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Gondola Ride: Grand Canal Experience

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Rocambolesco! A Gondola ride down the Canal Grande promises you a fantastic experience you won’t forget! Gliding down the waters of Venice in a quaint gondola with a gondolier serenading you with lovely Italian music is indeed memorable. With or without a serenade, take a walk down history lane and learn about the glass blowing art of times gone by with a trip to a glass blowing factory and you’ve got the perfect day in Venice!

Highlights
  • Skip the line ticket on a 30-minute shared gondola ride.
  • Enjoy the grandeur of Venice through its canals in the iconic gondola
  • Explore the waterways and the celebrated parts of the Grand Canal including the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Desdemona’s House and Mozart’s House
  • Take in the sights of the Rio De le Ostreghe and reach the Salute Church and Punta Della Dogana from where you can enjoy the panoramic view of St. Giorgio’s Island, Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s with its bell tower.
  • Heighten your unique Venetian experience with a Serenade tour with a tour upgrade
  • Learn the beautiful art of glass making!
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Your Experience

Gondola Ride

Every view of Venice is like a picture postcard - the azure skies, the imposing architecture and the laidback current of the canals with the quaint gondolas. The gondola is the most authentic way you can experience Venice. As your gondola ambles along the Grand Canal you will be able to view Gothic and Baroque architecture from the times of Renaissance. All the buildings with their stunning facades face towards the canals offering a great view of the city.

You will go across iconic landmarks in Venice including the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and homes of Desdemona and Mozart. This area of the Grand Canal is gorgeous and has a vibrant history which goes back to its prime when Venice was the economic and cultural hub of Europe. You will have the opportunity to capture photographs of the place that hasn’t changed much in centuries! The short but memorable gondola ride ends at the Salute Church from where you have a panoramic view of Doge’s Palace, St. Giorgio Island and the bell tower of St. Mark’s. It’s an image that will stay in your mind forever.

Gondola Ride with Serenade

The only way the Gondola Ride can get more authentic and unforgettable is with a serenade! A truly romantic experience, on this serenade tour you will be accompanied by talented musicians who will play traditional Italian songs. These songs have been heard on the waters of Venice for centuries and now you can experience them on your idyllic gondola tour. It will be quite unlike anything you have experienced till date and is the quintessential Venetian experience you should check off your bucket list!

Glass Making Tour

The colourful and delicate glass objects from the island of Murano in Venice have found their way in museums and aristocratic collections across the world. The world-famous Murano glass is known for its vibrant and elaborate characteristics. Going back to the 13th century, glass making has been the oldest industry in Venice and continues to be so. You can understand and appreciate the art of glass making in one of the many traditional glass making factories in Murano.

A glass-making factory is akin to a magician’s workshop! The hot furnace transforms the silica into glorious pieces of art. The heat and precise timing at the hands of an expert glass-maker create masterpieces. You can watch a glass-maker in action and even assist in making this wonderful art. You can partake in a bit of history and learn the craft of glass blowing that is traditionally passed on from generation to generation. At the end of the glass blowing tour, you can take away a small souvenir to remind you of the amazing glass-blowing factories of Venice!

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Inclusions
  • A free map with the landmarks and attractions that will be covered only on the Gondola ride of 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM
  • A multilingual guided tour of a glass factory showroom in St. Mark’s Square
  • A demonstration of glass blowing process by a master artisan
  • A small free glass souvenir as a souvenir from the tour
  • Accompanied by musicians for the serenade (Optional)
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Know Before You Go

Variants

At the next step of booking, you will be able to choose between two options; a basic gondola ride, and a gondola ride with a serenade. Both the variants include a visit to a glassblowing factory. Please note that the gondola ride is on a sharing basis.

Gondola Ride

Tour Details

  • Every day at 03:00 PM
  • The tour runs every day except on Dec 25th and Jan 1st.
  • The tour will not operate in case of extremely bad weather or a gondolier’s strike.

Meeting point
Calle Larga de l’Ascension, right in front of the post office.

Arrival by Public Vaporetto
Take Line 1 and get off at San Marco Vallaresso stop. Walk down to the end of Calle Vallaresso and take a right turn. Then walk till you find a colonnade right in front of the post office.

Arrival by Private Watertaxi
Ask to be dropped at ‘Todaro’ landing. From there turn left and go straight till you reach Calle Vallaresso. Take a right turn till you find a colonnade in front of the post office.

Gondola Ride with Serenade

Tour Details

  • Until March 31st, 2018, the tour will begin every day at 03:30 PM
  • From April 1st, 2018 to October 31st, 2018, the tour will run every day at 06:30 PM and 07:30 PM.
  • The tour runs every day except on Jan 1st, July 14th, Nov 21st and Dec 31st. The tour will not operate in case of extremely bad weather or a gondolier’s strike.

Meeting point
Campo Santa Maria del Giglio, right in front of the Gritti Palace Hotel.

Arrival by Public Vaporetto
Take the line 1 and get off at the ‘Santa Maria del Giglio’ stop. Walk straight down to the end of the street and then turn right to the Campo Santa Maria del Giglio. Turn right again back to the waterfront and you will find the gondola landing stage.

Arrival by Private Watertaxi
Ask to be dropped at ‘Santa Maria del Giglio’ landing stage. From there you walk straight down the street and turn right onto Campo Santa Maria del Giglio. Turn right and head to the waterfront towards the gondola landing stage.

Glass Blowing Tour

Tour Details

  • The glassblowing tour will be every day at 12:00 PM and 05:00 PM
  • Visitors will have to show the mobile ticket twice at each of the tour meeting points. Ideally, visitors can choose to go on the Gondola ride and then head for the glass blowing tour.
  • The tours run every day except on Dec 25th and Jan 1st.
  • The tour will not operate in case of extremely bad weather or a gondolier’s strike.

Meeting point
Clock Tower near the Exchange Office in Saint Mark’s Square. The Clock Tower is a distinguished white building with a blue clock façade.

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Super Flexible Cancellation policy

You may cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.

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Patti Cross
Patti
Reviewed in February, 2018

Very nice service and great redemption process. One must book from a credble website like this to ensure hassle free experiences

Kathy Pope
Kathy
Reviewed in February, 2018

Great tip guys since we tried it, you can bargain a bit regarding extra time when you are on the ride.

Alice Cruz
Alice
Reviewed in February, 2018

Everything was good. WE were quietly gliding through the water till we ended up in a 'gondola traffic jam'. Please avoid evening times.

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How to use my tickets
Once you complete the booking, you will get a mobile voucher on your email ID. There is no need to print the same. Flash this mobile voucher to your guide and proceed with the tour. The Glass Blowing tour is a combo tour with the Gondola Ride and you will have to show the tickets separately at both the meeting points.

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Where?

Calle Larga de l’Ascension , Venice

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Additional Information
  • The gondola will hold a maximum of six passengers; guests may have to share the gondola with participants from other groups.
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