The gondola is a symbol of Venice, as emblematic of the famous city of canals as it is mysterious in its origins. Experience a half-hour gondola ride…
What people are saying about Grand Canal
The ride itself last around 40 mins and was in a gondola shared with 4 others. It's a beautiful way to see Venice and was a true highlight of the trip BUT the organisation was appalling. We booked in advance and expected to be in a queue for 5-10mins before boarding. In reality we were herded like cattle with at least 40 other people to the departure point and had to stand in a crowd and battle our way on to the first available boat. There was no queuing system and no order. Given that this was arranged in advance and the providers new the number of bookings made there could have been more order and much better customer service.
Such a great way to experience the city. Gave me a good grasp of how to get around and what areas I should explore more of. Learned a lot about Venice’s history and how things have changed. So glad we did the tour and our guide Camilla was terrific. She was so wonderful and knowledgeable. Great sense of humor and sense of culture. Would def recommend to anyone traveling to or through Venice.
The meeting point was difficult to find so we missed our time spot. However, the organisers let us join the afternoon tour (and others had rearranged to other days). We were sat with others in the gondola but that was absolutely fine - once your gondola sets off, you're too busy admiring the scenery to notice those around you! It was very enjoyable.
I enjoyed the silence in the small canals in the busiest part of town. Had the 'best' seat in the gondola, but taking photo's straight ahead was difficult because of the other people in the boat. I had the 17:15 tour, with the sun already setting so it was very nice.
Great food, great wine, knowledgable local guide who shared her psssion for Venice and made the evening fun! Good value for money. Highly recommend. If possible, do this tour early on during your visit as lots of useful advice imparted.