When you visit Las Vegas, you'll have the opportunity to experience the romance of a Venetian gondola ride with singing gondoliers without traveling to Italy. A relaxing ride on the gondolas at the Venetian in Las Vegas lazily floating down their canal will put you in the mood for romance. What's part of the fun is that you aren't in Italy—you are in Vegas.
Gondola rides take you either along canals through a man-made Italian Village that full of quaint shops or outside under a bright blue southern Nevada sky.
Choosing an Indoor or Outdoor Ride
Outdoor gondola rides will take you under a bridge and for a quick tour along the front of the resort. The best time to ride the outdoor Gondolas is right around dusk because the light is perfect for great photographs and if you set the shot up just right, your Las Vegas gondola ride will look just like it's in Europe. The indoor Gondola ride feels like it lasts longer and the scenery is of cafes and shoppers along the Grand Canal Shoppes.
The Gondola Experience
At times it feels a little goofy to have a UNLV student singing to you but they do a good job. The gondolas make their way through the Grand Canal Shoppes as people line the canals and take pictures of you. If you are in the right frame of mind, the gondola ride can be very romantic—just imagine yourself under an Italian sky floating past ancient buildings.
Gondola rides are very popular and the lines can be long, so plan accordingly.
You'll find gondola rides in front of the Venetian Las Vegas Hotel and inside the Grand Canal Shoppes
Venetian Las Vegas
3377 Las Vegas Boulevard, S.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
Gondola Ride and Experience Prices
The pricing for a standard gondola ride is $29.00 per adult (the gondola seats four) and $116.00 per adult for a private two-passenger gondola. Add-on photo packages start at $22.00.
There are several fun ideas that many are not aware of.
Learn to Be a Gondolier
You can actually have the opportunity to try your hand at being a gondolier for a few hours through the Venetian's Gondola University. The program, limited to nine participants per day, shares the “ins and outs” of piloting a gondola. Once you graduate from your short-course you'll receive a gondola hat and t-shirt, a souvenir photo and a degree certificate from Gondola University. This fun class takes place daily, 8–10 a.m. and costs $199 per person. For reservations, call 702-607-3982.
Witness The Gondolier March
A free photo opportunity takes place twice a day as the Venetian's team of singing gondoliers parade and sing along the indoor canal as they arrive for a day of serenading. Catch the fun at 9:50 a.m. and 4:20 p.m., beginning at the gondola turn-around point in the Grand Canal Shoppes.
The indoor ticket booth opens at 9:30 a.m. and the outdoor booth opens at 10 a.m. Rides are available indoors from Sunday through Thursday 10:00 a.m.—11:00 p.m. and Friday through Saturday: 10:00 a.m.—12:00 a.m. and outdoors daily from 11 a.m. to 9:45 p.m., weather permitting. Holiday hours for outdoor rides are extended from 10 a.m. through midnight.