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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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Guided Shared gondola ride: 30 minutes gondola ride and 50 minutes live guide commentary
Option PRIVATE GONDOLA: 30 minutes Gondola ride NO live commentary
Shared gondola: live commentary in Italian & English.
Shared gondola: commentary by app in German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Hindi, Russian & Chinese.
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  • 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 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 10 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.

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

    • 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 measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary?
    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    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

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    star-5
    To do in venice
    Salvatore_C
    , Aug 2022
    Good gondola tour 30 minutes of quite, silent and enjoy the view. Rene our tour guide was so funny!!
    star-4
    Good value
    fabiolagomezj
    , Aug 2022
    The actual gondola ride was great but I was expecting more of a tour. We had a bit of an introduction on the way to the gondola, but once on it, there was nothing. The ride was 30-40 mins and similar rides when purchased directly at the stations in Venice were about 80 euros. So this booking was excellent value
    star-3
    Not worth the $
    Elanalu
    , Aug 2022
    Our tour was at 4 and we did not get on the gondola until after 5:30! We were 4 in the group and we’re told we would have a gondola to ourselves! At the last minute someone showed up because they had missed their previous tour and stuck them with our family which made it very uncomfortable! When I asked why they were put in our group they told us we did not pay for a private tour and was very rude! I’m sure the other 4 groups didn’t pay for a private tour either!There were many groups of 4 who were allowed to go by themselves! There were plenty of gondolas available and I’m sure we could have booked this on our own, would not have waited over an hour and a half in the extreme heat, and would have probably been cheaper! I booked a lot if tours with Viator and thus was a total disaster and very disappointed!
    star-1
    Gondola ride in venice
    Matthew_W
    , Aug 2022
    We paid for 50 min excursion and was dropped off after 25 min . Gondola driver was rude without an explanation . We would like a refund
    star-3
    Beautiful scenery . But disappointing tour
    Carol_O
    , Aug 2022
    The tour was average. Although it was meant to be 45 minutes you only spend approx 15 minutes on the water. Of which 5 minutes on the Grand Canale. When I and another couple flagged to the leader about the time, she said the overall time also included the talk at the beginning and the onboarding which took awhile for our number to be called! For the money you spend, it is worth paying a bit more for a private trip. Beautiful scenery but disappointing tour. Left feeling it was a bit of a scam.
    icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
    Dear Guest, we are 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-2
    Dissatisfied with the tour
    Diana_A
    , Aug 2022
    As the name of the tour says: “ Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with commentary”…. We did not get any commentary. Our ride was about 26 minutes and the gondolier barely said hello. I believe a friendly, welcoming attitude is a plus for good service and to attract new clients to the tour and to the city. We could have done the same tour somewhere else without having to book in advance.
    icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
    Dear Guest, we are deeply sorry for your personal comment, please consider that on product page and on voucher it's clearly written that private gondola ride does not include the commentary. At your disposal for further information. Regards.
    star-1
    Not worth the money
    Heather_C
    , Aug 2022
    The tour was less than 30 minutes. For 127 Euros, a lot more was expected. We basically went in a small circle. I would not recommend.
    icon Response from Host , Aug 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-2
    Misrepresented by Viator
    Reuben_K
    , Aug 2022
    I will not fault the Gondola service. The ride is only for 30 mins. And it is fixed price across Venice. Viator has misrepresented the duration as 50 mins. The commentary is not comparable to river rides elsewhere in the world, so would not pay a premium for commentary and duration as represented.
    icon Response from Host , Aug 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-1
    Not worth the money
    Jim_T
    , Aug 2022
    Really a 15 minute gondola ride with little to no narration. We could have paid less money for a longer ride on our own. Everyone was polite, just not as advertised.
    icon Response from Host , Aug 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-5
    Perfection
    qnp7zcthxx
    , Jul 2022
    Ricardo was efficient and very informative!!! A lovely young man that was passionate in telling us all about Venice
    star-3
    Not worth it. Just book a gondolo direct when in Venice. There are NO queus!!
    JULIE_S
    , Jul 2022
    We were offered a 30 minute ride with a 20 minute tour. The tour doesn't actually exist. It is just a quick 10 minute walk to get to the Gondola station with a small commentary. It really isn't worth it. You are better off just turning up and paying the 80 Euro for the 30 minute gondolo ride.
    star-3
    don’t book in advance, you can buy it when you get there.
    sara_m
    , Jul 2022
    The deal was to go with a guided tour in English but there was no guide and no commentary. The sailor was nice, the ride took less than 30 minutes.
    star-5
    Spectacular
    Jason_B
    , Jul 2022
    A MUST for anyone going Venice. Easy to find. The Staff was very Friendly & Helpful. The Gondola took us on the Grand Canal which was spectacular!
    star-2
    Not worth the price
    Donelle_C
    , Jul 2022
    Can now say we rode a gondola. Checked it off our list but won’t do again & not worth the extra $. Plus this trip says “guided tour” which makes you thing they talk & give you history while you’re riding and that’s incorrect. Very misleading in the description.
    star-3
    Private gondola ride too short
    Maria_M
    , Jul 2022
    Disappointed in the private tour. Should have been at least 30 minutes but it lasted 20 and no interesting points made by guide. Too short to enjoy the gondola ride. In hindsight I would have booked the group tour as it is supposed to be longer and guide talks about the attractions.
    star-3
    Ok
    Rahim_A
    , Jul 2022
    It was ok not that what I expected. The check in area news stand guy was very rude. If you missed your tour time he should not say I go home or book another one. Other tour companies accommodate other timing.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-2
    Ehh not the best Gonolda tour
    Katelynn_M
    , Jul 2022
    I would not book this again. Obviously in Venice you have to go on a Gondola ride! But this was like 20 mins of talking and only 30 mins of actually being in a Gondola. Def go on a Gondola only ride unless you want this type of Tour.
    star-1
    Meeting point difficult to find!
    Denise_B
    , Jul 2022
    I suggest you scout out the meeting place the day before because it was terribly difficult for us to find. When we finally did locate it, we were late and the gentleman at the Newsstand was very rude and said the Gondola was already gone. This made no sense since it was booked for 5 people and that’s how many it holds. Sounds like he just took his pay, skipped out on us and took someone else. We we’re so disappointed we didn’t get to experience the gondola ride and we did not get a refund for it.
    star-3
    Not recommend
    MariaAngelica_P
    , Jul 2022
    For the price is It's expensive, disorganized and I wouldn't recommend it. It's only 30 minutes in the gondola and so many leave from that point that there is even traffic, the paths that bo took where not pretty. It is cheaper and much better to take a gondola in Rio Alto at 80 euros, it is private and where the landscape is a thousand times more beautiful, I would recommend taking it type 830 pm to see the sunset.
    star-2
    Not a 50 min ride
    George_M
    , Jul 2022
    I believed I had bought a 50 min ride, but it was precisely a 28 min ride. The commentary was limited to showing where Mozart’s house was and the Opera house. Nothing else.

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