You Need to Take a Romantic Ride on the Napa Valley Gondola


Gondolas at a dock.Most visitors travel to Napa Valley to sip world-class wine and enjoy the beautiful views of vineyards and rolling hills. The Napa Valley Gondola is a great way to experience these two elements simultaneously! These sightseeing tours take visitors out on a gondola ride along the Napa River. Some of the tours even include a wine tasting! The gondolas are small, which makes this activity most popular among couples. However, the gondolas can accommodate up to six guests. Read on to learn more about how you can have this special experience!  

When you’re ready to plan your visit, be sure to reference our Napa Valley Travel Tips! This resource has inside information on our area’s best wineries, restaurants, nightlife, and more. It’s a great place to begin crafting the Wine Country itinerary of your dreams!  

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Everything You Need to Know About the Napa Valley Gondola 

What Is It? 

You may be wondering, “What is a gondola?” Many Americans have never been on a gondola ride, as they are primarily used in Venice, Italy. A gondola is a long, narrow, flat-bottomed rowing boat. During most gondola rides, the boats are powered by gondoliers; whose job is to propel the boat using a rowing oar. As a passenger, your only responsibility is to sit back, relax, and take in the beautiful views!  

Gondola Experiences 

The Napa Valley Gondola offers three gondola experiences. All three of these sightseeing tours are private and can be customized for smaller groups. Be sure to reach out with your special request in advance. A gondola tour is a perfect addition to any romantic getaway in Napa Valley! 

The most popular tour is the Wine Tasting Package and Gondola Cruise. This package begins with a wine tasting-for-two at Blackbird Vineyard’s River House. Here, you can enjoy exclusive pours paired with an artisanal cheese plate! Afterward, board a gondola and let your tour guide whisk you and your special someone away down the Napa River where you can enjoy another delicious glass of wine!   

Or, choose to take the one-hour Casanova Cruise or the 40-minute Marco Polo Cruise. These options can accommodate up to six riders, so they’re great for group getaways, like a Napa Valley bachelorette party! 

Stay at Churchill Manor 

Stay in the Rutherford Room at our inn and indulge in Anette's Chocolates

Head back to Churchill Manor after you disembark from the Napa Valley Gondola. Our Napa Valley B&B is less than a half-mile away from the gondola’s loading dock on Main Street. You can take an easy stroll through downtown Napa Valley back to Churchill Manor, then retreat to your romantic guest room. All our superior rooms are equipped with luxurious amenities like microfiber robes, green bath amenities, and more!  

Consider a stay in the Rutherford Room. This second-floor guest room boasts antique furnishings, a king-size bed, wood-burning fireplace, two-person soaking tub, and a private bathroom with a shower.  

Check our availability to start planning your trip to Napa Valley!