Castel Gandolfo Lake Kayak and Swim Tour

Badge of ExcellenceRome, Italy
Castel Gandolfo Lake Kayak Tour

From $45.87

Select Date and Travelers

up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 3 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Castel Gandolfo sits above the placid waters of Lake Albano, rich in history and natural beauty. With this tour, glide along the lakeshore in a single or double kayak to admire sites dating back thousands of years, from the remains of a prehistoric village and ancient Roman port to the spot where popes would once dive into the crystalline lake from their nearby summer palace.
  • Experience Lake Albano from the water with a guided kayak tour
  • An introductory lesson to learn how to paddle and maneuver your kayak
  • Admire historic sights along the lakeshore and stop to take a dip
  • A small-group activity suitable for all ages and skill levels

What's Included

  • Local guide
  • Private tour
  • Snacks
  • Hotel pickup
  • Remember to bring a change of your clothes,sometimes they might get a little wet with drops.

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Via Spiaggia del Lago, 18, 00040 Castel Gandolfo RM, Italy

    The meeting point is at the Beach in front of Saroli Tennis Club

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

We can pickup you in Rome at the subway station of Anagnina - subway red line directly connected with Termini Central Station - The pick up point is in front of the Old Blu Train wagon

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Operated by Canoa Kayak Academy

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Traveler Photos

See more
Featured review
Fransico was really nice and patient. I enjoyed his knowledge of the lake and surrounding area. I would recommend especially on a hot summer day!!


414 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
Showing 1-10 of 414 reviews
Great trip to get out of the city, really is beautiful!
Leni_S, Nov 2023
Alex the instructor was amazing! He picked us up from the metro and brought us to the lake. What can I say, it's beautiful! Words can't describe! Also treated to some homemade pizza and a hot chocolate! (Coffee for my husband) . Great information about the lake as we paddled round! Highly Recommend! Weather was perfect!
Sorry to Miss It.
Douglas_D, Oct 2023
We missed our tour due to arriving at the incorrect pickup point. There was a description of the pickup point but not an address. Google maps lead us to the wrong pickup location. I will request for a refund.
Great Outdoor Experience, Outside of (Rome) City
Erica_M, Sep 2023
This was an awesome experience! I appreciated the clear explanation of meeting point location. The Tour Guide, Alex, was friendly, engaging and knowledgeable about the Lake as well as surrounding areas and Rome history. He was polite and helpful in his kayaking tips/guidance both before starting to kayak and out on the lake too. The restaurant that we stopped in and enjoyed a wonderfully delicious antipasto platter and refreshing drinks was a real lovely, open and spacious venue. It was a great highlight too, to swim in the lake and at no time did I or group members made to feel we had to rush or hurry our time, the day trip experience was well organised and carried out.
Kayak Heaven!
carolynn_h, Sep 2023
Wow! This was a wonderful day! The guides, equipment, gorgeous lake, swimming, pizza and transportation were perfect!
Kayaking in Lake Albano
Santiago_P, Aug 2023
It was so wonderful to spend a summer afternoon in the beautiful lake by Castelgandolfo. The guides Carlotta, Francesco, and Lucca were wonderful. Special thanks to Lucca for helping me with the Kayak. I highly recommend this excursion as a way to experience the beauty of the countryside near Rome.
Andrew_C, Aug 2023
The lake is very beautiful and the staff giving the tour were fantastic. The whole experience was well organised and exceptional value.
Beautiful views
Jillian_C, Aug 2023
This Kayaking group was amazing. They stayed with the everyone gave clear instructions. This was my children first time and they throughly enjoyed it. The crew was very pleasant. Restaurants in the area and different paths to get to the beach.
Loved the people
alexandra_t, Jul 2023
Amazing experience! It's a beautiful place. What really made it for us is the people. Andrea and his sister were amazing and sociable people. The love and interest to chat displayed by both was incredible.
Amazing guides and beautiful lake.
Alyson_G, Jul 2023
The lake was beautiful and guides were kind and amazing! Great for teens! My only complaint was the transportation. When I booked, it said for hotel pick up. When we got to Rome we then found out that we had to get from Rome to Anginini, a 45 minute drive and it cost us $120 to go both ways.
Fun activity in Rome
Gary_B, Jul 2023
It was a very fun activity. They picked us up on time from a Metro Stop and took us to the destination. The tour guide gave us rowing instructions prior. The tour was very fun and informative, and the location is amazing. The pizza they brought us was an added bonus!
Great excursion on a hot day
chrisshollandd, Jul 2023
Fransico was really nice and patient. I enjoyed his knowledge of the lake and surrounding area. I would recommend especially on a hot summer day!!
Great escape, beautiful scenery and awesome guides
George_M, Jun 2023
Who would have thought something like this even exists so close to Rome! Our tour guides were very friendly and hospitable, providing us transfers to the metro station as well as some amazing pizza at the end! The best thing about this experience is that they ensure you can go at your own pace, allowing you to choose to either stick with the group to listen to the historical and geological stories about the area or paddle a little away from the group while enjoying the serenity of the lake. Thankfully the weather was good too so we were able to fit in a nice swim towards the end. Rome has a lot to offer but this is a great experience if you want a break from all the chaos and you love nature.
A welcome, relaxing and fun experience in nature
Nicola_M, Apr 2023
Alex and Flavio were patient, knowledgeable about the local history and formation of the lake, friendly and Alex made a delicious pizza for after our trip. Seeing turtles as well as the odd classic car or caravan inthe water added to the experience. We were provided with additional kit such as waterproof jackets as the weather was varied, but we unanimously agreed that this experience was the highlight of our trip, a lovely escape from the noise and bustle of Rome.
Beautiful, easy-going, perfect
chloe_w, Mar 2023
Amazing trip! Everyone should do this! Alex was a great guide, helpful, chatty and friendly. We opted to be picked up from the metro stop, was so easy getting out of Rome city centre, and the transport provided made this trip so easy to get to. Beautiful lake, easy to use kayaks, and amazing homemade food, what more could you want. Perfect end to a city break.
Fun exercise!
Ronda_S, Oct 2022
Michael was a great guide. Even though it rained on us a little, the rain stopped and we had a good time.
Do it!
Leon_D, Jul 2022
Honestly such a great deal considering the price. We had an absolutely fantastic day. A beautiful guided kayaking tour with the guides sharing the history of the lake as we went. Then we stopped for a swim and some pizza! We also had the option to stay longer at the lake for the day and they dropped us back to the train station later on that day with absolutely no hassle. Lovely people and a lovely day! Highly recommend
Incredible trip
Charlie_H, Jul 2022
Definitely recommend this kayak trip! You kayak around the lake that used to be a volcano! We seen turtles and had the best pizza when we took a stop! The guide was super helpful and a great guy, worth a go to take a trip away from busy Rome
Relatively short drive to...
Maan_A, Jul 2022
Relatively short drive to the lake and the tour was as expected. Temperature of the lake was a welcome relief from the heat around Rome.
Naomi_A, Jul 2022
Francesco was amazing - told us so much about the lake and didn’t even realise that it’s actually an old volcano! They picked us up from the train station and took us back, we had the best slice of pizza I’ve ever had, and saw turtles while having a swim in the lake. Honestly the best trip out of Rome loved it!
A very nice experience !...
Daryl_L, Jun 2022
A very nice experience ! The guides were really kind and thoughtful ! The lake is really beautiful and blue

Compare Similar Experiences

1 / 3
No Photo
Castel Gandolfo Lake Kayak and Swim Tour


3 hours
Free Cancellation
No Photo
Castel Gandolfo Kayak Tour with Wine and Food Tasting


3 hours
Free Cancellation
Likely to Sell Out
No Photo
Urban Rafting on Rome's Tiber River


2 hours
Free Cancellation

Explore Similar Things to Do