Becoming a Gondolier: Private Gondola Lesson in Venice CanalsPrivate Tour

Learn the traditional skills of navigating the iconic canals of Venice by gondola in this private 1.5 hr lesson, and become a gondolier in this fun, family-friendly experience.
Adults: 2 Children: 0

Things to know


1 hr 30 mins


Classes, Family Friendly

Private Tour:

You and our own professional guide. 100% exclusive

Transport Mode:

Your experience is on a gondola. No other transport required.

What's included:

A friendly, professional English-Speaking tour guide for your own private group, Gondola Rowing lesson, Venetian "aperitif" after your lesson (1 drink & 1 snack per person)

What's not included:

Hotel pick up/drop off, Additional food and drink, Gratuities
Meeting points: Your guide will meet you in front of Hotel Heureka, Fondamenta Gasparo Contarini, 3534, 30121 Venezia VE, Italy

What makes this tour special

Gondolas and Gondoliers are the most visible and iconic cornerstones of Venetian culture. To become a gondolier is to learn one of the country's most sought-after professions, a profession that has existed for hundreds of years. Now you too can Learn how to become a Venetian Gondolier during this unique master-class style tour! 

In your Gondola lesson, you will:

Sure, there's something idyllic about languorously laying back in a Venetian gondola and enjoying the sights from the canals as your Gondolier does all the rowing, but have you ever considered the years of practice it takes to become a master gondolier? 

This exclusive, immersive class will show you what it takes to become a novice gondolier. You’ll gain insight into this challenging skill the locals make look easy and seamless. During your private tour, a Venetian guide will welcome you onboard a traditional gondola from the 1700s and you’ll learn the basic techniques and positions necessary to row a gondola. 

Once you feel confident, you’ll take to the canals and row your own Batellina through the maze of canals and bridges of Venice yourself, all while standing up like a professional gondolier! You don’t get much more local than that. Celebrate your first rowing lesson with a very well-deserved Venetian apéritif at the Caneva (rowing pier) to conclude your tour. 

Please note: This activity is not suitable for guests with mobility impairments.

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