Gondola Rides & Canal Tours Reviews
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Great to see the sights of venice and do the infamous gondola ride
Another great way to orientate yourself in a new place and you need lots of orientation in Venice... Gondola ride well organised , very peaceful way to see the sights- such an iconic experience!!!
When we were met outside the tourist office in St. Mark's Square by the tour guide everything seemed a little unorganised at first as there were lots of other people waiting too and we were unsure what was happening. He didn't really introduce himself properly and just told everyone to follow him. When we got to the gondolas we waited until we were called up by the names that were on our documents. As my husband and I were the first at the tourist office I thought we would be first on the gondola but we weren't and unfortunately I had to sit separately from my husband on the uncomfortable chair. Anyway having said all the negatives the actual ride was beautiful! It did help that we had a gorgeous sunny day and the canal looked lovely. The gondolier had an earpiece on and was on the phone for most of the time but it didn't really bother us as we were admiring the stunning views. When we finished the ride we were met by another guide who introduced herself and handed us a head set. Her English was exceptional. She took us round lots of back streets and showed us some really interesting parts of Venice as she spoke about its history. I'm glad we booked through Viator as it took the stress out of bargaining with the gondoliers for a price on the day! and the tour round the less touristy part of Venice was very interesting too.
It was amazing to see beautiful Venice. Our guide did a great job in showing us the city. Taking us down side streets and not just showing us the tourist sights.
This tour was nice, not what I expected but nice, gondola ride was great, we had a nice day for it so we enjoyed ride very much.
It was a short but interesting tour of Venice. Was able to see what makes Venice so unique and memorable. The tour guide ( a lady ) was very good and made the tour a pleasant visit.
The tour guide was informative. She walked us through parts of the City that we would not had found on our own. The gondola ride was great. Very enjoyable.
Well worth the time and money invested in this tour. Guide was knowledgable and personable. Tour was very well organized and transition to the gondola portion was seamless.
Only 4 stars instead of 5 because we did have a bit of a hard time hearing the guide at times. Otherwise, would highly recommend!
It was a cold rainy day in Venice but the gondola ride and serenade were great.
Nice and affordable tour in godola. Be prepared maybe to have to share your boat with others. Man singing and his friend playing the accordeon, very talented, for sure added value to the trip!
Reply by Viator, April 2013
Doing what: Venice by Night Tour and Gondola Ride
Tour guide was great. learnt alot about venice but Gondola ride would have been better during the day.
Would recommend this tour if only to get some history on this city as the tour guide was very knowledgable as you would expect. After meeting at specific point, We went off in smaller groups according to which language you spoke. Large English speaking group and only two in the French group! We were each given a walkie talkie with headphones to listen to the tour guide and the only criticism I have is that if you we're at the back of the group I found it difficult to hear what she was saying clearly. You share a gondola ride at the end of the tour with 5 others. Enjoyed the afternoon!
Very friendly and knowledgeable guide.
We really enjoyed both tours. We really enjoyed the morning tour and thought that the tour guide was charming, informative, and had a lot of knowledge about Venice. The tour was broken up in two parts, which was fine as it gave us an opportunity to eat lunch and shop for a few hours before we hopped on a small boat to tour Venice by boat. Again, the tour guide was great. Unfortunately, the boat we were on was actually rear ended by another fishing boat. I felt so bad for the driver of our boat (it wasn't his fault) because the other boat left a huge gouge in the back of his boat. All in all if you only have a short time in Venice, I think this is a great way to spend half a day. My biggest recommendation with Venice is to simply get lost. Stuff your map in your bag, and just walk. You will see so much more by going down small alleys, and getting lost then simply staying on the busy tourist routes.
Thoroughly enjoyed this trip, and the serenade bit was the icing on the cake on our first visit to Venice. Also pre booking in the UK took the hassle out of having to haggle a price when we got to Venice which would have taken some of the magic away from the gondola ride. Would recommend, we thought it was fabulous.
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