hotel in the Cala D'or area, there were some beautiful peaceful gondola trips going on. I wish I had done it from there.


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear expats,

we are sorry you were not satisfied with this tour! Unfortunately, it is not easy to find 100% reliable and professional gondoliers… Some of them do not care for customer satisfaction at all! This problem clearly emerges if you read the other reviews published on this page: some customers express real satisfaction about the ride, others complain about the behaviour of the gondolier or the duration of the gondola ride. We are very upset not to be able to always guarantee our usual quality standards when dealing with gondoliers but we can assure you that we are working hard in order to make things change and to penalize gondoliers who did not prove to have a proper behaviour towards our customers.

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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3.5/10

luquefer

August 2016

Family with children

SPAIN

Reviewed on 01 Sep `16 - Booking No. 1690790

'short and noisy gondola ride'

Tour
Private gondola ride

We had purchased a gondola ride in a private gondola that was supposed to last for 30 minutes. We got a 15 min ride listening to a loud gondoliere that didn´t stop shouting to other gondolas. The whole experience was not very enjoyable. I would not book it again


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear luquefer,

we are sorry you were not completely satisfied with this tour. We have already present your feedback to the gondoliers and we hope they will improve their service and approach to customers. If you read the other reviews published on venetoinside.com you could realize that most of our customers provide a positive feedback on this tour. We regret that was not your case.

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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7.5/10

traveler

July 2016

Family with children

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 08 Aug `16 - Booking No. 1666076

'private gondola'

Tour
Private gondola ride

reasonable price & enjoyable experience

Strengths

Nice , Enjoyable, no hassle to bargain

Weaknesses

Only the boss knows what to do with our reservation. Other people sent us to the wrong line to wait with wrong instructions


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear traveler,

thank you for your comment! Unfortunately, it is not clear to us what happened at the pier with your reservation… We would very much appreciated if you could send us further details at info@insidecom.it.

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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5/10

jomalofe

July 2016

Family with children

PORTUGAL

Reviewed on 30 Jul `16 - Booking No. 1668656

'Private gondola ride'

Tour
Private gondola ride

A gondola ride is a must in Venice and that was the reason we booked one. This said, it does not bring real added value. We travel through the canals for 30 minutes and receive a couple of comments from our nice gondolier on a few monuments, but nothing extremely enriching. Furthermore, 100 euros is not a great value-for-Money, particularly when you discover that was the price charged for an anticipated reservation via Internet and that, if you had not made it, you could have the same ride for 80 euros in several places across the city.

Strengths

A gondola ride is a must in Venice. The gondolier was nice.

Weaknesses

The global value-for-money of the experience. Reservation price via Internet 25% above spot price on the occasion.


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear jomalofe,

we are sorry you were not completely satisfied with this tour! First of all, we woulk like to make clear that the tour does not include any explanations, as we specify online. Any information the gondolier decides to give is only a pleasant addition to the tour! Concerning the online reservation, we make clear that ‘The price includes the advance booking fee that will allow you to save time on site’. The online reservation is a little more expensive than on-site purchase but definitely appreciated by almost of our clients because it allows them to organize the trip in advance and save time on the spot to enjoy doing something else! Gondola rides are one of the most requested attractions in Venice and therefore there could be long waiting times at the pier or, on the contrary, it may happen that at certain times of the day there are not so many requests... but you cannot know that in advance!

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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10/10

mather

May 2016

Young couple

AUSTRALIA

Reviewed on 09 Jun `16 - Booking No. 1645096

'mr'

Tour
Private gondola ride

Great

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9/10

j0diaz

May 2016

Young couple

UNITED STATES

Reviewed on 23 May `16 - Booking No. 1624231

'Memorable gondola ride'

Tour
Private gondola ride

Fun gondola ride throughout Venice canals.

Strengths

The views

Weaknesses

The gondolers seeming, at first, not too interested to give us our ride-- don't know because of it being online booked?


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear j0diaz,

we are pleased you appreciated the gondola ride despite the gondolier was not too welcoming at your arrival at the meeting point! As for the online booking, it is recommended in order to avoid bargaining and save time on the spot!

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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8/10

30louconcerts

October 2015

Young couple

UNITED KINGDOM

Reviewed on 14 Nov `15 - Booking No. 15106584

'Private Gondola Ride'

Tour
Private gondola ride

Central location for pick up & tour took us under the bridge of Sighs, which felt really special. However, I don't believe that we benefitted from booking in advance and it probably cost more that just turning up on the day. Still well-worth doing. When in Venice...!


Reply by venetoinside.com Staff

Dear 30louconcerts,

thank you for your review! As we clearly indicate online, the cost of the gondola ride includes an advance booking fee that will allow you to avoid bargaining and save time on the spot!

Best regards,
The venetoinside.com staff
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