Amazing trip. 4 generations traveled together and rode the infamous gondolas. Great deal and great experience.
You can't visit Venice without taking a Gondola ride..!! It was so much fun and a great way to ride through the small canals and view the amazing architecture .
The gondola ride was so nice, it is the traditional gondola and sharing it with 6 people. It was not hard to find and the wait was so nice. I highly recommend especially when it is the main travel season. There was no wait and it was about a 30 minute ride. I would say it was hassle free especially since we did not have to bargain for the price.
We booted the tour at 11am but we were late. The lady just gave us another tour at 3pm.
The Gondola ride is wonderful, our whole family love it.
The coordinator showed up on time, was convivial and got us boarded with celerity. Venice is a nutty, busy place it was great to have this moment of punctuality and assurance in our otherwise chaotic day.
Also, the gondola ride was really fun. I've been to Venice a few times, but this was the first time I got on a gondola. It was fun would recommend.
Our Gondolier was awesome! It seemed everyone in the city wanted to do a gondola ride at the same time, so we all looked like a herd of cattle in the canal. Our gondolier decided he had enough and chose to turn down a different canal where no one else was. I was so happy that he did this because it really made a difference and was so peaceful Because of this, I left him a tip! We would recommend this tour!
This trip was well organized. Those on the tour were asked to present their vouchers and were assigned to gondolas in groups of 4-6. There were four in the gondola that we rode. The trip was all that legend has described---enchanting. The gondoliers must pass a rigid exam in order to gain admission to study. After they complete gondola school they must pass another exam in order to obtain their license. The gondolas are built in accordance with the gondoliers anatomy. The two poetically become one. The skill that he showed was clearly apparent when we left the narrow, local canals and entered the Grand Canal. There he must navigate alongside large ferry boats and other large motor boats, water taxis etc. This was most enjoyable. When you go to Venice, do take this Viator tour.
Booked a ride on a gondola through Viator. Fabulous - all went really well and a trip to Venice wouldn't be the same with a gondola ride. A perfect way to see Venice in peace and quiet even though there were a stream of gondolas all following the same route from a different perspective.
laur3n.allender United Kingdom
We booked to do this on our first afternoon and it was the perfect way to introduce yourself to Venice. You share the gondola with a few other people but it's not a problem. Its the best way to see the city and imagine how it must have been like for people traveling around the city all those years ago. Very fun and relaxing - we couldn't believe how quiet it was!
Highly recommend booking a Gondola Ride through Viator! This saved us money on the Gondola ride as they are more in Venice. Time and location was set up for us so that eased our stress of waiting in line.
Very fun tour. As others have stated it is NOT a GUIDED tour. Just a boat ride through the canals. And yes the way they gather your group together is very strange. A random lady just stands near the hotel and doesn't look for anyone wandering. If you don't come by her and show her the ticket you'll be clueless, she does hold up a sign however. I would go again for sure, a lot for the money and other serenades will go by your boat anyhow so don't bother paying for one.
msbowie58 United States of ...
I booked this through Viator. Great experience! Will always use them in the future.
Though we questioned whether or not to have this, we are glad we were able to have this experience and it was fun to see the other sides of the canals and areas not seen by just walking. It as amazing to see the Navigator guide the gondola through the canals and sing seeing the location of Mozart's home and the views of Venice. It is one thing to do if one is in Venice- the original and authentic fun ride.
We had a lovely time on the gondola ride, was very impressed would recommend to others.
For the price, this was a great way to have a ride in a gondola. There were 3 people in our group and we shared the gondola with another couple. The gondolier was cheerful and pointed out some of the sites as we floated around the canals - a lovely experience.
the maps are really difficult to figure out, so we did get lost looking for it. come to find out there was a Gondola ride right near our hotel which would have been so convenient. they were very nice, good view of things. driver didn't speak English.
Our tour guide turned up late which meant our ride didn't start until 15-20 mins later. The gondola ride was beautiful. We even got to go on the Gran Canal for a short time which was a bonus.
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