Discovering Venetian Waterways by Gondola - Reviews

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Hamamatul H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

Great deal! Definitely recommend booking online! The meeting place and guide was easy to locate

Jeff C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

Awesomeness!

lisilu

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

Excellent tour a truly amazing experience!!

Patricia H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

Everyone should take a gondola ride in Venice. It was great - just long enough 35 min.. When you pull out into the Grand Canal, it's breathtaking. High recommended.

Timothy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

Very peaceful, relaxing. Probably our favorite part of Venice.

T Hill

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

Location was easy to find. Route was very scenic. Duration of 35 mins was perfect! I highly recommend this trip!

victoria b

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2018

It is an experience you have to have of Venice. Simply what it states, it's a gondola ride!

Monica S

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2017

We loved our gondola ride! It met all our expectations. The tour was very organized and the gondolas were loaded quickly and efficiently and we left on time. One star deducted because the instructions for check-in were not clear or accurate and it caused confusion. We were at the described location 15 minutes early, but then were instructed to go back across the bridge and to wait 10 minutes. When I approached the gondolier on that side of the canal, he told me that I was supposed to go across the square for check-in. By the time I found that group I was almost late. Accurate and more detailed directions would have been less frustrating and greatly appreciated!

Tiger

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2017

Fun. Was on our list of stuff we needed to do.

Burgi P

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2016

Very nice but short.

Wendy R

3 star rating: Worth doing
October 2017

Hard to find, busy and way too short.

Shawn Q

3 star rating: Worth doing
October 2017

This tour was just ok for the price. The gondola driver did not speak at all during the 30 minutes around or tell us about any of what we where seeing. There was no map provided. It was just a ride. You share with up to 6 others so that is why the price is lower that just renting a gondola for 80 euro on own. I would recommend spending the 80 euro and having a private gondola and requesting that the driver speak.

Peter D

3 star rating: Worth doing
August 2017

Chose this tour so we wouldn't have to negotiate rates with gondoliers. And it certainly satisfied that requirement. There was some initial confusion as to the meeting point guide was not where we were advised, but across the canal. The promised Map with the description of the palaces you're going to admire during the Gondola Tour was not provided and in the absence of a commentary, we had no idea what we were seeing. The 30 mins duration was sufficient.

rob

3 star rating: Worth doing
May 2017

not as good as expected wont do it again

Colin V

3 star rating: Worth doing
September 2016

this could be a great excursion except you are placed with strangers and there is no narrative from the Gondala pilots

lewisburke1243

3 star rating: Worth doing
May 2016

Had some difficulty locating correct provider. They're all over the place and lots of places have signage identifying themselves as gondola docks. Finally found the right one. We were packed into a gondola with two other couples. One couple had a selfie stick which they cleverly used so that it obstructed our view for the entire ride. Gondolier doing it by the numbers, minimally informative with occasional snippets of songs. Didn't see any similarly fully loaded gondolas, except where it was clearly just one family. Would not book this in advance. Pick one that looks good to you when you are there.

darlene564

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
December 2017

Was a little confusion as to where to go to get our particular Gondola. Was a lot shorter than I expected and there was no narration. I would have like to know the history more. Be very carful of pick pockets. There was no real formal line up and as we were all crowded together, our friend had his pocket picked! They should maybe have some way of cording off the area so only people with tickets are there to help keep locals out, not to say that a tourist wouldn't do it.
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misstee

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
November 2017

Could have bought a gondola ride by ourselves for the same price rather than share with others!

thepisanos

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
July 2016

While I would recommend doing a Gondola ride when in Venice, not sure this is the best way to do it. It is less expensive, but you have to wait around for a large group to be dispersed into boats, you share the ride with others, the guide doesn't give you any details about what you are seeing and it was only 20 minutes long. We waited a lot longer for the ride than the actual length of the ride and when there are gondola stands everywhere, if you would prefer to do it on your own time and pay a bit more, it might be worth it. If this fits in your budget and you don't mind riding with strangers as they put 6 to a boat, then this works.

marty

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
June 2016

Was disappointed and would not recommend this tour. I didn't expect too much as this was the cheapest price I could find but the gondolier did not interact with his passengers at all. We got a map to show where we would go but he did not even point out the highlights. Instead talked to his mates on other gondolas.

Stephen O

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
May 2016

The idea was great, but I did not know we would be sharing a gondola with another family.

Douglas M

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
November 2016

DO NOT BOOK THIS TOUR. Viator needs to find a different vendor. My wife and I both felt like cattle being herded around. The Gondoliers were rude and paid no attention to the passengers what so ever. All they did was yell things back and forth to each other. It was rude and insulting.

andersonmariano

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
July 2016

I did not find the place that this tour started. I missed the tour.

Frontiermail India

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
June 2016

It was our worst experience in Venice. We booked seven-eight tours thru Vaiator and all were good except this one. We were actually fleeced. For three persons we paid 97 Euros. Actually for 80 Euros you can actually book an entire gondola. And this is the approved govt rate. The gondolier was rude and our gondola was close to getting capsized at one point. No map was given and no effort was made to explain the monuments we were crossing. In fact the gondolier kept mumbling something all the time. Clearly he was disinterested. The people at the boarding point are extremely rude and do not respond to your querry. Despite paying upfront we were treated very shabbily. Avoid at all cost. Otherwise you will come back with sad memories. It is better to go and book the gondola directly. There are several places and better places from where you can board the gondolas.

Binoy S

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
May 2016

I will never take this tour again, they were extremely rude, the gondola drivers and the tour leader. Viator should reconsider their relationship with this vendor.

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