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Ceri M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

If you want to learn about Venice and the Gran Canal area then book this trip, our guide Virginia was superb with her information regarding the way Venice and the buildings has developed through the ages and the history of how trade had developed and the importance of the canal system the Venetians.
Our Gondolier smoothly navigated us through the traffic on the Grand Canal and the lesser waterways that were full of Vibrance and colour, the hour passed so quickly we were back at the dock before we knew it, an experience that will last long in the memory!

coco

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

This gondola ride was at the top of my wife's bucket list. Alex T. our tour guide did not disappoint. He arrived early and was a very engaging warm and passionate about his knowledge and love of Venice and the outside world. Was a great start to our holiday. Thanks Alex.

Todd C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

This was one of the highlights of our first trip to Venice. My son who is 8 talked about how much fun it was and was the best part of all the sightseeing that we did in Venice. We really enjoyed the ride and the gentleman who gave us the private tour was really good. We enjoyed the close up look of so many bridges and the canals with a wonderful history lesson of Venice. Would definitely recommend it to anyone. Was well worth the money spent.

Kylie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

This tour was so much more than I expected.

CHARLES K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Outstanding! Although the wind prevented the Grand Canal experience, Donatella was so informative and the byways so charming, we could not have wanted a better time! Thank you!

Carol V E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

Our tour was excellent! Highly recommend it to anyone visiting Venice.

Tom and Carol

Paul R. N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

Fantastic!
The english speeking guide was every knowlegeable in the hostory of Venice.
He made the ride fun. Great personality.

Lianne O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2015

Excellent tour! Our guide, Alex, was very informative, enthusiastic, and friendly, and so was our gondolier, Andreas. Absolutely worth the price. They took us to canals away from the tourist crowds, and even in the shade! And we all got to have a go at driving. Thank you Alex for making this trip so special.

Yasmin D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2015

Our tour guide Alessandro and our gondolier Fabio were fabulous! Though it happened to be a very warm day we managed to see the beautiful highlights of the grand canal, the historic palaces and got to park on some shades in between to get us relief from the heat!. The gondola was beautiful the cadillac of gondolas for sure that Fabio owns, he even sang a few bars of popular Italian love songs! I definitely recommend this tour. Peter and Yasmin Doria, Jr. July 22, 2015.

Jacqueline M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

This was really interesting. It was the best way to relax and enjoy a most informative tour of the canals of Venice and the grand history. We really enjoyed the conversation and the expertise of our Gondolier.

antonia w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

The gondolier was excellent. He wasn't much of a talker, but that's what the guide was for. the gondolier's maneuvering in the canals was amazing. We were surprised by a rain storm and he covered us with a tarp he had and got out of the rain. It never stopped however so we had to make a hasty exit. The tour guide was very expressive, explanatory and helpful. I'm so glad we booked the gondola trip with the tour guide in order to find out all the details along the canal.

J B B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

A wonderful experience and Max, our Guide was very knowledgeable and informative. We learned a lot about the history of Venice, the buildings and the canals. Thank you so much. Highly Recommended, definitely worth every penny.

Nicola S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Great way to see the City and the Guide was great!

Hugh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

Excellent

K J S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

We pre-booked the gondola trip before we got to Venice, together with an English speaking guide. The ride was very relaxing and took us around the 'back streets' as well as the main area tourist area's which was lovely, and the guide was very informative. Would recommend.

DIANE P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

Great tour! Guide was fantastic. Gave lots of interesting information on Venice. Fantastic!

Amanda R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

We really enjoyed this tour with an English speaking guide.
Our guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour interesting.
He readily answered any questions and we would thoroughly recommend this tour.

Richelle S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

Excellent , great tour by boat

Suntan Barbie USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

Excellent! Our tour guide was exceptional and the tour was informing and so enjoyable, despite the heat.

H W

4 star rating: Recommended
November 2015

Very good tour with a lot of information from the guide.

Martin S

4 star rating: Recommended
November 2015

This was a very good tour. The tour guide was pleasant and knowledgeable and the gondola ride on the grand canal was terrific.

G G T

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2015

Disappointed not to go under the Rialto Bridge; gondola ride only 40 minutes, not an hour (gondolier didn't have correct uniform). Otherwise the guide, Massimo, was absolutely excellent! The tour helped to make our trip to Venice a wonderful experience; just a shame it was cut short!

Wendy A

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2015

The only down fall on this trip was the rain :! Not anyone's fault! Our tour guide was very nice and knowledgeable. She gave us a lot of information but was not overwhelming. We were able to enjoy our trip and have extra information. It was great and we will recommend this tour!!!!

lee

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2015

We were very impressed with the guide he was very knowledgable. We felt the Gondola ride was worth the extra cost as it was more informative and meaningful. Without it you're just floating around. We would recommend this tour despite the expense. After all - you are only here once!

Elizabeth P USA

3 star rating: Worth doing
November 2015

Gondola ride was wonderful and we simply loved wandering in the back canals and on the grand canal. Not sure we needed the tour guide...pretty pricey for the add-on. The views and the charm of Venice doesn and #39;t disappoint.

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