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Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary

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Venezia, Italy
Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary

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Overview

Traverse the canals of Venice aboard a traditional gondola with your very own gondolier. Float along narrow waterways and hidden passages, admiring the beauty of one of Italy's most magical cities. Pass beneath centuries-old bridges and take in famous attractions such as St. Marks' Bell Tower and San Giorgio Island from the coziness of your flat-bottomed boat.
  • A gondola ride along Venice's waterways
  • Savor one of Venice's most sought-after and romantic experiences
  • Navigate secluded passages and beneath centuries-old bridges en route to the Grand Canal
  • See some of the city's top sights from a completely new vantage point
  • An ideal way to explore Venice, whether you're a couple, family or solo traveler
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Shared gondola ride with live guide (50 minutes tour including 30 minutes of gondola ride
PRIVATE GONDOLA RIDE 30 MINUTES (if chosen) without live commentary
Shared gondola: live commentary in Italian & English.
Shared gondola: commentary by app in German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Hindi, Russian & Chinese.
Hotel pickup
Audio devices
Earphones
  • Venice Tours Assistance (NEWSTAND IN SAN MARCO) , Calle larga de l'Ascension, 1257, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

    SHARED GONDOLA RIDE: With Piazza San Marco and the arches of Museo Correr at your back and the Poste Italiane in front of you, look on the left and you will see a big grey newsstand. The newsstand is between Fendi Boutique and Poste Italiane (Post Office). The guide will have a sign “Gondola Tour”.

  • Gondola Bauer , Calle Larga XXII Marzo, 2091/b, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

    PRIVATE GONDOLA RIDE: GO to the Gondola Bauer landing stage. If you arrive at the Hotel Bauer, you will see the landing stage in front of it. Go to gondoliers and show the ticket

  • This activity will end right where it started.
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Each gondola can host maximum 5 people; the seat aboard cannot be chosen but will be assigned by the gondolier depending of guests weight.
    • The Gondola Ride does not operate in case of exceptionally bad weather or high/low tide (in these cases it can be postponed the days after otherwise it will be refunded)
    • The itinerary may change in the event of wind or bad weather
    • The guide will be only on one gondola, the participants on the others gondola will listen to her/him with the audio-devices
    • The live commentary will be only in English and Italian. The commentary on German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Hindi, and Russian will be provided by mobile app downloaded on the own devices.
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • The live commentary IS NOT included in the PRIVATE OPTION
    • Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the departure time
    • The customers health is the most important matter for us, the tour operates in according to the Covid-19 National directives in order to guarantee the experiences in a safe environment.
    • All customer touchpoints are frequently cleaned, and the tour will leave with small groups.
    • We only ask the kindness to bring the own mask in case you need to wear it.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travelers
    • OPERATED BY VENICE TOURS S.R.L.
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    See all safety measures taken by Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    See all safety measures taken by Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary.

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    • "We arrived early and were allowed to start early which was very helpful on a hot day." See review

    Reviews

    4.0
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    star-4
    Give it a try
    Karin_K
    , Jul 2022
    Overall, we enjoyed the experience and recommend it; however we felt very rushed even though we arrived early.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Thanks for the review
    star-5
    Lazy meander through the streets
    Riyaz_J
    , Jul 2022
    Rene was ace!! Friendly, proficient, jovial and a few cracking jokes. His level of engagement was exemplary and he thoroughly looked after us all. The ride was amazing and well worth doing
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Thanks for your kind review
    star-2
    Very disappointing
    Catherine_P
    , Jul 2022
    A very disappointing experience. I booked this as a surprise for my friend and we were so excited about going on a gondola. Unfortunately, we must have had the grumpiest driver in Venice. He couldn’t even raise a smile, let alone engage in conversation! Our experience with assistance on and out of the gondola was also not good, the assistant was very impatient and clearly didn’t really want to help. I wouldn’t recommend this trip.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Dear Guest, we are deeply sorry for your personal comment, please consider that the gondolier is not the guide, but he is like a driver who must take care of his oar. At your disposal for further information. Regards.
    star-1
    Not impressed
    Brianna_L
    , Jul 2022
    The commentary was nonexistent once we got Into the gondolas. We were very disappointed with the fact that we paid extra to hear commentary and it didn’t work.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Dear Guest, we are deeply sorry for your personal comment, please consider that in case of problems with the audio receiver devices, we are always available to give clients another one. At your disposal for further information. Regards.
    star-2
    Not worth the price!
    Saima_K
    , Jul 2022
    Our Gondola driver was great, he showed us the memorable places but I wouldn’t recommend this tour for the price tag. They said it’s a 30mins private tour, took this tour with my bf. Our tour started at 2:22pm and was over by 2:42pm that is 20mins not even 30mins. So according to us this was not worth our money.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Dear Guest, we are deeply sorry for your personal comment, please consider that the private gondola ride is a unique occasion to discover the hidden and romantic canals of Venice on your gondola. At your disposal for further information. Regards.
    star-1
    Not worth the price.
    Christopher_K
    , Jul 2022
    Better to negotiate a trip with a gondola driver. This trip a lot of money for just a short trip (15 min) and the drop off was hilarious - they ask for a tip! Avoid.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Dear Guest, we are deeply sorry for your personal comment, please consider that the experience is composed by 20 minutes of walking tour followed by 30 minutes of gondola ride, the total duration of the experience is 50 minutes. At your disposal for further information. Regards.
    star-4
    If you want to have the...
    TRACEH_R
    , Jun 2022
    If you want to have the gondola experience without the hassle of carrying euros around this is the way to go. The gondolier was friendly. There just wasn’t much commentary other than pointing out Mozarts house. However I would do it again for the experience and ease
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Thanks for the review. We take note of your personal comment to improve our product. Regards.
    star-2
    Could have been better
    Matthew_G
    , Jun 2022
    The gondola person hardly spoke to us. He was very quick and seemed rushed He didn’t make it special. Which is too bad because it could have been a beautiful experience
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Dear Guest, we are deeply sorry for your personal comment, please consider that the gondolier is not the guide, but he is like a driver who must take care of his oar. At your disposal for further information. Regards.
    star-4
    Lovely!
    William_S
    , Jun 2022
    The guide that took us to the gondola was very informative and did a wonderful job sharing history about gondolas, how they are passed from family to family etc. We wish it had been a longer boat ride and that the gondolier had pointed out landmarks & shared more info. But we loved the experience!
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thanks for the review. Please consider that the gondolier is not the guide, but he is like a driver who must take care of his oar. Regards.
    star-1
    Terrible experience
    Anthony_C
    , Jun 2022
    Would rate this a 0 if I could, arrived 4 minutes late due to airline losing our luggage, was told they were already done, no refunds, no additional trips, and that it was my problem not theirs. Incredibly rude and disappointing, requested refund and was denied. DO NOT USE THIS TOUR!
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Dear Guest, we are deeply sorry for your personal comment, please consider that the gondola ticket is like a train ticket, so if you don't arrive on time you lose the ticket. At your disposal for further information. Regards.
    star-5
    Nice and cheap than private tour
    barsha_g
    , Jun 2022
    The Guide/ commentator ???”Rene” he was very entertaining and very softly spoken guy kept the tour interesting.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thanks for your kind review
    star-3
    The explanations were...
    Alan_F
    , Jun 2022
    The explanations were good, but too pricy for an hour tour. The block round with the gondola is ridicoulous. We were never the city, the best way to experience it is by foot.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Dear Guest, we are sorry for your review, please consider that the gondola ride is a unique experience to discover the little and romantic canals of Venice. At your disposal for further information. Regards.
    star-3
    Nice but brief gondola ride
    Andrew_F
    , Jun 2022
    I booked this tour imagining that we would tour most of the grand canal. That was not the case. It was fun, a necessary experience for Venice, but definitely not a tour of most of the grand canal. The prior day we had a tour that included a gondola ride so we had already done something similar. Nevertheless, this is Venice so a gondola ride is a must! If you book, be clear it is pretty short. The commentary was helpful.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Dear Guest, we are sorry for your review, please consider that the experience is composed by 20 minutes of walking tour followed by 30 minutes of gondola ride, the total duration of the experience is 50 minutes. At your disposal for further information. Regards.
    star-2
    After standing in line...
    Lea_P
    , Jun 2022
    After standing in line with many others the agent moved away from the line and set up across the street! Those of us who had been waiting in line where not happy to now be at the end of the new line ! Very poor customer service.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    The maneuvering of the...
    Brians_M
    , Jun 2022
    The maneuvering of the gondola And the friendliness of the gondola driver. And views from the water was great
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
    Thanks for your kind review
    star-1
    The tour guide didn’t...
    Anonymous
    , Jun 2022
    The tour guide didn’t show up the directions were misleading and the our voucher wasn’t accurate and I had to pay additional money to go on the gondola
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Dear Guest, we are deeply sorry for your personal comment, please consider that on product page and on voucher it's clearly written the correct meeting point and how to reach it. Furthermore, we are always available to assist customers in case of problems to reach the meeting point. At your disposal for further information. Regards.
    star-5
    Sick
    Makenzi_F
    , Jun 2022
    The boat was awesome!! The tour guide knew a lot and it was beautiful we had a really really nice time
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thanks for your kind review
    star-5
    Beautiful and easy to do
    Eugenio_A
    , Jun 2022
    What an easy way to get a private gondola ride. No waiting on line. We just walked up show our Viator ticket and then had a beautiful ride in the canals on Venice. I would do it again
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thanks for your kind review
    star-5
    Night time ride
    Simon_W
    , Jun 2022
    Our tour guide was great, he took us through the canals of Venice limboing under the bridges at high tide. Fully recommend for a bit of romance to end the day.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thanks for your kind review
    star-4
    Guide was great, very...
    Kyndall_T
    , Jun 2022
    Guide was great, very friendly. But ride was quite a bit shorter than promised and felt a little rushed.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thanks for your kind review
    1 traveler found this review helpful

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