Gondola Rides at The Venetian
3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Open Gondola $36.00 Per Person
Private Gondola $144.00 Per Couple
Vegas4Visitors Grade: B
At a Glance
What is it?
A ride in a real gondola through the fake canals of the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian or the equally fake outdoor canals in front of the hotel.
Where is it?
At The Venetian on the Center Strip.
Is it worth the cost?
At $36 per head it’s awfully expensive but it is a lot cheaper than the real thing.
What else do I need to know?
Since the canal wanders through the center of the mall and along The Strip you’ll have lots of people watching you.
What’s the bottom line?
Silly (but expensive) Las Vegas fun.
The height of the Vegas theme madness was here at The Venetian and the recreation of the canals of the famed city running around the front of the hotel and through the shopping mall. It’s the kind of silly Vegas fun that you don’t see as much anymore.
You can ride in a gondola, complete with a singing gondolier guiding you, and while it certainly isn’t the same as doing it in Venice, I’m told it’s actually a lot more peaceful, smells better, and is cheaper.
Cheap being relative of course. When they first started doing this a single ticket was around $15. Now it’s $36 per person to share a 4-person gondola. If you want a private 2-person gondola it’s going to run you $144! And it’s not like you’re cruising for hours. The rides last about 15-20 minutes so you’re looking at a hefty money to minutes ratio.
Still, this is the kind of fun that Las Vegas should still be having so if you have never done it you may want to consider trying it just to say you did.
Note that since you are going down the middle of a busy mall, you are going to be camera fodder for the rest of the tourists looking for good photo ops. Smile and wave Ciao!
- The Venetian
- Grand Canal Shoppes