Gondola Ride Experience

Experience a Gondola Ride in Venice

Venice is what dreams are made of. Each turn a sight to behold. And none more beautiful than first seeing the Grand Canal, with gondolas neatly lined up and swaying softly against the dock. Whether traveling with your amor or with other travelers, you can’t help but be romanced by a gondola ride down the world’s most famous – and stunning “street.”

With this “Gondola Experience” you’ll travel in a traditional Venetian Gondola down the upper part of the Grand Canal seeing sumptuous palaces punctuated by delicate bridges. From there, you’ll head through a maze of smaller canals where you’ll see other important landmarks like Mozart’s House and the San Moise Church to name a few.

Will a kerchief-clad gondolier serenade you? If you’re lucky. After all, this is Venice.

Here’s what’s included:

    • 35 minute shared gondola ride of Venice, Italy.
    • Travel down the upper part of the Grand Canal and the smaller canals.
    • On your ride you will see the following landmarks: Fenice Opera House, Mozart’s House, and the beautiful San Moise’ Church, the baroque Salute church, Ca’ Dario Palace, Guggenheim museum, and Palazzo Venier dei Leoni.



    • Gondola ride is shared with a maximum of 6 passengers per gondola.
    • Reservation must be made at least 72 hours before tour begins. Details on making reservations are included with your voucher.
    • Travelers should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to their tour departure and present their Rail Europe Voucher upon arrival.
    • Tour Operates from January 2 - December 31.
    • Tour operates:
      • January 6 - January 31: departs on Tuesday and Saturday at 1:45pm.
      • February 1 - February 13: departs on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 1:45pm.
      • February 14 - February 17: departs daily at 1:45pm.
      • February 18 - March 8: departs on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 1:45pm.
      • March 9 - March 31: departs on Monday - Saturday at 3:30pm and Sunday at 1:00pm.
      • April 1 - October 24: departs on Monday - Saturday at 3:30pm and Sunday at 1:00pm.
      • October 26 - November 14: departs on Monday - Saturday at 1:45 pm.
      • November 15 - December 23: departs on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 1:45pm.
      • December 24 - January 5; departs daily at 1:45pm.
    • When available tour begins at 1:00pm on Sunday.
    • Tour does not operate January 1, April 5, April 25, September 6, December 25, December 26 and December 31.
    • Please note: once the tour has been reserved, the tour is partially refundable (if canceled prior to tour departure). Contact the number provided on your voucher for cancellation. Then contact Rail Europe to apply for any applicable refund:
      • You will receive an 85% refund if you cancel the tour at least 8 days prior to the tour departure. 
      • You will receive a 50% refund if you cancel the tour within 4-7 days of the tour depature.
      • You will receive no refund for tours canceled within 3 days of the tour departure date.
Where will I meet for my Gondola ride?

Gondola ride departs from the entrance of the Royal Gardens by the waterfront of St Mark's Square. When facing St. Marks Basilica turn right and walk towards the open water. At the two large columns facing the water turn right again, and follow the line of trees. After about a quarter of a mile, you will come to the entrance of the Royal Gardens where your tour guide will be waiting for you holding a sign with "Gondola Ride Experience" written on it.