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Venice Gondola Ride & Magic glassblowing

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Venezia, Italy

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icon1 hour  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 4 more
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Enjoy two quintessential Venetian experiences on this combo glassblowing and gondola tour. Watch a master artisan transform molten glass into unique and delicate art at a factory showroom near St. Mark's Square. Then, cruise through the city's famous waterways on a gondola ride that takes you along the most beautiful stretch of the Grand Canal and past landmarks like Teatro La Fenice and the Punta della Dogana while listening to audio commentary.
  • Discover the ancient art of glass blowing that helped establish the city of Venice
  • Enjoy a gondola ride through the city’s most secluded waterways
  • See sights like the Salute Church and Punta della Dogana from the water
  • A mobile-app provides audio commentary to bring history to life
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Approximately 30 minute gondola ride
Multilingual assistance for gondola embarking
Commentary by mobile app or written booklet of the gondola itinerary
Master Artisan Glassblowing Demonstration in Saint Mark's Square
Small Glass Souvenir for every couple or family.
Live Glassblowing tour commentary provided in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Japanese (the visit could be multilingual)
Hotel pickup

Departure Point

Venice Tours Assistance Point, Calle larga de l'Ascension, 1257, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • The Glassblowing tour could be could be multilingual.
  • Each gondola can host maximum 6 people; the seat aboard cannot be chosen but will be assigned by the gondolier depending of guests weight.
  • The combo tour does not operate in case of exceptionally bad weather, high/low tide (in these cases it can be postponed the days after otherwise it will be refunded)
  • The itinerary of the gondola ride may change in the event of wind or bad weather
  • The glassblowing demonstration is at 12:30 PM or at 2:30 PM and the gondola ride is at 4:00 PM
  • You will receive the gondola commentary directly at the meeting point.
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY VENICE TOURS S.R.L.

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. 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 Gondola Ride & Magic glassblowing?
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 Gondola Ride & Magic glassblowing.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Venice Gondola Ride & Magic glassblowing?
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 Gondola Ride & Magic glassblowing.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Venice Gondola Ride & Magic glassblowing?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Venice Gondola Ride & Magic glassblowing.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Venice Gondola Ride & Magic glassblowing?
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 Gondola Ride & Magic glassblowing.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Venice Gondola Ride & Magic glassblowing?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Venice Gondola Ride & Magic glassblowing.

Traveler Tips


  • "If you are looking for a romantic ride, pay the tariff and do your own ride." See review

Reviews

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Kind of good. Felt ripped off with the second part, sadly.
Paradise53034466990
, Mar 2019
Gondola was totally worth the experience. We were very excited for the glass blowing portion of the tour. Our initial guide we met up with mislead us for where the location of the glass blowing was and we missed it. Definitely felt like we got ripped off half the tour... too bad
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The glassblowing demonstration was a...
Marta B
, Apr 2018
The glassblowing demonstration was a little disappointing. It seemed quite rushed and then we were taken straight into the shop where they demonstrated what was for sale. It would have been nicer to have more of an explanation about Murano glass and not just a sales pitch. The gondola ride was a bit short but nice. Overall, not worth saving the money on a single gondola ride by combining these two things. Best just to pay a little bit more for an extended gondola ride by itself. London April 2018
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The gondola is an experience one can...
Manasi C
, Feb 2018
The gondola is an experience one can have when in Venice. With this combo tour, one does not have to worry about dealing with the gondoliers. The tour guide takes care of all of it. Also, the glass blowing demonstration was indeed something unique and very creative. We enjoyed the whole journey to move about in Venice in a gondola and viewing the Grand Canal.
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What a waste of time. We saw about...
helen.aisbett
, Nov 2017
What a waste of time. We saw about 10 mins of demo and then it was a sell for glass. Very unfriendly. Didnt do the Gondola ride as we had to find our own way to meeting point and not a lot of instructions. Not worth it.
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Interestingly, we really had mixed...
rickgreenberg100
, Oct 2017
Interestingly, we really had mixed emotions about this. The glass blowing felt somewhat staged and also felt like more of a pitch to sell you high end Murano Glass. The guide was informative about what makes Murano Glass special, but still the blowing demo was about 5 minutes and the sales pitch lasted a quite a while longer. The gondola ride was fun and a must for anyone in Venice. We were in a bat with four strangers and while it did not impact the ride, it was certainly not romantic. If you are looking for a romantic ride, pay the tariff and do your own ride. I am not sure if the gondolier spoke any English, but he spoke to every other gondolier we passed on the water. They are magicians with one oar though...have been a competitive rower I can only image how much strength they must have to push that 30 foot boot around like they do. Enjoyable and worth the trip if you just want to say I rode in a gondola.
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I had a difficult time finding the...
Linda R
, Oct 2017
I had a difficult time finding the guide for this event. Wasn't familiar with the square and he wasn't holding the sign up. Once I found him, he didn't really look enthused for this activity. I didn't know he was simply bringing us to the 'museum', and that someone else was taking over and he left as as soon as the demonstration started. The Glassblowing demo was great, the artisan was very talented, and the steps were explained by the person who worked in this 'museum'. After the demonstration we went to another room, where they showed us different samples of glass and gave us the prices of what these pieces costs. I wasn't expecting this, at all. A tad disappointing, cause while it wasn't high pressure sales, she certainly did mention prices a few times, and I felt a bit of 'pressure' to purchase something. I ended up purchasing some earrings for 25 Euros. We also received a very nice glass gift. This is something that made it worthwhile. The next day I decided to go to Murano and was able to watch a glass blowing demo for free. As for the Gondola Ride, it was shared with 4 other people, and while the ride was great, the system in place to coordinate the rides wasn't efficient. There were many people scheduled for the ride at the same time, and it took some time for the guide to coordinate every thing. Our gondola driver wasn't the most talkative. He was quiet and 'just did his job'. I liked the experience, because it was my first time, but may not do it again.
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The glass blowing demo was too short...
Therese
, Sep 2017
The glass blowing demo was too short and the selling of the glass seemed to take precedent. If you want to see glass blowing go to Murano island because you can buy the glass there too.
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Alain M
, Nov 2019
Nous avons réservé et payé pour avoir une démonstration de souffleur de verre et ensuite une balade en gondole a Venise , et résultat la galerie avait démenagée donc loupé , et on a attendu plus d'une heure pour la gondole au lieu donné sur la réservation ,donc aucune balade ,c'est vraiment une grosse arnaque et en plus personne au téléphone.Séjour a Venise carrément loupé.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear, we are sorry for the review, but our staff is always available to assist our clients by phone and on the meeting points. It's in impossible that no one has answered at the phone because the offices are open from 9 am to 6 pm every day. Maybe, you have made the wrong number. We remain at your disposal for further information. Best regards
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