Venice, Italy, is world-famous for its sightseeing gondola rides. However, you don’t have to go overseas to get a taste of this experience. You can enjoy an amazing Gondola Ride at The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas more easily and for a whole lot less money.
Gondola rides at The Venetian cost $34 (€28.99) per person Monday – Thursday and $39 (€33.26) per person Friday – Saturday. You will also want to include a $5-$10 tip per couple for your singing gondolier.
In the rest of this article, we will take a look at the average cost of a gondola ride and see if it’s worth the price. I also have a few important tips to share so that you get the most out of your gondola experience at The Venetian.
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The Venetian Gondola Experience: Tips & What To Expect
If you’ve always wanted to ride a gondola in Venice but never had the chance, The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas will let you live out your dream without even needing a passport. The Venetian has gone to incredible lengths to recreate the feel and atmosphere of Venice, Italy throughout the property.
When you enter the resort, you will find yourself in the Grand Canal Shoppes. Inside this area, you will get to experience the look and feel of Italy while passing upscale stores, restaurants run by celebrity chefs, and all the amazing details of this Venetian paradise.
The interior of the property is designed to give you the look and feel of walking down old Italian streets. The architecture of Venice has been recreated beautifully and is incredibly authentic looking. In addition, the weather is always perfect with the bright blue, partly cloudy sky painted on the ceiling.
Don’t be alarmed if you hear singing. The staff at The Venetian are fully committed to the Italian theme and can often be found serenading guests in Italian. This is particularly the case as you near the Gondolas and the Grand Canal waterway itself.
Your authentic Venetian gondola ride not only includes a trip down the canal, but your personal gondolier will likely serenade you along the way creating a fun and potentially romantic experience. Wink, wink!
At The Venetian, you have your choice between the indoor gondola ride and the outdoor one. They both last for the same amount of time (more on that below) and are the same price. Many people choose the indoor experience because it is the more immersive of the two and is more comfortable depending on the outside weather.
Since the indoor ride looks and feels like a bright sunny day in Venice from the floor to the ceiling, you can really lose yourself in the experience. If you choose the outdoor gondola ride, you’ll benefit from the fresh air but you may not feel fully immersed since you will have the sights and sounds of Vegas all around you.
At night, either choice is spectacular. If you choose the inside route, you will be able to admire the detail of the resort’s commitment to the Italian theme in regards to their decor. Plus the painted blue sky will still give you an illusion of a warm, sunny day in Italy.
However, if you choose the outside option, you will have a unique way to enjoy the stunning lights of the Las Vegas Strip from the canal. You will also get to enjoy the illuminated and remarkable exterior of The Venetian at night.
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How Many People Per Gondola
Each ride is on a shared gondola that holds up to four people, so you may be paired with other people.
If you’d prefer a private gondola for a more romantic ride, you’re best bet is to go when it’s not busy. You’ve got a better shot at a private gondola ride in the morning and/or on a weekday but you’ll need to time it just right.
Alternatively, The Venetian also has an option for a private gondola voucher that comes beautifully packaged with a rose that will assure you of some privacy. This is a great way to go if you’re looking to surprise someone special.
The Gondolier March: Don’t Miss It!
No matter when you go, you will want to catch the gondoliers’ special crowd-pleaser. Twice a day, the talented, singing gondoliers march together along the streets of the canal in song and serenade the crowds in the Grand Canal Shops.
You can catch this special display of songs once in the morning (around 9:50 am) and once in the afternoon (approx 4:20 pm). It is a true treat to hear so many robust voices singing traditional Italian songs in unison.
Gondola rides can be the ultimate romantic adventure or can be a fun activity for the whole family. Everyone will enjoy floating down the canal in one of Vegas’s most iconic themed resorts.
To get an up-close and personal view of the experience, you can check out this video below:
Pricing: How Much is The Gondola Ride at The Venetian
Depending on the day of the week you go for your ride, the price changes slightly. If you choose to go from Monday through Thursday, you can expect to pay $34 (€28.99) per person. Weekend prices, from Friday through Sunday, will run you $39 (€33.26) per person.
The price is currently the same for both the indoor and outdoor ride. If you are looking to commemorate the occasion with an optional photo package, that will cost an additional $32 (€27.29).
To get more detailed information about pricing, you can visit The Venetian’s official website here.
Additionally, it is customary to tip your singing gondolier. On average, a couple might tip somewhere between $5 – 10 (€4.26 – €8.53) depending on their satisfaction and budget. A small group might leave a tip somewhere between $10 – 20 (€8.53 – €17.06).
How Long is the Gondola Ride and Deciding if it’s Worth It?
To decide if the gondola ride is worth it, we should consider a few factors.
First of all is the duration of the ride. While there is no official stated length of the ride, visitors typically report it lasts between 5 and 15 minutes, with an average of around 12 – 13 minutes.
I’d say that’s pretty accurate based on the ride we took on the gondola. You will always go from one end of the canal to the other but my guess is that when it’s busy the gondolas make the round-trip just a little bit faster.
The best way to get a feel for the exact duration would be to head to the Venetian and have a walk around first. You can sit at a cafe, watch the gondolas go by, and get a sense of how long the ride lasts. If it seems worth it for you, you can easily buy a ticket and get in line. If it feels too quick for you, you could choose to walk along the Grand Canal instead.
The next factors would be your budget and level of interest. If you can easily spare the expense and it has always been your dream to take a gondola ride, then it is a very worthwhile experience. If you are on a budget, you may want to skip the ride and stroll along the side of the canal for free.
Thanks to The Venetian Resort, gondola rides can be found outside of Italy.
If you’ve always dreamed of taking a romantic trip through the canals of Venice, you can get pretty close to it by visiting The Venetian in Las Vegas.
If you’re on a tighter budget for this trip, you can still enjoy the experience of the singing gondoliers, and the stunning attention to detail of the resort as you walk along the canal under its painted blue skies.