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This is an absolute MUST DO! You get so much more than the standard Grand Canal boat tour. Christine, our tour guide, was the very best guide we had on our two week trip. She was entertaining, engaging, and we learned so much about Venice. Its a wonderful overview of the whole city, with amazing views, entertaining stories, and interesting history and local culture. We even got off the boat and walked for a few minutes in two of the neighborhoods, seeing sights we never would have found on our own wandering the city. Don't hesitate to book this tour!
Expensive but excellent. We've been to Venice four times and this was the best thing we've ever done there..
This was the perfect tour, we definitely recommend it. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. It was really nice to take the canal tour on a small boat with only a few other people, as opposed to some of the other large tour boats in Venice which cram as many people on board as possible.
Was expensive, but certainly got to see areas of the canals you wouldn't by walking around. Commentary was very informative and sights incredibly interesting. Well worth doing, especially if short on time to walk everywhere.
Excellent! So informative, guide, Cristiano was lovely and funny! Would highly recommend this trip!
This tour was exceptional. The tour guide was very knowledgable and entertaining. We felt really special with such a small group in the boat. Be sure to find the meeting spot early we got lost in the small winding streets trying to get there and almost were late.
Knowledgeable guide and good boat captain. Saw some really interesting sights.
Another very talented lady guide with a great sense of humour as well. Enjoyed this tour and was very good value for the $$
If you only have the time or desire to do only one thing in Venice this is it. Our guide was very knowledgeable and patient answering the groups questions. The group size of 8 was great to. We were lucky everyone understood English so the guide was able to do the whole tour without subtitles! Considering our taxi ride from the train station to our hotel cost 80 Euros this 2.5 hour taxi tour was a fantastic bargain with a guide and very interesting destinations thrown in. Book it you won't regret it my wife and are still talking about it. R
Our guide was very good and fun! Our boat was comfortable. We were able to see places in Venice that we wouldn't of discovered on our own. This tour was not overbooked. Only 6 of us.....made the tour not feel crowded.
Christina was a superb guide and the Ghetto tour was memorable
We met our guide by the royal gardens Near St Marks just near the Vaperetto stops. She was hard to stop as she had no sign but there was a chap in there holding various tour signs up and he pointed her out. It was a small friendly group and the tour guide was really informative. It's more expensive than the other tours but well worth it.
this for me was the highpoint of venice. the man guide was funny and friendly. it was us and another lady with her kids from canada so it was english throughout. we saw a lot of places we wouldnt have otherwise seen like the jewish ghetto and the gondola factory. i would go again in a heartbeat if im ever back in venice. this was the best thing about the place
We had Kristina as our guide and she was fabulous. We were able to ask questions about anything, it didn't have to be related to the tour. It tools is to parts of Venice that we wouldn't have visited ourselves eg: The Ghetto. We were fortunate enough to have a small group of 7. We also took our daughters 8 and 10 and they loved the tour and wanted to go again.
Would highly reccommend.
We enjoyed the tour a lot and were able to see a lot more then we would have been able by foot. The tour guide was great and she explained things very good. We are glad we took the tour.
I really wanted to love this tour, and really, any boat tour on the canals of Venice will give outstanding views however, if it is information you are after, this tour had some difficulty delivering it. There were only six of us on the boat which I believe is like a water taxi, and, after a bit of confusion, located the tour guide at the front of the Royal Gardens. Sitting inside the cabin would prevent any clear views for picture taking, so we ended up at the back bench, with the best views appreciated from a standing position. Sergio was pleasant enough and had a lot of information to share. Unfortunately, over the roar of the boats engine and outdoor noise, and perhaps due to his different inflection in English, very little of it could be heard or understood from his perch at the front through the weak speaker system, from either inside the cabin or the back bench. We let him know that he couldnt be heard, but was unable to fix the problem. At first I tried to lip read, but then resigned myself to getting an informative book on the area later and enjoying the view. The boat travelled to the Arsenale and Biennale areas, the Jewish Ghetto for a brief walking tour, and through a number of smaller canals. Ducking under the bridges was fun and memorable. I felt it was rather expensive, but did give us all the vantage points were looking for, as opposed to a gondola ride.
Tour was interesting as you got to see and hear about different areas of Venice and it's history. The one disappointing thing about Venice is the growing number of Roma Gypsies who continually annoy tourists. The authorities need to address this as it could spoil Venice as a tourist attraction.
This is worth doing if you'd like to see the waterways in and around Venice and have someone talk about the history and answer questions. Our guide was very upbeat and knew her stuff. For the cost, I think we should have explored a bit more - perhaps gone to the Lido or another island for a brief visit.